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

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

Joyce Hsu, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – North Asia, ACAMS

Syed Musheer Ahmed, General Manager, The FinTech Association of Hong Kong
Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI, Head of Fraud Investigation & AML, AITLAU Management Services
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

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

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, 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

  • General Manager
  • The FinTech Association of Hong Kong


Mr. Ahmed is the General Manager of Fintech Association of Hong Kong. He 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 founding board member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong and a member of United Nations ESCAP Economic Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Youth and Women Entrepreneurs Taskforce (YET) and co-founder of IndiaTech Hong Kong.

Mr. Ahmed has a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital banking. He is a mentor and speaker at industry events across APAC and guest lecturer on topics of Fintech, 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, SCMP, IFLR, Asian Investor, Lets Talk Payments.

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 Office
  • 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).

  • Joyce Hsu, CAMS-FCI

  • AML Director – North Asia


Ms. Hsu has over 27 years’ experience in the banking industry and joined ACAMS as a subject-matter expert since 2016, with the primary responsibility of developing and executing a strategy in AML/CFT training and knowledge-sharing with a focus in the Mandarin Chinese language. Her 20 years within group, she has worked and charge not only front line but also operation and risk department. Previously, she was in charge of security and investigation service for Citi Taiwan.

Her previous experience includes 5 years being responsible for providing Financial Crime and Operational Risk Management solutions for a leading Consulting firm with a particular expertise in AML and Operational Risk Management. Her expertise is focused on financial crime management and investigation. Various roles included progressing from being a front line operator, sales to senior manager of a headquartered-operation center with further progression into a risk manager role. Some accomplishments included: building up Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Fraud Management for tier one banks in China; designing and implementing ORM tools and systems for an entire bank; and leading a team to develop the banking operation management capability for one of the largest banks in China.

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.

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 the strategic management of anti-corruption programme in the area of anti-money laundering and the effects of corruption since 2011. In 2015, he was accredited as an international bank’s global trainer in Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions.

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 Anti-Money Laundering Expert Group. Prior to joining the HKMA Mr. McGlynn served as a Police Officer for over 20 years in both the UK and Hong Kong, with his last post being the deputy head of the Hong Kong Joint Financial Intelligence Unit.

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).

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.