Board of Directors
Pictured from the left: Dr. Lester A. Myers, Dr. Rafael Espada, Lord Daniel Brennan, Dr. Huguette Labelle, Mr. Raymond Baker (right)
Global Financial Integrity’s work is overseen and guided by a five-member Board of Directors consisting of the following distinguished individuals.
Lord Daniel Brennan QC, Chair
Lord Daniel Brennan is a member of the House of Lords. He is a deputy High Court judge and Crown Court recorder and former chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. His knowledge of international law earned him an appointment on the panel of consultants to the World Bank for Latin America and South and East Asia. Lord Brennan is also the current Bar representative on the Council of the International Bar Association.
Dr. Rafael Espada, Vice Chair
Dr. Rafael Espada is Vice President of the Central American Parlament (PARLACEN), previously serving as the Vice President of Guatemala from 2008-2012. During his term as Guatemalan Vice President, he led the administration’s efforts to create a more transparent and accountable government. Working closely with GFI, Espada strengthened the legal and regulatory transparency in public contracting, auditing and bank regulations.
Prior to his election, Dr. Espada was a cardiothoracic surgeon at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart Center. While practicing, Dr. Espada would frequently fly to Guatemala to treat underprivileged patients in his native country who required cardiothoracic care. While serving as Guatemalan Vice President, Espada worked closely with Global Financial Integrity’s Policy Advisory Program to increase financial transparency in the country.
Dr. Lester A. Myers, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Lester Myers is the president of the Center of Concern, a Washington think tank that researches, educates, and advocates out of the Catholic social tradition to promote global social justice. He is a Caux Round Table fellow, member of the Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute Advisory Board, and Board Advisory Services faculty member for the National Association of Corporate Directors. He also participates in corporate citizenship programs of the Business Civic Leadership Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Raymond Baker
Raymond Baker is President of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System, published by John Wiley & Sons and cited by the Financial Times as one of the “best business books of 2005.” He has for many years been an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering, growth, and foreign policy issues, particularly as they concern developing and transitional economies and impact upon western economic and foreign interests. Read more about Mr. Baker on his staff page.
Dr. Huguette Labelle
Huguette Labelle joined Global Financial Integrity’s Board of Directors in 2014. Most recently she served as the chair of Transparency International from 2005 to 2014 and Chancellor of the University of Ottawa from 1994 to 2012. For 19 years she served as Deputy Minister of several different Canadian Government departments including Secretary of State, Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Canadian International Development Agency.
She is currently member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, Vice-Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation Board, Vice-Chair of the International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, member of the Trustlaw Advisory Board, and member of the Board of the Aga Khan Museum.. She serves on additional national and international boards, and provides advisory services to national and international organizations.
Dr. Labelle is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. She has been awarded honorary degrees from twelve Canadian Universities and the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, U.S.A.) and has received several additional honors.