ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TRACE International, the non-profit anti-bribery business association, has announced the 2016-2017 recipients of the TRACE Scholar Program, which fully funds students from developing countries to pursue an LLM focused on advancing commercial transparency. Ms. Karina Leite of Brazil will study at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Fiona Okot of Uganda and Ms. Sofiia Kovach of Ukraine will attend the University of Washington School of Law. All three will begin their studies in Fall 2016 followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland after which they commit to returning to their country of residence to continue work relating to anti-corruption.
Ms. Leite is an attorney specializing in assisting Brazilian companies to conduct business with integrity while remaining competitive. She has previously worked for Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados.
Funding for Ms. Kovach will be provided by Telia Company, a major telecommunications company and mobile network operator in Europe, in support of their anti-bribery efforts in the Eurasia/CIS region. "At Telia Company we are committed to help building strong societies and advance responsible business practices. Knowledge and education are key to a sustainable future and we are excited to be able to support this through the TRACE scholarship." Said Johan Dennelind, CEO of Telia Company.
Ms. Kovach is a Capacity Building Expert at the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine, providing expertise for newly created anti-corruption institutions. Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Kovach worked as a lawyer at Transparency International Ukraine.
Ms. Okot is a Senior Inspectorate Officer in the Inspectorate of Government in Uganda, with almost a decade of experience in Ombudsman and Anti-Corruption work, Project Monitoring and Inspection of World Bank Funded Projects run by the Government of Uganda.
"TRACE is proud to support lawyers who commit to advancing commercial transparency in their home countries and who will work to raise anti-bribery compliance standards,' said TRACE President Alexandra Wrage. "We appreciate Telia Company's commitment to developing anti-bribery expertise by providing funding for one candidate this year and we look forward to welcoming our new scholars to TRACE."
TRACE has previously welcomed scholars from India, Ecuador, Kenya and Ukraine.
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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