Incorporated in 2020, the Centre for Global Advancement (C4GA) aims to advance and innovate new tools and strategies to combat environmental and financial crime. Registered in the United Kingdom as a community interest company (“CIC”), C4GA operates on a not-for-profit basis with a commercial company office in Kenya.
This hybrid business model allows for flexibility in serving many different clients, while providing the adaptability and responsiveness needed to advance new thinking and approaches with a focus on creating environmental, social, cultural and financial change.
Poverty, financial vulnerability and financial gain are key drivers of environmental and financial crime. Our primary strategy is the application of existing laws relating to corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and fraud and utilising the full force of the existing laws to disrupt criminal activity linking to environmental crime.
We welcome new partnerships and collaborate with a number of established local in-country partners, including academics, private investigators, law enforcement and journalists with a history of success in conducting financial investigations.
Founder and CEO, Centre for Global Advancement.
Our founder, Ms. Amanda Gore, a New Zealand national, is a forensic accountant by background with over twenty years experience working across multiple regions around the world. Amanda specialises in supporting litigation and multi-jurisdictional financial investigations with an emphasis on anti-corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and asset tracing. Over the last 5 years, Amanda has concentrated on applying financial crime tools to environmental crime offences primarily across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Amanda has held positions with Deloitte Forensic and Dispute Services in the Cayman Islands, New York and New Zealand, worked in law enforcement in New Zealand for the Inland Revenue Department and the Financial Regulator "FMA" enforcement function and run her own Swiss company supporting UK-based litigation. She has also held positions as the Deputy Director General for the Botswana Anti-Corruption Agency and as a Director for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore developing the global AML training agenda and the newly created financial intelligence function for the Asian region. More recently, Amanda worked for UNODC in Kenya establishing a new financial investigations work-stream for the Wildlife and Forest Programme across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Amanda also teaches two graduate courses at the University of New Haven - Wildlife Crime Investigations and Environmental Crime Investigations at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science - Department of Investigations. Amanda is continuing to support litigation and law enforcement authorities under C4GA including financial investigations relating to deforestation, fisheries crime and wildlife crime cases along with developing training and providing key research and publications for key partners relating to the financial investigation aspects of environmental crime.
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Managing Director, Perun Consultants
Mr. Gwynn Hopkins is the Founder and Managing Director of Perun Consultants, a boutique forensic accounting firm based in Hong Kong. Gwynn brings a wealth of experience in forensic accounting to support new and ground-breaking litigation. Gwynn has worked on a wide range of local and cross-border engagements and has a proven track record in the liquidation and restructuring of international financial services companies, particularly those involving complex litigation or with contentious matters to resolve. Gwynn has been recognised by Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts in the fields of both forensic accounting and quantum of damages.
Vice President, Supply Chain Legality,WWF
Washington DC, USA
Mr. Corey Norton is the Vice-President, Supply Chain Legality for WWF in Washington DC. Corey is a US-based attorney who focuses on building strategies to enhance compliance efforts that minimise reputational damage across global supply chains. His work aims to prevent, detect and respond to environmental legal concerns in commodity supply chains. Corey brings a wealth of experience in the fisheries sector and engaging with supply chains to promote legal standards.
Founder of Clarmondial
Ms. Tanja Havemann is the Director and Co-founder of Clarmondial, an international impact investment advisory firm based in Switzerland. She specialises in developing and implementing innovative funding solutions for sustainable natural resource management. Tanja has a background in tropical environmental sciences, applied environmental economics and environmental law and policy, and has worked in the asset management and sustainable investment advisory industry for circa 20 years.
Dr Jacob Phelps
Senior Lecturer in Tropical Environmental Change and Policy, Lancaster University
Dr. Jacob Phelps leads the Conservation Governance Lab at the Lancaster Environment Centre based at Lancaster University. Jacob brings a broad range of experience in pioneering new legal approaches to combatting the illegal wildlife trade. His work focuses on the policy, legal and governance dimensions of tropical biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management. His research includes efforts to mobilise alternative (non-criminal) legal responses to illegal wildlife trade. He is currently leading work on the DEFRA IWT Challenge Grant-funded WILDS Project exploring how to design civil liability lawsuits for harm relating to biodiversity.