ACAMS 2nd Annual Manila Symposium – “Enhanced AML and Financial Crime Tools & Techniques”

  • When: 16 May 2019 (Thursday)
  • Where: Manila, The Philippines
  • Venue: Fairmont Makati
    1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue
    Makati City
    Philippines 1224

This targeted symposium will provide in-depth discussions covering key areas in AML compliance and financial crime prevention. Our faculty of speakers will share their expertise on a wide range of topics, which includes addressing regional AML compliance challenges and regulatory developments.

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Educational Credit Units (ECU)

6 Educational Credit Units (ECUs) will be given upon your attendance of the conference. The ECU 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, ACAMS
09:15 – 09:40 Keynote
Mel Georgie B. Racela, Executive Director, Anti-Money Laundering Council Secretariat, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
09:40 – 10:55 Regulatory Update: Analyzing Regional AML Trends and New Developments

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

Narlette Manacap-Jaravata, CAMS, Head, Country AML Compliance, Citibank N.A. Philippines
10:55 – 11:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
11:20 – 12:30 FinTech Update: Strengthening Electronic Payment Systems with New Technologies to Mitigate Abuse

Veronica Mae Aureus Arce, CAMS, Partner, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (a member firm of Ernst & Young)
12:30 – 13:45 Networking Luncheon
13:45 – 15:00 Achieving Robust Management of Evolving Sanctions Requirements Including Sectoral Sanctions

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
15:00 – 15:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:20 – 17:00 WORKSHOP: ABC’s of KYC

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
17:00 – 17:10 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia, ACAMS
(Program is subject to change)


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Mel Georgie Racela
  • Atty. Mel Georgie Racela

  • Executive Director
  • Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Secretariat


Atty. Mel Georgie Racela is a Certified Public Accountant and a Lawyer. He is a member of the Philippine Bar. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College of Law and an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Accounting) from the De La Salle University. He also holds a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., USA, where he graduated as a Dean’s Lister.

As Deputy Director and Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Group of the Supervision and Examination Sector (SES), he played a principal role in the following important activities, alongside the review of AML Reports of Examination of BSP Supervised Entities.

As Deputy Director/Officer-In-Charge, OSPD, SES, he was able to further hone his leadership skills in crafting macro prudential policies including Circular No. 858 dated 21 November 2014 (Liberalization of the Entry of Foreign Banks) and Circular No. 854 October 2014 (Minimum Capitalization of Banks). He also led the Special Projects and Reports Group, which is in charge of drafting periodic Reports to the Monetary Board, the most significant of which is the Status of the Philippine Financial System, a semestral report intended for submission to the Congress of the Philippines and the Office of the President pursuant to the provisions of the New Central Bank Act.

Given his dedication towards the cause of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism, he gained the admiration and respect of not only his subordinates in the SES, but also his peers and various stakeholders, both here and abroad, as well as practitioners in the field of banking regulation compliance. His achievements speak of his proven ability to effectively and efficiently lead with focus and integrity the Group or Department, which he was asked by senior management to head.

Speaker Faculty (Surname in Alphabetical Order)

Veronica Mae Aureus Arce
  • Veronica Mae Aureus Arce, CAMS

  • Partner
  • Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (a member firm of Ernst & Young)


Ms. Arce is a Partner within the Financial Services Office (FSO) of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (a member firm of Ernst & Young or ‘EY’), with more than 12 years of experience at EY, including more than a year of experience in the London office.

She is currently focused on the Financial Crime practice of SGV & Co., specifically on AML/CTF, which includes engagements on framework assessments, independent assessments, gap analysis, KYC/CDD/EDD remediation, ML/TF risk assessments, transaction monitoring scenarios tuning and AML & CTF trainings.

Ms. Arce is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. She also Co-chair of the Philippine Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

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.

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).

Narlette Manacap-Jaravata
  • Narlette Manacap-Jaravata, CAMS

  • Head, Country AML Compliance
  • Citibank N.A. Philippines


Ms. Manacap-Jaravata is the Country AML 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 member 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.