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It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that I received the news of Ms. Gretta Fenner's passing. Her sudden death leaves a profound void in our hearts.

Ms. Fenner's unwavering dedication and tireless efforts as the Managing Director of the Basel Institute of Governance have forged an enduring legacy that has profoundly impacted Moldova and numerous partners and counterparts across the globe. Her leadership and professionalism have been instrumental in advancing the cause of transparency and accountability worldwide.

We are profoundly grateful for Ms. Fenner's invaluable contributions to Moldova and her steadfast commitment to combating corruption. Her legacy will continue to inspire us as we strive to uphold the principles she championed.

Her Excellency Madam President Maia Sandu extends her deepest condolences during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Fenner's bereaved family, cherished friends, and esteemed colleagues.

The global anti-corruption advocacy community has lost such a great and passionate leader! It was such a shock for me to learn that the life of Gretta Fenner has been lost in such an unexpected and tragic way. My most sincere personal condolences go to her family, her friends and to the Basel Institute.

During my tenure as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Gretta contributed greatly to my country in our common goal to eradicate corruption, stop illicit flow of public money, and return it where it belongs – to the people of Bulgaria. Gretta injected positivity and faith to us that this is possible, even if difficult. I will always remember the panel on the fight against corruption she organized at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) where I had the privilege to be side by side with her, speaking out loudly to the global community that corruption undermines our global security and we could tackle it only by taking a firm and united stand against it.

She was a great and genuine partner, we will miss her greatly, but promise to continue to carry her legacy forward.

My deepest condolences for the loss of this amazing person. I will never forget her contribution to Bulgaria, to my government, to the fight against corruption. The people of Bulgaria lost a true friend and an ardent fighter for better lives through the elimination of theft of their public resources. Gretta was an incredible person, a true friend, and we will keep her legacy alive.

Gretta changed the lives of so many people for the better. She was an inspirational leader, a wonderful speaker and a dear and attentive friend. Gretta was devoted to her family. Gretta’s achievements throughout the world will continue to benefit those whose lives were touched by her and the Basel Institute.

We are deeply shocked by the heartbreaking death of Gretta. She was an extraordinary woman. With her intellect and warmth, she worked tirelessly to fight corruption globally. Her tragic death is not only a huge loss for her family and the Basel Institute on Governance, but for the international community as a whole.

For us, Gretta was much more than an outstanding partner and leader in her field. We had deepest respect for all her pioneering work and remain deeply thankful for the wonderful cooperation.

Her sudden loss has come as a shock to us all. In this time of mourning, we remember her legacy of exceptional achievements and the huge footprint she leaves behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children, Christian and all those who loved and admired her.

Shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of our dearest Gretta. You will always be remembered, for your tireless and brave fight against corruption and to foster worldwide governance, for being a role model and Inspiration, for being such a warm and dedicated person, for being a friend.

My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go to Gretta's partner, her children and family and the whole team of the Basel Institute.

In memory of Gretta as a trusted partner to the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), as a colleague and friend, we remember her as a visionary leader who built and led an internationally recognized organization dedicated to combating corruption and financial crime. Her tireless efforts and technical expertise have left an indelible mark on the global fight against corruption for transparency and accountability.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Gretta was a loving mother to her two boys Lukas and Lorenz, whom she cherished dearly. She spoke of them with immense love and pride, embodying a remarkable balance between her dedication to her family and her commitment to her work. I grieve with her sons, her partner Christian and her family.

As a dialogue partner, Gretta was unparalleled. Her wisdom, empathy, and unwavering support, her suggestions and ideas, her sometimes provocative questions and brave comments in search for ways to solve challenges enriched our lives and shaped our collective efforts in the pursuit of justice. We miss her dearly every day, and her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled because only Gretta was Gretta.

While Gretta may no longer be with us in person, her legacy continues to inspire us. She was essential in building up Basel Institute on Governance and the International Centre for Asset Recovery, leaving behind a very respected and internationally acknowledge institution filled with highly qualified staff. Let us honor her memory by carrying forward her passion for creating a better world – one built on integrity, fairness, and compassion. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

My deepest condolences to her family and friends, Basel Institute and ICAR.

I had only met Gretta once – but I was deeply impressed by her – such a great person! Her knowledge was inspiring and her optimism enriching. We will miss her in politics and as a person. Life is not fair.

On behalf also of all my colleagues here at the Swiss Embassy in Dar es Salaam who knew Gretta Fenner and had the privilege and pleasure of working with her, I would like to express our profound sympathy and offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends and loved ones, as well as the entire team at the Basel Institute.

She will be greatly missed, but for all those who were fortunate enough to know her and work with her, Gretta’s tireless commitment and ardent pursuit of justice and fairness will remain a shining example and a call to action that will long be remembered.

Rest assured that we, at the Embassy, will continue to support the Institute’s endeavors she started in Tanzania, and thus do our best to honor her work and her memory.

I am deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic accident that took Gretta Fenner’s life away in Kenya.

I was a true admirer of her work at the top of the Institute for so many years, of her courage and dedication to the anti-corruption cause. She will be missed by an entire international community.
I will keep her in my thoughts.

With my heartfelt condolences to her dearest family and to all of you.

The Directorate of International Law and I were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Gretta Fenner, Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance and of the International Centre for Asset Recovery.

My Directorate had a long and fruitful relationship with Gretta. With skill and diplomacy, Gretta contributed greatly to combating illegal assets in Switzerland and globally. Gretta was always a factor that pushed us to think further and to question what we had already achieved. We will miss her tireless dedication, her critical mind and her interpersonal skills. We are impressed by her legacy and grateful for the privilege of working with her on joint projects.

On behalf of the Directorate of International Law, I offer my deepest condolences to you and the entire Basel Institute on Governance staff.

Gretta's passing is an immense loss, not only for her family, colleagues and friends, but also for the world's poorest people who suffer from the scourge of corruption.

Thanks to her incredible commitment, her extraordinary will and her ability to inspire, Gretta succeeded in coordinating a decisive action to combat this curse which corrodes many developing countries and keeps a large proportion of their populations in misery.

As a program manager at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), I had the honor and privilege of working with Gretta for many years, implementing good governance, transparency and asset recovery programs in Latin America. Gretta is one of the most brilliant and admirable person I have ever had the chance to know.

Her memory and example will live on in the initiatives we pursue to achieve a brighter, fairer world.

J'ai fait la connaissance de Gretta lorsqu'elle s'est présentée au poste de Présidente du Groupe de travail de l'OCDE sur la corruption (Working Group on Bribery, WGB) au début de 2022. J'avais déjà été impressionné par sa prestance lors de diverses conférences auparavant mais mener cette campagne à ses côtés a révélé à mes yeux l'ampleur de la personnalité de Gretta: parfaitement polyglotte, au fait de tout, vivement intelligente, audacieuse et d'un enthousiasme contagieux!

Sa prestation en interview publique – bilingue anglais/français – a été un moment d'ébahissement pour tous les membres du WGB qui y ont assisté. Et c'est naturellement qu'elle s'est retrouvée en finale avec les deux autres candidats issus du sérail, qui lui ont été préférés.

Gretta est repartie vers d'autres défis qui l'attendaient et nous avons continué nos échanges, régulièrement, devant un verre de vin blanc qu'elle appréciait. C'est là que j'ai connu la Gretta plus personnelle, qui aimait à New York et admirait ses fils pour leurs exploits notamment tennistiques. Puissent ses fils adorés trouver réconfort dans le souvenir éclatant de leur chère maman.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the accident of Gretta Fenner. The news of her death has affected everyone who had the pleasure of working with her.

We will always remember her enthusiasm, her political intuition and her dedication to her work. SDC’s cooperation with the Basel Institute on Governance and ICAR is characterized by an honest and open collaboration which is owed in great parts to the style and in-depth knowledge of the senior management that Gretta has shaped and led on by example. We are proud of the projects in Bulgaria, Mozambique, Tanzania and Ukraine and thank the Institute for the support in Moldova, Albania and Mali, to name a few. Gretta Fenner leaves a big gap in the anticorruption community and we will miss her.

In the name of Section PGE we would like to express our condolences to the staff of the Basel Institute/ICAR and our thoughts are with her friends and family.

I first met Gretta 5 years ago at an Africa/Europe Asset Recovery event in Berlin. She had been brought in to facilitate and host for GIZ. She effortlessly held the attention of the room, instilling confidence in getting a wide range of delegates to speak about their experiences and their challenges, holding a light up to some and focussing on how others could improve their international assistance. She demonstrated over the 2 days a rare quality that everyone trusted in her direction.

She was a talented leader, who demonstrated her passion for ensuring justice in its widest sense was delivered more effectively on a global scale. She leaves a legacy of many strong relationships behind her, who will never forget her or her work.

Gretta was a leading light in the fields of anti corruption and asset recovery, working tirelessly to support vulnerable police and prosecutors across the world as they built the confidence, skills and know-how to tackle the most corrosive criminality. She was dedicated to her unique team at the Basel Institute and passionate about their work. Her calm demeanor belied a feisty determination for justice. She will be missed terribly by our community. My sincere condolences for her family and friends who must be reeling with the shock of her sudden and devastating loss.

I was deeply saddened to hear about Gretta Fenner's untimely death. I wanted to write to express my, and the British Embassy in Berne's, deepest condolences to Gretta's colleagues at the Basel Institute on Governance and her family. We are holding you in our thoughts at this terrible and sad time.

For us at the Embassy, and for the UK Government and her British friends more generally, Gretta was an inspiring and indispensable partner in our joint efforts to combat the scourge of corruption and its debilitating impacts on people and societies. Her dedication over so many years to the cause of making the world a better place, made an indelible and enduring impact, and the growth and achievements of the Institute's International Centre for Asset Recovery – with which she was synonymous – stand as a fitting legacy to her.

As a person I know that Gretta was full of energy and knowledge, which she combined with a warmth and kindness which all those fortunate enough to have worked with her will remember. It was such a pleasure to meet her just a few short weeks ago, when she joined Peter Maurer to call on me at the Residence in Berne. Please be assured of our solidarity at this time of grief and loss.

Gretta Fenner was such an amazing individual. Incredibly competent... and as I remember discovering on at least a couple of occasions not one to back down in a debate! I often say (and mean it) that the International Centre for Asset Recovery is one of the best partners I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Due credit to Gretta for her constructive and positive leadership.

For me, and as it seems for everyone else who's added a tribute here, the news of Gretta's passing came as a huge shock. Even a week after hearing the news, every time I think of her, I can't believe that someone so alive and present, is no longer with us.

Gretta had the gift connecting with people, she was so warm and straightforward, and I'm so grateful to have known her. Ever since I first met Gretta over 12 years ago, in all our professional interactions, she was so thoughtful, constructive and inspiring – our routine annual donor meetings were something to look forward to.

I heard her speak many times and she was an inspiring leader, particularly because she was able to combine clear objectives with practical solutions – something I appreciated as a donor partner. Although she should have had many more years ahead, she managed to do so much and cover so much ground – and do it all so effortlessly and brilliantly (and in multiple languages).

In all the years I've worked on anti-corruption, I've often asked her for advice, and I knew I could always rely on her knowledge and expertise. As the tributes show, she touched the hearts of so many people in the anti-corruption world, and was respected and valued by everyone she came into contact with.

I'm so grateful I had the chance to get to know Gretta at the social events of our professional meetings. She was such fun to be with and always so present and focused on whoever she was with. And so proud of her boys – my heartfelt condolences to them both and to all her family and friends.

I'm so incredibly sad that she will no longer be with us in the fight against corruption but I'm so thankful for all that she's done, to have worked with her and to have been a small part of her contribution to ICAR and the anti-corruption world. She was such an inspiration to me, as to so many others, and I will miss her very much.

I wish to send you all, Gretta's colleagues and her family, the most heartfelt condolences from all of us in the British Government who had the privilege of working with her over the last few years. I remember fondly discussing with her and seeing her drive, passion and vision in fighting the scourge of grand corruption. She set us all an inspiring model.

It is with deep sorrow that we extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ms. Gretta Fenner. The news of her sudden demise has left us profoundly saddened, and we express our sympathy and support to all who knew and worked alongside her. Ms. Fenner was not only a valued partner of the National Institute of Justice of Bulgaria, but also an exceptional individual – her dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment left a mark on our collaborative efforts. The legacy of her contributions will continue to inspire us as we move forward.

On behalf of all members of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), I extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Managing Director Ms Gretta Fenner. Gretta’s departure has left a profound void in the realm of anti-corruption and good governance, where she dedicated her life and left an indelible impact.

This loss weighs heavily upon us, for Gretta is not only a respected leader of the Basel Institute but also a close working partner of the ICAC for many years. The remarkable legacy she leaves behind will continue to ignite our aspirations for a more just and corruption-free world. We deeply acknowledge the privilege of collaborating with such an exceptional leader, and her invaluable contributions will forever remain etched in our memories.

In this time of immense grief, I extend our deepest sympathies to the Basel Institute, as well as to Gretta’s family, friends, and colleagues. We share your sorrow and offer our truthful condolences.

Ante el sensible fallecimineto de Gretta Fenner, directora ejecutiva del Instituto para la Gobernanza de Basilea, la Fiscalía General del Estado y su máxima autoridad, Diana Salazar Méndez, expresan sus más sentidas condolencias y sentimientos de solidaridad a familiares, amigos, allegados y colaboradores.

Esta Institución reconoce su labor en pro de la cooperación internacional que impulsó durante el desempeño en esas funciones. Descanse en paz.

Ms Gretta Fenner's passing has brought much grief and sorrow to the FICAC family. Her immense contribution and close collaboration with the Commission over the years in the fight against corruption is one that we most dearly appreciated and we will cherish the fond memories she shared with FICAC Officers.

The Commission is indebted to Ms Gretta Fenner for her expertise in the anti-corruption framework and the experience and advice imparted to FICAC Officers with the common goal to eradicate corruption. Ms Fenner has indeed inspired our young team with her dedicated leadership role and unwavering commitment with zealous efforts against corruption.

We will continue to honor Ms Fenner's legacy in remembrance of her endeavor and immense contribution in anti-corruption work and we look forward to working closely with the Basel Institute and Management.

Gretta Fenner will be deeply missed. She was a wonderful person and a truly dedicated professional.

Over the years she had become an integral part of the Basel Institute, and her absence can never be filled. The energy she carried with her, had revived all of us many times. With her passion, expertise, and dedication she was a role model for many of us at GIZ.

Gretta always ensured that quality was never compromised at any time in all her projects. Her interpersonal skills were acknowledged and appreciated by everyone who knew her.

Gretta was our longstanding and trusted partner in the fight against corruption and illicit financial flows. With her great support, we organized two Asset Recovery Dialogues in Germany that brought together political and operational champions from Europe and Africa – and gave us a powerful impetus to this line of work.

Thanks to her, great studies on the fundamentals and framework conditions of asset management in Africa have emerged, which we are still using today. Her inspiration and courage will be a huge loss to the community.

We will miss our discussions, her ideas and unique energy that always gave us new insights and impulses. However, we believe that her work and vision will always stay with us.

Allow me, unbeknownst to you, to express my condolences and shock at the death of your beloved mother, partner, daughter and sister. The loss you have suffered is irreplaceable, the incomprehension at the terrible coincidence that abruptly ended Gretta's life is immense. In her unfortunately short life, she created and shaped so much, inspired and encouraged so many, in a way that others would not have been able to do in their ten lives.

She also inspired and supported me. In our joint fight against corruption and money laundering and for the recovery of criminal assets, she was an enormously competent and energetic co-fighter and source of ideas and inspiration. Together we organized two great Asset Recovery Dialogues in Berlin in 2018 and 2019 and a number of other joint projects. I owe her great insights and encounters.

I admired her not only professionally. I will always remember her courage and humane sense of proportion in the face of Russia's disgusting war in Ukraine. What a loving and at the same time courageous woman she was! The awareness of having known her and having get something of her competence, energy and inspiration is a little consolation.

We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolences.

I am deeply saddened to offer my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Ms. Gretta Fenner, your esteemed director.

Ms. Fenner's dedication to championing good governance and combating corruption has made a lasting impact globally and particularly in Kosovo. Her innovative leadership played a crucial role in advancing asset confiscation in Kosovo and establishing informal communication channels with other jurisdictions in tracing and identifying stolen assets.

While we grieve her passing, we honor her extraordinary legacy that will serve as a source of inspiration and direction for us.

Gretta was a wonderful figure of anti-corruption and AML/CFT. She was at origin of a fruitful cooperation between the Basel Institute and SAMIFIN (financial intelligence unit of Madagascar). This has led to a support to financial intelligence, financial investigation and prosecution of money laundering and financing of terrorism. I am committed to keep on Gretta’s effort and bring our common project to a finish. Very proud of GRETTA.

The world feels a bit more empty and less passionate with your passing. Thank you for all you have done in the anti corruption fight. Thank you for all the love and care you showed me especially in my darkest moments of my career. I will honor you Gretta by continuing giving my all regardless. And I will honour you by keeping the promise I made you three weeks before your sudden passing in Zanzibar to get on with the swimming lessons! For you I will. Rest well Queen. Rest.

Gretta was an incredible, vibrant, and impactful person who was ready to help the Republic of Moldova in its fight against corruption. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to know her as a person. Members of the law enforcement community in Moldova will always remember Gretta's positive impact in bringing international expertise to join in our effort to uphold the rule of law and protect democracy here in Moldova.

Foi com muita dor e consternação que tomamos conhecimento, do desaparecimento físico da Sra Gretta Fenner, Directora do Basel Institute, vítima de acidente de viação.

Permita-me Excelência, em nome da Digníssima Procuradora-Geral da República, dos Procuradores-Gerais Adjuntos, dos membros do Conselho Consultivo da Procuradoria-Geral da República, dos magistrados, oficiais de Justiça e assistentes dos oficiais de justiça e funcionários do regime geral do Ministério Público, endereçar à família enlutada e aos colegas de trabalho as nossas sentidas condolências pela perda do ente querido.

Nesta hora do adeus, reafirmamos que daremos continuidade ao seu trabalho e bons exemplos de profissionalismo que a caracterizavam.

Que Deus, todo poderoso na sua imensa misericórdia derrame a consolação espiritual à família.

Em nome dos funcionários do Gabinete Central de Recuperação de Activos de Moçambique e em meu próprio nome, transmito ao Basel Instituto On Governance e a família enlutada as nossas mais sentidas condolências. A morte da coordenadora do ICAR Gretta Fenner é uma perda irreparável, não só para família e para o ICAR, mas também para o próprio Gabinete Central de Recuperação de Activos-Moçambique.

Dra. Gretta foi uma verdadeira amiga e patrona do Gabinete Central de Recuperação de Activos de Moçambique, o seu contributo foi decisivo para sua criação e materialização, através da colocação ao serviço da Procuradoria-Geral da República de consultores com reconhecido mérito em matéria de recuperação de activos.

Gretta foi fundamental na prestação de tão necessário apoio e assistência técnica no processo de materialização da recuperação de activos, no quadro legal moçambicano, na formação dos quadros do Gabinete Central de Recuperação e na alocação dos recursos necessários a sua entrada em funcionamento.

O empenho da Gretta, em particular e do ICAR na materialização do Gabinete da recuperação de activos permanecerão indeléveis nos anais da história do Gabinete Central de Recuperação de Activos.

Perdemos alguém por quem toda a equipa do GCRA tinha um grande carinho. Jamais esqueceremos o seu companheirismo e dedicação a causa da recuperação de activos em Moçambique.
Endereçamos a nossa solidariedade e de todos os colegas do Gabinete Central e Recuperação de Activos para sua família enlutada, para o ICAR. Que a sua descanse em Paz! "

Com um sentimento de tristeza que recebi a noticia da partida repentina da Dra Greta, uma Mulher de força e elevado sentido de responsabilidade. A sua contribuição para a edificação da Recuperação de activos em Moçambique ficará registado na história do Ministério Público. Continuar a consolidar a luta contra a corrupção, a criminalidade económica e financeira e retirar dos criminosos os proventos do crime será sem dúvidas a melhor homenagem que poderemos fazer em sua memória. Descanse em Paz.

Con profundo pesar envío mi más sentidas condolencias a la familia y amigos de Gretta Fenner por su lamentable fallecimiento.

Gretta deja un legado imborrable en la lucha contra la corrupción y la recuperación de activos. Su legado vivirá por siempre en nuestra memoria. Deacansa en paz.

I and many of her colleagues have been awed by her genuine passion and conviction in her incessant fight against corruption and financial crime. Gretta Fenner was a force majeure in our milieu. She inspired us. As head of the Basel Institute on Governance and ICAR, she skilfully led us fearlessly. She empowered us to fight deceitful power.

In Africa, she guided us to confront the powerful and corrupt who abuse their offices. Yes, we’ve taken on the untouchables with our measly ‘spears and shields’ because Gretta showed us ‘how to’. She was the tip of that spear. She shared her experience, expertise, and knowledge with those of us in this field. She was a pioneer who intelligently used the global platform to ensure the return of stolen assets to the right jurisdictions.

It is with a heavy heart that I and her close colleagues grieve. Her loss has created a huge vacuous void in our midst. As mentioned by a colleague in our anti-corruption ecosystem, “a Big Tree has fallen.”

We must continue the fight with the same passion, inspiration, and conviction in her honour. Gretta would want it no other way. I, as a ‘corruption hunter’ promise to keep her legacy alive.

For the next generation of professionals who willingly take on ‘the Gretta mantle’ in their career, we should grant them the ‘Gretta Fenner Award’ for fighting corruption to celebrate their success when that time comes. We miss you Gretta.

Gretta was a true rule of law warrior who inspired everyone who worked with her. Her passion for justice and accountability was matched by her professional approach and impressive substantive expertise. Like thousands of other admirers, I will miss her dearly. Christian and her family can be extremely proud.

It was with deep sadness that the members of the NPA’s Executive Committee received the news of the untimely and tragic passing of Ms Fenner.

Over the years, the NPA has built a positive and productive working relationship with the Basel Institute as part of its commitment to strengthening the skills and capabilities of its prosecutors in fighting corruption and engaging in asset recovery. In recent months, the NPA has benefited from engagements with the Basel Institute on ways to pursue international asset recovery in relation to cases of organised crime and on the revision of the AFU’s asset recovery strategy.

It was an honour for the NPA to be able to work with Gretta, who provided expert guidance, substantive expertise and an unparalleled knowledge on international asset recovery. Gretta was a consummate professional who was well liked by all the colleagues in the NPA who had the privilege of engaging with her. We are grateful for her leadership and support in our partnership with the Basel Institute. She will be sorely missed.

Please convey our deepest sympathies to her family and colleagues. Our thoughts are with her loved ones at this sad and difficult time. We await to hear more about plans to honour Gretta's life and her unwavering efforts to make this world a better place.

Yours sincerely, and on behalf of the entire ExCo of the National Prosecuting Authority,

I am truly very sorry for the loss of such a great leader and amazing person, having devoted, with outstanding success, her life to combatting the scourge of corruption and improving governance worldwide. Allow me to offer, on behalf of Sweden, my sincere condolences, upon learning about this tragedy, to the family, friends and colleagues of Gretta. She leaves a terrible void.

Your absence leaves a huge void in our hearts and minds. All those whom you loved, who love you and whom you inspired, now live with your luminous memory and your inspiring professional heritage. We will not forget you, and we will keep your ideas alive. Rest in peace, my dear Gretta.

Ho conosciuto Gretta solo tre anni fa, in uno di quei rari incontri faccia a faccia che ti danno una vera spinta professionale e ti riempiono di gioia personale: perché ho incontrato una bella persona, con un'intelligenza acuta e un cuore al posto giusto.

È così che la ricordo e che la ricorderò.

Le mie più sincere condoglianze e i miei abbracci alla sua famiglia, ai suoi amici e ai suoi colleghi del Basel Institute of Governance.

Il est parfois des rencontres qui marquent, des personnes qui brillent par une intelligence accrue mise au service d’une cause juste et commune. Ce sont de (rares) rencontres dont on se souvient. Gretta en fait partie. Son étoile continuera de nous éclairer et d’inspirer nos actions.

In moments of loss of the hard working and beloved person like Gretta Fenner, words often fail to capture the depth of our emotions we are experiencing during this hard and bad time. Yet, it is in shared memories and the love that binds us who were lack to know and communicate with Gretta to express our opinions on her legacy.

I knew the Basel Institute on Governance during the fifth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Panama City, 25 to 29 November 2013. At that time, I was Deputy Ombudsman in charge of prevention and fight against corruption at the Office of the Ombudsman of Rwanda. We started communication with Andrea Poelling, Gemma Aiolfi and Claudia Baez Camargo.

Under the leadership of Gretta Fenner just to mention few, a number of activities have been carried out in Rwanda:

- The Basel Institute on Governance and Rwanda’s Office of the Ombudsman convened an anti-corruption training workshop in Kigali, Rwanda on 29 and 30 June 2017. This workshop responded to a follow-up request to build the capacity of Rwandan bankers and journalists as well to prevent and uncover money laundering and corrupt practices. This workshop marked the continued collaboration between the Basel Institute and Rwanda’s Office of the Ombudsman to strengthen the corruption prevention capacity of the Office.
- Promoting public-private cooperation to counter corruption in Rwanda with the Office of the Ombudsman: Experts from the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) came in Kigali, Rwanda on 25-27 January to support the country’s Office of the Ombudsman in developing Collective Action strategies for public-private sector cooperation to tackle corruption.

I and the entire world who collaborated in different ways with Gretta Fenner will always remember her as a champion in leadership and anti-corruption as well. Gretta was not only an epitome of diligence but also seamlessly blending hard work with integrity. In every endeavour, her commitment shines, illuminating pathways to success with grace and reliability as well.

Gretta was not only a leader but also an inspiration to many. She inspired me personally through her work, especially in areas of anti-corruption and asset recovery. I have diligently followed her work and came to learn that she was an intelligent, inspiring and caring leader. I will never forget her intellect and I know the loss of Gretta is felt by many.

I wish to convey my sincere condolences to her family and to the Basel Institute on Governance. May her legacy live on and may her soul rest in eternal peace.

I met Gretta for the first time in Lugano, at a conference on the restoration of Ukraine. And then, and every time after, in Munich or Washington, she impressed me with her humanity and beauty. Such beauty is possessed only by people who perfectly see the difference between light and darkness. We will miss you Ms. Fenner.

With deep sorrow and profound sadness, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention extends its heartfelt condolences to the Basel Institute of Governance on the tragic loss of its esteemed Managing Director, Ms. Gretta Fenner.

Ms. Fenner's sudden departure has left an unfillable void within our organization.

Her visionary leadership, unwavering dedication, and limitless passion for advancing governance and combating corruption not only defined her work but also served as an enduring source of inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
In this difficult time of mourning, our thoughts and sympathies are extended to Ms. Fenner's family, friends, and colleagues at the Basel Institute on Governance.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and assurances that the NACP's team stands in solidarity with the Basel Institute on Governance.

Let me express on behalf of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine our sincere condolences on the tragic passing of Gretta Fenner.

To us at the Bureau Gretta was not only a Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance. She was a true friend, long-time supporter and a person who always stood by our side from the early days of the Bureau's existence in 2015. It was an honor for me to know her personally.

Thanks to her dedication not only the Bureau but other institutions in Ukraine also gained a chance to make change for the better. Thanks to her restless work and support Ukraine is on the road to a corruption free society.

Please, deliver our condolences to Ms. Fenner's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

As friends and colleagues from the U.S. DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, we had the pleasure of working with Gretta over many years. We are saddened by her tragic loss of life.

We also recognize her significant contributions to breaking down barriers to a fairer and more just world. We will miss Gretta’s leadership, commitment, and collegiality, and we hope her family and friends find comfort in shared messages of so many people like us who knew and admired her. Gretta was a great champion and a wonderful person whose memory will continue to inspire us.

The anti-corruption community has lost one of its most dedicated, talented, and thoughtful leaders, but her legacy will continue through our hard work, inclusive engagement, and relentless desire to fight corruption wherever it is found.

I had the opportunity to meet Gretta years ago through our shared focus on fighting corruption. When new to my position an experienced colleague told me "Gretta Fenner is in town, this is someone you need to meet." From that first coffee through our many subsequent conversations her expertise and insights had a formative influence on what I can claim to know today. Her work and that of the Institute are a wonderful testament to the legacy her passion leaves.

I always appreciated her wonderfully formal informality, where her demeanor and presence blended seamlessly from a quick chat in passing, dynamic academic discussions, or leading high-profile events on the international stage. She made these important issues accessible to people through her personable approach and graceful expertise. As distance made meetings infrequent, I feel sadly fortunate to have seen her in Paris shortly before her passing. It was unremarkable in that it was yet another opportunity to sit, listen, and learn from her, and as always it was the best event of the day. And it is wonderful to me that my last memory of her is seeing her at the front of the room, gesturing as she discussed what she knew so exceptionally well.

She is not defined or summarized by her work, though the magnitude of the loss we feel in this professional community is an indication of the magnitude of the hole left in the loss of her as a person and friend.

On behalf of the United States Department of State and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), please accept my deepest condolences on the tragic loss of Gretta Fenner.

With the missions of INL and of the Basel Institute and its International Centre for Asset Recovery so closely aligned, many at INL and the Department of State had the opportunity to work closely with Gretta over the years. Whether the focus was on anti-corruption, asset recovery, or anti­-money laundering, Gretta's outstanding leadership, energy, and expertise were widely recognized by those at the Department of State who worked with her. We deeply appreciated her humanity, commitment, and collegiality.

While her passing is a loss that will be deeply felt by her colleagues and friends around the world, the ongoing work of the Basel Institute and ICAR, and its impact, will pay tribute to her values and efforts – and our continued partnership will assuredly honor her memory.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Gretta Fenner earlier this month. We at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia were fortunate enough to call her a partner and friend in our shared efforts to improve the rule of law environment in Bulgaria.

Last October, at Basel's Collective Action event in Sofia, I directly witnessed the expertise and passion for which Gretta was known. She was always a welcome visitor at the Embassy and a reliable source of sage advice. We take heart knowing that Gretta's exemplary contributions to anti-corruption reforms continue to take root around the world, and we honor her legacy by continuing this work. Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of Ms. Fenner, and may we all continue to take inspiration from the example she set.

I met Gretta through my previous job, at the OSCE, working on an asset recovery project for the countries of the Western Balkans. Her intelligence, dedication, and pragmatism didn’t surprise me but her warmth, approachability, passion for the work, and overall magnetism made working with her such a joy. I was certain our paths would cross again and I still cannot believe she is no longer with us.

I’m struggling processing her loss and I cannot imagine what her family and close friends must be going through. Hers is truly a colossal loss! I hope her family, friends, colleagues can find strength during such a difficult time.

Gretta was a towering figure in the anti-corruption movement. She was also a friend. I got to know Gretta when I took up leadership of the Anti-Corruption Task Force at USAID, and we instantly bonded. She was generous with her advice, a true problem solver, and passionate advocate for change. Where others saw intractable problems, Gretta saw possibility and opportunity and went after it with gusto. She had a sparkling personality, and a genuine warmth and compassion that made her so easy to relate to.

We talked as much about anti-corruption as we did raising our kids – so I know how much she loved being your mom, Lukas and Lorenz. My heart breaks for you, your family, and all of those who were lucky enough to have spent even a moment in Gretta's orbit. She will truly be missed.

I am so deeply saddened and shocked at the devastating and sudden loss of Gretta. As someone who had the privilege to work in partnership with her over the years, I can say that she was unequivocally a giant; an unparalleled intellectual force and an inspiration to all of us who work in anti-corruption. She was also unbelievably warm and approachable.

In addition to sharing our passion for transparency, accountability, and integrity, Gretta and I bonded over our children, the reality of heading into our 50s, and being women in an anti-corruption field.

I am heartbroken for you, her family and dearest friends. She left an indelible mark on our community and made the world a better place. We will remember her always. My heart is with you all.

On behalf of the British High Commission in Lusaka, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Basel Institute on Governance for the loss of your Managing Director, Gretta.

Gretta recently visited Lusaka for an inaugural Steering Committee meeting with Zambia’s anti-corruption agencies. It was inspiring to hear her describe the growth and success of the Basel Institute, which it is clear she was instrumental in achieving. Corruption is a race to the bottom - a vicious cycle where the poorest and most vulnerable bear the greatest burden. That Gretta dedicated her life to tackling corruption in some of the poorest countries in the world is a testament to her character. Her dedication and graciousness will be remembered by all those who she worked with, including the team at the British High Commission in Lusaka. We hope you can find comfort and strength in continuing her legacy.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Mgeni Jailani Jecha, and the staff of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are profoundly saddened upon hearing of the passing on of late Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance and Director of the International Centre for Asset Recovery.

We, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Zanzibar, recognise that the late Gretta Fenner was an exceptional leader on anti-corruption, asset recovery and issues of public governance.

Ms. Gretta Fenner will be remembered in our Prosecution Services Zanzibar following the signing of MOU in developing capacity in the field of anti-corruption, asset recovery and mutual legal assistance in economic crimes which has inspired us to establish the Economic, Organised, Transnational Crimes Department.

We feel deeply saddened by the loss and we mourn with her family and the staff of Basel Institute on Governance. May God give them patience during these hard times and rest the soul of Ms Gretta Fenner in eternal peace.

Gretta Fenner was an anti-corruption champion who was pivotal to the development of relations between Zimbabwe's chapter 13 Institutions and the Basel Institute on Governance, which paved the way for the signing of a Consultancy Agreement in 2020 and its renewal in December 2023.

On behalf of the Prosecutor General of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Hon. Loyce Matanda-Moyo, the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), Mr. Michael Reza, ZACC Commissioners, Management and Staff of the two institutions, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Basel Institute on Governance, Gretta Fenner's family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in such a difficult time.

My colleagues and I were sad and shocked to learn about the untimely passing of Gretta. We offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues in the Basel Institute.

In recent years, Gretta collaborated with us to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining the highest ethical standards during emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to do so.

More generally, Gretta has shown herself a supporter and friend to the integrity community of the multilateral development banks, and contributed generously to our training events. Throughout, she showed herself to be a warm and kind person. Gretta was a true integrity champion that will be greatly missed.

I’ve known Gretta for years and I was so happy to be in touch with her and the Basel Institute on Governance on your projects in Ukraine again. She was such an extra-ordinary person – warm, energetic, bright and inspiring. What a loss!

I have been at a loss for words since hearing this tragic news. I am so sorry for you and your colleagues, and so very devastated for Gretta and her family. So many of us in the anti-corruption field (and beyond) have our own Gretta Fenner memories; I remember the first time I met her, several decades ago now, while I was an undergraduate intern at the OECD and being so impressed by her warmth, enthusiasm and passion – all of which remained constant throughout her career – and which no doubt played a role in sparking my interest in the subject matter. It was inspiring to see her go on to thrive in the amazing work she created at the Basel Institute and become an incomparable leader in our profession. A terrible loss, and my sincere condolences again to Gretta’s family, friends and colleagues.  

On behalf of all the colleagues at Europol, I extend our most sincere condolences to our friends and colleagues of the Basel Institute on Governance, and to Gretta’s family. Our partnership and work together was in no small part thanks to Gretta’s determination to the cause. With her passing, we say goodbye to a great figure who leaves in her wake an example that will be tough to follow.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the recent tragic death of the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance, Ms Gretta Fenner in a car accident.

Ms Fenner's legacy and efforts in the fight against corruption will never be forgotten.

On behalf of INTERPOL, I would like to extend my profound sympathy and sincere condolences to you, the Board and Management Group of the Basel Institute on Governance, and to Ms Fenner's family and friends.

With heavy hearts but immense gratitude, we celebrate the life of Gretta Fenner, a visionary leader whose impact on the world of governance and anti-corruption will be felt for decades to come.

Gretta was at the forefront of pioneering collaborative work between the Basel Institute and our organisation for many years. Many of us here at the OECD remember fondly our joint initiatives, notably, in recent months, advancing collective action to combat corruption, and research on the human impacts of transnational bribery.

Gretta’s dedication to these causes was not just about policy; it was personal. She believed in the power of these actions and was committed to initiatives that empower communities and uphold justice. Her work has laid a foundation that continues to inspire and guide us.

Thank you, Gretta, for everything. We promise to keep the torch burning brightly, continuing your fight with as much passion and dedication as you showed us.

I am terribly sorry for your loss. Gretta will eternally be admired for her dignity and dedication to making the world a better place. May her soul rest in peace. Sending you and your family condolences and healing during this difficult period.

I admired Gretta's sharp intellect, I enjoyed every occasion when I could listen to her and learn from her, I was inspired by her commitment and leadership for a better, fairer and more transparent world. More importantly, I will never forget her exceptional kindness and sense of humour. My thoughts are with her partner and her family.

Ms Fenner’s many close friends and colleagues at UNODC are shocked and deeply saddened at her untimely and tragic death. Many of us had the pleasure of working with her on numerous occasions and she was always an active participant in our conferences and meetings. Gretta was a highly valued, respected and committed member of the anti-corruption family. Her extensive knowledge and experience, paired with her wonderful personality and great energy were unparalleled.

Gretta was a true champion of anti-corruption efforts globally. The strong partnership between UNODC and the Basel Institute on Governance, is largely due to Gretta’s ability to bring people and institutions together to fight corruption. She will be sorely missed both by UNODC and the international community more generally.

From my personal perspective I considered Gretta a long standing friend and I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathies and those of my UNODC colleagues to you, and to Gretta’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

On behalf of the Members of the Heads of Integrity Group of the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank I wish to offer our sincerest condolences for the tragic loss of Gretta Fenner.

We have all had the privilege to have met and worked with Gretta over the years and all recognize her intellect, her passion, her strategic vision and her great humanity, whether displayed through her professional work or as a friend. We also recognize that her loss is not just felt here in this group but also across the wider international anti-corruption community, and beyond.

Gretta led her fight against corruption in the image of what she expected of others: with integrity, with self-sacrifice, courage, intelligence, deep honesty, and based on values and impeccable professional ethics. Her message will not disappear, she will continue to inspire. To inspire me. Please know that you can count on me, no matter what.

What a privilege it is to have known Gretta, as a colleague and a friend. I will remember Gretta not only as a champion of anticorruption and integrity efforts, but also as a warm person with a keen sense of fun. I extend my deepest sympathies to her family – oh how she loved you – and those closest to her.

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear colleague, Gretta, who tragically passed away in a motor accident. Gretta was a shining light to us, very committed to the struggle for a better society and her kindness towards others was excellent.

Farewell, dear Gretta. Your spirit will continue to inspire us, and your legacy will live on in the kindness and compassion you showed to us in ANEEJ and friends and partners around the world.

Dear Gretta, It is painful to pen a tribute to someone so young and full of life. You spent your life trying to solve the world's most significant social problem – corruption. You travelled to Africa and beyond and left the comfort of your home and family to campaign for the return of assets and their use for people experiencing poverty. You came, saw, conquered – all in such a short time!

You died doing what you know best – giving you all so others can live better! You will be missed. God knows why you had to leave so early when your family and the world needed you. May your memories never fade away. May your soul rest in our Lord's bosom until we meet, never to part again! Adieu!

On behalf of the network of Alliance for Integrity, we extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Gretta Fenner.

Gretta was an extraordinary leader in anti-corruption and her passion and commitment made the Basel Institute on Governance a global leading player in the fight for compliance and integrity. Together with her, we strengthened the collaboration between the Alliance for Integrity and the Basel Institute on Governance. She always sought synergies and cooperation to achieve greater impact together.

We at Alliance for Integrity are deeply saddened by the news of Gretta’s passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. During this challenging time, our thoughts are with all who knew, loved, and respected her. May her legacy inspire us to strive for a more just world.

Gretta Fenner's leadership in the fight against corruption will not only be missed in Switzerland but worldwide. We are extremely grateful for her work and feel deeply for her loss with her family and colleagues. May Gretta's spirit live on in the anti-corruption community.

I cannot accommodate the thought of losing Gretta. We had a wonderful time in Atlanta in December, and she was full of energy and ideas for the Summit of Democracy last month. We will remember Gretta fondly, as a partner, leader on anti-corruption, a good friend and a great human being. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your colleague.

What sad news... I am sorry to hear of the tragedy that has befallen Gretta Fenner! Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your colleague and our like-minded partner in the fight against corruption. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones and my thoughts are with you at this difficult time! In Gretta's memory, I wish the Board and the Management Group of the Basel Institute on Governance continued success.

Envio os meus sentimentos de pesar a família da senhora Gretta e que Deus conforte os corações de todos quantos com ela privaram, e trocaram experiências em várias áreas da vida. Um até sempre.

Gretta was truly an inspiring person. She was a committed leader in the global anti-corruption space, shaping the field and changing practices in some very difficult but important areas. She stood up for what she believed in, building strong coalitions and talented teams that made things happen against the odds.

Her impact has been really ground-breaking and important, and her tragic passing is a huge loss to the community. She was also an incredibly warm, thoughtful and kind person.

I am terribly sad that she is gone and send warmest wishes to her family, friends, colleagues. She will be greatly missed by so many.

With heavy hearts and profound sadness, we bid farewell to a true champion of anti-corruption, Gretta Fenner, who served as the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance. Gretta's sudden passing has left an irreplaceable void in the global fight against corruption, but her legacy of integrity, dedication, and unwavering commitment to justice will forever endure.

Throughout her distinguished career, Gretta epitomized the values of transparency, accountability, and ethical leadership. Her visionary guidance and tireless advocacy played an instrumental role in shaping anti-corruption initiatives worldwide, inspiring countless individuals and organizations to strive for a more just and equitable society.

Gretta's remarkable achievements extended far beyond the confines of her professional responsibilities. She was a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her, fostering a culture of integrity and ethical conduct wherever she went.

As we mourn the loss of a beloved leader and friend, let us take comfort in the knowledge that Gretta's legacy will continue to guide us in our ongoing efforts to combat corruption and promote good governance. Her passion, courage, and unwavering commitment to justice will forever serve as a source of inspiration to all those who carry on her noble work.

Our deepest condolences go out to Gretta's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing, and may her spirit of integrity and compassion continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew her. Rest in peace, dear Gretta. Your legacy will live on in the countless lives you touched and the enduring impact of your tireless advocacy for a more just and transparent world.

The Corruption Hunters Network shares in grieving Gretta Fenner’s untimely and tragic loss. An early, dedicated, and uncompromising recruit to the fight against corruption, she was a long-time, respected member of the Network and a close and valued friend ot many in the Network.

News of her death sparked glowing tributes and expressions of grief from members of the Network, including:
- Her ability to liaise with all levels of society from ministerial level to the practitioners, combined with the fact that she was heading a centre that could respond to the needs of developing countries made her a natural point of contact for the Hunters and others in the anti-corruption world. And she brought the knowledge and experience from the country level to the international discourse.
- She was a highly qualified professional, outstanding manager of ICAR and Basel, a remarkable woman and for all of us a loyal and dear friend. So very sad.
- We had the privilege of getting to know Gretta so much better during the wonderful Zanzibar meeting and leisure times in March 2024, so shortly before her loss. It's so cruel that she should have been snatched from us now.
- Truth is a star has been taking from us. A great soul is gone.
- The anti-corruption space feels empty and poor without her.
- For now we just have to keep on keeping on and just try honour her with the same kind of dedication she demonstrated to her work and to us all.
- To have one of our own so suddenly and shockingly wrested from our community is bewildering and devastating. But it is for Gretta's boys that my heart aches. I enjoyed a rare chat with her about her boys in Atlanta. Having known her as a fearless fighter against corruption for so long, it was endearing hearing her speak so tenderly about her boys. I cannot fathom how they will bear this loss. For them and for her we must carry on her legacy.

Rest in peace Gretta. You shall forever remain a true Hunter.

Dear Lukas and Lorenz, We've not met but I've had the privilege of working with Christian for more than 20 years and knew through him something of your very special mother. She was clearly extraordinary and has touched so many lives in a life cut short in such a shocking way. I am so very sorry for your loss – one beyond words.

Though I didn’t know your mother well – and I am so very sad that is not now possible to know her better in person, I hope you will permit me to offer one reflection particularly to you. I too, like your mother, am an activist, determined to change the world. My work focuses on the protection of civilians from conflict, wherever they may be, and it is in this that I have been so grateful to Christian as a wise ally and collaborator. (You will know yourselves that he is a special person. I wish that I could wave a magic wand to spare his heartbreak and bring your mother back, like I wish I could wave a wand and spare you yours.) My work has been the passion and purpose of my life. Yet it is as a mother – of two children Tomos and Isla – that I have found the deepest joy.

I think this was true also for your mother, and as you bear your very cruel burden of missing her, I hope you can take comfort in the delight that I am sure you brought to her life, as well as the pride in all that she did to make the world more just and peaceful for your future and us all that go on without her. I hope as you read all these tributes to the incredible activist that your mother was, and that the world has lost, know that you are, I suspect, her proudest achievement.

I find it hard to think of you going on without her and wish you the very best, taking comfort at least that you have Christian and all those around you that love you to help you bear your grief.

With a profound sadness, the Board of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland has learned that Gretta Fenner has passed away so tragically. We express our sincere condolences to the whole team of the Basel Institute, our longstanding member and cooperation partner, the family and friends who are confronted with this sudden huge loss and wishes you all strength and courage in this difficult moments.

As an esteemed member of our Board of the Advisory Foundation in support of Football for the Goals, Gretta’s unwavering dedication and professional support played an instrumental role in guiding the development of the UN’s Football for the Goals initiative.

We take inspiration from her drive, utmost professionalism and integrity, and her massive heart. She was a true ally in our ambitions to drive positive change through the power of football, we will miss her greatly.

We have received many condolences from the Foundation’s board members representing the global football leadership community that show the deepest respect for Gretta and the privilege for all of us who had the wonderful opportunity to work with her.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and the Basel Institute on Governance.

Gretta was an amazing advocate over decades fighting corruption and a leading partner and mentor to so many. Her life has been lost much too soon despite having made a huge impact on the issues and on so many people. We at the GCFFC deeply mourn her loss, and send our very deep condolences to Gretta’s family and to the Basel Institute.

The Geneva Graduate Institute wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to Gretta's family, friends and colleagues following the tragic events.

Following the tragic and abrupt loss of Gretta Fenner, her Academy Fellows have rallied around and comforted one another during this difficult period. A corruption hunter who led with clarity and purpose, she leaves us too young but not without charting a way forward.

Academy co-founder Stéphane Bonifassi notes, “Gretta was full of energy, fun and wit. You couldn't help noticing her presence in a room, and she knew how to make herself heard. All this was extremely useful when it came to the fight against corruption. We will miss her dearly at The Academy. She was there from the start of this endeavour, and we private practitioners benefitted immensely from her perspective and enthusiasm.”

Lincoln Caylor, another co-founder, says, “The Academy and our international community have lost a leader, advocate, and dear friend. A sad day.”

And co-founder Elizabeth Ortega recalls Gretta’s appreciation for a generation of corruption hunters bestriding the path paved by Mark Pieth, Nicola Bonucci and many others. It is a path Gretta extended strategically and wisely. Today, “our collective union has a renewed sense of duty to uphold the rule of law against financial crime and to amplify the voices of all those who champion justice as a testament to Gretta,” Ortega says.

On behalf of the Chair, Board, Associates, and Staff of ICCLR, please accept our condolences on the untimely passing of the most amazing Gretta Fenner. Gretta was a tour de force within the international anti-corruption community and we so enjoyed having collaborated with her on projects and as fellow members of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI).

Gretta was true leader in her field. Her energy and competence will be dearly missed among anti-corruption professionals globally. I will cherish the memory of her passion for making the world better and less corrupt.

The Corruption Hunters Network shares in grieving Gretta Fenner’s untimely and tragic loss. An early, dedicated, and uncompromising recruit to the fight against corruption, she was a long-time, respected member of the Network and a close and valued friend to many in the Network.

News of her death sparked glowing tributes and expressions of grief from members of the Network, including:

- Her ability to liaise with all levels of society from ministerial level to the practitioners, combined with the fact that she was heading a centre that could respond to the needs of developing countries made her a natural point of contact for the Hunters and others in the anti-corruption world. And she brought the knowledge and experience from the country level to the international discourse.
- She was a highly qualified professional, outstanding manager of ICAR and Basel, a remarkable woman and for all of us a loyal and dear friend. So very sad.
- We had the privilege of getting to know Gretta so much better during the wonderful Zanzibar meeting and leisure times in March 2024, so shortly before her loss. It's so cruel that she should have been snatched from us now.
- Truth is a star has been taking from us. A great soul is gone.
- The anti-corruption space feels empty and poor without her.
- For now we just have to keep on keeping on and just try honour her with the same kind of dedication she demonstrated to her work and to us all.
- To have one of our own so suddenly and shockingly wrested from our community is bewildering and devastating. But it is for Gretta's boys that my heart aches. I enjoyed a rare chat with her about her boys in Atlanta. Having known her as a fearless fighter against corruption for so long, it was endearing hearing her speak so tenderly about her boys. I cannot fathom how they will bear this loss. For them and for her we must carry on her legacy.

Rest in peace Gretta. You shall forever remain a true Hunter.

My condolences to Gretta's family and friends. We have lost someone who was totally committed to integrity, and whose life was an example to us all. She will be sorely missed and remembered with love and admiration by many.

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Gretta Fenner. She was a remarkable individual whose dedication and passion impacted everyone fortunate enough to have known her.

I remember our conversations with Gretta fondly; she was always insightful and had a way of inspiring those around her. Her legacy in our hearts and in the work she championed will continue to guide and motivate us.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. May they find solace in the memories of her remarkable life and the positive changes she brought to our community.

At the Centre for Finance and Security, we are deeply saddened to hear the news about Gretta’s passing. Gretta was more than just a respected colleague – she was a role model and an inspiration to all of us. She was a good friend of the Centre and a pillar in the anti-corruption community – you could always count on her for a frank and enriching opinion.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Gretta’s family and to all the Basel team in this difficult time. There are really no words to describe how much she will be missed. Her legacy will live on through the work that we all do and the community that she so deeply inspired.

Gretta was a long-time and passionate partner who made the fight against corruption and recovering stolen assets central to all she did. She was in many ways the face of international asset recovery – travelling ceaselessly around the world to ensure these topics were discussed, heard and acted upon – the voice of many unable to speak up and the advocate for the victims of corruption. She was a powerful presence at the many international events, eloquent, energetic, elegant and unafraid to speak the truth and to say what needed to be said, in the many languages she mastered.

Gretta was kind to everyone, and went out of her way to help people, both through her work but also those who she met in her everyday life. She was an inspiration for so many of us and a role model for those working in anti-corruption.

StAR has lost a dear and fun friend, and a professional ally. Her loss leaves a huge hole, and she will be sorely missed by all who care about holding those in power to account. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her two sons Lukas and Lorenz, to ICAR, and to so many people whose lives she touched.

We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to all Gretta Fenner's loved ones and inner circle of friends and family. During our continued engagements with the Basel Team over the past years, we have been privileged to be directly interacting with Gretta.

We learned that she was an impeccable human, with an unlimited passion for building a global resilient and healthier society. Gretta’s personal commitment to positively impact the lives of everyone within her sphere of influence will be the legacy we will treasure. We celebrate Gretta’s lifetime accomplishments with you, albeit way before its time. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

It is with great dismay and deep sadness that we learn of the terrible accident of Gretta. We met Gretta first in 2004 when we approached the formal collaboration with the Institute. Gretta has been an inspirational person in building the capacity of the Institute, collaborating with partner organizations, including GTZ, establishing the reputation of the institute and thus also her own across the world. With Gretta Fenner we have lost a revered and dear friend.

The Wolfsberg Group is deeply saddened by the loss of Gretta Fenner. The Group and the Basel Institute on Governance have a relationship that goes back many years, and which became much deeper once the Group was established as a legal entity and established a physical presence in the Institute's offices. This co-location gave us the opportunity to get to know Gretta better and news of her death has been a blow to us all.

We will miss her energy, drive, humour, and common-sense approach and send our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. Our thoughts are also with the staff and management at the Basel Institute on Governance who have lost a leader and a friend.

It is hard to comprehend that Gretta is no longer in our world. She was beloved by many, an indefatigable changemaker, a leader, and a role model for young women in our field. She was genuine, kind, funny, collaborative, and knew how to listen. What a loss for us personally, our anti-corruption realm, and for her family. I wish to personally extend my sincere condolences and wishes for strength to her family – so many of us who who crossed paths with Gretta are deeply sorry for your loss and pain.

As we all at TRAFFIC, I'm shocked to hear about Gretta's passing. I remember her enthusiasm and support for our anti-corruption cause at IACCs that she regularly attended, and I could very much see it in Basel's growth and impact. She'll be very much missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts, I'm sending condolences to her family and our dear colleagues at Basel.

On behalf of the Transcrime team, we express our sincere condolences to Gretta's family, friends and colleagues at this tragic loss. We will remember her fondly in our work together with the Basel Institute of Governance.

Thank you, Gretta, for spreading your passion for a fairer world, for your peer support, for your laughter, and for your friendship. Our fight against corruption was easier when being shoulder to shoulder with you. We will keep up that good fight in your name.

Dear Gretta, you will forever be missed. You were not only one of the people I enjoyed most working with, you were a true friend a source of inspiration, and energy. I will always remember, with a smile and sorrow, all the times when we mixed witt and laughs and "conspired" to force innovation, and to push the needle in the anti corruption debate. You will forever be a loved member of our family. I will miss you.

As we battle all the political, institutional and historical forces that make fighting corruption such a struggle, Gretta was, beyond anyone I have ever met, a person who could instantly make you feel that yes, we actually can and will win the struggles that we need to if we really try, and not to waver or waste time in getting on with the mission. Her combination of energy, honesty and sharpness of mind was unparalleled in our movement, and a delight to encounter and be motivated by, whenever we crossed paths.

We were lucky to have her in Australia for some of her postgraduate studies and be counted among her incredible network of friends and allies. It is hard to believe we only met a handful of times over the years, sharing stages and discussions at meetings or conferences, and yet every time it was a beautiful reunion with a lost friend, and time to again enthusiastically work together, however briefly, to set new goals and lift our sights and achieve whatever needed to be done.

Deepest sympathies to Gretta's children, family and friends... thank you for sharing with us all, and the world, one of the most brilliant, inspiring and compassionate anti-corruption champions of our time.

Our sincerest condolences from TI Cambodia to her family & colleagues.

It is with deep sadness that Transparency International Spain learned of the passing of Gretta Fenner, Director General of the Basel Institute on Governance, and a valued colleague of TI Spain. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and to all of the Basel Governance Institute during this difficult time.

Gretta's dedication to transparency, her tireless efforts in the fight against corruption, and her exemplary leadership have left an indelible mark on our collective mission. Her unwavering commitment to integrity and good governance serves as an inspiration to us all.

While we mourn her loss, let us also remember and celebrate Gretta's remarkable contributions to our shared cause. Her legacy will continue to guide us as we strive to uphold the principles she held dear.

Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you as you navigate through this period of mourning and reflection.

My heartfelt condolences to the Basel Institute on Governance and the family.

It is with great sorrow and sadness that I have learned of the tragic passing of Gretta. Please receive my heartfelt condolences, also on behalf of the management team of the Wyss Academy for Nature and also on behalf of my colleagues of the Board of Directors of the ACFE Switzerland Chapter. Our thoughts are with her family and I wish you and the whole team strength for the coming days and weeks.

It is shocking and so very sad to hear the tragic news of the passing away of Gretta. We vividly remember her as a determined fighter against corruption and a gifted speaker before our association.

As a neighbor of the Basel Institute on Governance and in my capacity as the president of ACFE Switzerland, and on behalf of the board, our deepest condolences to her family and her loved ones.

Gretta was an exceptional woman. She touched the hearts of many with her kindness, thoughtfulness, wisdom and conviction on her mission to better the world. As a member of the Sounding Board of the precious metal refinery Argor-Heraeus, she was valued for her sound advice, constructive inputs and determination in advancing issues, and we will miss her presence greatly!

We wish her family and friends strength and all the support to deal with this immense loss. We hope that they will find some comfort in knowing that Gretta’s legacy will endure through the memories of countless people around the world.

It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the tragic death of Gretta Fenner. The loss of such a respected and esteemed leader is felt deeply within our organization and by all those who had the privilege of knowing and working with her.

Gretta always played a pivotal role in pushing us to understand and achieve our challenges within her role as a member of our sounding board. On behalf of the Argor Heraeus Board of Directors and as a long-time partner, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. We will miss Gretta very much.

Gretta was a true believer and a shining example of good governance "made in Switzerland". Her personal touch helped make it convincing and agreeable globally. She left lasting marks and will be truly missed.

Gretta was an outstanding leader and wonderful person who made a true difference in the fight for doing what is right and leaves a huge legacy. We are in deep grief and our thoughts are with her family and her colleagues.

It was with profound sadness that we received the news of the tragic passing of Gretta Fenner, your esteemed Managing Director. Although our professional paths crossed on only a few occasions, each interaction left us with a lasting impression of her dedication and the vibrancy she brought to her work in the fight against corruption.

Gretta was undoubtedly an extraordinary force for change, and her passionate commitment to building and leading the Institute has left an indelible mark on not just those who worked closely with her but on the broader global community engaged in this crucial fight. Her leadership, vision, and tireless efforts have fostered significant progress, and it's clear that her legacy will continue to inspire and drive forward the cause she so deeply cared about and we were looking forward to continuing the Collective Action initiative in Bulgaria together.

On behalf of Novartis Bulgaria, please accept our heartfelt condolences during this incredibly difficult time. Our thoughts are with you and her family as you navigate through this period of grief and reflection. The loss of such a remarkable leader and advocate is felt deeply, not only within your organization but by all who had the privilege of knowing her, however briefly.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the very tragic and sudden passing of dear Gretta.

Inspiring, caring, consequent, passionate and visionary only begin to touch on her character and attributes.

Her unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption has been palpable and very evident in our 15-year collaboration on Siemens Integrity Initiative projects, and the legacy of her personal contribution in the field of anti-corruption will remain very real and dear to us.

We grieve with her family and loved ones, with you and the Basel Institute on Governance, and her peers and colleagues in the global anti-corruption community. With deepest sympathy and condolences.

You will be always remembered as one of the greatest fighters.

I first met Gretta around 2015/16 while I was working as the Director General of the Financial Intelligence Authority of Malawi. Gretta went out of her way to build a trusting professional and personal relationship with me over and above the work Basel Institute was doing with the FIA at the time.

She became a mentor, a sounding board and an encourager to uphold my integrity and do the right thing always, regardless of the circumstances. She was a good friend, and I will miss her greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

I was deeply saddened to hear about your shocking and sudden demise. What came to mind immediately was your extraordinary sacrifice to humanity that you demonstrated in your event presentations across the globe and how this impacts on me as a person. Certainly, your good works will forever be remembered. RIP

Gretta had the rare combination of sharp wit, humour, and a personality people were drawn to. It was impressive how she could get a room full of people to laugh in the middle of a technical policy discussion.

She was a real force in the anti-corruption world and will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and everyone who was touched by her.

Even I did not know Gretta personally, I was fond of Basel Institute to read the information produced and was very beneficial to me. Such Institute will be managed by a perfect person who devoted her life to teach others.

Je souhaite présenter à la famille de Gretta ainsi qu'à tous les collaborateurs et collaboratrices du Basel Institute mes plus sincères condoléances et l'expression de ma gratitude pour le travail si important accompli par Mme. Fenner à la tête de cet institut.

I worked closely with Gretta over ten years ago when we were both supporting the effectiveness of the UN Global Compact and I was able to appreciate her intellectual drive, her commitment to achieve tangible results and her wonderful personality which made team members want to work with and support her.

Since those earlier years I have watched with admiration as she developed the Basel Institute into a leading anti-corruption and integrity promoting organisation. She leaves behind a huge challenge to fill her shoes and her family and friends can be truly proud of her achievements. A very sad loss.

My deepest condolences for the sad and unexpected loss of Gretta. I was lucky to get to know her in person at job interviews and was impressed by her competence, her skills, high motivation and kindness, but above all that she was modest and very empathetic. My heartfelt wishes go to her family and friends.

Gretta Fenner was a true leader in the anti-corruption community. Her courage to always focus on strategic issues and its impact on people will be remembered.

She was an inspiring fresh light in the field of anti-corruption, sharing her wisdom with humour and humanity. A great and inspiring woman. She will be missed and remembered.

The fight against corruption was a life commitment for Gretta, but most importantly her humanity and work for developing countries. We will always remember her.

I'm truly sorry for the loss of Gretta. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you all during this difficult time.

Our meeting was brief but it left me with the memory of your kindness, warmth and intelligence you possess. Thank you for your contributions to making the world a better place and for inspiring others like me to keep it going.

Gretta was all I aspire to be, well respected, compassionate, impactful and downright clever. Under her guidance the Institute has remained groundbreaking and has forged governance in many organisations, truly making a difference. She will be missed.

Gretta was such an asset to our world. I can attest to her conviction to help people and bring the wrongdoers to justice. No matter what the task or question was, Gretta would consider it. I always made it a point to visit her when I traveled to Switzerland. She was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed. I will always remember our work together.

I met Gretta for the first time 20 years ago at a Wolfsberg Group meeting when we were discussing what was then the Draft Anti Bribery and Corruption Paper and was immediately struck by her knowledge and clear eyed focus on what was needed and what she expected the Banks to do to assist. She did this though with empathy and humour and grace without compromising on what was needed.

We became friends and colleagues ever since and the shock at her passing will sit alongside the admiration, respect and continued support for her cause that corruption is a scourge and needs strong campaigners to stand up against it and help those that are looking for assistance. There was no one stronger or who did more than Gretta on this and no more fitting tribute than to carry on her life’s work.

My heartfelt condolences to Gretta’s boys Lukas and Lorenz, as well as to her partner, family and colleagues for your most tragic loss of an amazing mother and person.

Every time I read, “Gretta Fenner was …“ I am overcome with sadness. And regrets, that I have not told you, dear Gretta, what an amazing person you are; how privilege I am to have you as sparring partner, and as a friend.

I first met Gretta in Jakarta about 20 years ago when she was working for the OECD in the Asia Pacific (me for TI). During that meeting about 5 of us were tasked to come up with a draft resolution during the evening. After some hours, it was only Gretta and myself left in hotel lobby. In those early morning hours I got to know Gretta quite well: intellectually brilliant and creative; principled and pragmatic; very professional and really funny!

Ever since my respect for Gretta as a professional, my admiration for her humanity and integrity, continued to grow. In easy times, in tough times.

On a deeply personal level, I have experienced how many anti-corruption fighters can turn a selective blind eye to poor governance and unethical conduct in order to protect their own comfort zones. That is understandable and rather quite normal after all.

Not Gretta. In some of the most challenging times I personally have seen, she (and a very few others) was unwavering in speaking out about the issues. This has meant so much to me, and gave me strength for which I will always remain most thankful for. Hamba kahle, dear Gretta.

I have deeply admired and respected Gretta since getting to know her in a professional capacity years ago when I served on the steering committee of the International Centre for Collective Action. What struck me most about Gretta, in addition to her incredible knowledge and professional acumen, was her warmth and wit. She always had great advice to share about relationships, motherhood, and life more generally. It was very clear to me that she was an exceptional woman, mother, partner, colleague and friend despite not knowing her on a personal level.

She will forever remain a pillar of the anti-corruption community. Extending my deepest sympathies for your loss and hoping these heartfelt tributes from around the world bring you peace and strength.

Gretta's legacy and inspiration remains in our hearts and memories.

My sincere condolences to all who mattered to Gretta and to whom Gretta mattered. The news is so terrible and hardly understandable.

I met Gretta in her young age in Paris, at the OECD, where she engaged with energy and enthusiasm in fighting corruption. At the time focusing mainly on Asia. Although she was much younger, we shared some wonderful moments as well as sincere thoughts. Occasionally we travelled together. It was an honor to attend her wedding and later to learn about both her wonderful sons whom I met when coming through Switzerland end January 2021, during Covid.

My last encounter with Gretta was on Sunday 24th March. I picked her up at her hotel in Paris and I drove her through a sunny town where we admired the city and the monuments. We had a great afternoon and evening. She was full of enthusiasm and life – remembering Paris from the time when she first arrived and lived in a very small and simple studio. She spoke with delight about Lorenz and Lukas – she was so very fond of their actions and developments. She mentioned the projects with Christian (whom I unfortunately never met) and in particular the new house in the Engadin and referred to her sister’s place. And then she mentioned the developments at the Basel Institute and her sympathy and admiration for her colleagues of whom she had grown fond over the years.

What a loss and what an absurdity that precisely Gretta – such a beautiful, competent, energetic and thoughtful person, has left her family, her sons, her partner and all those whom she loved and who loved her. She undoubtedly also leaves behind a remarkable professional legacy and engagement.

I join them all in their grief. My deepest condolences.

This is a great loss to all of us. Our thoughts are with the friends and family for their incredible grief and sadness – and for us, the global anti-corruption community we lose a powerful leader who gave us strength and inspiration. Thank you, Gretta, you live on in our hearts.

It's a big huge loss to me and also to my continent Africa, especially Nigeria. Gretta Fenner was an amiable and resourceful women with a lot of potential. She contributed a lot to mitigating corruption in the community at large, My condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues throughout the world!

I have known Gretta for about twenty years, as we both 'grew up' in the anti-corruption movement. Gretta always greeted with a warm hello. She was smart, for sure, but even more -- she always seemed clear about who she was and where she was, even as she stepped into rather big shoes and took on the challenges of running the Basel Institute!

We both worked in a space that had largely been defined by well-connected, established men, leading thinkers and doers in their respective fields. Gretta never appeared intimidated by that; she just dove in. I admired her ability to speak eloquently to any crowd – and to remain very human off the stage, too. On many occasions we caught up on work, life and on raising two boys. Hers were younger than mine, but the balancing act of work, family, travel and beyond was something we discussed several times.

I was lucky enough to work with her and her team on many occasions, to take part in events in Basel and elsewhere with her, where the discussions were always full of substance, commitment and purpose. This no doubt reflected who she was and the culture she nurtured. In recent years, I also noticed that she was very outspoken when she felt politics was not living up to its promise, even in her own country, Switzerland.

Leading the Basel Institute from a comparatively young age, always sharpening her expertise, showing diplomacy and guts and credibility... Gretta was brave. She will be sorely missed, and I sincerely hope her ambition and spirit live on in our community. My deep condolences to her family – may her memory be a blessing.

I was so sorry to hear about this tragedy – a tragedy obviously for Gretta's family, but also for what might be called her "professional family" – everyone around the world concerned with promoting transparency and integrity in the public and private sector.

Gretta and I had not been in touch with each other for a few years, but I have the fondest memories of working closely with her on the B20 Anti-Corruption Task Force from 2013-2015.

In 2013, we worked together on a research piece requested by the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group which served to clarify and consolidate the definition of "collective action". Subsequently, under her leadership, Basel Institute for Governance set up the B20 Collective Action Hub, which remains to this day a crucial resource for everyone interested in fighting corruption.

She was always a source of ideas and energy, inspiring all of us to new heights and achievements. She will be sorely missed by everyone in the world of anti-corruption.

Our deep condolences to the family of the late dear friend Gretta, whose life was dedicated to enhance capacities of anti corruption authorities around the globe. We will miss her so dearly.

To those who, as a life path, sought the personal development of their peers as a noble task on earth, deserve the glory of the Lord and all the respect of those who had the opportunity to interact with. So Gretta rest in peace.

It is very rare to be 48 years old only, but already be a champion of your field. Gretta was just that. With unbelievable charisma, talent and skill she led the international fight against corruption and got anyone who met her to realize this immediately: if you want it done, if you want it done well, if you want others to join the effort – ask Gretta to lead it. May her memory be a blessing and an inspiration.

What a tragic loss. Gretta and I go back to mid 2001 when she arrived in my office at the Asian Development Bank and informed me that we (OECD where she was working and ADB) needed to collaborate on an Anti-corruption initiative for the Asia Pacific region. I had just joined ADB and was a somewhat behind on what needed to be done. With her infectious youthful energy, her headstrong belief that we can succeed and her determination of the importance of this work, she helped us craft an important instrument that over the years was approved by many countries of the region and started Gretta on the way to becoming a major corruption fighter.

Our professional beginnings led to five years of very intense and successful collaboration before she joined the Basel institute. That she would lead it to success, high quality work was a given for anyone that met young Gretta. Over the years, as I moved to other areas of work, our relationship blossomed to close friendship. She was a person I could count on, no matter what. When she stopped by our place in Paris, over a glass she would share bits of her work; oh! how modest she was of her accomplishments. It’s not easy to leave such a strong mark, professionally and humanly at such a young age; she was respected and much loved. I know her memory will live, I know that the Basel Institute will take the necessary steps to organize an appropriate memorial, institute an award and make all of us not forget our very dear Gretta.

I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to her boys, her sister, her colleagues at the Basel Institute and everyone that played a close part in her life.

I never had the privilege of meeting Gretta Fenner, but I certainly knew of her Institute, her work, and the great many students and researchers who were indebted to her in so many ways. We and our movement are much the poorer because of her passing, but we should all draw renewed inspiration from her example. My sincere sympathies are with her family, colleagues, and many friends.

Anyone who didn't know Gretta, doesn't know what we have lost. Not only did an excellent woman and one of the best anti-corruption experts in the world pass away, her death uprooted a mighty tree that was, is and will be a role model for everyone who dedicated at least a part of their life to the fight against corruption and other indecencies, the fight for a better today and a better tomorrow.

Farewell, my dearest friend, and finally take some rest!

I cannot believe this awful news. Gretta was inspiring. A bundle of energy, ideas, enthusiasms and principles and superbly organized to fit so much into a day.

Please accept my condolences on the untimely death of Gretta Fenner.

Thank you Gretta for being such an inspiration to all in the global anti-corruption community, and for your fabulous work in advancing this profession, even taking the time to assist new students such as myself. Such a loss. Sincere condolences to your family, friends and colleagues, from faraway Tasmania.

Ich habe Gretta vor vielen Jahren kennengelernt. In ihrer Arbeit und in ihrem Leben steckten viel Hingabe, Energie und Drive, so sehr, dass einem fast schwindlig wurde. Namentlich ihr Einfluss auf Asset Recovery war enorm. Ihre Persönlichkeit war geprägt von Weitsicht, Besonnenheit und Charme. Ihr tragischer Tod hinterlässt grosse Trauer. Gretta: Du fehlst uns.

Gretta will be greatly missed. Only few have her determination, professionalism and that internal strength that can drive and motivate others and change things. "Che la terra ti sia lieve".

Gretta has not gone. Gretta has left a huge legacy for us to follow and we have a job to finish in that sense. She will always be remembered for her knowledge, vision and inspiration for many of us. RIP and condolences to her family

My deepest condolences for the passing of Gretta Fenner. Such an inspiring woman that made such a big impact!

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the children and the family of Gretta Fenner. What a painful and extreme tragedy!

I was fortunate having met Gretta at young age back in the time frame 1995–1997, when she was working as a temp in my Organisation, Sprint International and Global One in Zurich. She was still studying, and showed a clear sense where she was going professionally. She was preparing to enter exams and screening tests of prestigious Universities in political science – if I recall correctly – in Germany and in Paris.

Gretta was determined to make it to the top. I admired Gretta for her personal will and her determination. We kept in good contact over the years, and many years back we had lunch at my place (Niederscherli) with her husband and the two children.

I always sent her some comments when she made statements on the Swiss TV in her role as CEO of the Basel Institute on Governance. Last year, Feb 2023, we could finally catch up and we enjoyed a nice lunch together in Basel. I still have a photo from this occasion. She told me that she kept her location in Bern, and was commuting daily. She was a real cycling fan, and whenever she passed Niederscherli during her cycling tours, she was thinking about the lunch.

I also informed some former colleagues from Sprint International about her passing, and they all remember her vividly – highlighting the impact she made already at young age! Rest in peace, dear Gretta!

Welche Tragödie in jeder Beziehung! Ich hatte das Privileg, Gretta seit vielen Jahren gekannt zu haben und gelegentlich mit ihr zusammenzuarbeiten oder an von ihr geleiteten Seminaren teilzunehmen. Jedesmal war es für mich in menschlicher und fachlicher Hinsicht eine grosse Bereicherung. Allen, der Familie und ihren Kolleginnen und Kollegen, drücke ich sehr traurig mein tief empfundenes Beileid aus.

A true tragedy. Her passing will continue to give us the drive to push forward with the tasks that were so important to her.

I am deeply saddened by the news of Gretta's passing. She has truly impacted the world, trying to make it a better place to live. Her vibrant spirit and kindness touched everyone around her. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. In these challenging times, may you find comfort in the love and support of those around you. Gretta's memory will forever remain in our hearts. With deepest sympathy.

My condolences, I am really saddened to have learn of her death. She was my friend briefly and shared with me many good things to live in a corruption free society, unlike Kenya. My country is riddled with corruption but she educated many of us to free ourselves from the bondages of corruption. May her soul rest in peace.

Mi mas sentido pésame a familia de Gretta Fenner. Extraordinaria mujer. Que Dios la tenga en su Gloria.

My heartfelt condolences go to Gretta's family, especially her two sons. I wish you strength at this sad time. Gretta was a wonderful, strong woman who inspired a whole compliance community far beyond her loved ones. We all will miss her.

I hired Gretta to work with me in the OECD in 1999. From day 1, Gretta impressed me as someone who would make a mark in the world of anti-corruption. Her dedication to the field for over 25 years proved me right. Gretta combined professional rigour with a magnetic personality; it left no one indifferent and persuaded many to undertake and support anti-corruption events and reforms that might have been politically difficult otherwise.

Back before the pandemic made working from home an everyday occurrence, I facilitated Gretta’s working from Switzerland which was unusual at the time at the OECD. She repaid that confidence by the successful management of a major OECD anti-corruption initiative in the Asia-Pacific region and went on to be the brilliant managing director of the Basel Institute on Governance.

In a world where the fight against corruption is oftentimes one step forward and two steps back, you need a sense of proportion and above all a sense of humour. Gretta had both in abundance.

There will be time for anecdotes, but not now; it is too sad. As a colleague, fellow anti-corruption professional, and friend, she will be missed.

I had the privilege of working with Gretta for five years (2017–2022) in my role as SDC Senior Policy Advisor Asset Recovery. I vividly remember our exciting discussions regarding the further development of ICAR, our meetings with other donors and in multilateral forums.

Gretta's commitment to the cause and to her organization was extraordinary; her analysis, vision, rhetoric and leadership impressive and unique. I was able to witness how Gretta and her team strongly developed the Basel Institute / ICAR and positioned it even better.

Gretta: you leave behind a great legacy; we will remember your passion and commitment forever – and you will live on in our hearts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gretta's family and her partner after this tragic loss. We are deeply saddened with what happened. Gretta's inputs into development of ethics & compliance and fight against corruption are incredible and she will be missed a lot.

I had the privilege to meet Gretta only on a handful of occasion but I was honoured. Her intellect, her achievements, her contribution to the anti-corruption work are immense. I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to Gretta's family, to her friends and colleagues.

The sadness of losing such a beacon of hope in the fight against corruption will reverberate into our thoughts for years to come. Endless condolences to the entire family, friends and all who shared life with her.

I am deeply saddened for Gretta's family and friends. This loss is truly devastating. I remember her as a powerful advocate for positive change, especially in the fight against corruption. We met when we were both executive directors in non-profit organizations, and her straightforwardness immediately won me over. I will strive to keep her memory alive and continue her mission.

My heartfelt condolences to the family members of the late Gretta Fenner. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the pain for losing such a great and amazing woman in the family. God bless you all.

Gretta was a warm, generous, thoughtful character who I had the pleasure and privilege to meet on a number of occasions. She helped the MDBs and many other organisations around the world to promote integrity in their work. She was inspiring and greatly appreciated; she will be sorely missed.

Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow about the death of Gretta. I wish you peace to comfort you, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to hold forever in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find the strength, comfort, and the support you need in the weeks and months ahead. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.”

Gretta's work has helped so many around the globe. Her memory will live on through her work and the many people whose lives were touched by her friendship.

I know this is an enormously difficult time for Gretta’s family, friends and work colleagues, me included. Over the past twenty years, I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with Gretta as well as seeking her wise counsel on a number of anti-corruption challenges and issues. She had a wonderful combination of passion for her work, complemented by a warm and engaging style that greatly enabled her overall effectiveness and success.

She always took time to offer her views and critiques of my work and that of others, and did so in a way that greatly enhanced our thinking and overall work product. I am truly saddened beyond words by her passing and fully recognise that the global anti-corruption movement has lost one of its best and most respected superstars!

It seems such a cruel world when a truly inspirational, kind and compassionate person is snatched from us far too soon. The international legal community is in a state of shock and collective grief. Gretta was the most amazing lawyer and the fruits of her amazing work will live on forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with Gretta's family, friends and colleagues at this tremendously sad time. My only hope is that, in time, the knowledge of her impact on the legal system and that her legacy will live on, will provide some comfort to all who knew and loved her. RIP Gretta.

Sending my deepest condolences. Gretta's wonderful personality and impactful work will always be remembered.

Deepest sympathies to Gretta's family and friends on her passing. I met Gretta when she was living in Perth and was so privileged to have her friendship. She was a dynamic and talented professional – dedicated to her work and an inspiration to those around her. She was a wonderful mother and friend. I am so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. Her legacy will live on in those whose lives changed due to her fight against corruption.

Toutes nos condoléances à la famille et aux collègues du Basel Institute.

I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic death of Gretta Fenner. She was a highly valued business partner over the past 20 years and I greatly admired her tireless commitment to the Basel Institute on Governance.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones and to the Basel Institute on Governance team.

Gretta was a person of insurmountably good human qualities. She was kind, considerate, compassionate and so eternally altruistic. She was there for my family and I, among so many others I am sure, in our most difficult of days.

In the space of anti-corruption, she was the best of the best. Her presence brightened organisations and institutions, large and small, facing every circumstance, in every setting, in every corner of the world. She sensed the battles of anti-corruption and responded swiftly to these needs anywhere in the world – fighting for integrity, if for nothing else, the sake of righteousness.

I was privileged to have worked with her globally over a decade, and most recently on a strong programme on Sri Lanka's efforts to recover the proceeds of corruption.

She was a person like no other. A fearless anti-corruption warrior, a par excellence leader and an eternally treasured friend. Her tragic and untimely passing will leave a lasting void in the hearts of so many. I convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to her partner, two young children and her family.

Gretta was a role model to so many of us in the movement to fight corruption and improve governance.

I see this as a great loss to family and anti financial crime folks. The services rendered by Gretta are indeed valuable, productive and inspiring. I pray for her departed soul and express my heartiest condolences to her family and the Basel Institute.

Dear Gretta, I am really speechless and so sad. There would have been so much on the bucket list!! I am very, very grateful for all the encounters with you all around the world in all those years and for all your support. I am shocked that it will never be like this again. It is a tragedy for all of us. May you rest in peace, dear Gretta.