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Asia AML/CFT 2nd Annual Summit 2020

Fintelekt Asia AML/CFT 2nd Annual Summit 2020

July 20-24, 2020 (Virtual Event)
11.00 am to 2.00 pm IST  / 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm SGT

Calling the #AMLCFT community to continue the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing virtually, even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies and lives across the world. The Fintelekt Asia AML/CFT 2nd Annual Summit 2020 will bring together a variety of financial soldiers – AML/CFT experts, regulators, practitioners and suppliers to share knowledge and insights, best practices and guidance over an entire week from July 20 to 24, 2020.

The Summit is FREE for the entire AML community to attend. Let the learning continue uninterrupted!



FATF’s priority for the coming year is to promote more effective supervision by national authorities. This session will cover the role of innovation in supervisory technology and advanced analytics in the move towards ‘intelligence-led’ supervision, a more robust risk-based approach to supervision as well as the possibility of greater public-private partnerships amongst reporting entities, FIUs and law enforcement agencies.


The AML risk from virtual assets has become a concern for AML professionals due to the anonymity of transactions on the one hand and evolving regulatory expectations on the other. The session will address key questions to ask while dealing with virtual assets and suggest mitigating measures.


Cases such as Panama Papers reiterate the need for robust and thorough due diligence not just for acquiring customers, but also to determine the origins of funding. This session will provide an understanding of current regulatory guidelines and practices followed by leading global banks and financial institutions around UBO identification.


Economic sanctions have been used as a persuasive tool to make nations act in a particular manner and this places rigorous obligations on banks across the world. Any sanctions violation poses the possibility of damage to the bank’s reputation and almost certainly results in monetary penalties. This session will discuss the evolution in sanctions over the last few years, recent enforcement trends, the implications on banks’ businesses, keeping track of frequent changes on global sanctions lists and key considerations for banks’ sanctions compliance programmes. 


This session will highlight AML risks enabled by global trade, especially due to the specific vulnerabilities of trade finance products to misuse by money launderers and will share best practices in effective controls to identify and mitigate these risks.


Financial institutions have a key role to play in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery by detecting and disrupting money flows of organised traffickers. The session will provide insights around some of the indicators that banks and financial institutions can use while monitoring transactions and identify cases of probable exploitation, as well as how to report these to regulators.


The role of technology in the future of AML/CFT is likely to be pivotal with expected gains in efficiency, costs and customer experience. The Covid-19 pandemic may provide a further fillip to fintech/regtech usage as banks and financial institutions find innovative ways to stay in touch with customers, all within the purview of regulatory expectations. The session will provide participants with the latest developments and use cases in fintech/regtech deployments.


A regular AML audit and independent assessment is critical to determine whether an organisation’s AML programme delivers on its planned objectives, apart from meeting regulatory obligations. However, time and cost considerations often weigh heavily on the quality of AML audits. The session will bring in practical advice on the critical success factors in terms of making the most of an AML audit, as well as common pitfalls that can be avoided.


A risk-based approach to KYC and due diligence, especially during the pandemic, has been highly advocated by the FATF and by regulators of several countries. This coupled with already existing priorities of financial inclusion, is leading to an inevitable move towards digitalisation and greater use of technology. The various factors involved in KYC and due diligence will be discussed during the session.


Terrorism financing has been increasingly linked to other transnational organised crime such as human and wildlife trafficking, trade-based money laundering, corruption and use of virtual assets. The risks posed by terrorism financing are often not understood by financial institutions as well as those posed by money laundering. The session aims to highlight the trends and vulnerabilities in the area of terrorism financing.


Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) and Head – Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU)

Abu Hena Mohammad Razee Hassan was appointed the Head of the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) on 23 January 2012. As the Head of BFIU, Mr. Hassan has played a lead role in developing a sound and effective anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime in Bangladesh. He is the Member Secretary of the National Coordination Committee on AML/CFT, and a member of the Working Committee on AML/CFT and the Anti-Militancy and De-Radicalization Committee. He is also the convener of the Central Task Force for Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Mr. Hassan played a significant role in exiting Bangladesh from the FATF ICRG process and obtaining Egmont Group membership. He has coordinated the national effort for the successful completion of the APG’s third round evaluation of Bangladesh in 2016. He has led the Bangladesh delegation on several occasions in APG, FATF, Egmont and other international events on AML/CFT.

Deputy Director, Nepal Rastra Bank & Head AML Cell, Ministry of Finance Nepal

Hari Kumar Nepal is the Deputy Director of Nepal Rastra Bank, currently working for AML Cell of Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal. He has wide experience in AML/CFT for more than a decade. He has been constantly working for the development of AML/CFT policies, laws, regulations and guidelines as well as in developing AML/CFT institutional and operational frameworks. He has extensive experience working as AML/CFT assessor and reviewer for number of countries. He has also worked as IMF expert consultant, contributed in number of AML/CFT norms developed by international institutions, and delivered innumerable training programmes and speeches in Nepal and abroad.  He is MA, LLM and undergoing Ph.D. on AML/CFT in SAARC countries. He has published number of articles and research papers on the subject.

Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Tom Keatinge is the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption. He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his research focused on the effectiveness of the global counterterror finance regime. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan. His research on finance and security considers a number of themes including terrorist financing, the role of financial institutions in tackling human trafficking and modern slavery; new approaches to tackling financial crime, the role of public/private partnership and information sharing, and the role of financial integrity in combating corruption and maintaining international security.

Non-Executive Director, Transparency International Australia, Special Counsel Maddocks & Former General Counsel, AUSTRAC

Russell Wilson has extensive experience in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing. He spent more than 10 years as the first General Counsel at Australia’s financial intelligence and anti-money laundering agency (AUSTRAC), playing a strategic role in preventing and detecting financial crime and money-laundering and in conjunction with major domestic and international financial organisations and regulators.

Director of International Cooperation Division, Anti-Money Laundering Office, Thailand
Supranee is currently a director of International Cooperation Division at the Anti-Money Laundering Office, Thailand. Previously, she had worked at Financial Intelligence Division responsible for analyzing financial Transactions and STRs associated to predicate crimes and ML/TF offences, as well as disseminating analysis reports to LEAs and relevant agencies for further process.  Supranee also had over 10-year experiences of international cooperation matters. She was responsible for developing and implementing AML/CFT policies, measures and strategies of Thailand.

Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson

Nicholas Turner works with multinational financial institutions and corporations throughout Asia, the United States, and the European Union on all aspects of economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance and investigations. Drawing on his experience working in-house for multinational financial institutions, he focuses on guiding clients on designing and implementing compliance programs and advising on the application of regulations from the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and other US regulators and international standard setters to his clients’ international businesses. In 2020, Nicholas was recognized on the Global Investigations Review (GIR) list of “40 Under 40” investigations specialists globally.

Senior Advisor, Financial Stability Institute, Bank for International Settlements

Jermy joined the FSI in 2016. He is involved in managing the FSI’s outreach programme for banking supervision. He contributes to the FSI’s published work, mainly through FSI Insights on policy implementation, and develops other policy-related material for FSI Connect. Previously, he was Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of International Finance in Washington DC, where he led the formulation of the global banking industry’s views on international regulatory issues. He also worked as a regulator in the Philippines where he headed the Task Force on Basel II Implementation. He has an MA from the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

Asia Region Director and Head of Legal, Liberty Shared, Hong Kong

Archana Kotecha is a UK-qualified barrister and London School of Economics graduate. After practicing corporate law for seven years with KPMG and DLA Piper, Archana joined the UN Refugee Agency’s Legal Protection Team, then the Immigration Advisory Service and Stop Trafficking UK in London. She has served on the UK Human Trafficking Centre’s Victim Care Committee and the NSPCC’s anti-trafficking hotline committee. Since joining Liberty Shared, Archana has produced multiple best practices and reports, involved in policy and advocacy and educated human rights practitioners, financial institutions and governments on trafficking in persons including legal and anti-money laundering frameworks. Recently named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia- Pacific by the Financial Times, she is also an alumni of the US Department of State’s prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program.

Chief Audit Executive – Bandhan Bank

Ravi Lahoti is currently working with Bandhan Bank as Chief Audit Executive. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary by qualification and had a long stint of more than 15 years at HDFC Bank where he joined as a Management Trainee post which he has handled various roles in the Internal Audit and Compliance Departments of the bank in the eastern region, northern region and at the corporate office level in Mumbai, India. In his last role he was the Principal Officer & Head of Anti Money Laundering at HDFC Bank.

Founder & CEO, HBA Consultancy

Hala Bou Alwan, is the Founder and CEO of HBA Consultancy, a specialized firm in GRC advisory and training. She is a lawyer who holds 3 master’s degrees in AI, Financial Crime, and International Business Law and Cybersecurity from La Sagesse University Lebanon and Boston University USA. Hala is an experienced leader with more than 18 years’ of success helping high-profile local and global organizations pave their compliance, governance and financial crimes roadmaps. Prior to establishing her own firm, Hala led the market development for Thomson Reuters across all emerging markets globally, prior to which she was the AML /CTF DFSA AI at TSME. Before this, she was Head of AML/ CTF at BLOM Bank France and IP compliance Officer at UNDP – Lebanese ministry of economy and trade.

Head of Asia-Pacific Financial Crime, Intelligence and Cyber, SWIFT

Guy currently leads the Asia Pacific Financial Crime Compliance, Intelligence and Cyber teams having joined SWIFT in 2014. He has 16 years’ experience in financial crime compliance predominantly in utilities, entity resolution and correspondent banking KYC. He is responsible for driving take up of the Financial Crime, Intelligence and cyber portfolio across the region as well as engaging key stakeholders in the regulatory, advisory and banking communities. The Financial community typically engages with the SWIFT FCC team to drive transparency and standardisation of process, provide independent and reputable sanctions filter controls testing as well as gain insights into direct and indirect high-risk exposure through their correspondent network. Prior to leading the Asia Pacific team, Guy was responsible for Financial Crime Compliance across the Americas, UK and Nordic regions. In his career he has worked for LexisNexis, Wolters Kluwer, Bankers Almanac (now Accuity) and with the Metropolitan Police Terrorist Finance Investigations Unit on a Joint Venture. He also sits on the board of the Regtech committee of the Singapore Fintech Association.

Principal Officer AML/CFT/Sanctions Compliance, ICICI Bank

Manish is Head – AML & KYC Compliance and is responsible for formulating company-wide policy, processes and procedures to assess potential money laundering (ML) / terrorist financing (TF) / sanctions risks and ensure efficient identification and monitoring of suspicious activities and transactions. He has over 21 years of experience in banking and has handled key responsibilities spread across Retail Banking – Business Development, Relationship Banking, Compliance, Customer Service, Process Re-engineering, Operations, & Quality Excellence. He has been with ICICI group since 2003 and prior to that has worked in Times Bank, HDFC Bank and IDBI Bank. He is a protégé of Symbiosis Centre of Management & HRD Pune and holds Masters of Finance from Punjab University. He has also done CAIIB from Indian Institute of Bankers.

Director for Counter Wildlife Trafficking, Asia – Wildlife Conservation Society

Scott Roberton, PhD is the Director for Counter-Wildlife Trafficking, Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society. Scott has 18 years’ experience working to combat wildlife trafficking across Asia including work in Viet Nam, China, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and developing transcontinental initiatives between Uganda-China, Mozambique-Vietnam and more recently has worked on WCS’s CWT strategy for the Latin America region. Scott has led pioneering research into a wide range of critical conservation issues; developed curricula, training materials and technical guides, and delivered training to over 1500 law enforcement officers; coordinated analyses and provided reform plans for provincial and central government agencies in institutional arrangements and legislative frameworks for wildlife crime control; criminal information/intelligence management, inter-agency cooperation mechanisms, and international cooperation agreements; and provided inputs and consultation on revised wildlife protection legislation.

Senior Researcher at the Tax Justice Network

Moran joined the Tax Justice Network in 2012 and currently works as a deputy coordinator of both the Financial Secrecy Index and the Corporate Tax Haven Index. She is also the founder and director of Tax Justice Network Israel which is based at the College Management Academic Studies. Moran completed her LLB at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her LLM in human rights law at the University College London. She worked for several years as a tax lawyer in Tel Aviv, and has worked in the corporate social responsibility field both in London and Israel. Her work focuses on beneficial ownership, secrecy jurisdictions, and corporate tax havens.

Senior Advisor, Crypto Policy and Regulation, Elliptic

Liat is a global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance (AML/CFT) expert focusing on crypto policy and regulation at Elliptic. She has implemented AML/CFT capacity building and financial integrity programs for regulators, financial intelligence units, law enforcement and civil society in emerging markets across Africa and the Middle East. She holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Co-Founder, TSS Consultancy

Sagar Tanna is a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology and a certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist. Sagar has been associated with the AML arena of Capital Markets for over 10 years. He is a CEO & co-founder of TSS Consultancy offering TrackWizz, a software solution for AML & other compliance. Over the last 10 years, his organization has helped 100+ institutions go live with Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program. Sagar is a regular speaker at various forums with Enforcement Directorate, SEBI, FIU and Stock Exchange representatives.

Vice President – APAC, Napier Technologies

Robin is currently the VP, APAC of Napier Technologies and the Global FinTech Liaison for a Government Entity. His career started in Silicon Valley before moving to Wall Street working as a Hedge Fund Technology Analyst. He then moved to the Regtech/Start Up space which included 7 start up launches, 2 acquisitions, multiple board roles and 2 books. He most recently worked in Market Development covering the Risk business in South East Asia at Refinitiv. Robin holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Management from King’s College London and Diplomas in Compliance and AML with the International Compliance Association.

Director – APAC South, Accuity

Jonathan has almost a decade of experience in Asia in business development and relationship management, dealing with some of the largest financial institutions and corporates across the board. Being from the UK, his early experience included being an Intelligence analyst working on organized crime. Prior to transitioning to Compliance/ AML business, he specialized in areas related to credit / sovereign risks. Based in Singapore, in his current role he heads the APAC South business, strategy & direction. A large part of his focus included engaging with the broader compliance community – including regulators, associations and consultants.

Subject Matter Expert, Trade Compliance Specialist, IHS Markit

Mr. Amin joined IHS Markit in February 2020 as a Trade Compliance Specialist, to provide valuable insight to customers helping them to reduce global supply chain risk, and provide transparency in the Maritime and Trade sector through incorporating in-depth risk and compliance procedures. Mr. Amin has five years’ worth of industry experience and considerable knowledge in the Trade Finance sector having previously worked at Accuity as the Trade Compliance Product Manager for four years, where he was pivotal in the innovation and building of risk monitoring products fit for multiple industries, including the Financial and Transport industry. Mr. Amin has expert knowledge in the European and American Dual-Use and Military Goods Regulation, as well sanctions and regulatory compliance, and has used this knowledge to help design the best in class tools to manage risk. Prior to starting a career in Risk and Compliance, Mr. Amin worked at Ipreo for five years in Corporate Advisory Services, helping to provide shareholder surveillance, investor targeting, capital flows insights and investor perception to clients allowing them to understand more about their shareholder base. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from City University, London.


  • Registration is free for all participants for all sessions.
  • Participation Certificates may be purchased at a small fee of USD 15 per person for the entire Summit.

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The ABA aims to provide a forum for advancing the cause of the banking and finance industry in the region and promoting regional economic cooperation. Its primary objectives include providing avenues for exchange of views and information on banking opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, facilitating the meeting of bankers in the region in an atmosphere of fellowship and friendship and to encourage joint activities that would enhance the role of its members in servicing the financial needs of their respective economies and in promoting regional development; and to undertake projects that will encourage trade, industrial, and investment cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.


Participation Benefits

  • Get access to the latest knowledge and insights on AML/CFT from the comfort & safety of your location, paced over a week.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to continued professional development.
  • A Participation Certificate is available at a small fee of USD 15. The Certificate may be used towards credits for other professional certification programmes.


Will the Summit content be relevant to my country?

The Summit themes have been designed so that they are relevant for all countries in Asia. 

Which industries will the Summit cover?

The Summit will be relevant for all AML/CFT reporting entities – such as banks, financial institutions, insurance, mutual funds, capital markets, lawyers, accountants, brokers, casinos, etc. It will also be relevant for regulators, government, law enforcement agencies, academicians, NGOs, consulting and technology services companies connected to AML/CFT. 

How do I join the Summit?

All registered participants will receive a joining link to the online session by email at least three days before the session date. We will also send out a short tutorial video on how to use the online platform.

What do I need to attend the Summit?

You can join the session through a laptop/personal computer, tablet or mobile phone. A stable internet connection (with an average speed of at least 2 mbps) is recommended for uninterrupted streaming.

Please note that some organisations block access to external emails, webinar platforms, or audio/visual hardware. Kindly contact the IT team of your organisation to resolve any such issues. Or alternatively, use a personal computer to log in to the session.

What value will the Certificate provide?

The Fintelekt Certificate of Participation is a credible way to prove your commitment to continued learning and development in the area of AML/CFT. It may also be used to claim credits for other professional certification programmes and courses.

Can you invoice my organisation for the Participation Certificate fee?

Due to the small amount involved, we are unable to invoice your organisation. We encourage participants to pay online and get the amount reimbursed from your employer.

I have paid for the Participation Certificate but have not received a confirmation. What do I do?

Please send a screenshot of the payment confirmation to us at We will get back to you within two working days after reconciliation with our payment service provider.

When will the Participation Certificate be sent?

The Participation Certificate will be emailed in .PDF format within ten working days after the Summit ends (i.e. after July 24) to the registered email id of the participant.

I could not attend the Summit. Can I get a refund for the Participation Certificate fee?

We are unable to provide a refund once payment is made.

How can I provide my suggestions or feedback?

You are welcome to provide your suggestions or feedback about the summit by writing to us at