Basel Institute on Governance, Switzerland (BIG)
The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent and non-profit think tank conducting research and offering policy advice and capacity building support in public, global and corporate governance/compliance. Through the International Centre for Asset Recovery, they further provide training and advisory services in the field of asset recovery. The Institute combines scientific methodology with practical experience and seeks to engage partners from all concerned stakeholder groups.
Claudia holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame, USA and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, England. Originally from Mexico, she initiated her professional career working with the Ministry for Social Development, Federal Government of Mexico. There, Claudia was involved in developing demand-driven poverty reduction programmes aimed at ensuring access to basic public services for low-income rural communities.
She is currently Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance where she is responsible for the development, oversight and management of the Institute’s research activities in the areas of public and global governance. Claudia also works with a broad range of interested stakeholders on consultancy projects aimed at developing context sensitive strategies to prevent corruption in the public sector.
Before joining the Institute in 2009, Claudia was Assistant Professor of political science at William Paterson University, New Jersey, where she taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in comparative politics, Latin American history and research methods. To date, she continues to teach courses on corruption and development, health systems governance and has developed a special curriculum on research methods focusing on corruption studies.
Claudia is currently a member of the Fairtrade International Governance Committee, which oversees the governance of the Fairtrade system and makes recommendations for improvements in its structures and processes.
Pedro Gomes Pereira, a Brazilian lawyer, holds a post-graduate degree in Constitutional Law and has over 10 years’ experience in the field of asset recovery and in preventing and combating corruption, organised crime and money laundering. He is currently working on cases in South America, South East Asia and the Middle East. He provides legal expertise to countries and supranational organisations to identify their current practices, structures and legal mechanisms in the prevention and combating of corruption and money laundering, specialising in MLA, extradition and international legal and investigative strategies. He has worked with the European Parliament, Portuguese speaking countries, Eastern Europe, Central and South East Asia, South America and Southern Africa. He lectures on corruption, organized crime, money laundering, international co-operation and asset recovery.