Public Corruption and the Curse of Oil

Lessons from Developing Countries


Zalena has over 24 years of diverse experience in accounting, auditing and operations with multiple companies in USA, Canada, Trinidad, Jamaica and Guyana. Her background includes helping companies design and implement financial and management processes, transform back office operations as well as increase financial close process efficiency and effectiveness. 

The last 8 years Zalena has worked extensively with global companies to transform their business from multiple silo systems into the cloud. She is a trusted partner and has a successful track record. 

Her educational achievements and working experience speaks for itself. Zalena is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Management Accountant. Miss Khan is a Wharton School of Business Alumni.
Zalena is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zcloud LLC, a NetSuite Solution Provider Partner in the Caribbean and South America. As a Solution Provider Partner, Zcloud is an authorize reseller of NetSuite Licenses, Implementation and Support Services and had to demonstrate to NetSuite that its team had the necessary training and experience in 

Accounting / ERP, CRM and /or Ecommerce. 

In June 2016, Zalena presented on the topic “The Digital Era” at the 34th Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) Conference held in Belize followed by another presentation in Trinidad titled “Cloud Technology – Is this the Future” at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad & Tobago (ICATT) 2016 Finance & Accounting Conference held in October. Zalena will present on July 6th & 7th to the audience in Guyana on the topic “Mitigating Corruption with Technology”. 


Vicky McPherson is a Shareholder in the Global Energy & Infrastructure Group and the Africa Practice Group at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. Based in Washington, DC, Vicky has represented clients in transactional matters around the world involving the oil and gas industry, including those located in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. 

She represents both private sector companies and sovereign interests in oil and gas transactions at multiple development stages – exploration and development, diversification, privatization and sales. Most notably, she represents sovereign interests and advises state owned enterprises concerning public private partnerships to 

develop the country’s natural resources. 

As part of her practice, she counsels governmental and private sector clients on compliance with anti-corruption laws. She has also created and implemented a training program focused on the oil and gas sector for ministerial staff for a foreign sovereign client.

Her representative matters on behalf of institutional and private equity investors include representing the fund sponsor in the formation of a Global Energy and Power Fund. Vicky has prior experience in secured lending in the energy sector for major financial institutions and has advised on arange of financing structures. She has represented governmental entities and a  

range of borrowers and lenders in the private sector, assisting clients in the negotiation of a variety of acquisition, construction and development loans.

Vicky also has wide ranging experience structuring multifaceted relationships between parties for the ownership or development of infrastructure, including joint ventures, limited liability companies and subsidiary entities.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia Law School. Vicky also studied at the University of Witswaterand Law School in Johannesburg, South Africa.


David started his career in litigation support and asset recovery in Canada, working exclusively in the Caribbean over the last 15 years. He is a licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  

Over the course of his career he has worked across a multitude of industries including financial services, oil and gas, hospitality and manufacturing and has conducted engagements in most of the English speaking countries of the Caribbean, including Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, Belize, Cayman and the British Virgin Islands

In the course of his work, David has developed extensive contacts with regulators and enforcement authorities in the West Indies, Canada and the USA. This network of contacts enables review, investigation and recovery assignments to be undertaken with access to a wide range of information

David regularly makes presentations on insolvency and investigations to bar associations and regulators in many of the Caribbean jurisdictions on the introduction of new insolvency legislation, restructuring, and investigations


Will heads the forensic services and investigations department for Grant Thornton UK LLP, and is a member of the Global Board for forensic services for Grant Thornton International. He has given oral evidence in Court or at Arbitration (both in the UK and overseas) on over thirty separate occasions. 

Will is recognised as a forensic accounting expert in the Who's Who Legal : Investigations 2016 Directory who say 'Described as "fantastic to work with", he is much in demand due to the quality of his work and depth of his experience' and also as an expert in the Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016 Directory who say 'always very impressive'.

Complex international investigations and disputes
  • Acted and gave evidence in the UK court foreign exchange and equity trading dispute of Deutsche Bank AG .v. Sebastian Holdings Inc. (2013)
  • Retained through much of 2012 as an Examiner pursuant to Section 36 of the British Virgin Island Financial Services Commission Act, 2001

  • Led a team of forensic accountants and valuers from UK, US and Germany in the landmark (multi-billion $) UK court credit crunch cases of: 
    Calyon v IKB Deutsche Industriebank Aktiengesellschaft; and
    Financial Guaranty Insurance Company and FGIC UK Limited v IKB Deutsche Industriebank Aktiengesellschaft (2011)
  •  Currently acting in Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers Company v Saad Investments Company Limited (in official liquidation) (Grand Court of the Cayman Islands)
  • Acted in a $1bn+ UNCITRAL arbitration over an oil pipeline in North Africa (2010)
  •  Managing partner on:
    -(confidential) $1 billion arbitration, oil and gas extraction, Europe (2014)
    -(confidential) $500 million ICC arbitration, oil and gas extraction, East Africa, (2014)
    -(confidential) $400 million ICC arbitration, solar power, Asia (2012)