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Raymond Baker

President, Global Financial Integrity

Raymond Baker is the president of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System. He is an internationally respected authority on financial crime, particularly as it concerns developing and emerging economies. Mr. Baker is a member of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, chaired by former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki; he serves on the World Economic Forum’s Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption; and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Center of Concern and on the Policy Advisory Board of Transparency International-USA. Beginning in 1997 and continuing for six years, Mr. Baker was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, researching and writing on the linkages between corruption, money laundering, and poverty. Educated at Harvard Business School and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Baker spent decades conducting business throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America—including a fifteen year stint he spent living in Lagos, Nigeria—before transitioning into the think tank world in the 1990s. Mr. Baker testifies often before legislative committees in North America and Europe and is frequently quoted by the world’s leading media outlets.