2015-2016 TRACE Scholars Named: TRACE Funds Students from Pakistan and Ukraine for LL.M. Degree

Aug 04, 2015, 08:00 ET from TRACE International

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TRACE International, the globally recognized anti-bribery association committed to advancing commercial transparency, has announced the 2015-2016 participants of the TRACE Scholar Program. Ms. Salma Begum of Pakistan and Mr. Orest Stasyuk of Ukraine will begin their studies this month in the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program at the University of Washington School of Law.

"The TRACE Scholar Program is designed to recruit and develop leaders in the field of anti-bribery who can return to their home countries and contribute to compliance efforts in the public or private sphere," said Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder of TRACE. "Our inaugural scholars have interned at TRACE this summer and have been tremendously successful.  I look forward to working with Salma and Orest next year."

Launched in 2014, the TRACE Scholar Program provides fully-funded scholarships for two international LL.M. students from developing countries who will pursue studies aimed at increasing transparency and reducing corruption. Scholars receive full tuition, lodging and travel from their home country to the U.S. where they spend a full academic year studying anti-corruption, business ethics, governance and related issues, followed by a paid internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

Salma Begum is the Assistant Director at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Pakistan, an agency charged with investigating and prosecuting anti-corruption cases in the country. Ms. Begum has investigated government corruption cases worth  Rs. 500 Million (USD7.8 Million).

Orest Stasyuk is an attorney from Kiev, Ukraine who works as an associate with the criminal law practice of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, where he focuses on anti-bribery compliance work, implementing compliance programs and conducting anti-corruption audits in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The 2014-2015 TRACE Scholars were Ernesto Alejandro Valasco Granda of Ecuador and Chitra Nair of India, who studied at Maryland Carey School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law, respectively. 

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the business implications of anti-bribery legislation," said Chitra Nair. "Working with TRACE has been an extremely educational and rewarding experience. The team here is very knowledgeable and always willing to share their expertise."

An additional scholarship will be offered at King's College, Cambridge University for the 2016-2017 academic year.


TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated are two distinct entities with a common mission to advance commercial transparency worldwide by supporting the compliance efforts of multinational companies and their third party intermediaries. TRACE International is a non-profit business association that pools resources to provide members with anti-bribery compliance support while TRACE Incorporated offers both members and non-members customizable risk-based due diligence, anti-bribery training and advisory services.  Working alongside one another, TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated offer an end-to-end, cost-effective and innovative solution for anti-bribery and third party compliance.

For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.



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