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LATEST: Speakers announced for next Women In FinCrime conference on Nov 10; #WomenInFinCrime2021 awards are launched – call for nominations

By Elizabeth Hearst for AMLi

THE FIRST speakers for the second #WomenInFinCrime conference on November 10 have been announced.

The conference brings together thousands of women in the Anti-Financial Crime and Compliance Space from across the globe. 

AML Intelligence has also announced that the convention will see the official launch of the inaugural #WomenInFinCrime awards, celebrating stand out female industry leaders across the sector.

We would be delighted to receive your help in acknowledging possible recipients of the awards and you can nominate a colleague or respected leader by emailing me at: 

Today we can confirm the following speakers on November 10:

  • Frances Fitzgerald, Vice President, European People’s Party (EPP); Member of the European Parliament (MEP); former Minister for Justice and Minister for Enterprise, Ireland
  • Vivienne Artz OBE, Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance and outgoing Chief Privacy Officer at the London Stock Exchange Group
  • Federica Taccogna, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting.

More leading speakers will be announced over the coming days.. 

In an opinion piece for AML Intelligence, Ms Fitzgerald stressed the importance of improving gender equality in the FinCrime sector, she said: “To achieve true gender balance in financial services, and thereby continue to grow the sector, we need policymakers and regulators leading the way but we still have a long way to go in this regard”. 

Ms Fitzgerald is a member of the ECON (Economic & Monetary Affairs) Committee, as well as the FEMM (Women’s Rights & Gender Equality) Committee in the European Parliament. Ms Fitzgerald also served as Chair of the National Women’s  Council of Ireland, as well as Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.

Frances Fitzgerald MEP
Photo Credit: Frances Fitzgerald MEP – Dublin – Fine Gael

Vivienne Artz OBE has most recently been Managing Director and Chief Privacy Officer at the London Stock Exchange Group, and previously served as Chief Privacy Officer at Refinitv and Thomson Reuters. 

Ms Artz is also on the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance, and was previously President and CEO from 2017 to 2020.

In 2016, Ms Artz was awarded the Champion for Women Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement. She recently received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to financial services and gender diversity.

Vivienne Artz OBE

Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Federica Taccogna currently leads teams conducting investigations into complex financial crime schemes. Ms Taccogna is also a strategic advisor on financial crime to the Malta Financial Services Authority and Maltese FIAU.

Speaking at a previous #WomenInFinCrime event, Ms Taccogna said the industry needs to “challenge the status quo”, adding that “women have been invited to the table, but are often ignored when they get there”. 

She stressed that the industry needs to make a “conscious effort… to embrace diversity of thought and realise that not all that looks different is threatening”. Ms Taccogna also warned that “if we all think and act the same way nothing will ever move forward”. 

Federica Taccogna

The previous #WomenInFinCrime event, held in celebration of International Women’s Day saw more than 2,000 international delegates tune in. The event was officially opened by Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD. 

Register your place now here

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