TRACE Scholar Recipients for 2017 – 2018 Announced

TRACE Scholar Recipients for 2017 – 2018 Announced

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September 12, 2017

TRACE International, the globally renowned anti-bribery organization, has announced the recipients of the 2017 – 2018 TRACE Scholar Program, which funds students or professionals from developing countries to pursue an LLM (Master of Law) focused on advancing commercial transparency.

Ms. Chitralekha Das of India will study at Georgetown Law, Ms. Pagamsuren Lkhagvasuren of Mongolia will attend the University of Washington School of Law and Mr. Shreenath Ashok Khemka of India will complete his LLM at King’s College Cambridge.

Ms. Das is currently practicing before the Supreme Court in India. After graduating from the National Law School of India University, she worked with leading law firms such as Amarchand Mangaldas Suresh A. Shroff & Co., specializing in corporate commercial laws. Chitralekha plans to study the global treatment of corruption and white collar crimes, cross-border implications, applicability of criminal law jurisprudence to modern offences, and emerging international practices, which will enable specialized advocacy in this context.

Ms. Lkhagvasuren holds a Master of Laws degree from the National University of Mongolia School of Law. She has more than six years’ experience as a Compliance Manager and Lawyer at Mongolia’s largest company, MCS Group LLC and MCS Coca-Cola LLC. She has also contributed significantly to several Transparency International Mongolia projects investigating corruption risks in awarding mining sector licenses and researching the financing of political parties. After her LLM studies in the Sustainable International Development Program at the University of Washington, she hopes to bring transparency to Mongolia by combatting commercial bribery and ensuring transparency.

Mr. Khemka is a graduate from the NALSAR University of Law in India. His interests lie in Public Law and Applied Economic Policy and he plans to pursue an inter-disciplinary research degree between Public Law, Social Policy, and Political Governance. Mr. Khemka ultimately wishes to pursue becoming a public welfare litigator in his home country of India.

Following the completion of their studies, the scholars will undertake a paid internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

“We are delighted to offer this scholarship,” said TRACE President Alexandra Wrage. “Through our scholarship program candidates gain both academic and practical experience which provides them with the tools they need to work in the international anti-bribery field.”

The TRACE Scholar Program has been running since 2014, and has previously funded scholars from Brazil, Ukraine, Kenya and Uganda. It develops committed leaders in the field of anti-corruption, in support of TRACE’s mission of increasing commercial transparency worldwide.


TRACE is a globally recognized anti-bribery business organization and leading provider of cost-effective third party risk management solutions. Members and clients include hundreds of multinational companies headquartered worldwide. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Caitlin Seymour, [email protected] , 718.930.7589


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