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Pamela Passman

President and CEO

Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org). Prior to founding CREATe in October 2011, Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2002, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law...

Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org). Prior to founding CREATe in October 2011, Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2002, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She worked closely with business leaders and research and development teams to advance Microsoft’s businesses in China and other emerging markets. Passman also led Microsoft’s public policy and philanthropic work and had leadership responsibilities for Microsoft’s cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts.

She first 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.

Since March 2012, Ms. Passman has served as an Advisory board member to the Board and Audit Committee of IO, a mid-market data center infrastructure/cloud computing technology company, and a portfolio company of private equity firm Sterling Partners. Ms. Passman also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Ethisphere Institute, a private company that is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Ms. Passman was recognized by Security Magazine as one of 2014 Most Influential People in Security.

Ms. Passman served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and as its Chair during 2010-2011. 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).  Passman is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on its Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2010-2011).

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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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Katherine Peavy

Head of Program Management

Katherine Peavy is a global compliance executive with more than 15 years’ experience in China managing multicultural teams to implement compliance programs and complete corruption investigations, most recently for Wal-Mart. She is a specialist in corporate investigations, compliance, due diligence and supply chain security compliance (C-TPAT), and is also versed in brand protection, ethical sourcing/labor...

Katherine Peavy is a global compliance executive with more than 15 years’ experience in China managing multicultural teams to implement compliance programs and complete corruption investigations, most recently for Wal-Mart. She is a specialist in corporate investigations, compliance, due diligence and supply chain security compliance (C-TPAT), and is also versed in brand protection, ethical sourcing/labor standards (SA8000) and ethics. Her experience includes working as senior director of Wal-Mart Global Sourcing where she managed the Global Sourcing Asset Protection and Security Team throughout the global supply chain, delivered compliance training, and managed investigations. Prior to that role, she was with Control Risks and Hill & Associates in Shanghai covering corporate fraud and due diligence.  Since leaving Wal-Mart, she has been consulting and writing on compliance and corruption for a variety of media outlets.  Ms. Peavy is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 

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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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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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Anne Kelley

Anne Kelley

Special Advisor

Anne Kelley is an Advisor to the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org). She brings significant expertise in intellectual property protection and patent licensing, supply chain compliance, anti-piracy and IT security. She spent 20 years at Microsoft where she was Associate General Counsel. Anne was instrumental in starting Microsoft’s patent and technology licensing program...

Anne Kelley is an Advisor to the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org). She brings significant expertise in intellectual property protection and patent licensing, supply chain compliance, anti-piracy and IT security. She spent 20 years at Microsoft where she was Associate General Counsel. Anne was instrumental in starting Microsoft’s patent and technology licensing program and negotiated seminal agreements for the company. She also engaged with companies around the world to enhance IP protection and IT security in the global supply chain. Prior to this role, she was involved in managing Microsoft’s 375-person legal organization outside of the U.S. across 50 countries; and led special projects regarding anti-corruption and rule of law. Her first role at Microsoft was managing a team of anti-piracy professionals across the US. Anne started her legal practice with Arter & Hadden. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Anne’s publications include “Practicing in the Patent Marketplace” in the Winter 2011 edition of the University of Chicago Law Review.

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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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Karen Spence Dorsey

Project Coordinator

Karen Spence Dorsey is the Project Coordinator for CREATe. Karen brings more than 25 years of administrative/managerial experience to CREATe. Most recently, Karen was the Chief Administrator for two small consulting firms where she was responsible for day-to-day small business financial management. She also served as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of...

Karen Spence Dorsey is the Project Coordinator for CREATe. Karen brings more than 25 years of administrative/managerial experience to CREATe. Most recently, Karen was the Chief Administrator for two small consulting firms where she was responsible for day-to-day small business financial management. She also served as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Infotech Strategies, a Washington-based government consulting firm. At this firm, she also coordinated efforts for the firm’s scholarship foundation. Karen also spent more than 10 years in the public sector as Office Manager on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and as Staff Assistant to Congressman George Miller.

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