In this episode, I am joined by Mikhail Reider-Gordon, Managing Director of Global Affairs at Affiliated Monitors. In this episode, we consider how Gordon’s teaching compliance and investigations at the International Anti-Corruption Academy inform her view of wide-ranging cultural differences in monitorships. Gordon is a frequent Guest Lecturer at the IACA, having been on the faculty for about five years, teaching investigations and compliance. She also supervises graduate students in writing their thesis. The IACA is an international organization formed by 70 member States, about eight and a half years ago. It is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and education in the field of anti-corruption. It runs graduate level programs and degree programs dedicated to training professionals in combating corruption in all its married forms.

It is headquartered in Laxenburg, Austria, and hosts students from over 70 countries, including US, Europe and a heavy presence of African students. Many of the student are prosecutors and investigators from developing countries who are looking to expand their capabilities and technical skills in combating corruption back in their home countries.

Gordon said that from her work at the IACA she has garnered a wider appreciation of the cultural differences that every compliance practitioner and monitor need to be attuned to in monitorship work. She said, “that is one of the more enjoyable elements of it. We touch on a lot of cultural differences and we will raise scenarios or questions in the class. We’ll have folks from the Middle East, from Africa, from China, from Indonesia, India, Western European countries, from Brazil, from the US, from Canada, basically from across the globe. This leads to a wide range of opinions.”

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