GEC Risk Advisory Team
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD
Governance, Risk & Ethics Strategist, Start-up Mentor, Author, Speaker, Board Director
Andrea Bonime-Blanc is Founder and CEO of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, cyber and ethics strategist and counsellor to boards and executives in the corporate, non-profit and governmental sectors worldwide. For almost two decades until 2013, she held senior global executive roles at Bertelsmann, PSEG, and Verint, including as general counsel, chief risk, ethics, compliance, CSR and information security officer.
In early 2017, she was appointed Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico and became a Governance Mentor for Plug & Play Tech Centre, a global start-up accelerator. In 2018, she received an inaugural DCRO (Directors and Chief Risk Officers) Individual Exemplar Award. In 2014 and 2015 she was recognized as an Ethisphere “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” and in 2014 she received Trust Across America’s “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior”.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc is a sought-after board counsellor and advisor. She also has over two decades of board experience – she is chair emeritus of the Ethics and Compliance Association, governance chair as well as past chair of Epic Theatre Ensemble, advisory board member to several international think tanks, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at NYU.
Bonime-Blanc has published widely including most recently as coauthor, The Artificial Intelligence Imperative: A Practical Roadmap for Business (Praeger 2018), and as author, Manual de Riesgo Reputacional (Biblioteca Corporate Excellence 2017), The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency (Greenleaf 2014) and Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance (Conference Board 2015). Her new book for Routledge/Greenleaf, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience, will be published in early 2019.
Over the years, Dr. Bonime-Blanc has leveraged her European background and fluency in Spanish to work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She holds a Joint J.D. in Law and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University where she wrote her published doctoral thesis, Spain’s Transition to Democracy: The Politics of Constitution-Making which is still used for university democracy and rule of law courses around the world. She is an exhibited artist and photographer and lives with her family in New York City. She tweets @GlobalEthicist.
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