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 (ECUs)

Six Educational Credit Units (ECUs) will be given upon your attendance of the conference. 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, ACAMS
09:15 – 09:40 Keynote Address
Mel Georgie B. Racela, Executive Director, Anti-Money Laundering Council Secretariat, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
09:40 – 11:00 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
Atty. Florabelle Santos-Madrid, Director, Financial System Integrity Department, Policy and Specialized Supervision Subsector, Financial Supervision Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
11:00 – 11:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
11:20 – 12:30 FinTech Update: Strengthening Electronic Payment Systems with New Technologies to Mitigate Abuse

Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
Thomas Laughlin, CEO, AMAGI and Amagi Academy
Christian Lauron, Partner, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (a member firm of Ernst & Young)
Manny Nepomuceno, Chief Architect, Seedbox Philippines
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
Nicholas Turner, CAMS, Attorney – FCC Practice, Clifford Chance
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
Douglas Wolfson, Director of Financial Crime Compliance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions- Asia
17:00 – 17:10 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia, ACAMS
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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)

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.

Thomas Laughlin
  • Thomas Laughlin

  • CEO
  • AMAGI and Amagi Academy


Thomas Laughlin is an entrepreneur and community leader living in the Philippines for the past 4 years. He previously worked on Wall Street in risk, sales, and trading roles at Bridgewater Associates, Deutsche Bank, and Nomura Securities, as well as in politics where he managed political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels of government in the United States.

Mr. Laughlin is the founder and CEO of AMAGI, a software company that harnesses data and modern technology to empower organizations in industries including financial services, e-sports, government, and more. Mr. Laughlin is the lead instructor of Amagi Academy, the most advanced, technical training academy in the Philippines offering courses in software and data science. He also leads several of the largest and most active developer communities in the Philippines including Manila JavaScript, BackEnd/DevOps PH, and Manila Analytika.

Christian Lauron
  • Christian Lauron

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


Mr. Lauron is a Partner in the SGV (EY Philippines) Financial Services Organization (FSO) Advisory practice, which covers Banking and Capital Markets, Insurance, and Asset Management (including Pensions). He also heads the Financial Services Risk Management (FSRM) group. Mr. Lauron has experience in business process and operating model reviews, risk management and capital planning, Basel/Solvency and ICAAP advisory projects, M&As and due diligence, IFRS implementation projects for financial institutions and conglomerates, quantitative analysis and valuation, risk model review and validation engagements, strategic direction and forecasting, and stress testing and scenario planning. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance at the Asian Institute of Management (Dean’s list) as well as being a Freeman Foundation Scholar at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth for the MBA International Exchange Program. He also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cebu.

Manny Nepomuceno
  • Manny Nepomuceno

  • Chief Architect
  • Seedbox Philippines


Manny Nepomuceno is an agency veteran with a digital marketing background with more than 15 years in the advertising and technology industries. In his current role as Chief Architect of Seedbox Philippines, he ensures that information systems are robust, well-rationalized and conform to regulatory requirements. Prior to working in the fintech industry, Mr. Nepomuceno served as Head of Digital Marketing for BBDO Guerrero, co-founded and organized MobileMondays Manila, and was a trainer in the Certified Digital Marketing Program. He currently serves as marketing head for the National Association of Data Privacy Officers of the Philippines.

Atty. Florabelle M. Santos-Madrid
  • Atty. Florabelle M. Santos-Madrid

  • Director, Financial System Integrity Department, Policy and Specialized Supervision Subsector Financial Supervision Sector
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas


Ms. Santos-Madrid heads the BSP’s Financial System Integrity Department, the unit tasked to check compliance of banks and other financial institutions with the Philippines’ anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorism financing (CFT) laws, rules and regulations and assess their overall money laundering (ML) and terrorism financing (TF) prevention framework. The FSID also crafts AML/CFT regulations of the BSP, and continuously enhances its risk-based supervisory approach for AML/CFT.

Ms. Santos-Madrid has more than 20 years of banking supervision experience. She conducts ML/TF prevention trainings in the Bangko Sentral and the Philippine banking sector as part of skills enhancement and capacity building efforts, aligned with the country’s continuous fight against ML/TF.

Ms. Santos-Madrid holds a Master of Business Administration degree, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Lawyer.

Nicholas Turner
  • Nicholas Turner, CAMS

  • Attorney – FCC Practice
  • Clifford Chance


Mr. Turner is an attorney in Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office, where he specializes in financial crimes advisory including economic sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance for the financial services sector. Mr. Turner is admitted to practice law in New York. He previously was a Senior Vice President for regional sanctions compliance at Citi Hong Kong and a Compliance Management Associate for Citi in New York and Los Angeles.

Mr. Turner’s financial crimes compliance experience in North America and Asia includes the trade finance, institutional, capital markets, and retail banking sectors, for both US and non-US financial institutions and corporate clients. He has conducted sanctions compliance training seminars in the United States and Asia. His recent publications include “The Financial Action Task Force: International Regulatory Convergence Through Soft Law,” published in the New York Law School Law Review, in 2015, and “Regulation E: Compliance Challenges under the CFPB’s Remittance Transfer Rule,” published in the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, in 2013.

Douglas Wolfson
  • Douglas Wolfson

  • Director of Financial Crime Compliance
  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions – Asia


Douglas Wolfson is director of financial crime compliance for LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Asia. Headquartered out of Hong Kong, Mr. Wolfson drives the strategy and product development of the leading risk tools used by the biggest banks in the world that help to mitigate financial crime compliance issues.

Mr. Wolfson has 18 years of financial services, risk management and international business experience. His deep experience includes leading risk management departments at the world’s most recognizable financial institutions.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations from Colgate University. He also is the co-founder and organizing committee member of the Blue Tie Ball in Hong Kong, an event created to raise awareness about and reduce the stigma around mental illness.