ACAMS Asia Virtual Symposium – “Enhanced AML and Financial Crime Tools & Techniques”

  • When:
    15 October 2020 (Thursday)
  • Format:
    Virtual Symposium

This targeted virtual Symposium provides in-depth discussions covering key areas in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and financial crime prevention. Our faculty of speakers will share their expertise and vision on a wide range of topics, including regional AML compliance challenges and regulatory developments.

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Educational Credit Units (ECUs)

Six ECUs will be given upon attendance of this virtual Symposium. ECUs are accruable to the application of CAMS and CGSS Exams.


09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
09:15 – 09:45 Keynote Address
09:45 – 10:30 Regulatory Update: Analyzing Regional AML Trends and New Developments

Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, VP & Global Head of Business Development & New Ventures, Senior Asia Pacific Leader, ACAMS

Narlette Manacap-Jaravata, CAMS, Chief Country Compliance Officer, Citibank N.A. Philippines
Nik Azmir Nik Anis, Chief Compliance Officer, Bank Islam
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 Interactive Workshop: Examining the Nexus of Illicit Wildlife Trafficking and the Financial Transactions by Professional Criminal Syndicates

Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit & CAMS FCI, Head of Fraud Investigation & AML, AITLAU Management Services

Brian Gonzales, Head of Protection of Endangered Species, WWF-Hong Kong
Chinali Patel, Consul – International Illicit Finance Policy Lead, British Consulate-General Hong Kong
12:00 – 13:00 Noon Break
13:00 – 14:00 Moving the Bar: Changing Thresholds and Transactional Monitoring Requirements

Rosalind Lazar, CAMS, Head AML/KYC Compliance, Bank Julius Baer
14:00 – 15:00 IVMS101: The New InterVASP Messaging Standards for Virtual Asset Providers

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Break
15:30 – 16:50 Rogue Players: Examining How Terrorists are Operating around the Region and New Terrorist Financing Typologies
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
Program may be subject to change without prior notice.


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USD 350
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Speaker Faculty (Surname in Alphabetical Order)

Hue Dang
  • Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit

  • VP & Global Head of Business Development & New Ventures, Senior Asia Pacific Leader


Establishing its Regional Head Office in Hong Kong in 2008, Hue Dang is the Head of Asia Pacific of ACAMS.

Ms. Dang is an Advanced Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, specializing in Audit (CAMS-Audit), having published a whitepaper, “Financial Inclusion, Developing Economies, and Effective Implementation of the Risk-Based Approach in AML/CTF: The Need for Legislative and Regulatory Leadership to Motivate Private Sector Commitment & the Role of Audit.”

Ms. Dang has conducted numerous AML trainings around Asia, including for central banks, financial institutions, and universities. She is also the Program Chair for all ACAMS-APAC training events, including the three Annual AML and Financial Crime Conferences (APAC, Indian Subcontinent and Australasia), and annual symposia held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Macau and Seoul. She is a frequent speaker at AML-related conferences around the region, Europe and the U.S. She also conducts the Annual Train-the-Trainer Program to certify ACAMS trainers.

Ms. Dang has over 25 years’ experience in banking and finance. She was a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Manager with Barclays Capital’s Investment Banking Division in Singapore, Director of Business Development at Citibank’s Global Consumer Banking Group in Singapore. In her positions as Director of Business Development, Asia/Pacific, for Thomson Financial, and General Manager of Thomson Financial Publishing, based in Hong Kong, she also developed the first-ever financial-markets news portal for the APAC region, “Thomson Capital Markets Asia“ (, launched in 2001.

Ms. Dang holds educational degrees from the US, with a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Amherst College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Brian Gonzales
  • Brian Gonzales

  • Head of Protection of Endangered Species
  • WWF-HK


Brian has over 18 years’ experience in project and development technical assistance management, conservation and enforcement policy, as well as programme monitoring and evaluation. Based in Bangkok for 13 years, he assumed leadership roles in multiple USAID-funded projects implemented by the IUCN/TRAFFIC and Freeland, working across Southeast Asia designed to raise institutional and policy response to counter-wildlife trafficking. His last position was lead of the partnerships, policy and political commitment portfolio of the $25M project, USAID Wildlife Asia. Prior to that, he worked for the Asian Development Bank, WWF and Ayala Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in Management of Development from the University of Turin, Italy and a BA from De La Salle University – College of Saint Benilde, Manila. Brian is an appointed member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and in December 2013, he was awarded Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

William Scott Grob
  • Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI

  • AML Director – APAC


Dr. Grob has over 25 years of financial and banking expertise. His most recent role was as Regional Head of Affiliates Management, HSBC, where he worked on mitigating financial crime and correspondent banking risks across Asia. His 12-year career at the bank also included managing risk within the Equity/FX prime brokerage business, Structured Funds business, and Hedge Fund units.

Dr. Grob earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master of Arts from George Mason University, a certificate from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, and a Doctorate of Management from SMC University (USA), where his dissertation was focused on correspondent banking- “IMPACT OF CORRESPONDENT BANK ENHANCED DUE DILIGENCE PRACTICES.” Also, he has designations from the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, and Global Association of Risk Professionals (FRM).

Aaron Lau
  • Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI

  • Head of Fraud Investigation & AML
  • AITLAU Management Services


Mr. Lau is the principal consultant and director of AITLAU Management Services Sdn Bhd. He is heading the Financial Fraud Investigation and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance services in the firm. He is involved in consultancy and training in areas related to financial fraud and forensic accounting investigations, anti-money laundering, business intelligence and financial accounting.

He is an accredited trainer for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) certification programme. He heads the ACAMS partnership with AITLAU Management Services Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

He has provided training services in the areas of financial fraud investigations, asset recovery, anti-money laundering and business intelligence to participants of government-related regulatory bodies like Securities Commission, Royal Malaysian Customs, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Joint organization between MACC-UNDP-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Workshops, Korean Customs and the Companies Commissioner of Malaysia, both local and foreign financial institutions and corporations. Mr. Lau has been lecturing for the advanced and executive certificate course for strategic management of anti-corruption programme in the area of anti-money laundering and effects of corruption since 2011. In 2015, he was accredited as an international bank’s global trainer in Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions.

Rosalind Lazar
  • Rosalind Lazar, CAMS

  • Head AML/KYC Compliance
  • Bank Julius Baer


A former Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), Ministry of Finance, Singapore, and Litigation Partner with Drew & Napier, Ms. Lazar joined the Financial Sector in 2005. She started with Citi Private Bank (CPB) as a member of the Global AML Team, and was responsible for the review and development of globally consistent CPB AML policies. Her role subsequently became regional to include oversight of Consumer and Corporate Banking. Her responsibilities included Regional APAC AML policy development, governance / reporting and training. In 2010, Ros joined Citi’s Internal Audit. As part of the CPB-Asia team in November 2010, she has audited various controls and processes of private banking, as well as the trust and brokerage brokerage, with special focus on AML/CTF controls. She returned to her former AML role when she joined Standard Chartered in November 2013 as Country Head of Financial Crimes Risk for Singapore, and was responsible for AML/CFT controls across all four business segments (Retail, Private Banking, Commercial and Corporate Banking) and the Singapore Trust Company. In October 2018, she joined Bank Julius Baer Singapore Branch as Head of AML/KYC Compliance; with a focus on AML/CFT risk in Private Banking and Ms. Lazar holds a Masters in Law from Columbia School of Law, New York.

Narlette Manacap-Jaravata
  • Narlette Manacap-Jaravata, CAMS

  • Chief Country Compliance Officer
  • Citibank N.A. Philippines


Ms. Manacap-Jaravata was previously the Country AML Officer, and is now the Chief Country Compliance Officer of Citibank N.A. Philippine Branch. She is a lawyer having been admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2004. She has worked for the Supreme Court of the Philippines and has served as legal officer for two leading Philippine universal banks (Bank of the Philippine Islands and BDO Universal Bank).

Ms. Manacap-Jaravata is also a director of the Association of Bank Compliance Officers (ABCOMP). She has a degree in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Law from the University of San Carlos, Cebu. She is also a candidate for Master of Science in Financial Engineering at De La Salle University, Manila. She is a Fully Certified Treasury Professional (Foreign Exchange and Money Market) given by the Banker’s Association of the Philippines and the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education. She has also completed with distinction the One-Year Course on Trust Operations and Investment Management given by the Trust Institute Foundation of the Philippines.

Nik Azmir Nik Anis
  • Nik Azmir Nik Anis

  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Bank Islam


Encik Nik Azmir Nik Anis has over 23 years of banking experience in the areas of Compliance, Operational Risk Management, Anti-Money Laundering and Banking Operations. He joined Bank Islam in 2013. As the Chief Compliance Officer, his primary roles and responsibilities include managing the Bank’s overall compliance and regulatory risk. He is also the Bank’s Chief Integrity and Governance Officer overseeing the Integrity & Governance Department. He acts as key liaison officer to the regulators and is the Bank’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer (“MLRO”). Encik Nik Azmir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Pittsburgh, USA and a Master in Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has also been accorded as a Certified Professional in Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of Terrorism by the International Compliance Association, UK and the Certified Professional in Islamic Finance (“CPIF”) by Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals. He attended the Advance Compliance Academy Certification programme offered by University of California at Berkeley, United States. He is currently The Compliance Officers’ Networking Group’s (“CONG”) Chairman or 2019 & 2020.

Chinali Patel
  • Chinali Patel

  • Consul – International Illicit Finance Policy Lead
  • British Consulate-General Hong Kong


Chinali Patel commenced the role as Consul International Illicit Finance Policy at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong in April 2019. The role has a specific focus on policy and strategy – enhancing diplomatic engagement, capability and capacity building in close coordination with UK, regional and international partners to tackle illicit finance.

Chinali has thirteen years of UK Law Enforcement experience in tackling organised crime including predicate offences and prior to role in Hong Kong was Chief of Staff to UK National Crime Agency Director Vulnerabilities. Chinali maintains excellent relationships with key influencers, wider civil society and international partners to ensure a coordinated and responsive approach to issues which need addressing at international level, ensuring that public protection messages are aligned across agencies and have maximum impact.