– THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE –
The European Anti-Financial Crime Summit took place on Thursday, May 25 at the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. This unmissable conference featured regulators, policymakers, industry leaders and law enforcement chiefs.
|08:15 – 08:55||REGISTRATION OPENS|
|09:00 – 09:15||OFFICIAL OPENING|
JENNIFER CARROLL MacNEILL, Minister of State for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance
|09:15 – 09:30||THE SHAPE OF EUROPE'S NEW AML AUTHORITY (AMLA)|
CLAUDE BOCQUERAZ, Deputy Head, Financial Crime Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
|09:30 – 10:00||PANEL: Direct Supervision, Scope and FIUs - Impact of AMLA Explored|
|10:00 – 10:10||INSIDE THE WORLD OF FCC AT AIB BANK|
BRIAN McKENZIE, MLRO, AIB
|10:10 – 10:30||PANEL: A Day in the Life of Banking Industry FCC Professionals |
MODERATOR: JACKIE KING - Executive Director, Ibec Global
|10:30 – 10:45||BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP & SANCTIONS - STORIES OF PROXIES, ENABLERS, AIRCRAFT & CRYPTOCURRENCIES |
FEDERICA TACCOGNA, MD, Interpath
|10:45 – 11:00||Q&A ILZE ZNOTINA with FEDERICA TACCOGNA and SIOBHAN CONNOLLY|
|11:00 – 11:30||BREAK|
|11:30 – 11:45||SPECIAL PRESENTATION: 'BUILDING AND KEEPING AML TALENT' |
TRACY MORTENSON, President AML RightSource & KEVIN KERL, EVP, AML RightSource
|11:45 – 12:00|| FIRESIDE CHAT - Regulation & FinCrime – How Technology Can Best Be Harnessed|
MODERATOR: JACKIE KING, Executive Director, Ibec Global with KEVIN LEE, AML RightSource
|12:00 – 12:15||PREVENTING FINANCIAL CRIME IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT: A REGULATOR'S VIEW|
SEANA CUNNINGHAM, Director of Enforcement and AML, Central Bank of Ireland
|12:15 – 12:30|| TRENDS IN FINANCIAL CRIME AND THE KEY ROLE OF THE FIU - IN FRANCE AND BEYOND |
GUILLAUME VALETTE-VALLA, Directeur, TRACFIN, France
|12:30 – 12:45|| INSIDE THE EUROPEAN PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - PROGRESS SO FAR IN TACKLING FINCRIME EU-WIDE |
JURAJ NOVOCKY, European Prosecutor, EPPO
|12:45 – 13:00||UK SANCTIONS AND THE WAR IN UKRAINE |
MARK BISHOP, Head of Intelligence Operations, NCA
|13:00 – 13:45||LUNCH|
|13:45 – 14:15||SPECIAL ADDRESS -VIEW FROM THE EUROGROUP|
PASCHAL DONOHOE, Eurogroup President
|14:15 – 14:30||A NEW DAWN - EUROPE'S STRATEGY TO TACKLE DIRTY MONEY|
MARCUS PLEYER, DDG, German Finance Ministry and former President, FATF
|14:30 – 15:00||PANEL: Senior Executives - Individual Accountability and Duty of Care|
MODERATOR: CAROLINE COSTELLO, Financial Crime Leader, Deloitte
|15:00 – 15:30||PANEL: Fintechs – Battling Fraud and FinCrime Thru Data and Tech|
MODERATOR: JACKIE KING, Executive Director, Ibec Global
|15:30 – 15:45||BREAK|
|15:45 – 16:00||THE NEW FRONTIER -AML IN THE METAVERSE|
KARYN KENNY, Attorney, US Dept of Justice
|16:00 – 16:15||HOW DATA LEAKS HAVE CHANGED INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM; AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE PANAMA PAPERS|
JORG SCHMITT, Investigations Editor, Suddeutsche Zeitung
|16:15 – 16:45||PANEL: Europe’s New FinCrime Horizons - Gaming, Crypto and Data Sharing|
|16:45 – 17:00||FINANCIAL CRIME AND THE OMNI-PRESENT INSIDER THREAT |
Det Chief Supt PAT LORDAN, Commander, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau
|17:00 – 17:35||PANEL: On the Frontline - Building International Law Enforcement Alliances in FinCrime & Sanctions|
MODERATOR: PEADAR HOGAN, Interpath
DANNY MCCOY, CEO, Ibec
Wine reception, RDS Library
Meet Our Speakers
Managing Director (Partner)
Federica is a Partner at Interpath Advisory, where she co-leads a team of regulatory experts who assess and investigate regulatory and financial crime concerns on behalf of regulators and enforcement agencies globally.
Federica has led and been involved in numerous of the recent large-scale investigations (Swedbank, Latvian/ABLV flows, organised crime) on behalf of regulators in Europe and the US, including a dual-track (criminal and regulatory) investigation into a major universal bank that revealed the facilitation of significant terror-related activity.
Federica translates her direct, hands-on, experience of investigating complex financial crime schemes (encompassing illicit use of shell companies/complex ownership structures, cryptocurrencies, hacking incidents, ransomware scams, identity theft schemes and bribery and corruption) involving a wide range of jurisdictions (including Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Cyprus, UK, US, Sweden, Italy, Libya, Hong Kong, the BVI, Panama, Bermuda and Curacao) into practical advice for supervisors and regulated firms and advises regulators and law enforcement agencies as to how to build and improve (intra-)jurisdictional infrastructure to prevent an investigate financial crime .
Federica has conducted investigations and served as a strategic advisor to the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) on the topic of financial crime and served, on an interim basis, as Head of the MFSA’s Financial Crime Unit. She also advises the regulators and other government entities in preparation for upcoming FATF assessments.
Amongst Federica’s clients are the EMEA regulators (including the UK FCA, MFSA, FIAU, CySEC, CBUAE, BaFIN, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Guardia di Finanza and Danish FSA), governments (e.g., UK, Malta, UAE, Cyprus, Lithuania and Cayman Islands) and a wide range of financial institutions (including gambling and cryptoassets businesses).
She is a Board Director of Malta’s ACAMS Chapter and AML Intelligence and a senior adviser to the EU AML/CFT Global Facility on the topics of beneficial ownership and virtual assets.
In her early career, Federica set up and co-led an independent firm consulting financial services and government agencies in Europe on quantitative risk management and general compliance.
Later, Federica held senior compliance and control roles (including Head of Compliance and MLRO) in industry (including at Credit Suisse, RBS and ICICI Bank, all in the UK), setting up and leading control and compliance units. She also led the regulatory affairs team that negotiated (with, inter alia, the FCA, PRA, HMT and European Commission) the terms of the Banking Licence Application for Williams & Glyn as part of the RBS rescue package deal with the UK government.
Federica is a frequent speaker and writer on various financial crime topics, the predicate offences that drive it, the small (but impactful) shortfalls that cause illicit flows to pass through the financial system, the consequences of financial crime and to provide pragmatic advice as to how to remediate them.
Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform
Paschal Donohoe is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal is responsible for delivering well-managed and well-targeted public spending, through modernised, effective and accountable public services. The department oversees the implementation of the National Development Plan, drives the programme of public service reform, and has a key role in decisions made across Government.
Minister Donohoe was elected President of the Eurogroup on 9 July 2020. His two and a half year term began on 13 July 2020.
From June 2017 - December 2022, he served as the Minister for Finance.
From May 2016 - June 2020, he served as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from July 2014 - May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013 - July 2014.
Minister Donohoe was first elected as a TD in February 2011 for the Dublin Central constituency. Prior to this he was a member of Seanad Éireann, from 2007 - 2011. He also served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 - 2007.
He was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.
During his time as member of Dublin City Council, he served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee.
Minister Donohoe is a graduate of the Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Politics and Economics and he attended St. Declan’s CBS.
Tracy Mortenson joined AML RightSource to help drive the innovation necessary to fuel the continuing exponential growth of the company.
Her emphasis on customer focus and building a culture of sustained success serves as a north star as the organisation expands across the globe.
With over twenty-five years of experience working with global information and technology companies, she is a catalyst for organizational growth and value creation.
Tracy has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Dr. Marcus Pleyer
Deputy Director General,
German Federal Ministry of Finance &
Former FATF President
Dr. Marcus Pleyer×
Dr. Marcus Pleyer of Germany assumed the position of President of the FATF on 1 July 2020. He succeeded Xiangmin Liu of the People's Republic of China.
Dr. Marcus Pleyer serves as Deputy Director General in Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance with responsibilities for policy development and international engagement pertaining International Financial Markets (including FSB, G7, G20 matters), Anti- Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT), Financial Sanctions Policy, Digital Finance including Payment Services and Cyber Security and national and international development banks. As representative of the Federal Republic, he is currently a member of the board of governors of the Development Bank for Agribusiness and of the Foundation for Financing the Disposal of Nuclear Waste. He is regularly invited as an expert on AML/CFT and took part in a number of international AML/CFT-missions. Before he assumed the position of President on 1 July 2020, he served as Vice-President of the FATF (July 2019–June 2020), and as the Head of the German delegation (2016–July 2019). Dr. Pleyer has also been serving in the Steering Committee of that same organisation since 2016.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Pleyer headed the Division for International Financial Markets from 2014 to 2015. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Head of Cabinet of Federal Finance Minister Schaeuble. From 2006 to 2011, he worked in the Federal Chancellery as senior adviser for Economic Law, International Financial Markets, Eurozone and G8/G20-Affairs and was part of a special team of Chancellor Merkel for the stabilization of the financial sector in 2009. Prior to that, he held positions as adviser in the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) after he had worked as a researcher in the field of public and capital markets law at the University of Dresden and as lecturer in criminal law at the University of Heidelberg.
With support of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Marcus studied law at the National University of Singapore and the University of Heidelberg from which he graduated in law in 1995 before he qualified for the position of a judge in 1997. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and a Ph.D. from the University of Dresden. He has also passed the admission exam as a stockbroker.
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill
Minister of State with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill×
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill is the Minister of State with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance.
She is a TD for the Dún Laoghaire Constituency, elected in February 2020. She served as Vice Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Spokesperson for Equality. She was also Vice Chair of the Justice Committee as well as being a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee. She was a member of the Special Dáil Committee on Covid prior to its disbandment into sectoral Committees.
Director of Enforcement and Anti-Money Laundering, Central Bank of Ireland.
Seána Cunningham is the Director of Enforcement and Anti-Money Laundering in the Central Bank of Ireland.
She was appointed to this position in January 2018 with responsibility for overseeing enforcement investigations, AML/CFT supervision of credit and financial institutions and policy development.
Seana previously held the position of Deputy Head of the Anti-Money Laundering division and Head of the Enforcement Advisory division in the Central Bank.
Prior to joining the Central Bank in 2011, Seána practised as a solicitor for over 12 years in Ireland and the UK, specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency.
Former Director, FIU Latvia
AML Intelligence Columnist
Ilze Znotiņa is the former Director of FIU Latvia. Prior to joining FIU Latvia she has had a career as a sworn attorney-at-law specializing in dispute resolution. Her main areas of expertise included regulatory issues, insolvency, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar crime.
A former Partner of law firm Deloitte Legal, Ms. Znotina has represented a wide range of local and international clients in courts as well as performed an anti-fraud reviews at many international and local companies where she led investigation of corruption, false accounting, fraud, theft, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and obstruction of justice cases.
Her recent activities before the appointment related to leading the preparation of Latvian National AML/CFT Risk assessment and several sectoral assessments.
Ms. Znotina has submitted her doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Law, University of Latvia. She holds a Master degree in International and European Law from Riga Graduate School of Law and a Bachelor degree in Law from the University of Latvia. She is an author of a number of publications related to law, fraud and corruption as well as a frequent speaker on these topics.
Executive Vice President
Kevin Kerl is an accomplished executive with a wide range of career experiences ranging from operations leadership roles at a global manufacturer to partnering in multiple high-growth startups.
His passion is developing people and teams and has extensive experience in this space. He oversees AML RightSource’s global support functions, including IT, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, and Learning & Development.
Kevin earned both his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and his MBA from the University of Buffalo.
U.S. Department of Justice
Karyn Kenny serves as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, International Unit. From 2013 to 2021, she served as Resident Legal Advisor for three U.S. embassies, focusing on combating emerging financial crime and counterterrorism matters.
Ms. Kenny is the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for creating the U.S./Bangladesh Bilateral Banking Sector Dialogue and in2020, designed and launched the first U.S. DOJPublic/Private FinTech Sector Partnership Dialogue.
She has served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, a Senior Justice Sector consultant for the World Bank and was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, teaching criminal and constitutional law courses in Lithuania. From 2000 to 2007, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, District of Nevada, specializing in prosecuting financial and fraud cases and was an adjunct instructor for the University of Nevada where she received an award for her outstanding teaching. From 1995 to 2000, Ms. Kenny prosecuted violent crimes as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
She has published articles in the DOJ’s Journal of Federal Law and Practice, The World Bank Legal Review and lectures globally on financial crime, the Metaverse, NFTs, FinTech and international law issues. She has taught at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), the DEA Academy and designed and taught the first course on TheFinTech Ecosystem for U.S. federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents at the DOJ’s National Advocacy Center. Ms. Kenny was a featured guest on the compliance focused Risky Women Radio podcast, lectured at the World Bank and the Brookings Institution and served as a keynote speaker for Thomson Reuters.
She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude), M.A., and J.D. degrees and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa
Head of Financial Crime & MLRO
Brian is the Head of Financial Crime Compliance and MLRO for AIB.
Prior to re-joining AIB in the summer of 2022, he was Head of Financial Crime and MLRO for Barclays Europe, based in Frankfurt. Before that he held a number of senior Risk & Compliance roles.
He originally trained as an Aviation Finance lawyer in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and subsequently developed a wide legal practice which encompassed Banking Law, Structured Finance, Litigation (both Criminal and Commercial), Regulatory Compliance, Data Protection and Commercial law. Brian spent 8 years practicing as a criminal defence lawyer before courts of all jurisdiction in Ireland and is an experienced courtroom advocate.
Head of Economic, Transnational, and Organised Crime Policy
Department of Justice
Suzanne Gunn is the Director of Criminal Enforcement and a senior member of the management team at the Corporate Enforcement Authority (“CEA”), where she leads a multi-disciplinary team comprising members of An Garda Síochána, forensic accountants, and civil servants.
Suzanne is the Chair of the Economic Crime and Corruption Forum, a member of the Advisory Council Against Economic Crime and Corruption, and the CEA representative to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Committee.
Suzanne was previously an Enforcement Lawyer with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (“ODCE”), advising on all areas of the ODCE’s criminal and civil enforcement remit, and Advisory Counsel to the Houses of the Oireachtas, where she advised Members of the Oireachtas, Oireachtas Office holders, Oireachtas Committees and the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission on a broad range of parliamentary, constitutional and corporate legal issues.
Suzanne is a qualified barrister and practised law at the Bar for over nine years specialising in criminal, administrative and constitutional law.
AML Intelligence Publisher
Stephen is the Publisher at AML Intelligence based between our Brussels and Dublin offices. Stephen is former Group Editor-in-Chief at INM, Ireland’s largest media group, where he ran the newspaper and online operations.
A member of the Supervisory Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), he has also served on the board of the World Editors Forum. Stephen is Principal at KOBN, a specialist European leadership advisory, with an emphasis on cybersecurity and climate change.
Deputy Head, Financial Crime Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
Claude Bocqueraz is Deputy Head of the Financial Crime Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for financial stability, financial services, and capital markets union (DG FISMA).
She started her professional career in the private sector before joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for research in 2007. She moved to DG FISMA in 2009 where she has served in various positions and has been responsible for policy development in fields as asset management, insurance and pensions, corporate reporting, audit and credit rating agencies. She also worked for the policy coordination and international relations unit.
Claude holds a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is also qualified as a chartered accountant.
Danny McCoy is CEO at Ibec, the group that represents Irish business domestically and internationally.
Since becoming CEO in 2009, he has led a substantial transformation of Ibec increasing turnover to €31 million, leading a professional services staff of 240 in 7 locations and 38 sub-brands. Prior to joining Ibec, he served as a senior economist at both the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Central Bank of Ireland.
He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin and has been visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US. He has been a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD.
He currently serves as President of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland and Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Engineers.
He is a member of the Export Trade Council, the BusinessEurope Executive Committee, and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation. Danny correctly identified the turnaround in the Irish economy prior to the EU Troika programme and initiated significant media campaigns around the driving the recovery domestically and internationally.
Over recent years, he has made significant speeches to the United Nations ILO plenary in Geneva; to the European Business Summit in Brussels; spoken at conferences in the New York and London Stock Exchanges, at the IMF in Washington DC, the World Trade Organisation in Geneva; Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce; and the OECD Economic Forum in Paris. He regularly presents to the Global Boards of an international multinational organisation.
He is a regular contributor in the print and broadcast media and has written columns for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Irish Times among other international newspapers.
The Irish Times recently described Danny as one of the ‘50 people who run Ireland’.
Ibec represents Irish business; home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy.
The organisation and its sector associations, work with government and policymakers nationally and internationally, to shape business conditions and drive economic growth.
It also provides a wide range of professional services direct to members.
Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau including the Irish Financial Intelligence Unit, Ireland
Pat who is originally from Drimoleague, West Cork, joined An Garda Síochána in 1986 and has served mainly in the Dublin Region but also worked in the South Eastern and Eastern Garda Regions. Pat has worked in Community Policing, Drugs, Prostitution Investigations, Serious Crime Investigations, Fraud and Financial Investigations, Financial Intelligence and Cybercrime. He has held the position of Detective in all ranks and has been at the forefront of the investigation of serious crime for many years. Pat is a Senior Investigating Officer (S.I.O.) and holds a B.Sc in Management Law from Trinity College Dublin.
In 2015, Pat took up his current position as Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau is involved in many high profile investigations and is supported by Gardaí throughout the country trained in Fraud Investigation. Pat and his team have developed a Post Graduate Certificate in Fraud and E-Crime Investigation in association with University College Dublin. Pat was also the lead representative from An Garda Síochána in the 2017 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Review of Ireland. Pat sees education and crime prevention as being the most beneficial ways of reducing fraud into the future.
Executive Director, International Business
Jackie King is an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking international business leader with over 20 years of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. Jackie is known for being a visionary strategist with the ability to deliver extraordinary results in growth, revenue, operational performance, reputation and profitability while overcoming complex business challenges and making high-stakes decisions. She is respected as a proponent of empowerment and accountability, and especially skilled in stakeholder relations and developing and directing high-performing , multi-region teams, particularly during times of change in an era where disruption is a constant.
Based in Brussels, Jackie is currently Executive Director of International Business at Ibec – Ireland’s largest and most influential business advocacy and representative organisation. She is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for the Division and for leading the team in its execution. Under the Ibec Global brand, the team's work focuses on identifying and harnessing the international business trends and opportunities that fuel growth for businesses; advocating for enlightened policies and models in the context of major societal, policy, geopolitical, and business environments; and influencing the conditions and providing the support for businesses to thrive globally.
Prior to joining Ibec, Jackie spent three years as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Canada’s largest and most influential business association. Jackie was responsible for leading the executive and management teams in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan, overseeing operational and financial performance, strengthening relationships with key external stakeholders, and leading the development and rollout of strategic initiatives for diversity and inclusion, international business, and high-value services for scale-ready SMEs.
Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber, Jackie spent 19 years with the country’s top-ranked public relations and public affairs consultancy – Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K). She joined the firm in 1999 and advanced through the ranks from an entry-level intern to executive leadership. In her final role with the firm, Jackie was Senior Vice President and General Manager of H+K’s Ottawa office, responsible for developing and executing the corporate plan and accountable for strategic direction, as well as the performance of the office and its people. Simultaneously Jackie led and managed multiple, complex national and international client files, and has counseled officials, boards and senior executives in almost every sector and industry in the Canadian economy
Assistant Commissioner (Rtd)
Organised Crime & AML expert
Up to the time of his recent retirement from the Garda Síochána (Ireland’s national police and security organisation) John O’Driscoll was assigned a lead role, at a national level, in tackling serious and organised crime, including where it involved an international dimension.
John has served as head of the bureau at the Garda Síochána’s national Bureau of criminal investigation and also at its national drug unit and at its national immigration bureau. At the rank of assistant commissioner, John had charge of all eight of the organisation's crime bureaus established to tackle organised and serious crime pertaining to such issues as, drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber, human trafficking and organised immigration crime.
John O’Driscoll has been described by the US Treasury’s Office of foreign assets control as the driving force behind an initiative designed to dismantle and disrupt the activities of the Kinahan organised crime group, which has been ranked in the top tier of US and European law enforcement targets.
At an event held at City Hall, Dublin, in April 2022, organised by John O’Driscoll and attended by senior law enforcement officers from Ireland, Britain, Europe and the US, it was revealed that seven of the OCG’s key figures, most of whom are based in the UAE, and three companies linked to them, have been placed on a US Department of the Treasury sanctions list. The event also involved an announcement that the US authorities have offered a reward of up to $5 million to any person who can supply information that would significantly disrupt the OCG or lead to any of its leadership being convicted.
While holding the rank of assistant commissioner in the Garda Síochána, John was appointed as the National EMPACT representing Ireland. EMPACT is a permanent and key EU instrument for structured multidisciplinary cooperation to fight organised and serious crime driven by the EU Member States.
Between 2008 and 2015, John was Ireland’s representative on the Board of Management of FRONTEX (European Border & Coast Guard Agency). John was twice appointed by the Minister for Justice as a member of the Private Security Authority (PSA).
John holds an M.Sc in Drugs & Alcohol Policy from Trinity College, Dublin, a B.A. in Public Administration, (IPA, Dublin) and an Advanced Diploma in Asylum and Immigration Law (kings Inns, Dublin).
In 2022, John received the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA) premier award which is given to an individual or group in recognition of a major contribution to the safety of Ireland and is people.
Director of Forensic and Investigation Services
Peadar is a Director with Interpath Advisory Ireland. He has specialised in forensic accounting services since 1999 having spent 17 years employed in Ireland as a law enforcement forensic accountant, and from 2016 to 2019 as an investigative accountant with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE). He spent three years working as a Director in KPMG Ireland’s forensic practice specialising in Investigations, Expert Witness services and Financial Crime. More recently he joined Interpath Advisory Ireland in October 2022 to set up its Irish forensic practice.
Peadar focuses on Regulatory and Compliance issues incorporating Financial Crime. He has considerable experience in conducting financial crime related investigations, preparing expert reports and advising Counsel in economic crime, proceeds of crime, asset tracing, money laundering, organised crime, and other criminal financial investigations. He has given expert oral evidence and was cross examined in numerous successful civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions.
He has extensive experience in managing corporate investigations which address financial misstatement, fraud, procurement, regulatory breaches and whistleblowing issues. In addition, Peadar has used his wide-ranging experiences to advise clients across their respective financial crime compliance programmes.
Peadar lectures in Financial Investigation Techniques and Money Laundering on the Postgraduate Diploma in Proceeds of Crime and Asset Identification with the University of Limerick and the Garda College. He is also a lecturer on Chartered Accountants Ireland’s Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Investigation.
Director of Global Compliance
Siobhain is the Director of Global Compliance at Etsy, responsible for multiple global compliance programs. Etsy is a global marketplace for unique and creative goods with a mission to keep commerce human.
Before joining Etsy, Siobhain held a number of senior compliance roles at Meta (formerly Facebook), the most recent being that of Director of Compliance Oversight, responsible for global compliance programs for Meta's regulated entities.
Prior to this, Siobhain held senior financial crime compliance roles in a number of large US financial institutions including US Bank, State Street and Cantor Fitzgerald.
Siobhain is currently Chairperson of the Irish Compliance Institute's Fintech and Payments working group. She holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, Masters degree in Economic Development from University College Dublin.
Siobhain recently finished a Masters degree in Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Dublin City University, completing a minor research thesis on the ethical use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in credit decisioning. Siobhain is interested in the prevention of financial crime in the financial sector through leveraging technology, in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
Global head of financial crime
European Prosecutor – Slovakia
Juraj Novocký has over 20 years of experience as a prosecutor at various levels of the prosecution service in Slovakia.
Before joining EPPO, he was a prosecutor of the Special Prosecution Office dealing with corruption, organised crime and terrorism.
He has participated in several international projects and worked with international institutions, including GRECO and OECD, as well as with European bodies in the field of criminal justice. During the Slovak Presidency of the European Union, he was responsible for the final negotiation with the European Parliament and the European Commission on the Directive on combating terrorism.
Head of Aviation Advisory
Siobhan is an Aviation Executive with 28 years’ of experience in the Aircraft Leasing Sector working for the two industry leaders GPA and GECAS.
Her expertise includes Commercial Negotiations, Restructurings and Risk Management. Prior to departing GECAS in 2022 she was Head of Global Restructuring and Managing Director for Risk & Portfolio Management
Siobhan joined Interpath Advisory Ireland in April 2022, to head up their Aviation Advisory Division.
She is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from the IOD Chartered Directorship Programme in Sep’22.
Head of Combatting Kleptocracy Cell
Mark Bishop has been in UK law enforcement for 22 years, and is currently the International Advisor to the new UK National Crime Agency, coordinating NCA’s International activity across government, with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Cabinet Office, UK Trade & Industry and others, having previously served as the Regional Director for Africa, Asia, Middle East & the Pacific for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, managing all SOCA’s operations and offices in those regions, and as their Head of the International Strategy, Co-ordination and Development Branch.
Prior to that, he was the first Country Manager for SOCA in Afghanistan, serving two and a half years there building capacity and capability with the Afghan agencies to target the top end of organised crime, having previously been the Country Manager for Russia, Belarus & Ukraine (2002-2006) for HM Customs & Excise, and Liaison Officer in Chicago, USA (1999-2002), also for HMCE.
Previous jobs include on operational teams for HM Customs & Excise, working against money laundering and heroin trafficking, as well as excise duty fraud. He has a Masters Degree in Intelligence & International Security from Kings College, London, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He has lectured at numerous academic fora in the UK on overseas law enforcement co-operation, as well as speaking at a number of international law enforcement events, and has also authored a chapter in the Routledge Manual of Transnational Organised Crime (2011).
Michael is the CEO of the Compliance Institute, vice chair of the Sport Ireland/FAI Governance Oversight Group, a Board member and chair of the audit committee of Carmichael, a member of the Sustainable Finance Skillnet Steering Committee , a council member and Chair of the Education committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Irish committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales.
Prior to that Michael was Director of DPP with KPMG Ireland, CEO of IAASA (The Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority), Head of Financial Reporting Supervision with IAASA and Technical Manager and Head of the practice review function at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He established Ireland’s statutory accounting enforcement function (tasked with examining whether the financial reports of listed entities comply with financial reporting standards) and oversaw the establishment of Ireland’s statutory Audit Inspection regime (tasked with inspecting the quality of audit work conducted by Ireland’s large audit firms).
For 12 years, he was the Irish Observer at the Corporate Reporting Council of the FRC which produces UK and Irish accounting standards.
He was also Ireland’s representative at ESMA’s European Enforcers Co-ordination Sessions which is tasked with co-ordinating accounting enforcement across Europe having chaired a number of ESMA sub-committees.
Michael has acted as examiner, moderator, lecturer and solution writer for various accountancy bodies.
Michael is a qualified accountant and a member of the Compliance Institute, Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).
Joanelle is a partner in the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Group and is a co-head of the White Collar: Litigation and Investigations Group. Joanelle is a founding member and Chapter Leader of the Irish Chapter of the Women White Collar Defense Association and co-chair of the European and Latin American Regions. In 2022, Joanelle was appointed by the Minister for Justice as a member of the Advisory Council against Economic Crime and Corruption.
Joanelle advises on criminal, regulatory and internal investigations, and on reporting obligations, protected disclosures (whistleblowing), and anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations. Joanelle has unrivalled expertise in the conduct of investigations and inquiries; some of Ireland’s most significant Tribunals of Inquiry, Commissions of Investigation; and on some of the most complex and sensitive statutory and corporate investigations.
Partner and Group Head of Financial Crime and Fraud
Aaron leads Revolut’s first line of defence teams responsible for building and operating models, systems and controls to prevent and detect financial crime and fraud globally.
Aaron joined Revolut in 2021 having previously spent nearly ten years at Ernst & Young consulting on financial crime technology, analytics and operations matters for global financial services organisations and fintechs.
Aaron also spent several years leading KYC and AML product development for RegTech vendor Quantexa, building technology products to help financial institutions connect large, disparate data sources and build sophisticated analytical models to better detect risk.
Guillaume Valette Valla
Directeur, TRACFIN, France
Senior Vice President –
Managed Services US
Judith is a seasoned expert with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of financial crime prevention. In her role, she leads customer-facing, people-related delivery in the US and continually interacts with clients to ensure we deliver best-in-class outcomes for them. She has an MBA from New York University and a master’s degree in Chinese Language and Cultures from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Director, Risk Advisory
Colm is a Director in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory department. Specializing in payments and payments regulatory risk. Providing risk and regulatory advisory services to platforms, payment firms, e-money firms, banking and fintech institutions.
Colm designs and delivers initiatives to comply with both industry and legislative change, engaging with banking and business associations, regulators, card schemes and key stakeholders within the payments ecosystem. Recognised as a lead representative on regulatory payment policy working groups (UK and Ireland) as well as other external forums and committees.
Previously spent nine years with JPMorgan’s global payments processing business with responsibility for Regulatory Intelligence and Regulatory Risk for the EMEA region and before that spent six years managing the payments offering for an Irish issuer.
Colm holds a BSc. (Hons) in Finance, Computing & Entrepreneurship from Dublin City University, a Professional Diploma (Hons) in Financial Advice from The Institute of Banking, University College Dublin and a Higher Diploma (Hons) in Data Analytics from the National College of Ireland
Illicit Finance threats lead
HM Revenue and Customs
Kevin has more than 15 years’ of experience in various illicit finance roles, including both operational and strategy positions. Starting his illicit finance career in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now the National Crime Agency) in 2008, Kevin re-joined HMRC in 2010, including managing the largest financial investigation team which delivered multi-million pound confiscations, cash forfeitures and working with HMRC’s Criminal Taxes Unit to deliver a blended asset recovery approach.
Kevin also developed HMRC’s award winning Offender Management Enforcement Team, which merged confiscation enforcement, fugitive recovery and use and enforcement of Serious Crime Prevention Orders.
Kevin’s recent role is overseeing HMRC’s response to priority illicit finance threats, such as tech-enabled, cash-based and trade-based money laundering. Kevin is also a FATF assessor, having worked on the Mutual Evaluation Review of the United Arab Emirates. In 2020, working with The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units and The Netherlands, Kevin also produced an updated FATF report on trends with trade-based money laundering.
In 2022, Kevin was awarded the Keith Hughes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence and Innovation in Financial Investigation.
Financial Crime Leader
Caroline has worked in Financial Crime risk management for more than 15 years,
with a focus on forensic and financial crime advisory services. Throughout her
career, she has been involved in numerous international engagements throughout
Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Her focus is on
leveraging technology, operations and qualified people to effectively identify and
mitigate financial crime within high risk industries.
Caroline has worked with clients in various sectors, with a focus in the financial
services and public sector. She has extensive experience in Anti-Money
Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing, including supporting multinational
financial institutions with complex compliance transformation initiatives, leading
large-scale remediation projects, and implementation and enhancement of
controls for compliance with international regulatory standards relating to
AML/ATF, ABAC, and Sanctions.
She has also developed and executed financial crime risk and controls
assessments to identify weaknesses and gaps in compliance frameworks.
Her experience extends to financial crime and international integrity due diligence
investigations, digital intelligence and communications monitoring, and crisis
After a decade of working in international banking in Asia, Kim Manchester founded ManchesterCF in 2004.
Based in Toronto, ManchesterCF provides online financial intelligence training programs to financial institutions, financial intelligence units and law enforcement. The Financial Intelligence Specialist designation is offered to compliance professionals around the world exclusively through ManchesterCF.
Kim has spoken at financial crime compliance conferences in North America, UK/Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Head of Financial Crime & MLRO
Jason is the Head of Financial Crime & MLRO for Pepper Finance, he is responsible for the oversight of Pepper’s adherence to Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorist regulations.
He is an experienced AML/Compliance professional with over 32 years, experience in the financial services industry, with a passionate work ethic, that understands the need to be able to balance adherence to legal and regulatory requirements, whilst meeting the practical business needs. Who has a passion for seeking to raise the ‘Compliance Bar’ through the on-going development of positive culture/governance programs and diversity & inclusion initiatives.
Previously, he has held AML/Compliance management roles in Hewlett Packard International Bank (asset finance), ACC Loan Management/Rabobank (retail / wholesale banking / loan management operations) and the international life assurance / reinsurance operations of both AXA and HSBC.
Jason is an active member of the Compliance Institute and currently he chairs the Money Laundering Reporting Officer’s Forum and acts as secretary to the Private Sector AML Forum. He represents the forum at the Irish AML Steering Committee and is current the Chair of the Information Sharing working group. He holds professional diplomas in Compliance and Financial Services and certificates in Financial Crime Prevention and Leadership Skills.
Head of the Department of Finance’s AML and Sanctions Unit
Brenda McVeigh is the Head of the Department of Finance’s AML and Sanctions Unit, Head of the Irish Delegation to FATF and Ireland’s policy lead on preparations for the establishment of AMLA.
She is also leading the Irish bid for the establishment of AMLA in Ireland. Brenda is also a member of the Irish Government’s Fintech Steering Committee, providing a specific focus on AML/CFT matters.
Publisher of StubbsGazette and Co-Founder AML Intelligence
James is the Managing Director at AMLi. James is also CEO at StubbsGazette, one of the oldest continuous credit bureaus in the world. He is one of the founders of the International Fraud Prevention Conference (IFPC), the fincrime and cybersecurity convention. James acquired the Stubbs brand from Dun & Bradstreet in 2008 and built the company’s reach. He was also the founder and chairman of the Irish Fraud Bureau.
Co-founder and Director of AML Analytics
Steve is the Co-founder and Director of AML Analytics and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading industry experts on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing issues, legislation and regulation.
He has worked in the financial services industry since 1988 and in financial crime compliance since the inception of the UK Money Laundering Regulations in 1994.
He has previously held roles as the Director of Regulatory and Financial Crime Programmes at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services in London and as Global Head of Money Laundering Prevention for Prudential plc., where for fifteen years he had responsibility across the Group for the development and delivery of the corporate money laundering, counter terrorism and sanctions policy, together with providing advice and guidance on AML/CTF prevention. During this time he worked in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Whilst with Prudential he spent time on secondment to NCIS (now the National Crime Agency) and at the UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit at Scotland Yard.
In 2001 Steve created the UK Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers where he was Chairman for seven years and then President until 2012.
Steve holds an ICA Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering with distinction and is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association.
He is an experienced speaker on financial crime issues and has lectured at conferences throughout the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.
Financial Crimes Advisory
Mr. Lee combines deep domain knowledge of financial crime compliance concepts, a comprehensive technical background of complaints, and industry-side regulatory experience to provide effective technology solutions.
In his career, Mr. Lee has driven extensive changes, delivered successful system implementations, and drafted the blueprint for a sustainable technology program strategy across key financial crime compliance disciplines, including customer due diligence, anti-money laundering transaction monitoring, real-time sanctions screening, and enterprise-wide risk assessments.
He has collaborated with C-Suite level executives across APAC, LATAM, EMEA, and NAM to identify and address areas of improvement in technology. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s College of Engineering.
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