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BREAKING: FATF chief David Lewis to deliver Keynote Address at the AML Intelligence Boardroom conference this month

David Lewis addresses AML proffesionals

By Elizabeth Hearst for AMLi

FATF chief David Lewis will give the keynote address at the AML Intelligence Global Action on Money Laundering online event later this month, it’s been announced.

The exclusive roundtable discussion on Thursday March 25 will highlight the work done by AML professionals to crack down on money laundering and financial crime, and will include lively discussion by high profile FinCrime professionals. 

Lewis is Executive Secretary of the Financial Action Task Force and senior advisor to the G20 on AML/CFT. Lewis has also held the position of Director of the OECD and Senior Policy Advisor to HM Treasury. 

Just last week he was highly critical of “box-ticking” within anti-money laundering framework. He warned that “as AML professionals, we need to take more risks and stop ticking the boxes”, adding “if everyone implemented the standards we already have, we would be doing much better”. 

Earlier Mr Lewis urged AML professionals to delve deeper into the root cause of money laundering, he said: “If it [AML] isn’t real for people, then why should they care? And if they don’t care then how can we expect them to do anything more than tick the boxes… We’re all human.”

Other leading speakers and panellists at this month’s event are:

  • Angelique Keijsers, Chief Compliance Officer at Rabobank
  • Adam McLaughlin, Global Head of AML strategy at NICE Actimize
  • Avalon Ingram, Financial Crime Compliance Officer at SWIFT
  • Pawel Kuskowski, CEO and Co-Founder at Coinfirm
  • Thomas Ball, Group Money Laundering Officer at N26. 

This event will be moderated by AML Intelligence chairman and publisher Stephen Rae.

In an opinion piece for AMLi, Mr Lewis stressed the importance of cracking down on illicit funds, saying that: “Going after the proceeds of crime is essential to national and international efforts to combat crime and terrorism”. 

Lewis praised the importance of AML professionals, saying: “The work of anti-money laundering professionals – your vital work – can and does make a difference. You help prevent, detect, and disrupt people trafficking networks, money mules used by drug dealers, corrupt politicians, organised crime groups involved in the illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime”. 

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