Barbara Vitkauskas is a member of the Senior Leadership team at WorldAware, serving as Vice President of Financial Services. Barbara’s career spans three decades of leadership roles within the travel and insurance industry. Prior to joining WorldAware, she served in sales roles at Chartis Accident & Health as well as RVP Retail Sales at AIG Travel Guard. Barbara also managed and led operations/sales and marketing initiatives for Carlson Wagonlit Travel Franchisees in the Chicago Market.
Ed is a Senior Security Consultant, specializing in crisis management planning, training, and exercises, cybersecurity and security risk management. Ed designs, develops and executes drills and exercises for WorldAware clients worldwide. One of his many strengths is his ability to understand a client’s risk profile and identify those critical tasks that help them better prepare for, prevent or if necessary, respond to protect their critical assets, regardless of the location. Ed enjoys 24 years as a US Army Special Forces Officer where he had to plan and execute emergency response and evacuation operations. This experience assisted him as an exercise planning chief at a DoD combat training center where he planned and executed 5 fully operational exercises per year with over 500 participants, role players, and evaluators. He also has practical experience in emergency management by serving in leadership roles during the BP Deep Water Horizon and other oil spills across the country. After 9/11, LTC Clark was selected to serve as the Director of the US Army’s Homeland Security Threats Office, where he designed and operated one of the first cybersecurity programs designed to protect critical infrastructure. Ed’s final military assignment as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for FEMA Region VII provided him with the experience to conduct strategic level crisis management planning and response. For the last fifteen years, Ed has provided security consulting services from Algeria to South Africa, throughout Eastern Europe and South America. He has provided security risk management services from assets as small as an individual schoolhouse and as large as the Houston Ship Channel. Ed is also sought internationally to speak on cyber and physical security risk management subjects and has authored a book on conducting Security Vulnerability Assessments. His most recent efforts for WorldAware clients show the development and implementation of crisis management plans from South America to the Middle East. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Services, has attended ICS Classes 100-400 and is a graduate of the US Army Senior Leader’s Course in WMD Response.
· Familiarize yourself with local anti-corruption laws and those of your home country to ensure full compliance.
· Consider seeking appropriate advice from a qualified legal counselor.
· Ensure that the business has effect compliance programs in place to effectively detect corruption, including bribery attempts.
· If stopped by police, politely ask for the officer’s name, badge, and patrol car number.
· If a police officer is seeming to push ahead with a bribe, state that you wish to contact your consular office about the matter.
· Report all attempts to solicit bribes to your diplomatic mission
Petty and high-level corruption is evident among political and business elites as well as in various government and business sectors in Russia. Corruption has typically been more prevalent in the judicial, law enforcement, and public procurement sectors. The threat to locals and foreigners alike has remained the same over the past few years, even with the recent creation of legislation to eradicate corruption.