Carlos F. Acosta is a Maryland District Court judge sitting in Montgomery County, MD. Prior to this appointment, he served as Inspector General for the Prince George’s County Police Department. In that role J. Acosta functioned as the independent authority over the Internal Affairs Division, as well as being responsible to investigate systemic or programmatic issues affecting the police department’s missions. Previously, he served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Gang Squad. As a federal prosecutor, he also served as program manager for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training program for the Mérida Initiative (Mexico). He has also has been a speaker on panel discussions for the American Bar Association on ethical issues for public lawyers, as well as legal issues for Inspectors General. Judge Acosta was asked to present a week-long course in Kosovo on “Death Investigations” to national police and prosecutors on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and Department of Justice. He was invited to Borneo to assist in a law enforcement course (July 2017) and made several presentations to judges, prosecutors and conservationists on the topics of Wildlife Smuggling and Prosecutions. Judge Acosta was a Course Instructor in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a US DOJ / US State Department Program entitled “Strengthening Criminal Justice Institutions and the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe” (Fall 2018). In 2019, he was an invited Panelist on “Handling Allegations of Corruption in Arbitration and Judicial Dispute Resolution” (AU-WCL), and was a Course Instructor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a US DOJ / US State Department program entitled “Trial Advocacy in Terrorism Cases (Fall 2019). Judge Acosta has taught at the American University Washington College of Law as an adjunct Associate Professor of Law since 1997. In that capacity, he currently teaches in the Trial Advocacy Program instructing courses in prosecutorial ethics as well as prosecuting complex homicides.
Karyn Kenny serves as the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Attorney Advisor for Global Counterterrorism Programs. In January 2020, she designed and launched the first U.S. DOJ OPDAT FinTech Sector Partnership Dialogue. From 2015 to 2020, Ms. Kenny served as a Resident Legal Advisor for two U.S. embassies and in 2015, received the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for creating the Bangladesh Bilateral Banking Sector Dialogue.
Prior to joining OPDAT, Ms. Kenny was an Attorney Advisor for the DOJ’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery, International Section and from 2008 to 2009, she was a Senior Justice Sector consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC. In 2007, Ms. Kenny was selected to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and in 2006, she was named a Fulbright Scholar, teaching criminal and constitutional law courses in Lithuania. From 2000 to 2007, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, District of Nevada, specializing in prosecuting fraud cases and was an adjunct instructor for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she received an award for her outstanding teaching. She has also taught at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and for the International Anti-Corruption Academy.
From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Kenny prosecuted violent crimes as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She has published articles and lectured on FinTech, combating money laundering, terrorist financing, wildlife trafficking, transnational crime and constitutional law issues, including speaking engagements for the World Bank, Thomson Reuters and the Brookings Institution. Ms. Kenny holds B.A., M.A., and J.D. degrees and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
With over 18 years’ experience in a range of fields and disciplines within legal and financial services non-financial risk, Oonagh has built and lead various compliance risk frameworks and teams across the industry and developed and maintained regulatory and industry body relationships.
She is an advocate for ethical compliance leadership and framework development, with increased automation, including AI and Machine learning integration. She is also passionate about empowering people with the capabilities to address risk challenges through understanding behaviours to break down barriers and create cultures of morally imperative business-sensitive decision making