GEC Risk Advisory Team
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD
Governance, Risk & Ethics Strategist, Start-up Mentor, Author, Speaker, Board Director
Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc is the chief executive officer and founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC, a global risk governance, ethics, cyber and crisis advisory firm, serving executives, boards, investors, and advisors to business, non-profits and government. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a Governance Mentor at Plug & Play Tech Centre and, in 2017, was appointed the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.
Prior to founding GEC Risk Advisory in 2013, Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as an international senior executive in companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 250 companies, leading governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, crisis management, environmental, health & safety, information security, internal audit, external affairs, and corporate responsibility functions, including at Bertelsmann, the global media company; Verint Systems, a “big data” technology company; and PSEG Global, a division of PSEG, the leading U.S. energy and utility company.
She began her career as an international project finance and M&A lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and has served as chair, governance and nominations committee chair, audit committee chair, and a member of several boards for the past 25 years. She also serves on several Advisory Boards including Spain’s leading think tank, Corporate Excellence: Centre for Reputation Leadership, and NYU Stern Business School’s Ethical Systems.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc is author of several books including The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency, which the Wall Street Journal calls “The book on reputation risk”; the forthcoming Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2019), and coauthor of The Artificial Intelligence Imperative: A Practical Roadmap for Business (Praeger 2018).
In 2018, she received the inaugural Directors and Chief Risk Officers DCRO Exemplar Award. She was recognized in both 2015 and 2014 as one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and a 2014 Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and tweets @GlobalEthicist.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc was born and raised in Germany and Spain, is multilingual and holds a Joint JD in Law and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University; she is an Adjunct Professor at NYU and a frequent international keynote speaker including most recently at the OECD and Davos. She is an exhibited artist and photographer and lives with her family in New York City.
Jacqueline E. Brevard, JD/LLM
Senior Advisor, GEC Risk Advisory
Jacqueline E. Brevard is Senior Advisor at GEC Risk Advisory LLC, the global governance, risk, integrity, reputation and crisis advisory firm (www.GECRisk.com) serving executives, boards, investors and advisors in diverse sectors, growth stages and industries, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Client assignments range from strategic to tactical, including enterprise and specific risk assessments, crisis planning, integrity program development, codes of conduct, and customized education from the boardroom to the shop floor.
She is a Program Director for The Conference Board and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at New York University. She is an Ethisphere 2009 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.
Ms. Brevard, the former Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Merck & Co., Inc., is the pioneer and visionary who developed and successfully implemented the first comprehensive Global Ethics and Compliance Program for a top-tier global pharmaceutical company, driving Merck & Co. to a leadership position in organizational ethics and compliance and setting the standard that others would follow years later. She has more than 20 years experience in the corporate ethics and compliance field, as Merck’s Ethics and Compliance Program and Ombudsman Program were consolidated under Ms. Brevard’s leadership, and she reported regularly to Merck’s Executive Committee and the Board. Ms. Brevard also has more than 15 years experience as an international transactional attorney having completed projects, during her tenure at Merck, in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
She is Chair of the Board of the International Business Ethics Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII).
Ms. Brevard has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, and is Vice Chair Emeritus of the organization. She is a Founding Fellow of the Ethics Research Center’s Fellows Program, where she served as its Chair. Ms. Brevard is a published author and a frequent speaker at many distinguished conferences and universities, including ECI conferences, Compliance Week, Practicing Law Institute, the Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress, the Corporate Executive Board’s CELC, Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, NYU, Georgetown University, Columbia University and St. Mary’s University.
Ms. Brevard received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.
S. Prakash Sethi
Senior Advisor, GEC Risk Advisory
S. Prakash Sethi, University Distinguished Professor of Management in the Zicklin School of Business, is a seasoned expert in the field of international business and is available to comment on:
- Dynamics of competition, industry structure, and corporate strategy
- Globalization, corporate strategy, and sustainable business practices
- Voluntary codes of conduct (creation, implementation, and monitoring)
- Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
Professor Sethi has conducted extensive field work on issues relating to corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, human rights, and business ethics as an integral part of corporate strategy and operating policies. Countries involved include, among others, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Rumania, Russia, and South Africa.
He has authored, co-authored and edited 25 books and more than 130 articles in scholarly, professional, and practitioner journals. In addition, he has also written for and appeared in various national and international news media including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, NPR, BNN-Toronto, CBC (Canada)., among others.
He is the creator of CSR-S Monitor, which is a first of its kind index that analyzes corporate social responsibility-Sustainability Reports of large corporations from around the world. The Monitor provides objective comparative analysis of more than 500 corporate reports.
Dr. Sethi received his MBA and PhD, both from Columbia University.
Business & Human Rights Specialist
Alex Newton is a lawyer and specialist in business and human rights. She consults to corporations, governments and non-government organisations on a wide range of matters related to business and human rights, corporate responsibility, corruption and discrimination.
Before launching her management consulting business in January 2016, Ms Newton worked as an executive in Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for more than six years, advising on complex legal and public policy issues. Previously, she served in the United Nations Secretary General’s Strategic Planning Unit in New York and as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She started her career as a commercial lawyer, with King and Wood Mallesons in Sydney.
Ms Newton is an adjunct lecturer in business and human rights in the Australian National University’s postgraduate law program. She established the curriculum for the course in 2010 and continues to lecture in the intensive program. Ms Newton has also lectured in international human rights law at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Ms Newton has a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York and Bachelors degrees in Arts and Laws from Sydney University. She has a working proficiency in Spanish.
Jessica M. Sanchez, P.C.
General Counsel to GEC Risk Advisory
JESSICA represents a wide variety of individuals and business enterprises throughout New York, Europe and Latin America. From entrepreneurs to family-owned businesses and international investors, Jessica guides her clients through their commercial legal matters with ease and confidence. As an entrepreneur herself, Jessica identifies with the concerns of any business owner who has to balance the company’s legal issues with its fiscal demands and applies a common sense approach to the practice of law.
Prior to opening the Law Office of Jessica M. Sanchez, P.C., Jessica practiced commercial law in New York City for over a decade. During that time she represented clients in complex commercial litigation involving, among other things, claims of RICO, trademark infringement, labor and employment law violations and breach of contract. She also advised businesses on a regular basis concerning matters involving corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law, securities and general contract law.
Because of Jessica’s experience and entrepreneurial spirit, the firm’s philosophy is to provide a client with quality, legal counsel without the exorbitant cost of a salaried in-house attorney or fees from an NYC-based commercial firm. By outsourcing one’s legal needs on an “as needed” basis, the Law Office of Jessica M. Jimenez, P.C. brings tremendous value to businesses not otherwise financially positioned to retain experienced counsel and not desirous of incurring sky high fees for quality legal representation.
Furthermore, Jessica’s international experience and multi-cultural background allow her to transcend boundaries while representing a diverse array of clients. Jessica has studied, lived or spent extensive time in Colombia, Italy and Spain. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian. By virtue of having grown up in New York and lived abroad, Jessica is proud that her ability to identify with or otherwise empathize with her clients separates her from many other legal professionals in the area.
Outside the practice of law, Jessica devotes her time to her three sons and the non-profit sector. She has served on the executive committee of the board of each the Westchester Hispanic Coalition and the Amber Charter School in East Harlem.
MISSION, VISION & VALUES:
To help leaders build organizational resilience and transform risk into value.
To be a trusted and value-added advisor to leaders at all types of organization, helping them to build sustainable organizational resilience and integrity and to transform their risk into value.
Knowledge: Adding value through knowledge
Transparency: Providing services with integrity
Innovation: Delivering customized solutions
Action: Generating actionable intelligence
Results: Transforming risk into value
The GEC Risk Advisory Code of Conduct
GEC Risk Advisory Contact Information:
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO
GEC Risk Advisory
P.O. Box 231351
New York, New York 10023