Wednesday 27 February 2019
Gold, Blood and Financial Crime - The Truth and Politics: GRP ID Annual Lecture
Lecture and Q/A Session: 4:00pm - 5:30pm (followed by a drinks reception)
Venue: Social Sciences Building, Room S 0.21
Chaired by: Dr Renske Doorenspleet (PAIS)
Amjad Rihan, whistleblower on the global gold trade and the Founder of Global Business & Financial Integrity (GBFI), which campaigns for policy reform in combatting financial crime, will speak on the role of the gold trade in fuelling conflict and human rights atrocities.
How does the gold trade facilitate terrorist financing, illegal arms trading and the laundering of billions of dollars of criminal money? What is the role of international organizations and states - both in the global South and North, extractive industries and corporate firms? What is the impact of the gold trade on conflict, war, corruption and international development? The Annual Lecture of Warwick’s GRP’s International Development Programme will focus on these questions.
Please register your place for the Annual Lecture in the form below.
Workshop on Whistleblowing with Amjad Rihan
11AM - 1PM
Venue: Ramphal Building, Room R 1.03
Amjad will talk about how he discovered the facts around the gold trade’s role fuelling conflict and human rights atrocities as well as facilitating terrorist financing, illegal arms trading and the laundering of billions of dollars of criminal money. He will also discuss the personal suffering and sacrifice whistleblowers make, to expose the truth in order to protect society. This will be a unique opportunity to interact and learn from Amjad about whistleblowing - about why, why not and how? There are limited spaces available, so we recommend you book your place as soon as possible. Please sign up here for the Workshop.
Prior to establishing GFBI, Amjad established a new business line for Ernst & Young in the Middle East & North Africa. Following his success, he was promoted to a Partner, one of the youngest partners globally. His last chapter at Ernst & Young ended with discovering and then exposing one of the biggest scandals in the history of the global gold trade. His impactful revelations are still being followed up by several major investigations which have led to policy reform and significant improvements in combatting financial crime. He has been featured in many documentaries and reports including BBC Newsnight and The Guardian.