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 of AML for South-East Asia 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

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

John Cheah, CAMS, First VP AML & Compliance Training, UOB Malaysia
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
Rosalind Lazar, CAMS, Country Head of Financial Crimes Risk for Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia, ACAMS
(Program is subject to change)


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Regular Price USD 375 USD 425
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Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. Please contact asia@acams.org for details.

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Speaker Faculty (Surname in Alphabetical Order)

  • 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).

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.

Rosalind Lazar
  • Rosalind Lazar, CAMS

  • Country Head of Financial Crimes Risk for Singapore
  • Standard Chartered Bank


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. Ms. Lazar holds a Masters in Law from Columbia School of Law, New York.