Member and Advisory Services
President and Founder
Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and What You Should Know about Anti-Bribery Compliance and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC.
Ms. Wrage hosts the popular weekly podcast: Bribe, Swindle or Steal. She is a guest blogger for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.
She was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee and served on the 2015 and 2017 B20 Taskforces on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies.
Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Maryland Daily Record. She has been awarded the Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.”
Raised in Canada and living now in the United States, Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 120 countries.
Virna Di Palma
Senior Director, Global Strategy & Communications
Virna Di Palma is a seasoned communications expert with a distinguished career in the field of anti-bribery compliance. She has worked with the private sector for over a decade to raise compliance standards worldwide. As Senior Director of Global Strategy and Communications, Virna plays a key role in advancing the TRACE mission and expanding the organization’s global footprint. Virna manages a team of regional experts for the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, India and Europe and also drives all outreach initiatives, marketing, brand management, partnerships and TRACE events.
Prior to joining TRACE, Virna was a senior program director specializing in international trade and anti-bribery compliance for the American Conference Institute where she produced over fifty compliance programs in the U.S. and around the world. Notable is her experience launching and producing the first anti-bribery compliance conferences in Russia, India, Brazil and the Middle East.
Virna holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College in London. While at King’s College, Virna worked as a global security researcher for the London-based think tank Demos, where she was a primary contributor to the publication, “Bringing it Home; Community-based approaches to counter-terrorism.”
Virna is a member of the UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group, serves on the Steering Committee of the Basel Institute’s International Center for Collective Action (ICCA), and speaks fluent Spanish. She is based in New York City and originally from Uruguay.
Senior Director, Due Diligence
In this capacity Ms. Vining assists multinational companies with selecting and executing the appropriate due diligence solution. Her team of multilingual due diligence analysts and lawyers has completed reviews on thousands of commercial intermediaries in most countries and across all industries. She helps develop customized, best practices third party management programs for TRACE members and customers.
Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Vining was a litigation specialist in the tax department of Miller & Chevalier. She graduated from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, and holds an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University Law School. She speaks Finnish and Swedish.
Ms. Vining is a member of the New York bar association.
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Ms. Thornton is responsible for managing the Human Resources, Information Technology and Accounting departments. She provides leadership for the organization’s day-to-day functions, as well as contributing to organizational strategies, policies and practices.
Prior to joining TRACE, she was a Vice President at American Management Systems, Inc., a computer consulting firm. She initially ran their Data Center Operations and then created a new approach for managing risk and improving business results for their large-scale application development projects. She became their senior project management expert responsible for advising large project teams on improving the quality of their client relationships and delivery processes.
Ms. Thornton has an M.B.A. in Information Technology from George Washington University.
Manager, Legal Research
Robert Clark is the Manager of Legal Research at TRACE, where he oversees a team of lawyers responsible for the production of analytical content. Mr. Clark brings to TRACE more than ten years of experience performing careful and thorough legal analysis in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a staff attorney for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and as law clerk to the Hon. Terence T. Evans in Milwaukee. He has also worked as a commercial and appellate lawyer specializing in business-bankruptcy litigation, first with the boutique firm of Friedman Dumas & Springwater LLP in San Francisco, then as a founding partner of Dumas & Clark LLP. Before attending law school, he spent four years working as a research analyst for the City of Chicago Board of Ethics.
Mr. Clark holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, from which he graduated with honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He has been admitted to the state bars of Illinois and California.
Manager, Member and Advisory Services
As Manager of Member and Advisory Services, Anne-Marie assists multinational corporations in developing and supporting their anti-bribery compliance programs and advises on tailored anti-bribery compliance solutions. She is an experienced anti-bribery and compliance attorney with a special focus on the retail industry.
Prior to joining TRACE, Anne-Marie served as in-house counsel to the U.S. subsidiary of a large, multinational grocery retailer where she oversaw the development of compliance policies and procedures. Anne-Marie also worked in the legal department of a multinational online clothing retailer while in Germany on a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship.
Earlier in her career, Anne-Marie was an attorney in the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. There, she specialized in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other government enforcement matters, working on a broad range of government investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and white collar criminal investigations and litigation.
Anne-Marie received her Juris Doctor from the William & Mary School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She is proficient in German and is a member of both the Virginia and District of Columbia bar associations.
Business Development Consultant, Europe
David Ireland has specialized in international business development throughout his 25-year career, first as a Canadian diplomat serving five years in Tokyo and then with private companies as Director of International Business Development in Toronto, Boston and Ottawa, as well as with the Australian trade development agency AUSTRADE, where he provided tailored consultancy services to Australian firms seeking to export to the Andean region. David has managed customer accounts and led business development activities in Latin America, West Africa, Western Europe and Japan.
Fluent in five languages and familiar with many cultures and business environments, David has extensive business-to-government experience in emerging markets; he worked with TRACE to ensure compliance of third party agents for his previous employer, a TRACE member.
David was born and educated in Canada: he pursued his graduate studies in International Political Economy at the Norman Paterson School in Ottawa following completion of his BA in Economics from Queen’s University. David is based in Paris and will support TRACE member companies and clients in Europe.
David Ireland est spécialiste en développement des affaires internationales depuis 25 ans. Il a commencé sa carrière en tant que diplomat canadien, dont 5 années à l’Ambassade du Canada à Tokio, suivi de postes de Directeur du Développement des affaires internationales chez des société privées à Toronto, Boston et Ottawa ainsi qu’à l’Agence austalienne de développement du commerce international AUSTRADE où il a fourni des services de consultant aux entreprises australiennes cherchant à exporter à la région andine. David a géré des comptes-clients et a dirigé des activités de promotion du commerce international en Amérique latine, l’Afrique de l’ouest, l’Europe occidentale et au Japon.
Maitrisant cinq langues avec une bonne compréhension de nombreuses cultures et milieux d’affaires, David a une grande expérience B2G (du privé auprès des gouvernements) dans les pays en voie de développement. David a collaboré avec TRACE afin d’assurer la conformité des agents tierces de son employeur précédent, un membre de TRACE.
David est né et a été éduqué au Canada: il a entammé ses études de maitrise en Economie Politique Internationale à l’Ecole Norman Paterson à Ottawa suite à ses études de premier cycle (BA) en sciences économiques à l’Université Queen’s (Kingston, Canada). David est basé à Paris, et appuie les membres de TRACE et les clients en Europe.
Business Development Consultant, APAC
As Regional Consultant for the Asia Pacific, Michelle regularly advises multinationals and SMEs on anti-bribery compliance solutions and other regulatory matters, utilizing her extensive experience in government service, corporate law and litigation. Prior to joining TRACE, Michelle was the General Counsel of the Araneta Group of Companies, a diverse group of corporations anchored on food, leisure, real estate and property development. She also worked at the Romulo Law Office, specializing in compliance issues, domestic and international arbitration, cross-border transactions, capital markets and commercial litigation. She served briefly at the Philippines’ executive and judicial departments, and was Chief of Staff at a high-profile congressional campaign, giving her unique insight into corruption challenges in the region.
Business Development Manager, Latin America
Martha Mallory is a Mexican trained attorney specialized in white collar crime, internal investigations and anti-corruption and with a special focus on Latin America. She has over seven years of experience working for the Mexican government in the areas of law enforcement, international criminal law, financial assistance, project coordination and tax litigation. As Latin America Regional Manager, Martha provides regional compliance teams of TRACE member companies with additional support and in-depth local knowledge. With a strong focus on expanding TRACE’s reach in Latin America, Martha works with both multinational and national companies to deliver tailored solutions that fit the needs of the market.
Prior to joining TRACE, Martha worked at the Legal Attaché Office of the General Attorney’s Office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. specializing in mutual legal assistance, anti-corruption, white collar crime, U.S. congressional investigations, sting operations and anti-money laundering practices.
Martha studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and holds an LL.M. in General Studies from Georgetown University Law Center with a focus on white collar, anti-corruption and internal investigations.
Martha is a member of the American Bar Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and The Washington Foreign Law Society. She is a native Spanish speaker and speaks fluent English. She is based in Annapolis and is originally from Mexico.
Consultant, United Kingdom
As Consultant, Tom supports member companies’ abilities to develop and maintain high quality and up-to-date anti-bribery compliance programs. Tom is an English trained barrister and, prior to joining TRACE, was a member of a leading set of Chambers in London. While in independent practice, Tom appeared as an advocate in various courts and tribunals in the United Kingdom specializing in white collar crime (both prosecution and defense), public law and regulatory work. This work included conducting investigations and prosecutions for the National Crime Agency in the UK (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency), including into allegations of bribery and public corruption. Prior to becoming a barrister, Tom worked in Trinidad and Tobago at the Caribbean Center for Human Rights working on appeals of capital cases to the Privy Council in London.
Tom is a graduate of Oxford University and obtained his full rights of audience from the Inns of Court School of Law in London. Tom is also a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Law LL.M program in National Security Law, where he received the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood S.J. Prize for graduating highest in his class.