Tuesday, June 19 | 8:30-9:45 AM
Recommended Prerequisite: None
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Tuesday morning's general session will feature two keynote speakers.
First, get insight into the Malaysian 1MDB scandal from the Sarawak Report’s editor-in-chief Clare Rewcastle Brown. As an investigative reporter, she exposed the alleged corruption by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. She has faced scrutiny and threats since.
Next, Bryan Fogel, Academy Award-winning director and writer of ICARUS, will take you through his quixotic adventure. In the documentary, Fogel investigates the world of illegal doping in sports by subjecting himself to his own regimen of performance-enhancing drugs to prepare for an amateur cycling race. While exploring flaws in how doping tests were conducted, Fogel came into contact with Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a Russian chemist and one of the film's main subjects. Halfway through the film, Rodchenkov blows the whistle on a massive Russian doping program with links to the highest levels of the Russian government.
Clare Rewcastle Brown
Editor-in-Chief, Sarawak Report, Investigative Journalist,
Malaysian 1MDB Corruption Exposé
Clare Rewcastle Brown is an investigative journalist who has begun a heated international dialogue by publishing accounts alleging corruption occurring in Malaysia. Brown founded the Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak in 2010 to first highlight local deforestation occurring in the Sarawak region of Malaysia. That led her to uncover a system of kickbacks between the logging companies and local officials. In 2013, her investigations turned from deforestation to exposing potential bribery and theft involved in a Malaysian public development fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). She obtained leaked materials from an employee of PetroSaudi, an investor in the 1MDB fund, which showed that USD 700 million that should have been invested in 1MDB ended up in the personal account of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.
Academy Award® Winner, Director and Writer of ICARUS
Bryan Fogel is an American film director, producer, author and playwright best known for directing the Oscar®-winning 2017 documentary thriller ICARUS: The True Story Behind the Russian Doping Scandal and Corruption. When Fogel set out to make ICARUS he had one goal: to examine how easy it is to get away with doping in professional sports. Instead, he was connected to a Russian doctor-turned-whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov. Together, they blew the lid off a state-sponsored doping scheme that has been ongoing in Russia for decades and which directly led to Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.
Fogel helped Rodchenkov navigate the crisis by assisting with legal counsel, immigration advice, coordination with the U.S. FBI, CIA, and the DOJ and ultimately, his political asylum. In exposing a conspiracy that spanned more than four decades, Fogel revealed and intricately documented the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.
ICARUS received rave reviews and won the first-ever Special Jury Orwell Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at Sundance London, among many other accolades. It was acquired by Netflix in one of the largest nonfiction deals in history. ICARUS was named Best Documentary by the Academy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA. Fogel has also been nominated for Best Director of a Documentary by the Directors Guild of America.