The Executive Board of Directors is chaired by Joel M. Cohen, Esq. He is joined by board members Stephen Hibbard, Jessica Siaw-Lung Ling, Amanda Raad, Anne B. Rudman, Paul Strecker, Patricia Sullivan, and Steven Wade.
Joel M. Cohen, the Chairman of the Board of LWOB, is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. A former federal prosecutor, Joel is currently Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, and a member of its Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Antitrust Practice Groups. Joel has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts. His experience includes all aspects of FCPA/anticorruption issues, insider trading, cross-border tax issues, securities and financial institution litigation, class actions, sanctions, money laundering and asset recovery, with a particular focus on international disputes and discovery. Joel is on several other boards including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Jericho Project. Joel was an LWOB trainer in both Kenya and Liberia.
Stephen D. Hibbard is a partner in Jones Day’s San Francisco office. During his legal career, Steve has represented U.S. and foreign financial institutions, companies, and individuals in financial litigation in courts across the nation involving securities class actions, merger litigation, derivative actions, and corporate governance disputes. He also represents boards of directors in internal investigations and regularly advises public companies on fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. Steve has handled dozens of SEC, FINRA, DOJ, FTC, or bank regulatory actions. A past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, Steve is currently chairman of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations.
Jessica Siaw-Lung Ling is Counsel in the Financial Restructuring Group of Akin Gump LLP, London, with a focus on complex cross-border financial restructurings and insolvencies. In 2017, Jess was one of LWOB’s trainers at its TIPTAN program in Tanzania. Jess has also drafted appeals for individuals on death row in Malawi and is currently a Trustee of the PCC of All Souls, Langham Place, London.
Amanda Raad is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s London office and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Global Anti-Corruption and International Risk practice. Amanda has substantial experience negotiating with U.S. regulators on behalf of companies and individuals concerning cross-border matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud. In addition, Amanda proactively works with clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate risk as well as advise clients on corporate social responsibility, supply chain compliance and responsible sourcing. Amanda frequently publishes and speaks on cross-border challenges in the corporate crime and investigations space, including on sexual misconduct.
Anne Beane Rudman started working with LWOB in 2007 when she went to Liberia to lay the groundwork for LWOB’s first trial advocacy training program. She has since gone to several other countries representing LWOB in different capacities. Anne is a criminal defense lawyer in NYC after spending twenty-five years as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she was Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit for fifteen years. Anne has served on several non-profit boards, most recently New York Road Runners and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was previously Chairman of the LWOB Board and is currently LWOB’s Interim Executive Director pending the appointment of Founder Christina Storm’s successor.
Paul Strecker is the Global Head of the Private Capital Industry Group and a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Shearman & Sterling in London. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in cross-border M&A transactions, including public and private company acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures and asset sales across a wide range of industries. Paul also has extensive experience advising private equity clients, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other financial investors on transactions globally. Paul previously headed the Firm’s Asia M &A practice. In addition to his LWOB Board work, Paul helped develop one of LWOB’s training manuals for its CESTI program in Kenya.
Patricia Sullivan is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Financial Crime Compliance for Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Trish was the Europe & Americas Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered. Trish has more than 20 years of experience in Financial Services, Criminal Prosecution, Litigation and Financial Crime Compliance. Based in New York, she is a member of the Conduct Financial Crime & Compliance Management Group, a member of the Board and Group Financial Crime Risk Committees for Standard Chartered Bank, and the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Compliance, Financial Crime & Conduct teams. Trish was an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she led several securities fraud and insider trading investigations and served as Sex Crimes and General Crimes prosecutor.
Steven Wade has been on LWOB’s Board of Directors since 2010. He is currently Dean’s Executive Lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He previously served as a Consulting Chief Financial Officer for several California start-up companies as well as Chief Financial Officer for Finnigan Corporation, Micronics Computers, Inc., and Aptix Corporation. Steve has held offices and board positions at various charity and non-governmental organizations such as Catholic Charities of San Jose, New Sudan Generation, and Survivors International. He also founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2007.