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Pamela Passman

President and CEO

Pamela Passman is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of CREATe.org. Prior to establishing CREATe.org, Ms. Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft responsible for regulatory compliance, public policy, corporate citizenship, and corporate philanthropy. She joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization...

Pamela Passman is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of CREATe.org. Prior to establishing CREATe.org, Ms. Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft responsible for regulatory compliance, public policy, corporate citizenship, and corporate philanthropy. She joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan. She currently serves on the Boards of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, having served on its Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy.

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Leslie Benton

Vice President, Advocacy & Stakeholder Engagement

Leslie Benton is the Vice President of Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement of CREATE.org. Ms. Benton is a former Senior Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications, where she led the anti-corruption and compliance communications practice. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Director for the U.S. chapter of Transparency International, where she spearheaded the chapter’s outreach to...

Leslie Benton is the Vice President of Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement of CREATE.org. Ms. Benton is a former Senior Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications, where she led the anti-corruption and compliance communications practice. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Director for the U.S. chapter of Transparency International, where she spearheaded the chapter’s outreach to the U.S. Government, the G8 and G20, international institutions, multilateral development banks and the private sector. A lawyer by training, Ms. Benton is widely recognized for her experience in navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape for NGOs and Fortune 500 companies in addition to her expertise in corporate compliance and governance, anti-corruption reform, and trade policy. She has also practiced law with Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C. and is the Vice Chair, Anti-Corruption Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. Ms. Benton received her Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and her J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.

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Craig Moss

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Craig Moss is Chief Operating Officer of CREATe.org where he is responsible for developing CREATe Leading Practices, a program designed to help companies and their suppliers reduce the risks associated with trade secret theft, counterfeiting, piracy and corruption. He has developed definitive guides for organizations including World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and the United...

Craig Moss is Chief Operating Officer of CREATe.org where he is responsible for developing CREATe Leading Practices, a program designed to help companies and their suppliers reduce the risks associated with trade secret theft, counterfeiting, piracy and corruption. He has developed definitive guides for organizations including World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and the United Nations. Mr. Moss is an Executive Advisor for Social Accountability International (SAI) and previously led Social Fingerprint®, a program helping companies and their supply chains implement sustainability practices. Previously, Mr. Moss founded Global Access Corporation, where he led more than 3,000 business development projects in 50 countries.

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Allen N. Dixon

Intellectual Property Counsel

Allen N. Dixon is a leading lawyer and international specialist in the intellectual property and information technology field, having worked on three continents and advised high technology and other industries in various capacities for more than 25 years. He worked in General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel positions in technology companies in Asia, the US...

Allen N. Dixon is a leading lawyer and international specialist in the intellectual property and information technology field, having worked on three continents and advised high technology and other industries in various capacities for more than 25 years. He worked in General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel positions in technology companies in Asia, the US and Europe between 1986 and 1994. He was European Counsel and Partner at the private law firm Covington & Burling in London, England, from 1994 through 1999, representing companies in the technology industry. From 2000 to 2005 he served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the international recording industry association IFPI in London. Since 2005 he has run the IIPTC consultancy concentrating on intellectual property and high-technology issues. He speaks and writes regularly on technology and intellectual property matters.

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Lucy Nichols

Intellectual Property Counsel

Lucy Nichols is an internationally respected intellectual property attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the acquisition, protection and enforcement of IP rights. Lucy earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and was an associate attorney with leading IP boutique law firms in Washington D.C. and New York City prior...

Lucy Nichols is an internationally respected intellectual property attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the acquisition, protection and enforcement of IP rights. Lucy earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and was an associate attorney with leading IP boutique law firms in Washington D.C. and New York City prior to joining Nokia in 2000 as Americas’ Trademark Counsel. In 2003, Lucy transitioned into the global role of Director of Brand Protection at Nokia’s headquarters in Europe and assumed global responsibility for the company’s trademark and patent design portfolios as well as the associated enforcement and litigation. From 2008-2011 she focused on addressing counterfeiting and design infringements while based at Nokia’s regional headquarters in Beijing, China and managed numerous successful IP litigations in Chinese Courts involving trademark and design rights. Lucy has held leadership positions with various IP industry associations including the International Trademark Association and the Quality Brands Protection Committee and represented the Intellectual Property Constituency on ICANN’s GNSO council and is a popular speaker on best practices in brand related IP protection.

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Beate Devoghele-Lalk

Special Advisor, Europe

Beate Devoghele-Lalk is a leading international intellectual property lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in the protection and enforcement of IP rights, supply chain IP due diligence and IP contracts. Before establishing her own IP firm she worked with the legal department of Daimler AG as their Head of Intellectual Property and Global Brand...

Beate Devoghele-Lalk is a leading international intellectual property lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in the protection and enforcement of IP rights, supply chain IP due diligence and IP contracts. Before establishing her own IP firm she worked with the legal department of Daimler AG as their Head of Intellectual Property and Global Brand Protection. Beate has led a diverse team of specialists from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, developing and implementing global anti-counterfeit strategies. She has held leadership positions in various IP associations including the co-chair of BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) and is currently a member of the ICC IP Commission.

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Sandra Girona

Vice President of Business Development

Sandra Girona is the Vice President of Business Development at CREATe.org. Prior to joining CREATe, she held multiple positions at SITA. She was most recently the Vice President of Strategic Programs, and Vice President of Sales and Relationship Management. Her career focus has been on providing IT solutions to the Air Transport Industry by providing...

Sandra Girona is the Vice President of Business Development at CREATe.org. Prior to joining CREATe, she held multiple positions at SITA. She was most recently the Vice President of Strategic Programs, and Vice President of Sales and Relationship Management. Her career focus has been on providing IT solutions to the Air Transport Industry by providing the latest technology to enable business process. She has worked within her organization to address the challenges of protecting IP and supporting business process to ensure compliance with Anti-Corruption laws. She is a member of Women in Technology working to enhance technology opportunities for women and girls. She is also a mentor for women in transition working with the nonprofit The Drake House. She has a business degree from Pace University with a major in marketing.

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Anne Walker

Director, Marketing and Communications

Anne Walker is Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining CREATe, Ms. Walker was associate director of the London Digital practice for global PR firm Fleishman-Hillard where she managed digital communications for global multinational companies and industry coalitions. Ms. Walker began her career in the USA, working in Seattle and New York City and...

Anne Walker is Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining CREATe, Ms. Walker was associate director of the London Digital practice for global PR firm Fleishman-Hillard where she managed digital communications for global multinational companies and industry coalitions. Ms. Walker began her career in the USA, working in Seattle and New York City and rising to Senior Vice President of The MWW Group. In 2000, Ms. Walker moved to London to lead European marketing for several emerging technology companies involved in mobile, social networking and media. Ms. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Washington, USA; and a master’s degree in writing from Middlesex University in London.

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Andrew Garber

Head of Operations

Andrew Garber is the Head of Operations for CREATe.org. Most recently he was the Office Manager at the Sandia National Laboratories’ Washington, DC Program Office. While at Sandia, Andrew’s primary responsibilities included operations support for the Washington, DC Program Office, outreach to temporarily assigned Sandia employees in the Washington, DC area, and legislative support for...

Andrew Garber is the Head of Operations for CREATe.org. Most recently he was the Office Manager at the Sandia National Laboratories’ Washington, DC Program Office. While at Sandia, Andrew’s primary responsibilities included operations support for the Washington, DC Program Office, outreach to temporarily assigned Sandia employees in the Washington, DC area, and legislative support for the Sandia Government Relations team.

Prior to Sandia, Andrew was the Director of Operations for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means from 2006-2010. In this role he provided the day-to-day operations and IT support, drafted and managed committee’s biannual budget, and provided administrative and technical support for committee hearings. Additionally, Andrew served as Systems Administrator of U.S. Senator George Voinovich from 2002-2006.

Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

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Weili Shen

Head of Service Support

Weili Shen is an experienced project manager who possesses detailed knowledge of intellectual property and anti-corruption issues. She started her career in Shanghai where she was a legal and corporate affairs professional with a multinational corporation. While there, she conducted due diligence on external vendors and outbound investment, maintained records and regulatory filings and was...

Weili Shen is an experienced project manager who possesses detailed knowledge of intellectual property and anti-corruption issues. She started her career in Shanghai where she was a legal and corporate affairs professional with a multinational corporation. While there, she conducted due diligence on external vendors and outbound investment, maintained records and regulatory filings and was responsible for reviewing contracts and agreements in both Chinese and English. Prior to joining CREATe, Weili provided consulting advice to U.S. companies seeking entry into China. Weili also served as a program manager and coordinator for the Maryland China Initiative, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, and Washington State China Relations Council where she gained expertise on U.S.-China relations, served as a point of contact for business partners, and managed operations. She received her Bachelor of Law from Shanghai International Studies University. She also earned a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

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