Gretta Fenner is the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance, where she also holds the position of Director of the Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery. She has already held these positions from 2005 to 2008, during the founding years of the Institute, and has joined the Institute again in late 2011 after three years in Australia and Oxford, UK.

During these intermittent years, she primarily worked as freelance consultant advising governments, donors, international organisations and multinational corporations from around the world in governance and anti-corruption related topics as well as organisational change and development processes and policy design. Prior to joining the Basel Institute, from 2000 to 2005, Gretta worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris as the organisation’s manager for anti-corruption programmes in the Asia-Pacific region where she played a key role in establishing the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific.

Gretta Fenner is a political scientist by training and holds bachelor and master degrees from the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Free University Berlin, Germany, and the Paris Institute for Political Science ("Sciences Po Paris"), France. In 2010, she further completed an MBA at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business, Australia.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mozambique’s Tuna Bonds Scandal

As Credit Suisse agreed to pay $99 million, Gretta Fenner spotlights humanitarian violations as a result of the corruption debacle.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Basel AML Index: Going Beyond the Money Laundering Leaderboard

Gretta Fenner comments via the FCPA Blog about the persistent need to monitor transparency and efficiency to curb money laundering.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A make-or-break moment: Gretta Fenner urges Ukrainian political leaders to speed up asset recovery and remove obstacles to combating corruption

Gretta Fenner appealed to Ukrainian political leaders to support asset recovery, remove roadblocks and empower anti-corruption institutions during her address at the Ukraine 30 Forum.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Global Investigations Review's 100 2021 women in investigations

Founding Fellow Gretta Fenner has been selected as one of Global Investigations Review's 100 2021 women in investigations for her excellent work and accomplishments.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Academy Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary

Legal Business World published a Q&A featuring Co-Founders, Elizabeth Ortega and Gretta Fenner, Fellow Dorothy Siron, and Professor Jennifer Arlen at NYU, highlighting The Academy’s mission and global impact.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Financial crime in illegal wildlife trade guide published in multiple languages

Gretta Fenner’s guide to financial crime in illegal wildlife trade was just released in Spanish, French and Portuguese. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

FinCEN files and financial crime

In a BCC Newshour interview, Gretta Fenner discusses what the FinCen Files story reveals about systems to fight financial crime.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Corruption risks and remedies in a crisis – insights from an ADB webinar

During a recent webinar organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Gretta Fenner gave a presentation on anti-corruption in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and shared insights on how to address potential risks.

Monday, July 06, 2020

How asset recovery can support the fight against illegal wildlife trade

Giving her perspective on the topic of asset recovery and wildlife trafficking, Gretta Fenner asks: Should assets recovered from corrupt practices linked to wildlife trafficking be channelled into conservation and counter-IWT enforcement efforts?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Asset Recovery During COVID-19 Crisis

Beyond the challenges that the global pandemic has uncovered, many asset recovery experts see great potential, as the response to the crisis has lured many to embrace modern times. The Basel Institute looks at five initial areas for the asset recovery community to consider.

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 Basel AML Index Published

Basel AML Index, an independent annual ranking accessing money laundering and terrorist financing worldwide, was just published for 2019.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Fighting the Root Causes of Corruption

Gretta Fenner delivered the key note speech outlining some of the root causes of corruption at the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Corruption in Kyrgyzstan

Gretta Fenner shares with Radio Azattyk the most appropriate and efficient ways to enhance asset recovery efforts in Kyrgyzstan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Basel Institute and Tanzania’s Anti-Corruption Agency Renew Partnership

The Basel Institute and Tanzania’s Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) have confirmed a one-year extension to a programme of work that supports Tanzania’s efforts to combat corruption and recover stolen assets.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Gretta Fenner Addresses Wildlife Trafficking

In her article, co-authored by her colleague Simon Marsh, Gretta Fenner explains to “The FCPA Blog” that organized crime groups profiting from trafficking illegal wildlife products escape true punishment when they use Kenya as their route to sell illegal wildlife products.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Gretta Fenner on Government Compliance

Gretta Fenner addresses government compliance in The Wall Street Journal, saying " Governments may be ticking the right boxes in terms of formal compliance, but in reality [they are] neglecting enforcement of laws and measures to prevent and combat money laundering and related financial crimes."

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The UN’s Responsibility to Curb Corruption

Mark Pieth and Gretta Fenner share with “The FCPA Blog” how states that fail to effectively prevent and punish corruption are in direct violation of their obligations under international human rights treaties.