President and CEO, Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Patricia Dowden

Patricia Dowden is president and CEO of the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, and managing director of the Russian Compliance Alliance, a non-commercial online product whose purpose is to standardize criteria for assessing a company’s anti-corruption practices using a self-evaluation questionnaire. This tool has been adopted by the B20 Collective-Action Hub and endorsed by the United Nations Global Compact; it may be used for education, auditing, and due diligence.

Dowden has worked in Russia since 1997. Her experience with Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States also includes managing consulting projects, conducting balanced scorecard workshops for entrepreneurs, and lecturing at major Russian conferences and universities on corruption-related issues. She served on the board of Center for Citizen Initiatives, which provided U.S. internships for more than 6,000 Russian entrepreneurs. She has extensive U.S. commercial bank management experience in project management, organizational development, and marketing.

Dowden is the former co-chair of the Eurasia Civil Society Partnership Program Business Ethics and Compliance Working Group, a blogger on stakeholder trust for the Russian International Affairs Council, and a member of the international editorial board of the journal Science of Management, published by Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation. She holds a B.S. from The University of North Carolina (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University.