5th Annual ACAMS Kuala Lumpur Symposium on Enhanced AML and Financial Crime Tools & Techniques

  • When: 27 June 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Venue: PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
    Jalan Sultan Ismail
    50250 Kuala Lumpur

This targeted symposium provides a forum for in-depth discussions covering key areas of AML compliance and financial crime prevention. Our speaker faculty will share their expertise in a wide range of topics, including addressing regional compliance challenges. Take advantage of the small group format and take away valuable tools and techniques to share with your team.


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

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

Shalini Pavithran, CEO, Malaysian Association of Money Services Business
Suresh Soundarrajan, CAMS, Director, Deloitte Forensic SEA, AML & Sanctions Advisory, Deloitte Malaysia
10:30– 10:50 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 – 12:00 Insights into FinTech and RegTech Innovations that Will Impact Your Compliance Program

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
12:00 – 13:00 Networking Luncheon
13:00 – 14:00 Cybercrime: How It Happens, and How to Fight It

Dmitri Hubbard, General Counsel, Blue Dragon Asia

Dr. Aswami Ariffin, Senior Vice President, Malaysia Cyber Security Responsive Services
Sandeep Kothari, FCC Product Management, Standard Chartered Bank
14:00 – 15:00 Applying the Latest Intelligence to Combat Trade-Based Money Laundering (TBML)

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

Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit, Head of Fraud Investigation & AML, AITLAU Management Services
15:00 – 15:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
Strengthening Beneficial Ownership Determination Throughout Your Enterprise

David Cope, Managing Director and Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Goldman Sachs Asia LLC
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia, ACAMS
(Program is subject to change)


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Speaker Faculty (Surname in Alphabetical Order)

Dr. Aswami Ariffin
  • Dr. Aswami Ariffin

  • Senior Vice President
  • Malaysia Cyber Security Responsive Services


Dr. Aswami Ariffin (DrAA) is Senior Vice President & Digital Forensics, Scientist CyberSecurity Malaysia. He is a digital forensics scientist with vast experience in security assurance, threat intelligence, incident response and digital forensic investigation with various law enforcement agencies/regulatory bodies and provided expert testimonies in court.

DrAA writes and teaches extensively on cybercrime and was awarded ISLA – Information Security Leadership Award in 2009 by (ISC)2 USA including commendation letter from the Attorney General’s Chambers Malaysia and a Certificate of appreciation from the Royal Malaysia Police in 2010. He is also appointed as an expert referral with the New South Wales Police, Australia and a member of Interpol Digital Forensics Expert Group.

  • David J. A. Cope

  • Managing Director & Head of Financial Crime Compliance
  • Goldman Sachs LLC


Mr. Cope has over 25 years of experience in the financial crime and anti-money laundering space. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was the Asia Pacific Head for Global Financial Crimes Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, previous to his time at Bank of America, he was the Regional AML/CTF Compliance Manager for Morgan Stanley Asia. Mr. Cope was also briefly a Partner at KPMG based in Hong Kong in the forensic practice dealing with AML/CTF and sanctions issues.

In his Compliance roles Mr. Cope led multinational teams dealing with all aspects of financial crime risk management, including client on boarding, sanctions and corruption issues, suspicious activity detection and reporting, and financial crime risk assessments, as well as providing advice and counsel to bank senior management and business leaders for financial crime issues arising in the region.

Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Cope’s 17-year long career in the Hong Kong Police was mainly focused on the investigation and prosecuted serious complex financial crime and money-laundering, with postings to the Commercial Crime Bureau, Organized Crime and Triad Bureau and Narcotics Bureau. He was also part of the formulation and execution of the Hong Kong Police’s financial investigation policy and training including dealing with the Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation process. Mr. Cope is a Member of the Hong Kong Chapter Board.

Hue Dang
  • Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit

  • Head of Asia


Ms. Dang is the Head of Asia of ACAMS, having established its regional head office in Hong Kong in 2008. Ms. Dang has more than 20 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.

William Scott Grob
  • Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS

  • 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).

Dmitri Hubbard
  • Dmitri Hubbard

  • General Counsel
  • Blue Dragon Asia


Based in Hong Kong since 2002, Dmitri consults on a wide range of contentious legal problems which arise at the intersection of law and technology. Mr. Hubbard uses his experience in managing over 200 investigations since 2009 in Asia to preach about best practice and responding to crises. His focus is on internal and regulatory investigations, international and Asian litigation, cyber security and data privacy compliance scenarios across Asia-Pacific. He works closely with large law firms and General Counsel for matters which have a Hong Kong or Asian dimension. Mr. Hubbard specializes in advising clients on regulatory and litigation matters involving data privacy concerns, forensic investigative needs, cyber breach, electronic discovery, data mapping, evidence management, document review and analysis.

Since in Asia, Mr. Hubbard has held Regional Management Roles at LexisNexis, Epiq Systems, Control Risks Group, Xerox, Conduent, and Blue Dragon Asia. He has been an adjunct lecturer / professional consultant at the three HK University Law schools (HK University, Chinese University & City University).

Mr. Hubbard is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws (focusing on international commercial law) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Economics from Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a Diploma in International Trade and Shipping Law from London Guildhall University, and has done the HK SFC licensing exams for securities dealing, derivatives dealing, corporate finance and financial markets. He frequently presents at industry seminars, professional associations and regional conferences across Asia. He has written several books and articles on HK and Asian data privacy, cyber security, eDiscovery, law of evidence, employment and contract law.

Sandeep Kothari
  • Sandeep Kothari

  • FCC Product Management
  • Standard Chartered Bank


Sandeep Kothari is an experienced finance industry professional currently working in Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank. He has worked with European and Australian financial organizations in Singapore and Europe leading their change transformation, risk and vendor management.

Sandeep has led global software and vendor management portfolios shaping enterprise demand, go-to market approach, and industry-beating outperformance. He also led initiatives driving regulatory compliance, technology optimization, project office, governance and operational risk.

Mr. Kothari has led teams for infrastructure control, regulatory risk assessment, and audit compliance across Asia Pacific. In his voluntary capacity, is Past President of Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA) Singapore and co-authored COBIT 4.0.

Aaron Lau
  • Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit

  • Head of Fraud Investigation and AML
  • AITLAU Management Services


Aaron 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. Aaron 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.

Aaron is also involved in financial fraud investigations for both local and foreign companies. He worked together with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to develop the financial fraud toolkits and investigation guidelines for private entities.

Shalini Pavithra
  • Shalini Pavithran

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Malaysian Association of Money Service Business


Ms. Pavithran is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Association of Money Services Business (MAMSB) responsible in the overall management and administration of the Association in line with the strategic direction set by the MAMSB Council. She works closely with the Central Bank of Malaysia to promote the modernization, enhance the professionalism and support the development and growth of the MSB industry. MAMSB with the Group of Compliance Officers Committee have developed a rigorous mandatory certification process for industry Compliance Officers to enhance their competency and strengthen AML/CFT compliance across the industry.

Prior to joining MAMSB, Ms. Pavithran had extensive experience in the banking and financial industry with about 20 years of banking experience, having served in organizations such as Hong Leong Bank and Alliance Bank. She played a key role in various areas including branch operations and management, branch development, banking operations, strategic planning, customer experience management, service quality, business process re-engineering, compliance, risk management, change management, training and development.

Suresh Soundarrajan
  • Suresh Soundarrajan, CAMS

  • Director, Deloitte Forensic SEA, AML & Sanctions Advisory
  • Deloitte Malaysia


Mr. Soundarrajan is Director AML with Deloitte, Malaysia and has over 15 years’ experience in the field of financial crime risk compliance. His experience includes AML regulatory advisory, standard operating model implementations, process enhancements, AML shared services, training and strategy. He was previously a banker, relationship manager and was leading AML investigation teams for global banks. He has been the subject matter expert for various AML engagements and has supported clients globally on matters related to process gaps, AML risk assessments, regulatory reporting and AML remediation. He was formerly a KYC champion and lead a team that helped clean up of the retail portfolio of a large global bank for its branches in India.