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Elaine K. Dezenski serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Bringing more than 20 years of senior-level experience in public, private, and international organizations, she is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader in security policy, with special expertise in anti-corruption, security, and risk management. She is Founder of LumiRisk, LLC, a risk advisory practice, and is part of the founding team of the predictive analytics company Blank Slate Technologies. She serves on the board of Integrity Initiatives International, a nongovernmental organization fighting grand corruption. From 2017 to 2018, she served as a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, where she was the Mars Lecturer of Business Ethics in Yale’s Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics from 2017-2020. In 2020, she was appointed to the Export-Important Bank of the United States’ (EXIM) new Chairman’s Council on China Competition.

As senior director and head of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative from 2012 to 2015, Ms. Dezenski was responsible for growing the leading global private sector-driven anti-corruption initiative. From 2010 to 2012, she launched the Forum’s Risk Response Network, a global platform for addressing a broad range of macro-level risks and their implications for business and society.

Previous positions include senior-level political and career positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2002–2006), where she served as deputy and acting assistant secretary for policy from 2004 to 2006. She also in senior roles at Interpol and Cross Match Technologies, and in various managerial roles at Siemens Corporation. She holds an M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in international relations from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.

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