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Mr Peter Ainsworth is the Senior Anti-Corruption Counsel for the United States Department of Justice. Between 1997 and 2011 Mr. Ainsworth was the Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, the government’s lead prosecutorial section for national and international investigations on public corruption, elections law, and conflicts of interest offenses. Mr Ainsworth has extensive experience as an international advisor on anti-corruption enforcement issues, and was the Department of Justice’s delegate to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Mr Ainsworth graduated from the University of Chicago and Georgetown University Law School, and has been practicing law since 1985.
Mr Ferdinando Buatier de Mongeot is currently a criminal judge for preliminary investigations in the Court of Como in Italy. Mr Buatier de Mongeot has been a member of his national judiciary since 1999, where he has served in various posts as a judge, most recently in the Courts of Aosta and Como. Mr Buatier de Mongeot is also qualified as an attorney at law. Mr Buatier de Mongeot has been involved in number of international activities and cooperation initiatives in third countries, including by contributing to EU initiatives as an international judge at District Court Level for EULEX Kosovo and as a Resident Twinning Adviser in the framework of an EU CARDS Project aimed at fighting organized crime and corruption within the State Prosecutor's Office in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Mr Buatier de Mongeot holds a degree in law from the University of Genova.
Mr Theo Jacobs has just completed his tenure as the Director of the Central Office for Seizure and Confiscation in Brussels, Belgium. Mr Jacobs has been a member of his national judiciary since 1982, where he has worked in various roles, including as a Prosecutor at the District Court of Leuven, Vice-Director of the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General at the Court of Appeal of Brussels. He has been involved in a number of international activities and cooperation initiatives in third countries, including by contributing to EU initiatives as Head of the Rule of Law section in the EUPOLCOPPS mission in the occupied Palestinian territories, Chief Prosecutor in the EULEX mission in Kosovo and as Member of the Justice Team of the European Planning Team for Kosovo. Mr Jacobs holds a Master's degree in Law from the Free University of Brussels.
Dr Martin Kessen is currently a Member of the 8th Senate at the High Court of Cologne, Germany, and Head of Department at the High Court of Cologne for legal education. He has been a member of his national judiciary since 1998, where he has holds several positions, including by serving as: Judge to the Cologne District Court; Judicial Assistant at the German Federal Court; Member of the 6th Senate, Judge and Media Spokesman at the High Court of Cologne; and Judicial Assistant to a Justice of the German Constitutional Court. Dr Kessen holds a PHD in law from the University of Cologne, as well as an LLM from the University of Texas in Austin.
Mr John W. Vaudreuil is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. He has served as a federal prosecutor since 1980. During that career, Mr. Vaudreuil has handled thousands of criminal cases, including public corruption. In August, 2010, he was appointed by the President of the United States to be the chief federal prosecutor in his district. Mr. Vaudreuil received his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he has also taught. Since 2001, Mr. Vaudreuil has traveled extensively as an international lecturer on rule of law issues.