GEC Risk Advisory Team
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD
DIRECTOR • STRATEGIST • ETHICIST • AUTHOR • PROFESSOR • SPEAKER
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD, is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ESG, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist serving a broad cross-section of business, nonprofits, and government agencies. Since 2017, Andrea has been the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc spent two decades as a c-suite global corporate executive at Bertelsmann, Verint, and PSEG including serving as general counsel, chief ethics, risk, compliance, and CSR officer, and overseeing a variety of functions including legal, governance, risk, ethics, corporate responsibility, government relations, strategic communications, crisis management, compliance, audit, information security and environmental, health and safety. She began her career as an international corporate lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb and received her PhD in Political Science and JD from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Germany and Spain and is multi-lingual.
Andrea serves on several boards and advisory boards including WireX (a network security company), Crisp (an early warning risk intelligence firm), Cyber Future Foundation (a global cyber-trust nonprofit), Greenward Partners (a Spanish green energy firm), Corporate Excellence (a Spanish think tank), Ethical Intelligence (an EU-based AI ethics firm), Epic Theatre Ensemble (a NYC nonprofit), the NACD New Jersey Chapter (where she serves as Nominations/Governance Committee Chair) and NYU Stern-based think tank, Ethical Systems.
Andrea is a NACD board leadership fellow and governance faculty member and holds the Carnegie Mellon CERT Certification in Cyber-Risk Oversight. She is a faculty member NYU’s Center for Global Affairs MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime program for which she teaches “Cyber Leadership, Risk Oversight, and Resilience,” and she also is a member of the NYU SPS CGA Cyber Advisory Council. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Andrea is a global speaker and delivered keynote and other speeches around the world including Davos. She is quoted by and appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, FT Agenda, BBC, The New York Times, among other media outlets. She is an extensively published author of dozens of articles and several books including The Reputation Risk Handbook, Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance and The Artificial Intelligence Imperative. Her most recent books are Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value (Routledge 2020) and The ESGT Megatrends Manual 2021-2022 (Diplomatic Courier 2021).
Jacqueline E. Brevard, JD/LLM
Senior Advisor – GEC Risk Advisory
Jacqueline E. Brevard brings more than 20 years of experience as a global ethics and compliance professional in the pharmaceutical industry. She is Senior Advisor at GEC Risk Advisory, a global risk, governance, ethics, compliance, cyber and crisis advisory firm, serving executives, boards, investors, and advisors to business, non-profits and government. Client assignments include integrity program development and evaluation, codes of conduct, customized education from the boardroom to the shop floor, enterprise and specific risk assessments and crisis planning.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Ms. Brevard, as the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Merck & Co., Inc., has direct experience with CIA implementation, including: (i) oversight and management of the Company’s response to specific CIA requirements; (ii) oversight and management of the Ethics and Compliance Team; (iii) preparation and presentation of quarterly reports to the Board and the Company’s Monitor; and (iv) certification of the Company’s Compliance Program.
Additionally, Ms. Brevard, in her capacity as Senior Advisor, GEC Risk Advisory, LLC, has completed an engagement providing specific advice and guidance on Patient Assistance Programs, Speaker Programs, Medical Science Liaisons and the Sunshine Act to a global pharma company.
Currently, in addition to her role as Senior Advisor at GEC Risk, Ms. Brevard is a Senior Advisor to the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), acting as Subject Matter Expert on a variety of engagements; and a Program Director for The Conference Board, where she provides leadership, guidance and intellectual direction to the Global Business Conduct Council.
Previously Ms. Brevard was Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Merck & Co., Inc., developing and successfully implementing the first comprehensive Global Ethics and Compliance Program for a top-tier global pharmaceutical company, driving Merck to a leadership position in organizational ethics and compliance. While at Merck, Ms. Brevard developed and published three succeeding editions of the company’s global code of conduct, keeping pace with emerging risks and new developments in the industry. Ms. Brevard also implemented one of the first companywide “Speak Up” programs in corporate America. Reflecting Ms. Brevard’s influence in the field, she was cited by Ethisphere magazine in 2009 as “One of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”
Prior to her appointment as Merck’s first Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Ms. Brevard was an international, transactional attorney at Merck having completed projects in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Brevard received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an L.L.M. in International Law from New York University School of Law.
CERTIFICATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Ms. Brevard also serves as Emeritus Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the former Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, now the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), and Chaired the ECI Fellows Program. She is a member of the faculty for the Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) certification program at ECI. Ms. Brevard has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, an Adjunct Faculty member at New York University and Glasgow Caledonian University (NYC). She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII); and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Business Ethics Institute. Ms. Brevard is a published author and a frequent lecturer on ethics and compliance.
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