The ACAMS Advisory Board


ACAMS is guided by an Advisory Board of distinguished experts from around the world committed to keeping ACAMS on the cutting-edge of anti-money laundering practices and ensuring ACAMS' place as the premier provider of state-of-the-art services to its members.

Rick Small, CAMS
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Anti-Money Laundering | Anti-Corruption | International Regulatory Compliance
American Express

Vice president, enterprise-wide AML and sanctions risk management, American Express, New York, he previously served as global AML leader for GE Money. Prior to joining American Express he was the managing director of global anti-money laundering at Citigroup, overseeing and helping to develop AML policies and procedures. He joined the Federal Reserve System as special counsel in 1989, with responsibility for all Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering matters, conducting investigations of complex financial transactions, suspicious activities and related enforcement actions. 

Email: rick.small@aexp.com

 
 

Samar Baasiri, CAMS
Head of Compliance Department
Bankmed (Beirut, Lebanon)


Samar Baasiri was recently elected by the World Union of Arab Bankers as the Head of Compliance Officers in Lebanon & the MENA region.

With 20 years of banking experience in Canada and Lebanon, Ms. Baasiri is currently the Head of the Compliance Department at BankMed and its subsidiaries in Lebanon. In this role, she is in charge of preparing the bank's Anti-Money Laundering policies and procedures on a risk-based approach. She also participated in building the AML risk matrix model now used in the bank and implemented Anti-Money Laundering software for the AML unit for monitoring customers and internal accounts. Before arriving at BankMed, Ms. Baasiri served as the head of operations division and trade finance at the United Bank of Lebanon, the customer relations manager at Bank Audi and is the former assistant head of operations & trade finance at HSBC, Canada.

Samar is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has been a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board since 2006. She is also a founding and current member of the AML Committee at the Association of Banks in Lebanon as well as a founding and current member of the Group of Certified Compliance Officers Best Practices Committee for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Samar is a frequent speaker at industry, government and law enforcement conferences on compliance and AML/CFT issues in the MENA region and was recently elected by the World Union of Arab Bankers as the Head of Compliance Officers in Lebanon.

Email: baasiris@bankmed.com.lb

 
 

Vasilios Chrisos, CAMS

Principal | Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services
Ernst & Young LLP

 

 

 

Email: vas.chrisos@ey.com

 
 

David Clark, CAMS
Financial Crime Leader
GE Capital International

David has extensive global financial crime risk mitigation experience within banks and, previously, government customs agencies. David's GE Capital role involves heading up the Financial Crime risk management function for EMEA and APAC and focuses on Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions & International Trade Controls, Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Conflicts of Interest. David joined GE Capital from Barclays Wealth where he held a global role as the Head of Financial Crime intelligence with specific responsibilities for Anti- Bribery & Corruption, PEPS , Enhanced Due Diligence and Reputational Risk escalations. Prior to Barclays David worked for ABN AMRO where he held a senior position in their global advisory and analysis team, with specific responsibilities for global AML training & communication and Asia advisory. Before switching careers to work in Financial Services, David had an 18-year law enforcement career as a financial investigator & intelligence officer which included 7 years seconded to a crown dependent territory.

 
 

William Fox William J. Fox
Global Financial Crimes Compliance Executive
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

William J. Fox is the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Executive for Bank of America, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He is responsible for the company's Financial Crimes, Corruption and Economic Sanctions efforts.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Fox served as the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Appointed by Treasury Secretary John Snow in 2003, Fox was FinCEN's fourth director and led the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act, which authorizes the collection, analysis and dissemination of financial information important to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Before his appointment as FinCEN Director, Fox served in the Department of the Treasury from 2000 to 2003 as Associate Deputy General Counsel and Acting Deputy General Counsel. After September 11, 2001, he served as the principal assistant and senior advisor to Treasury's General Counsel on issues related to terrorist financing and financial crime – and received a Meritorious Rank Award for work on these issues.

Prior to his service at Treasury, Fox served for twelve years at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in various positions, including Deputy Chief Counsel. During his tenure at ATF, Fox provided legal support to several large scale criminal investigations; helped oversee ATF's regulatory program; served as a legal point person for ATF's alcohol and tobacco diversion program; worked on several important legislative initiatives; and served as principal legal support for the United States Trade Representative's Office for wine trade negotiations with the EU and other wine producing countries.

Fox received a bachelor's degree in history and a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha. In March2005, U.S. Banker magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in high finance.

Email: william.fox@bankofamerica.com

 
 

Susan GalliSusan Galli, CAMS
Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Strategic Planning Office
HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.

Susan Galli is currently the Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Strategic Planning Office, part of the AML Compliance Department for HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. ("HNAH") where she has responsibility for ensuring that the firm's AML Program continually adapts to address changing risks and trends based on external events and evolving business strategies. This office also fulfils an outreach role on AML matters with HSBC Group affiliates worldwide. Prior to that she had responsibility for developing HNAH's enterprise-wide AML Policy and Program after joining the firm in December 2010.

Ms. Galli served as a Managing Director and Practice Leader for the AML Compliance Risk Advisory & Forensics Practice of a big-five consulting firm. Ms. Galli, who is fluent in English and Spanish, has over 18 years of senior-level anti-money laundering experience providing a vast array of services including developing AML risk scoring policies and procedures for various business lines, implementing automated customer acquisition due diligence processes for the correspondent bank and corporate bank accounts of Citibank's Latin America Division and developing and approving the Customer Identification Program Procedures and exception requests for business lines in Latin America. Additionally, she has conducted in-depth AML reviews of various financial institutions' AML programs as part of internal compliance monitoring and testing or as part of mergers and acquisition due diligence. She has also developed and delivered numerous AML training sessions for financial institutions, banking associations and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. She has acted as a course instructor for the ACAMS certification exam preparation course and developed the FIBA Correspondent Banking AML course. In addition, she has developed and taught an AML course in Spanish for the Cámara de Banco Privados e otras Instituciones Financieras in San José, Costa Rica.

Previously in her career, Ms. Galli served as the Senior Anti-Money Laundering Coordinator and a member of Citigroup's Global Anti-Money Laundering team, as well as the Latin America AML Director for Citigroup businesses in Latin America. She served as the Head of AML Compliance for Grupo Santander's U.S. entities, and was the Head of AML Compliance for Citicorp. She was also a member of the U.S. Treasury Department's Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group ("BSAAG") and the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group Funds Transfer Subgroup, representing both Citicorp and the industry.

Email: susan.j.galli@us.hsbc.com

 
 

Peter Richard Hazlewood 



 
 

Karim Rajwani, B.A, C.A.
Vice-President and Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer
RBC Financial Group (RBC)

Mr. Rajwani is currently the Vice-President and Chief Anti-Money Laundering for the RBC Financial Group (RBC) and is responsible for leading RBC's Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism and client risk management initiatives globally. Mr. Rajwani has more than 20 years of risk management, compliance and financial accounting experience. Mr. Rajwani is a leading authority on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing matters both domestically and internationally and speaks frequently on these matters in banking, legal, compliance and academic platforms. Mr. Rajwani is also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security for the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada as well as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of ACAMS. As Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Mr. Rajwani has overseen the development and implementation of RBC's AML/CTF program from its inception. Over the past 10 years under Mr. Rajwani's direction RBC has developed and implemented numerous AML/CTF solutions globally. Prior to taking on his current role with RBC, Mr. Rajwani held various management positions focused on risk management, internal controls, Operational risk and IT development. In addition to his risk management experience, Mr Rajwani is a Chartered Accountant both in Canada as well as the UK and has worked for various Financial Institutions, Chartered Accounting and Management Consulting firms. In these roles he has overseen the implementation of a number of enterprise-wide risk management and compliance initiatives. Mr. Rajwani has a double honors degree in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered accountant in Canada as well as in England and Wales.

Email: karim.rajwani@rbc.com

 
 

William D. Langford
Global Head of Compliance Architecture & Strategy
Citigroup

 

 
 

Anna McDonald Rentschler, CRCM, AMLP, CAMS
Vice President and BSA Officer
Central Bancompany

Mrs. Rentschler is Vice President and BSA Officer for Central Bancompany, Jefferson City Missouri, a $10 billion holding company in Missouri and Oklahoma with branches in Kansas and Illinois. Anna she has been affiliated with Central Bancompany for 31 years. The Financial Investigations Unit, which encompasses the BSA/AML and Regulation E dispute divisions, encompasses the enterprise-wide consolidation and governance functions for all 13 affiliate banks. Anna was the 2008 recipient of the ABA Distinguished Service Award.

 
 

Anthony Rodriguez Anthony Luis Rodriguez, CAMS, CPA
Global Compliance Officer
Associated Foreign Exchange

Anthony Luis Rodriguez is a Certified Public Accountant, CAMS certified, and currently the Global Compliance Officer for Associated Foreign Exchange Inc. ("AFEX'). AFEX is a fast growing top-tier independent commercial foreign exchange provider. Established in 1979, AFEX effectively pioneered the business of personalized foreign exchange services, tailored to small and mid-size business clients. Since then, AFEX has grown into a leading global foreign exchange specialist offering services throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. AFEX has a diverse global client base of more than 10,000 active commercial customers, including importers and exporters, educational and financial institutions, small businesses and multinational corporations. Prior to joining AFEX, Mr. Rodriguez's extensive experience spans over 10 years, he has held positions with RIA Financial Services one of the world's largest money transmitters, JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President in the Commercial Compliance Department and Envios R.D./Pronto Envios a niche market money transmitter as their Chief Compliance Officer. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez, is currently a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board. .

Email: arodriguez@afex.com

 
 

Nancy J. Saur, CAMS, FICA
Head of Compliance
Advantage International Management (Cayman) Ltd.

Advantage International Management is a leading Cayman Islands-based provider of specialty insurance and related services to business owners and high net worth individuals. In her role, Nancy Saur is responsible for compliance, risk and FATCA activities across the Advantage group. Previously, she was the compliance manager at Millennium bcp Bank & Trust. Prior to working at the bank, Ms. Saur was responsible for compliance and risk management for the Caribbean & Asian offices of the ATC Group (now part of the Intertrust Group).

In 2004, Nancy Saur co-founded a successful compliance consulting company headquartered in the Cayman Islands and worked with many types of financial services clients in the Cayman Islands, Caribbean and Central America. She founded the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, managed the development of computer-based training for its members and created a Cayman Islands module for an international compliance training program. Ms. Saur has over 30 years working in financial services, more than 20 of which are in compliance and audit.

Email: 
N.Saur@aih.com.ky 

 
 

Markus E. Schulz
Chief Compliance Officer
GE Capital International

Markus Schulz is the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital International.

Markus joined GE Capital in January 2013, after working many years for Zurich Insurance and before that for ABN AMRO Bank. He held a number of senior global Compliance positions, including Chief Compliance Officer Global Life, Group Financial Crime Officer, Global Head Compliance Service Center and Group COO AML Compliance. He currently is based in London and was located in Germany, UK, the Netherlands, India and Switzerland before.

Prior to his time in Compliance he served in a variety of senior in-country, Regional and Global management positions in the Back-, Mid- and Front-Office adding to his nearly 20 years in the Financial Services industry.

He is a very active member in the global Compliance industry, working with groups like the Wolfsberg Group, Egmont Group, Basel Institute on Governance, Insurance Europe, FATF, International Anti-Corruption Academy, the European Commission, to mention some. He has initiated and lead a number of successful collective industry action groups around topics like Trade & Economic Sanctions, AML and FATCA as well as Ethics in Business.

Markus is an Advisory Board member of  ACAMS®, the leading global Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists®. He is a very frequent and regular presenter, panelist, keynote speaker, moderator and chairman at Compliance, AML, Anti-Financial Crime and Anti-Fraud conferences and summits around the world.

Email:
markus.schulz@idoitmyway.com

 
 

Daniel D. Soto, CAMS
Chief Compliance Officer
Ally Financial, Inc.

Dan is the Chief Compliance Officer for Ally, where he is responsible for Ally's enterprise-wide compliance activities.

Before joining Ally, Dan spent two years with Wachovia/Wells Fargo in anti-money laundering and retail banking compliance; was for three years the Chief Compliance Officer for Royal Bank of Canada–Centura; and spent eight years with Bank of America in the global anti-money laundering compliance function.

Prior to joining the private industry, Dan was in the public sector as a commissioned bank examiner where he spent six years with the FDIC and nearly 10 years with the Federal Reserve Board.

Dan is based in Charlotte, North Carolina; is a faculty member of the American Bankers Association's National Compliance School; and is on the advisory boards of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and the BSA Coalition.

Email: dan.soto@ally.com

 
 

Luciano J. Astorga

Chief Compliance Officer

BAC|CREDOMATIC NETWORK



Mr. Astorga joined BAC|Credomatic Network in the year 2000 where he worked as Managing Director/General Manager for BAC|Nicaragua until 2008 when he accepted the position of Regional Chief Compliance Officer when the position was jointly offered by both JV partners, (General Electric Co. and Grupo Pellas). During his 8 years tenure at BAC|Nicaragua, he executed a successful high-growth business strategy which persistently exceeded yearly projected double digit business growth and earnings which resulted in yearly ROEs of above 25%.

Prior joining BAC|Credomatic Network, Mr. Astorga worked as Managing Director for First Chicago/Bank One (prior merging with JPMorgan) from 1986 to 2000 as Managing Director in several assignments including Mexico City, Mexico (new bank), New York, NY (Emerging Markets), Chicago, IL (Energy) and Houston, TX (Petroleum).  Assignments included heading several business efforts and senior credit positions.

Mr. Astorga also worked from 1983 to 1986 at Bank of Boston in Boston, MA where he completed the Loan Officer Development Program and concluded an assignment in Panama, Rep. of Panama.  Prior beginning his banking career, Mr. Astorga worked for 2 years with General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY as an Electrical Engineer where an educational leave of absence was granted for graduate school studies.

Mr. Astorga´s education background includes a Masters of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from the Central American Institute of Business (INCAE), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Email: lastorga@baccredomatic.com

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