Past Event

Leadership in Anticorruption: Insights into Singapore and NYC’s Investigative Agencies

April 2, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The corrupt are clever and adaptable. Thus, anti-corruption efforts must continuously adjust in order to ensure that efficiency and integrity in government is maintained. Two investigative bodies, New York City’s Department of Investigations (DOI) and Singapore’s Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), embody both the innovation and persistence necessary to serve as watchdogs for their respective communities.

Singapore is internationally recognized as a country with zero-tolerance for corruption and Singapore’s CPIB is a global success story in state-level efforts to fight corruption. Similarly, DOI has a reputation of using innovative approaches that lead to high-profile arrests and the proactive monitoring of corruption vulnerabilities. DOI is uniquely positioned to oversee all city agencies and employees, including the NYPD, expanding the responsibility of the agency to address corruption and systemic failures at all levels of city government.

This event will highlight the success of the anti-corruption agencies of two of the world's leading cities: Singapore and New York. Welcoming both CPIB and DOI to Columbia University will serve as an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices. What can both institutions teach the world about corruption control?

Join us in welcoming Director Hong Kuan Wong of Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and Commissioner Mark Peters of New York City's Department of Investigation. They will then be joined by for a panel discussion with Jennifer H. Arlen, the Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law at New York University, and Xiaobo Lü, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. The panel will be moderated by Paul Lagunes, Assistant Professor at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University. Opening remarks will be delivered by Esther R. Fuchs, Director of the Urban and Social Policy Concentration, Columbia University SIPA.

This event is organized by the Center on Global Economics Governance with support from the Urban and Social Policy (USP) Concentration, the Economic and Political Development (EPD) Concentration, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. 


Please find DOI Commissioner Mark G. Peters speech for the event here.

Please find CPIB Director Hong Kuan Wong's powerpoint presentation here.


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