Gemma Aiolfi

Head, Corporate Governance, Compliance and Collective Action, Basel Institute on Governance

A barrister by profession, Ms Aiolfi has many years of experience in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance gained at UBS in the Group Money Laundering Prevention Unit, and subsequently as Global Head of Anti-Corruption at the bank. Whilst at ABB AG in Zurich Oerlikon, Ms Aiolfi was Legal Counsel to the Integrity Department and the internal Office of Special Investigations focusing on requirements under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US authorities, as well as responsible for the remediation of anti-corruption policies and procedures and the management of all third party intermediaries and agents at ABB. Following several years with the OECD Anti Corruption Working Group on Bribery, she and Professor Mark Pieth established the Basel Institute on Governance, focusing on anti-corruption and integrity in the private sector she worked with various industry sector groups (power systems, banking, construction and aerospace & defence) and together with Prof Pieth developed external partnerships such as with the WEF (drafting the original PACI principles together with industry). After working in the private sector, Ms Aiolfi returned to the Basel Institute to lead the Corporate Compliance and Collective Action Division in 2013. Current private sector clients include several MNEs with headquarters in Switzerland, as well as banks and smaller Swiss companies engaged in international trade. Ms Aiolfi studied at the universities of Basel, Stockholm and the London School of Economics and is a member of Gray’s Inn, London and a board member of Ethics & Compliance Switzerland.