by Quenby Wilcox
April 23, 2016
Washington, DC – In November 2015, founder of Global Expat, and long-time activist and advocate for the rights of women and children, Quenby Wilcox, was wrongfully terminated from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for said activism work. A copy of her complaint for workplace bullying to the Director of the IMF’s HR Department, Mark Plant is posted on her activism website, with a synopsis of her own case against the Spanish government, in a letter to the Defensor del Pueblo. Also, her letter to Carolyn Maloney, cofounder of the American Abroad Caucus, is posted on her website, as well as a letter to Under Secretary of the US State Department Patrick Kennedy, regarding the plight of the thousands of victims of domestic abuse, re-victimized by host country courts with no assistance from their consulates (see her casework in cases of Jannah Sims and Jimmy Ryan).
This was her 2nd wrongful termination from the IMF; the previous occasion was in 2011, when the Chair of the IMF Family Association (IMFFA), Anne-Beatrix Keller Semadeni unilaterally and illegally terminated her, for being a victim of domestic abuse and/or legal abuse. To add insult to injury, Ms. Keller promoted her ideas for Global Expats within the HR Department of the IMF (2010-2011) as well as her socio-economic and capacity building ideas amongst IMF economists, namely Joseph Stiglitz as original ideas of Ms. Keller.
Additionally, it is Ms. Wilcox’s belief that Ms. Keller obtained the job as Director of Development with the NGO in Washington, DC, Knowledge Ecology International (where Joseph Stiglitz sits on the Board of Advisors) under false pretenses, and is in fact continuing to promote the ideas and theories of Ms. Wilcox (posted on Linkedin, Huffington Post, Womenalia, and Reuters Foundation blogs) as her own–constituting intellectual property theft, and fraud, of which the IMF, and now Global Employment, are complicit by their failure to act.
Mr. Plant and the IMF have been afforded the opportunity to act with transparency and accountability in regards to Ms. Keller’s present activity. However, Ms. Wilcox has received no word from Mr. Plant or the Ethics Advisor, to date. Additionally, contacted in her attempts at reparations for the violation of her rights was Global Employment, for whom she worked during her entire tenure at the IMFFA (2009-2011). Again, Ms. Wilcox has received no word.
It should be noted that temporary employment agencies receive the same amount of money, as the employees they place. These agencies make enormous profits off of the workers they place, and should be obligated to defend the rights of workers when those rights have been violated by employers, assuming all legal costs and fees for those workers — particularly when the employers are large and powerful organizations.
The inertia and chaos that is being produced in large bureaucratic organizations in DC (such as the IMF, the World Bank, the IFC, the IADB, the US Department of State, Congress, White House, the list goes on and on) by bullying and antiquated, management-styles cannot be stressed enough. Ms. Wilcox is examining the various issue in her current blog Observation of a CSO Rep at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings 2016,
The hypocrisy of upper management at the IMF at present, with all the “pro” Workers and “pro” People rhetoric in the IMF/WB Spring Meetings, versus their “sit on the fence” attitude towards the flagrant violation of the rights of one of their employees, is a perfect example of the inertia, hypocrisy and double-standards of large organizations around the world. Lots of rhetoric, but no reality to their words. As one manager once told me, “I just ignore them until they go away” — and that does appear to be management policy at the IMF at present.
Contact: Quenby Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a copy of the complaint click Complaint to IMF Ethics Advisor – Quenby Wilcox
Thank you for your time yesterday afternoon. I greatly appreciated it.
Per our conversation, please find below a copy of the emails I sent to Mark Plant, Director of HR at the IMF, regarding bulllying in the IMF. As I explained, the issue at present is the position of Director of Development at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), which is currently held by Anne-Beatrix Keller Semadeni. Ms. Keller was the Chair of the IMFFA from October 2009 to April 2011. My tenure with the IMFFA (as an employee of Global Employment/Career Blazers) was from May 2009 to February 2011, at which time Ms. Keller prematurely terminated my contract, which expired at the end of April 2011.
As I explained, Ms. Keller used many of my ideas for Global Expats / www.global-xpat.com for the IMFFA, which, as I state in the attached complaint is not at issue. The problem arose, and exists, because Ms. Keller was promoting my ideas as her own within IMF HR, all the while telling IMF HR that I was useless, incompetent, etc., (and requesting my termination from the IMFFA board, which they refused because I was “the best person they had ever had at the IMFFA” ). In relation to my termination, it was my understanding from Ms. Yvonne Rivera of Global Employment that Ms. Keller had told IMF HR that for 4 months I had been declaring overtime, which was unauthorized by her and/or falsely declared on my part. This is totally false, with all documentation included in the attached complaint.
What Ms. Keller told IMF HR was very different from the story she told me when she prematurely and illegally fired me in 2011. She told me. that it was because my “situation” (a victim of domestic abuse and/or legal abuse) made IMFFA members “uncomfortable.” When she told me this I responded “We’ll I’m not having a great time here either. I can assure you. This is not by choice. Do you know what you are doing is highly illegal?” She said she did not care. She was giving me 2 weeks notice. She sent an email to the entire IMFFA members about my “departure,” and informed the IMFFA board that she was leaving for 2 weeks to Switzerland, and would be unreachable by phone or email.
As I told you in our conversation, I was later given temp assignments in the IMF, so I never took issue with what Ms. Keller did. I had always intended to include what occurred in my complaint to Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which follows up on Gonzalez Carreno vs. Spain, 2014, (2nd jurisprudence recognizing violence against women as a human rights violation), as well as clarify any misinformation Ms. Keller had transmitted to IMF HR about me at a later date.
However, as I explained, it is not possible that Ms. Keller obtained a position as Director of Development in such a prestigious NGO; one that was initiated by Ralph Nader, and whose board of Advisors includes Joseph Stiglitz (former chief economist at the IMF, and 2 time Nobel prize winner), with just my ideas for Global Expats incorporated into IMFFA. I can only surmise that Ms. Keller is also espousing many of my socio-economic theories, which are posted on my blogs on Huffington Post, Womenalia, Linkedin and Reuters Foundation (as well as www.global-xpats.com). As I told you, I do have a certain natural “talent” for understanding international socio-economic issues, and in the past 8 years have been examining the domestic violence/violence against women (DV/VAW), the women’s rights and the human rights movements of the past 50-60 years. As I further explained, I am very much lobbying the IMF and the World Bank on many of the issues I am exploring, and exposing. In fact, the World Bank has an enormous data base on VAW issues at an international level, but states that they lack information at national levels. What my research does is basically bridge the gap between the DV NGOs at a national level, and the VAW at the international level. The World Bank has an department called, Women, Business, and Law, which is interested in my work, as I am interested in theirs.
As I further explained to you, the issues I am dealing with (corruption in the courts, domestic violence, bullying in the workplace, etc.) are issue people in my family tree have been dealing with for centuries, and in my blogs I use parallels from Thomas Wilcox, co-author of the Puritan Manifesto (Admonitions to Parliament), John Paul Jones as an American hero, as well as a British pirate, and will be be using analogies from WWII and Winston Churchill, and John Dickinson and the American Constitution, and his other writings. Additionally, as I explained my reports are extremely thorough, meticulous, and voluminous, as is my activism website www.warondomesticterrorism.com. I can assure you there is absolutely no doubt as to who is the originator, and author, of my ideas and theories. I call particular attention to my background material for my CEDAW presentation, Financing for Development (FfD): A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additionally, people across the Internet, and within the global mobility industry have known about my project, and legal problems with the Spanish courts for the past 8 years.
Additionally, please see my Linkedin profile against that of Ms. Keller’s profile. Ms. Keller is French national from Tunisia, who obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Aix-en-Provence, and translating diplomas in Geneva, where she obviously met her husband, an economist with the IMF, whose career has sent them to Cameroon and Togo. Ms. Keller has no professional experience other than a free-lance, part-time translator, and her 1-year tenure as president, and 2-year tenure as Teen Summer Program and Career Networking committee chair in the IMFFA. Additionally, never in my life have I seen such chaos and disaster created in an workplace by one person, as I observed with Ms. Keller as Chair of the IMFFA. Ms. Keller has no organizational skills, and she micro-manages and bullies those with whom she works. She also lacks any kind of integrity or ethics. One of the greatest problems with ‘Expat Wives Clubs’ such as IMFFA (www.fawco.org, and www.fiafe.org are 2 other examples) is that modern women want to be remunerated for their work. So these associations are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit competent and ethical managers to serve on their boards. A large portion of women serve on these boards for the social status it affords them, and in that it helps their husband’s careers– as seen in the case of Mr. Werner Keller who was given a position as Resident Representative in Togo West Africa after Ms. Keller’s tenure as Chair.
As I explained in our conversation, it is my greatest desire to have my good name restored to me, as well as what is rightfully mine — in this case to be considered for the position of Director of Development with KEI. My last communication to Mr. Plant was last Thursday, March 31st. I have not heard back from him, so I can only assume the IMF wishes me to contact the Director of KEI, James Love directly concerning Ms. Keller’s dishonesty and unethical behavior. Since I was an employee of Global Employment during my tenure with IMFFA, I wanted to notify them of the situation, and request any assistance they might provide in the matter. Unfortunately, since all of this involves my inability to move forward with Global Expats, this does implicate Global Employment in my $10-20B lawsuit against the Spanish government, with the US and French government as accessories, and now the IMF as accessories.
I am sure that if KEI has not yet realized what an impostor Ms. Keller is, they soon will. So I do want to contact them quickly, before they initiate any efforts to find someone to replace Ms. Keller. If by next week I still have received no word from the IMF as to how they wish to proceed, I will be obligated to contact KEI directly
Thank you again for you time.
Dear Ethic Officer,
I am contacting you regarding updates on my previous complaint, dated March 8, 2016.
In the past month, I have further researched the NGO where Ms. Anne-Beatrix Keller is employed at present. Its name is Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). When I first saw that Ms. Keller was Director of Development at a small local DC NGO in February 2016, I thought it was just another useless, ‘window-dressing’ NGO and think-tank in the Washington area. However, not only is it not an insignificant, unimportant NGO in DC, but it is a Ralph Nader initiative, with Joseph Stiglitz (former chief-economist at the IMF and two time Nobel prize winner in economics), on its Advisory board. (Also, my research at present focuses on Laura Nader’s books Law and Culture in Society and The Life of Law.)
Please see my emails below to Mark Plant regarding my original complaint, as well as my follow-up email regarding Ms. Keller’s unethical and illegal actions. Since I have not heard back from Mr. Plant (as to the IMF contacting KEI, or myself) I have brought the matter to the attention of Global Employment. This employment agency was my employer during my time at the IMFFA, and therefore is also implicated in the intellectual property theft and human rights violations of Ms. Keller, IMFFA and the IMF, as well as the ensuing financial damages. If Global Employment does not act in a timely manner, I will be propelled to contact KEI directly, as well as the press.
However, what is perhaps even more problematic than the actions of the IMFFA and IMF in the case at hand, is the fact that not only has IMFFA been involved in unethical activity, but it is misrepresenting the safety and security of women and children in the USA, and “enticing” women and children to cross international borders under false pretexts; elevating the situation to human-trafficking.
The fact that ‘Expat Wives Clubs’ such as IMFFA and FAWCO are misrepresenting the protection women and children receive in court systems while living abroad, and in reality espousing propaganda and misinformation designed to deceive; renders them complicit to the human rights violation of host country governments. Not only are they covering-up for the human rights violations documented in my own case against IMFFA, but also in the case of the FAWCO UN Team. (For example, please see their blog Gender Justice is a Human Imperative calling for women to “change the paradigm,” vs. my report FfD: Midsummer Night’s Dream. FAWCO participates in UN “human rights” initiatives, all the while promoting domestic violence, with empty rhetoric ‘window-dressing’ programs and initiatives, that are more effective at silencing victims than assisting them.)
As is the case with IMFFA, FAWCO board members, have been thoroughly informed as to the rampant corruption in family courts around the world, and the dire situation of these victims. However, just like their DV counterparts in the USA, American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVCC) and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), DV LEAP of GWU, etc., are espousing false rhetoric about the integrity and accountability in the courts, luring women and children into false perceptions about their safety, security, and rights—and thereby agreeing to an international relocation.
While I realize that many people involved are well meaning and with good intentions. However, with women and children being raped, beaten and tortured in the countries around the world, and with lawyers and courts systematically encouraging and supporting that violence, and court corruption – good intentions are simply not enough. The legal profession at present is riffed with corruption, negligence, and gender-bias, with the governments and international community turning a blind eye to the situation. Lawyers and judges in family courts around the world are indiscriminately, and systematically violating the rights of woman and children in the same way the Nazi’s persecuted the Jews, and African Americans were persecuted under the Klu Klux Klan. Until these judicial actors are held accountable for their illegal actions, corruption in Western courts (estimated at rates of 70-90% ), will continue to escalate; further aggravating all of the socio-economic forces that have created the global economic crisis, as well as prevent it from a real recovery.
From: Quenby Wilcox <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 1:32 PM
Subject: Complaint Against IMFFA – Implicated NGO w/ Ms. Keller – Knowledge Ecology Intl. – Nader Initiative – Joseph Stiglitz Advisor
Dear Mr. Plant,
On March 16, 2016 I contacted you regarding a complaint of bullying and wrongful termination with the IMF, and IMFFA in the past. I was contacted by the temp agency, Global Employment, last week regarding a temp position this past week at the IMF. In the end the assignment was not confirmed, and did not happen (with no issue). However, I can only surmise from the call, that I have been removed from the “black-list” at the Fund.
Since, then I have applied for two administrative positions at the IMF, and await responses. However, this still does not clarify my standing in regards to my application for Programs Assistant in the Office of the Executive Director of France. I am particularly interested in being considered for this position, as it involves dealing with French diplomats, etc, and it is an excellent possibility for be to build my networks in the French community within the DC area.
However, since I filed my original complaint with the IMF, I have been further researching the NGO where Ms. Keller has been on staff since December 2015. The name of the NGO is Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). It is an NGO originally started under Ralph Nader, with former chief economist at the IMF, Mr. Joseph E. Stiglitz sitting on its Board of Advisors. (Mr. Stiglitz book The Price of Inequality is on my “to read list”.) Additionally, the Director, James Love is known for his work on intellectual property rights.
When I saw the distinguished level of the founder, advisors, and management of KEI—noting that the work of these experts is completely in line with my own work of the past decades, my animosity towards Ms. Keller was understandably heightened. My work on Global Expats is totally in line with Mr. Nader life work on consumer protection issues. And my blogs (and future socio-economic work, when I can get Global Expats up and running) is completely, and totally, in line with Mr. Stiglitz work in economics. I even recently order Laura Nader’s books Law in Culture and Society, and The Life of Law: Anthropological Projects, which have key elements in my research on the degradation of rights in the courts and societies at present. And, the work in medicine (treatment of thrombosis) that I am attempting to assist my father (world reknown for his pioneer work in the ‘70s) in developing through an open source platform is very much in line with some of the work related to medicine at KEI. Not only is the position Ms. Keller holds, one more appropriately mine; much KEI could benefit much from my work, as well as my father’s.
When I looked as Ms. Keller’s profile on the KEI website, I was astounded to see that she is not only Director of Development, but has a research assistant at her disposition as well. Ms. Keller has absolutely no experience, knowledge, background, intellectual curiosity, intelligence, education, or character to have been offered her current position. Ms. Keller is a self-serving, micro-manager, who spends her time social climbing and networking—nothing more. As already stated in my previous complaint, Ms. Keller was not only totally unqualified to be Chair of the IMFFA, she is completely and totally unqualified for her current position. And, it was in efforts to cover-up this ineptitude that she fired me many years ago. I can only deduce that Ms. Keller obtained this position at KEI, because of her connections to Mr. Stiglitz through her husband’s personal and/or professional connection to Mr. Stiglitz at the IMF.
However, what struck me as particularly bizarre, was that Ms. Keller would have obtained this position, by simply promoting the ideas of the IMFFA in 2009-2011 as her own; all the while being very vocal about additional funding and the MoU. The prestige of the position which Ms. Keller holds at present is totally incongruent with the experience of a part-time, freelance translator and one-term president of a local ‘Expat Wives Club’ who got “some extra funding” for the club “in a down market.” The position Ms. Keller holds is much more than a housewife who turned the idea of an antiquated social club into a more professional, high-profile structure (www.fawco.org is doing the same, with same ineffective results as www.imffa.org). Good ideas, as I can attest because many were my own; but not “earth-shattering” enough for Ms. Keller to merit a position such as the one she holds at present.
I am beginning to suspect that not only is Ms. Keller promoting herself as a “world citizen” in the international community in DC using my work at the IMFFA as “proof.” But, I believe she may be reading my blogs, and espousing those ideas as her own amongst IMF economists as well as in the DC international community. It is the only way I can conveyable believe that she would have been offered a position at KEI.
If you will examine Ms. Keller’s background, education, experiences, and travels against my own; particularly calling attention to my reports, letters to government officials, NGOs, casework, etc. posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com, as well as my blogs on Linkedin, HuffPost, Womenalia, and Reuters Foundation, and my Reading List, as well as my educational background in prep schools in England and the USA, and then GWU in DC—and my extensive globe-trotting since. I believe there is no doubt as to who is the brains behind any ideas for ‘Expat Wives Clubs,’ or socio-economic development theories that Ms. Keller may be discussing, or perpetuating as her own. I can assure you a ½ hour interview with Ms. Keller, and a ½ hour interview with me, about international macro-economics and development theories will dispel any doubt from anyone’s mind as to who is the real global citizen and genius, and who is not.
If you will examine not only my background, which includes a degree in business marketing, several market studies in the 1990s in Latin America and global distribution networks for artesan products, ongoing research for the past 40 years in sociology, psychology, economics, politics, healthcare, global socio-economic issues, cultural diversity, women and gender issues, women’s rights, children’s rights, childhood development, discrimination in all its forms, human rights, civil rights….., and then there are my hobbies and interests… I believe there will be no doubt as to which trophy-wife, trailing-spouse (without the PhD) is the real global citizen, and the genius in current socio-economic thought in DC and around the world—and who in reality is the imposter.
However, by simply perusing my blogs on Linkedin with 6500+ followers (many WB, IMF and UN) against no blogs or posts by Ms. Keller with 164 contacts, it is evident to the world who is the brains, and who is the hot air in this situation.
I am supremely qualified for the position which Ms. Keller holds a present; a position for which she is most definitely NOT qualified. In the interest of transparency, it is extremely important that KEI be notified of the possible misrepresentations of Ms. Keller in obtaining that position, and that I be afforded the opportunity to apply, and be considered no my merits and the rightful owner of my ideas.
I realize that this puts the IMF in an uncomfortable position, as well as Mr. Stiglitz, KEI, and myself. I prefer to give the opportunity for the IMF to contact KEI regarding the misrepresentation of Ms. Keller, and the truth behind what has transpired; as well as that under all standards of fairness, I deserve to be considered for that position. However, if you feel that it would be more appropriate for me to directly contact KEI directly, I will understand, and I handle it accordingly.
Please let me know how the IMF wishes to proceed in this matter. And, if anyone should have any questions, or wish to discuss issues further, I remain at your disposition.
Dear Mr. Plant,
Upon the recommendation of Ms. Gheeta Ravindra, mediator at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am sending you copies of complaint I filed with the Ethics Committee for two cases of workplace bullying. First, against the IMF involving Ms. Adrianne Thapa, MAP OM of ICD, and the failure of Ms. Sharmini Coorey, Director of ICD, to investigate my allegations of bullying and my wrongful termination by Ms. Thapa, as Projects Assistant in ICD in 2015. And, the second against Ms. Anne Beatrix Keller Semandeni, former Chair of the IMFFA, Ms. Sarah Happel, former Chair of the IMFFA, and Mr. John Harper, former vice-Chair of the IMFFA (under Ms. Keller), for my wrongful termination as Administrative Assistant of the IMFFA in 2011.
Please note that while the first instance of bullying and wrongful termination occurred several years ago, while I was employed at the IMFFA, Ms. Adrianne Thapa, was my contact person at the IMF. The failure of her to report knowledge that Ms. Keller was falsely accusing me of declaring overtime, does make her complicit to the cover-up of any lies Ms. Keller may have told HR, and that resulted in my wrongful termination. Ms. Keller made these false accusations as a pretext to have me fired, for her personal feelings towards me, as well as the fact that many of the ideas she was promoting with IMF HR to obtain additionally funding for the IMFFA in 2011, were in fact, ideas from my Global Expats project–and not her own. Ms. Keller was presenting those ideas to IMF HR as hers; all the while denigrating, and leading IMF HR to believe that I was incompetent and useless. I imagine that Ms. Keller did not want IMF HR to find out that, her ideas were in fact mine. And, why it was imperative of Ms. Keller to have my contract terminated before she stepped down at Chair of the IMFFA–and, why she had to come up with a false accusation that would result in my immediate termination (Feb. 2011), even though my contract did not finish until the end of April 2011.
I began my project, Global Expats/www.global-expats.com in 2005-06, with a “working” prototype on the Internet in 2007, along with correspondence to the State Department, Embassies, and hundreds of global mobility experts around the world in 2007. The existence of my website, as well as an outline of the entire project is well-documented as early as 2007, and extremely well-known, as is my domestic violence case in Spain with expats, and global mobility experts across the globe. Now, I have no issue with Ms. Keller, or the IMFFA, using my ideas. In fact, I encourage it. But, I do take issue at someone promoting those ideas as their own and trying to destroy me in the process to cover-up their theft, which is what Ms. Keller did.
While I began Global Expats in 2006-07, its development has been hampered by a domestic violence case in Spain (where I was living at the time) and the failure of the Spanish judicial system to protect me, and my children (who are in Spain). As everyone is aware, I have been challenging the negligence and corruption in the Spanish judicial system for the past 8 years (my divorce was in 2008-2012), and I will be presenting my case to CEDAW in the coming month, after having spent the past years “exhausting all domestic remedies.” My case against the Spanish government follows up, and challenges the Spanish government’s defense in Gonzalez Carreno vs. Spain, 2014. A synopsis of my case against that government is posted on my complaint to the Spanish Defenso del Pueblo in 2014. However, I am a dual national American-French, and I have been soliciting the assistance of my Consulates in Madrid since 2007 when the judicial corruption first began. Therefore in my complaint I will be naming the American and French government complicit to the human rights violations of the Spanish government. For a synopsis of my case against the American government, please see my letter to the Congressional American Abroad Caucus which highlights the issues from a public policy perspective. (Unfortunately, the website business model I was developing in 2006-07 is now called a local-search directory, with the concept of www.global-xpats.com that of www.tripadvisor.com, but for a family moving rather than on vacation. Tripadvisor.com is presently generating revenue of $1.5B, so pending litigation against the 3 injurious governments as well as individuals involved in my case involve damages close to $10B. )
Why I did not file a law suit against the IMFFA in 2011 is explained in the attached complaint.
Additionally, in relation to my complaint against Ms. Thapa and Ms. Keller, et al, please see attached a draft version of background material I am preparing for my CEDAW submission, FfD: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is pertinent to cases of bullying in the workplace. My research of VAW of the past 8 years, has examined it from an intersectional approach, as well as under human rights standards, so the report is as applicable to bullying in the workplace, as it is to bullying within the home. Additionally, theWorkplace Bullying Institute, states the following regarding domestic violence and workplace bullying,
Being bullied at work most closely resembles the experience of being a battered spouse. The abuser inflicts pain when and where she or he chooses, keeping the target (victim) off balance knowing that violence can happen on a whim, but dangling the hope that safety is possible during a period of peace of unknown duration. The target is kept close to the abuser by the nature of the relationship between them — husband to wife or boss to subordinate or co-worker to co-worker.
I believe the attached documents explains the situation of bullying, not only in ICD, but in a larger context of why the global mobility is failing to effectively combat bullying in the workplace. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. In terms of supplementary information you might require, please note that all the facts and documentation of my CEDAW case are posted on www.warondomesticterrorism.com for your perusal. I hope you might assist me in clarifying my standing with IMF HR, and any misunderstandings Ms. Keller, Ms. Thapa, or any other implicated party may have created with the IMF as to me, my integrity, my honesty, my competence, and my dedication to my work.
Thank you in advance for your time, and consideration.