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Katja Bechtel

Katja Bechtel has been leading on relationships with companies, governments, international organizations, and civil society at the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption (PACI) Initiative since July 2019.

Katja is also responsible for PACI’s engagement in international fora, including in the Business 20, the UN, and the OECD. Katja currently leads on three collective action initiatives on beneficial ownership transparency, the role of professional gatekeepers in the fight against corruption, and the integration of corruption and human rights issues in business practices. PACI is the world’s largest CEO-led anti-corruption initiative with more than 90 members.

Before taking on this role, Katja headed the global Business Integrity Programme at Transparency International (TI). For almost seven years, she oversaw the implementation of largescale multi-country projects on business integrity, developed Anti-Corruption Principles for Businesses and for SOEs with a multistakeholder group, conducted surveys on transparency in corporate reporting, and led on TI’s work with international coalitions.

She has also worked in the private sector as EU Policy Advisor for environmental and agricultural policies at Bayer AG, and spent time at an industry association in Brussels.

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