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Reinforcing Collective Action in Healthcare amidst COVID-19 to Prevent Corruption

FEB 03, 2021 14:00 CET, Platform: Zoom

Duration: 1 hour on Zoom Webinar, Session will be recorded. 

Q&A Session (5-10 Minutes): Questions submitted by participants via chat function and/or by email in advance of the webinar to the moderator (


COVID-19 has underscored the vital role of business ethics and integrity in healthcare for the world’s economies. Now more than ever, collective action initiatives comprised of diverse health stakeholders are serving as effective tools in upholding integrity, preventing corruption, and supporting patient welfare. Join us for a panel of diverse stakeholders from around the world as we discuss the role of collective action initiatives in healthcare amidst the pandemic. How have these initiatives made an impact over the past year and what more can be done as the world recovers in the year ahead?

Investigative Journalism Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM CET

Opening Remarks

Thomas Stelzer

Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA

Thomas Stelzer has been a member of the foreign service of the Republic of Austria. He has served as Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission; and more recently as Ambassador to Portugal. He also served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the United Nations, and as the Secretary of the United Nations Chief Executives Board.

At the Austrian Permanent Mission in New York, he had worked in the areas of international security and disarmament issues, as well as development cooperation. He was also Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom).  

Among his various other professional activities, Thomas Stelzer has also held the position of Deputy-Director of the Austrian Cultural Institute in New York. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a free-lance journalist and political science researcher in Latin America. He has extensively lectured on the International System.  

Thomas Stelzer is holding degrees from Vienna University and Stanford University and a Diploma from The Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies.

He has been the president of Klangforum Wien, a leading ensemble for contemporary classical music.


Andrew Blasi

Director, Crowell & Moring International

Andrew Blasi is a director at Crowell & Moring International, where he guides the development and management of large-scale partnerships to reinforce business ethics and integrity around the world. This includes serving as Stakeholder Liaison for the Business Ethics for APEC SMEs Initiative, the world’s largest collective action initiative focused on business integrity in health-related industries, where he has aided the development of nine national consensus framework agreements for ethical collaboration spanning nearly 200 parties.

 He also serves as Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Coalition for Business Ethics in the Medical Technology Sector, a member of the Business 20 (B20) Task Force on Integrity and Compliance, and an advisor to the Ethical Principles in Health Care (EPiHC) global initiative. Before joining Crowell & Moring International in 2010, Andrew served as the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow to Ambassador Robert Tuttle at the U.S. Embassy in London.


Tan Sri Dr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed

Former Director General, National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (Malaysia), Visiting Faculty Member, IACA

Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, former Director General at the National Centre for Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption, Malaysia. He was born on 5 December 1960 in Selangor, Malaysia.
Studied at University Science Malaysia and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. Later was offered a government scholarship to pursue a Masters in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, USA.
On completion of the first degree, in 1984 was appointed as an Investigation Officer at the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), Malaysia. Held various positions, including Director of Planning and Coordination, Director for Anti-Corruption Agency, State of Perak, the Director for ACA State of Penang, and Director for Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA).
Also, he had a stint with the private sector when he was seconded to Amanah Raya Berhad, a government link entity, as the Chief Integrity Officer.
In 2007 was appointed to the post of Deputy Director-General in-charge of operations at ACA Malaysia and later in 2010 was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Had also held the position of Chief Commissioner for more than six years till July 2016.
On resignation from the position as the Chief Commissioner at MACC, he was appointed as the Consultant and Advisor at the Centre for Governance and Integrity at University Technology of MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia till May 2018.

Besides remarkable career progression at ACA/MACC, he also participated in numerous Anti-Corruption activities and networks. Was a member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC), an Executive Committee for the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), and Committee member for the Sheikh Tamim Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ACE).
In the field of Academic and Education, is a Board of Governors for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) since 2012, a faculty member at IACA, was an Adjunct Professor at the Education and Social Science Faculty of University-Industry Selangor, Malaysia, and was a Board of Director for the Institute Integrity Malaysia.
For his excellent contribution to the nation especially in Anti-Corruption and management, was conferred the title of Datukships by the ruler (Sultanate) of States in Malaysia and the title of Tan Sri by the King.

Sofie Melis

Director, HR and Ethics & Compliance, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (Switzerland)

Chris McCahan

Chief Investment Officer and Global Sector Lead for Healthcare, International Finance Corporation (United States)

Carlos Gouvea

Executive President, Câmara Brasileira de Diagnóstico Laboratorial (CBDL) & Institutional Relations, Instituto Ética Saúde (Brazil)

Jeff Blackmer

Executive Vice President for International Health, Canadian Medical Association & Co-Chair, APEC Biopharmaceutical Working Group on Ethics (Canada)


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