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Lawyer from Universidad del Rosario - Bogota, with specialization in Corporate Law at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, studies in Ethics and Corporate Compliance at the Ethics Resource Center - Washington DC and in Excellence in Corporate Management at Banco Mercantil –Caracas. Ample experience in development of corporate integrity and compliance programs for domestic and multinational companies.

Foundation partner to lead ethics, compliances, anticorruption services for GRCompliance SAS - firm with broad consultant services throughout the LA region. From GRC, has provided technical assistance to the Colombian Government’s Transparency Office with the development and implementation of the “first white List register” for companies with anticorruption compliance programs in place, an initiative founded by EU (CEDDET and FIIAPP). Also provided technical assistance to the OAS – Anticorruption Mission of Honduras, for the development of an assessment and recommendations to implement a compliance anticorruption mechanism for the private sector.

She has led as a regional expert the program of Principles of Integrity for the Pharmaceutical Industry in Latin America of Transparency International UK and the Principles for the Coalition of the sector of Medical Devices within the framework of APEC.

As Director of the Private Sector Area of Transparency International – Colombia Chapter, 2002-2010, lead research studies and publications of domestic scope such as “Index of Transparency for Public Utility Services Companies” and “National Entrepreneurial Survey on Bribery Prevention” and the design and implementation strategy of the “Ethics and Anti-corruption in the Value Chain of Small and Medium Size Companies” which innovating content in enforcement of corruption has called the attention of international organizations for application in other Latin American countries. Also headed Corporate Integrity Management at Millicom/Tigo Colombia Movil, with local and regional responsibilities for the design and implementation of an anti-corruption program at MIC operations.

Experienced in design of strategies to facilitate collective actions, sector agreements and public-private alliances in different business sectors. Her work in leadership and facilitation of business associations codes, received with the anticorruption Agreement of Pipe Manufacturing Companies in Colombia a World Bank award "Collective Action Practitioners Competition”. A speaker and panel member in domestic and international forums and workshops.

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The Palestinian Public Budget: Estimated vs. Actual

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Alma Balcazar

Affiliation

GRCOMPLIANCE SAS

Professional Title

Partner-director

Region

  • Americas

Country/Territory

Topics

Specialisms

Business integrity, Collective action, beneficial ownership

Email Address

almabalcazar@grcompliance.net

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