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April 5, 2019

OMNIA IV Conference

Fighting Corruption in Latin America

Panelists during OMNIA IV Conference

The annual OMNIA Conference brings together Latin American student associations from different public policy schools in the United States.  OMNIA IV, event organized by the Latin American Policy Association (LAPA) of Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, took place on April 5th and 6th 2019, and welcomed policy experts and students to discuss one of the most pressing issues in the region: Corruption.

This event was supported by Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program (LALP). The 2-day conference included visits to area institutions, panels and workshops, including:

Workshop: Policymaking Skills 

Bob Kyle, adjunct professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and Partner at Hogan Lovells

First Panel: Corruption: Challenges to the Rule of Law

Gustavo Almaraz - president of the Legality and Rule of Law Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico
Claudia Escobar - former magistrate, Court of Appeals of Guatemala
María Fernanda Pérez Argüello - associate director Latin America Center, The Atlantic Council

Second Panel: The Role of the Private Sector in Preventing and Fighting Corruption

Jeanne Cook - program officer, Anti-Corruption & Governance Center, Center for
International Private Enterprise
Luis Botello - deputy vice president of new initiatives and impact, International Center for Journalists

Third Panel: Civic Engagement and Citizens’ Responsibility in Fighting Corruption

Carlos Scartascini - leader of the behavioral economics group, Inter-American Development Bank
Marco Larizza - senior public sector specialist in the governance global practice,
World Bank