ACAMS 11th Annual Hong Kong Symposium – “Enhanced AML and Financial Crime Tools & Techniques”

This targeted symposium provides in-depth discussions covering key areas in 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.

In addition, there is a CAMS Exam Preparation Seminar taking place on the day before (8 December) at the same venue. This Live Preparation Seminar is FREE to symposium attendees who purchased the CAMS Certification Package and will be sitting for the CAMS Exam. For enquiries, please contact

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Educational Credit Units (ECUs)

Six Educational Credit Units (ECUs) will be given upon your attendance of the Symposium. The ECUs are accruable to your application of CAMS Exam (as Qualifying Credits), or CAMS Recertification.


08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Morning Tea
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia Pacific, ACAMS
09:15 – 10:30 Regulatory Update: Analyzing Regional AML Trends and New Developments

Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia Pacific, ACAMS

Trevor Keen, Consultant (AML), Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Stewart McGlynn, CAMS, Head of AML & Financial Crime Risk, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
10:30 – 10:50 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 – 12:00 FinTech Update: Strengthening Electronic Payment Systems with New Technologies to Mitigate Abuse

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director- APAC, ACAMS

Syed Musheer Ahmed, Managing Director, FinSTEP Asia, Founding Board Member, FinTech Association of Hong Kong
Gregory R. Mandoli, CAMS, Deputy Attaché, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong
12:00 – 13:00 Networking Luncheon
13:00 – 13:45 Modern Slavery: Crafting Processes to Combat Illicit Money Flows in the APAC Region

Matt Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, The Mekong Club
13:45 – 15:00 Digital Banks: Exploring Drivers behind Hong Kong’s Changing Financial Landscape

Maggie Qiu, Head of Sanctions, Financial Crimes Compliance – Greater China & North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

Nikhil Gandesha, Managing Director, Finomni
Kenneth Tong, CAMS, Head of Financial Crime Compliance, livi Bank
15:00 – 15:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:20 – 16:50 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Digital Identity and eKYC: How to Look at the Growing Technology Requirements and Financial Crime-related Risks

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS

Christopher Hui, Executive Director, Board Member, Financial Services Development Council
Pascal Nizri, CEO, CHEKK
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia Pacific, ACAMS

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Speaker Faculty (Surname in Alphabetical Order)

Syed Musheer Ahmed
  • Syed Musheer Ahmed

  • Managing Director
  • FinSTEP Asia
  • Founding Board Member
  • FinTech Association of Hong Kong


Mr. Ahmed is the Managing Director of FinStep Asia, providing advisory on Fintech & Digital ecosystems in Asia and launching the first cross border program for B2B Indian Fintech firms to scale and expand into Greater China and SE Asia. He is co-founder and board member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong and has an extensive background in financial services and technology, having been a global markets trader for a decade, and a management consultant following his MBA. He is a member of United Nations ESCAP ESBN) Youth and Women Entrepreneurs Taskforce (YET) and co-founder of IndiaTech Hong Kong, a platform for bridging India and China Greater Bay Area.

Mr. Ahmed has a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and digital banking. He has a strong passion to bridge India and China Greater Bay Area and has driven on various initiatives to connect the two ecosystems. He is a mentor and keynote speaker at industry events across the region and guest lecturer on topics of Fintech, Digital Banking, Investment Management, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence at HKU, HKUST, HKU Space, CUHK and Lingnan University. He has written blogs on Fintech and Investment Banking and been quoted in various media channels, including on CNBC, Bloomberg, SCMP, IFLR, Asian Investor, Medici, Economic Times, etc.

Hue Dang
  • Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit

  • Head of Asia Pacific


Ms. Dang is the Head of Asia Pacific of ACAMS, having established its regional head office in Hong Kong in 2008. Ms. Dang has more than 25 years’ experience in banking and finance. Prior to ACAMS, she was a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Manager with Barclays Capital’s Investment Banking Division in Singapore, Director for Business Development at Citibank’s Global Consumer Banking Group in Singapore and Director of Business Development, Asia/Pacific, for Thomson Financial in Hong Kong. Ms. Dang holds educational degrees from the US, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Amherst College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Matt Friedman
  • Matt Friedman

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • The Mekong Club


Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr. Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to stop slavery, and is the author of thirteen books.

Nikhil Gandesha
  • Nikhil Gandesha

  • Managing Director
  • Finomni


Nikhil Gandesha is the Managing Director of Finomni, a consulting firm specialising firm in financial crime compliance.

Mr. Gandesha has undertaken several roles covering AML, CTF, CPF and Sanctions in the UK, UAE and Hong Kong. His work included leading investigations, developing intelligence led solutions to manage and mitigate financial crime risk as well as implementing effective strategies to meet clients’ risk appetite needs.

Prior to joining Finomni, Mr. Gandesha worked for 2 global banks as well as a big 4 consultancy and has experience partnering with law enforcement, government agencies and international bodies such as the UN.

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).

Chrstopher Hui
  • Christopher Hui

  • Executive Director, Board Member
  • Financial Services Development Council


Mr. Christopher Hui is Executive Director of Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). Mr. Hui possesses extensive experience in strategy formulation and business development in the financial services industry across both private and public sectors. He was a Managing Director at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, holding various senior positions in the Market Development Division and Listing Division for over 12 years. He spearheaded a number of important initiatives including the implementation of the Stock Connect Programme.

Immediately prior to joining the FSDC, he served as Director of Strategic Development at New World Development Company Limited responsible for the development of the company’s strategy and business ecosystem in the Greater Bay Area. He was once an Administrative Officer of the HKSAR Government.

Mr. Hui received his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from University of Oxford and MBA from INSEAD. He is active in public service, now being a Council Member of City University of Hong Kong and a member of the Exchange Listing Review Committee, MPFA Process Review Panel and HKICPA Disciplinary Panel.

Trevor Keen
  • Trevor Keen

  • Consultant (AML)
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority


Trevor Keen was formerly an Administrative Officer with the Hong Kong Government, joining the HKMA in 2005. He has worked in a number of areas including AML, consumer protection, bank licensing and payment systems oversight. From 2016, he has worked on the FATF Mutual Evaluation of Hong Kong.

Gregory R. Mandoli
  • Gregory R. Mandoli, CAMS

  • Deputy Attaché
  • Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong


Greg Mandoli is the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Deputy Attaché in Hong Kong. In this role, he supervises the investigative team enforcing the broad range of laws within HSI’s mission. Prior to this, Greg supervised the Southern California High Intensity Financial Crime Area task force based in Los Angeles (2015-2019), was assigned to the US Embassy in London (2010-2015), HSI’s Office of International Affairs in Washington DC (2007-2010) and the Office of Investigations in San Francisco (1998-2007). While in San Francisco, he participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In 1991, Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1994, Greg graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with the recognition of a Public Interest Law Scholar. Before becoming a Special Agent, Greg practiced law as a deputy public defender in California where he handled felony matters involving homicide, Three Strikes, Gangs and drug offenses. In 2006, Greg graduated from the Naval Postgraduate’s Master of Arts program in Homeland Defense and Security where he authored an original theory thesis, The Sandbox Strategy, regarding the interoperability of federal law enforcement agencies. His related professional activities include eight years as an Army Reservist in the Judge Advocate General Corps (2000-2008) and current position as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland where he has designed and taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs since 2007. Greg is also CAMS certified.

Stewart McGlynn
  • Stewart McGlynn, CAMS

  • Head of AML and Financial Crime Risk
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority


Mr. Stewart McGlynn is a Division Head with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, responsible for anti-money laundering and financial crime risk. In addition to supervision of the HKMA’s AML/CFT specialist on-site examination teams, Mr. McGlynn also oversees AML/CFT policy development and represents the HKMA in a variety of AML forums including the Financial Action Task Force and the Basel Committee’s AML/CFT Expert Group.

Pascal Nizri
  • Pascal Nizri

  • CEO


Pascal Nizri is the Founder and CEO of Chekk, a digital identity and KYC start-up. With, individuals and businesses are empowered to own their Digital Identity and control what data they share, and companies get a secure platform for seamless data request and on-going customer interactions (inc. dynamic customer due diligence at on-boarding and KYC refresh; connectivity to people & business registries, AML lists, company hierarchies, pre-population; electronic verification of identity with OCR, FaceMatching, Proof of Life and antifraud for individuals, directors and UBOs; secure data wallet and messaging for consent, data portability, alerts, statements).

Mr. Nizri has almost 20 years experience in the Financial Industry, having worked across geographies (France, UK, Hong-Kong, Australia, Indonesia), disciplines (strategy, business, technology, digital), and positions (Global Chief of Staff for a large international Retail Bank; Chief Operating Officer for Retail Banking & Wealth Management in various countries; Global Head of Transformation for a leading international Private Bank).

Maggie Qiu
  • Maggie Qiu

  • Head of Sanctions, Financial Crimes Compliance – Greater China & North Asia
  • Standard Chartered Bank


Maggie Qiu is the Head of Sanctions of Greater China and North Asia at Standard Chartered Bank, which has the responsibilities managing the Sanctions Compliance Program for the region. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she was the Regional Program Director, Global Financial Crimes Compliance for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and was responsible for regulatory exams, audit, regulatory changes, compliance Monitoring & Testing, issue management, Policy and Program, Risk Assessments, and trainings for 12 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region.

Before relocated to Hong Kong on January 2014, Ms. Qiu was the Head of FCC & MLRO for Bank of American China, and led Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Anti-Money Laundering and Economic Sanctions efforts for all branches in China. She had been in that role since 2010, and previously, Ms. Qiu worked for Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in Bank of American’s Global Headquarter in US. Before joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ms. Qiu also held various risk management roles in Wachovia, and Wells Fargo in United States. Ms. Qiu received her Master degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, also a frequent speaker at international seminars and conferences for Financial Crimes Compliance, Sanctions, Banking Regulatory and Digital Currencies.

Kenneth Tong
  • Kenneth Tong, CAMS

  • Head of Financial Crime Compliance
  • livi Bank


Mr. Tong Head of Financial Crime Compliance in livi Bank. Kenneth has over 15 years banking and financial services experience acquired through legal and compliance positions focusing on retail, treasury and corporate finance sectors. Prior joining livi in June 2019, Mr. Tong worked for HSBC.

Mr. Tong is a Higher Diploma holder of Banking and Financial Services awarded by City University of Hong Kong. He also holds a bachelor’s degree of Business and Financial Services awarded by Nottingham Trent University, Juris Doctor and Postgraduate Certificates in Laws awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Mr. Tong was admitted as solicitor of Hong Kong in 2012. He is also a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.