AML Intelligence is delighted to present our second #WomenInFinCrime event, championing women in the FinCrime space.

The #WomenInFinCrime conference will provide an inspirational morning of thought leadership and insight from industry leaders in the FinCrime and Compliance space.

“The fight against financial crime needs women, because it needs diversity. Simply put, teams with diverse talents, have the ability to challenge themselves, and the matters that they investigate and probe, better.” – Federica Taccogna, Advisor, Financial Crime at AML Intelligence.

Our previous #WomenInFinCrime event saw over 2000 registered international delegates, and was officially opened by Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. More information on our previous speakers and conference is available here:

Elizabeth Hearst MC
09:10 AMVivienne Artz OBE
Advisory Board Member, Women in Banking and Finance -
“The Missing Middle - the growing talent gap”
09:35 AMCarolina Garces-Monterrubio
Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Santander -
"The fast-changing landscape of payments and the challenges it brings to the FinCrime sector"
10:00 AMFrances Fitzgerald MEP
Member of the European Parliament
"The EU's role in promoting gender diversity in the financial sector"
10:20 AMPanel Discussion with Vivienne Artz OBE, Carolina Garces-Monterrubio and Frances Fitzgerald MEP moderated by Lorraine Higgins, Secretary General, Digital Business Ireland
10:45 AMCarolin Gardner
Acting Head of Unit (AML/CFT) EBA -
"AML/CFT in the EU – the EBA’s perspective"
11:00 AMKarine Ben-Simhon
VP Intelligence Partnerships & Innovation at Citi -

"CON-FUSION Information sharing: Where Cyber, Fraud and AML meet, and what can we do about it?"
11:15 AMFederica Taccogna
Global FinCrime expert
11:30 AMPanel Discussion with Carolin Gardner, Karine Ben-Simhon and Federica Taccogna, moderated by Jackie King, Executive Director International Business, Ibec
12:00 PMConferences Ends

This programme is listed in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Dublin/London/Lisbon Local Time

Meet Our Speakers

Frances Fitzgerald MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Former Minister for Justice, Ireland

Frances Fitzgerald MEP

Frances Fitzgerald is a Fine Gael MEP for Dublin City and County. She is a member of the ECON (Economic & Monetary Affairs) Committee, FEMM (Women’s Rights & Gender Equality) Committee and DEVE (Development) Committee. Frances also serves as the lead coordinator for the European People’s Party on FEMM.

Prior to her election to the European Parliament in the 2019 European Elections, Frances served as a Fine Gael Parliamentarian for over 20 years. She served as a Senator and T.D. in Dublin Mid-West (2007-2019) and has previously served as a Fine Gael T.D. in Dublin South East (1992-2002).

She most recently served as Tánaiste (2016-17), one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation (2017); Minister for Justice & Equality (2014-17) and was the State’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (2011-14).

Frances has a clear record of delivering change and reform in Ireland stemming back to her education and early career.

Raised in Stillorgan, she was educated in Dominican College Sion Hill, Blackrock and the London School of Economics.  She worked as a social worker and family therapist for ten years in Ballymun Child & Family Centre and in St. Ultan’s Children’s Hospital, St. James’ Hospital and the Mater Hospital. She has also worked in inner city communities in both Dublin and London.

Prior to her election to the Dáil, Frances served as Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (1988-92) and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby. She was also a founding member of the Women’s Environment Network – as it was known then.

Before Fine Gael entered Government in 2011, she served as Leader of the Opposition in Seanad Éireann (2007-11).

Federica Taccogna

Managing Director (Partner)
Interpath Advisory

Federica Taccogna

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.

Vivienne Artz OBE

Chief Privacy Officer
London Stock Exchange Group

Vivienne Artz OBE

Vivienne is Managing Director and Chief Privacy Officer at the London Stock Exchange Group, leading the global Privacy Office and overseeing global privacy strategy and practice.

Previously, Vivienne was the Chief Privacy Office at Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters, and Managing Director and Global Head of Privacy Legal & Head of International for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group at Citi.  Prior to joining Citi in 2000, Vivienne worked in private practice in London.

Vivienne chairs the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and is the Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  Vivienne is also on the Business and Law Advisory Board of St Mary’s University, the Alumni Advisory Board of Pembroke College Oxford University, and is on the Founding Editorial Board for the Journal of AI and Ethics.  Vivienne was recognised in the 2019 PrivSec200 list of privacy and security professionals across Europe.

Vivienne is on the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance, having been President and CEO from 2017-2020.  Vivienne is a recognized gender champion and leader having been awarded the Champion for Women Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement 2016.  Vivienne received the 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Star Editor’s Choice Award in recognition of her tireless efforts in the diversity space, and as an individual who is pushing for change within her industry.  Vivienne placed in the top 20 Executive Women Role Models in the HERoes List 2020, was awarded Woman Solicitor of the Year in the Law Society Excellence Awards in 2020, and has many years of experience leading a broad range of diversity initiatives and groups both within firms and across sectors.  Vivienne was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2021 for services to financial services and gender diversity.

Carolin Gardner

Head of Unit (AML/CFT)
European Banking Authority

Carolin Gardner

Carolin Gardner is the Head of the European Banking Authority’s AML/CFT Unit.

She oversees the development of common European AML/CFT standards for credit and financial institutions and their supervisors, and work to foster cooperation and information exchange among key stakeholders. She is also responsible for a programme of reviews of competent authorities’ approaches to AML/CFT supervision. 

Prior to joining the European Banking Authority, Carolin was a technical specialist for financial crime policy at the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and a policy officer at Transparency International, an international anti-corruption charity.

Lorraine Higgins

Secretary General
Digital Business Ireland

Lorraine Higgins

Lorraine is a former Senator, barrister, and a highly experienced public policy professional, media commentator and strategist.

She is the founder and Secretary General of Digital Business Ireland and also works as an external consultant to a number of blue chip multinational companies and was previously CEO of Ireland’s largest retail representative body.

A public speaker she has contributed to many public discussions on eCommerce and digital development including at the United Nations in Geneva. She has worked closely with the largest lobbying body in the world, the NRF (USA), on the implementation of the GDPR for American retailers and served as a Director of eCommerce Europe (Brussels).

During her time as a Senator she was a regular contributor on matters including business, entrepreneurship and EU issues and in an independent study conducted in 2014 she was named the second most influential member of Seanad Éireann in terms of shaping public policy and opinion. In December 2015, she was also named by the Irish Times as one of the Top 5 People in Politics to Watch and one of the Top 50 People in Ireland to Watch.

Lorraine is also currently Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic and plays a role in the economic and cultural development of the relationship between the Slovak Republic and Ireland.

She previously worked as a Barrister and was a Lecturer teaching Contract Law and Tort Law to students undertaking the Law Society FE1 exams. She currently guest lectures for the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Karine Ben-Simhon

VP Intelligence Partnerships & Innovation

Karine Ben-Simhon

Mrs Ben-Simhon is currently leading the Intelligence partnerships and cyber-fraud Innovation at Citi’s Cyber Intelligence Center & TLV Innovation Lab.

Karine is a senior cybersecurity manager with vast experience and understanding of the cyber warfare ecosystem, on both corporate and National levels.

In her current role, Karine is working on identifying Innovative solutions for cybercrime prevention, and work with internal and global stakeholders to increase effectively information exchange and data analytics.

Prior to joining Citi, she worked at the Israel National Cyber Directorate, where she founded and managed the Operational Cooperation unit. During this role she worked closely with Government agencies worldwide, and established tailor made collaborations to prevent cybercrime from occurring with financial institutions and other Global industry stakeholders.

She began her career at the the Israel Security Agency, and continued her journey working for the private and Government sector promoting multi-national projects related to cybersecurity and HLS.

Being a top priority, in the past few years, Karine promoted local initiatives to empower younger girls to achieve their full potential, and encourage technological leadership.

Karine is an 8200 Intelligence Unit veteran and holds a MA in Defense & Intelligence studies from the Bar-Ilan University and a Political Sciences BA diploma from the Tel Aviv University.

Jackie King

Executive Director, International Business

Jackie King

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

Carolina Garcés Monterrubio

Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Santander

Carolina Garcés Monterrubio

Carolina Garcés Monterrubio is Santander´s Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance. Carolina has over 22 years of banking experience; 19 of which are specific to financial crime prevention. Carolina has held multiple senior roles in global financial institutions such as HSBC, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock and RBS.

Carolina holds an MSc in International Money and Banking from the University of Birmingham in UK, a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering by CASS Business School in London UK and a BA in Economics from ITESM Campus Mexico City. Carolina is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in both English and German.

Elizabeth Hearst

Digital Editor
AML Intelligence

Elizabeth Hearst

Elizabeth Hearst is the Digital Editor of AML Intelligence, having previously served as Senior Correspondent since its inception in 2020.

Elizabeth is responsible for the curation of daily content, editing and publication of news stories on AML Intelligence, as well as management of all social media platforms and event co-ordination.

A graduate of Dublin City University's Masters of Journalism programme, Elizabeth spent time as a Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament's Liaison Office in Dublin, and previously interned with the national broadcaster RTÉ at Ireland's General Election 2020.

Elizabeth has a passion for politics, banking and current affairs and brings an in-depth understanding of European politics to her role at AML Intelligence.

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