ACAMS 11th Annual Singapore Symposium – “Enhanced AML and Financial Crime Tools & Techniques”

  • When: 18 November 2019 (Monday)
  • Where: Singapore
  • Venue: The Westin Singapore
    12 Marina View
    Asia Square Tower 2
    018961 Singapore

IBF-FTS Accredited

IBF-FTS Accredited

This symposium is now approved by the Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF Singapore) for listing on the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) Programme Directory and is eligible for FTS claims subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Participants are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles. The FTS is available to eligible entities, at a 50% funding level of programme fees subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Please note that in no way does this represent an endorsement of the quality of the training provider and programme. Please refer to IBF Singapore website for more information.

About the Symposium

This targeted Symposium provides in-depth discussions covering key areas in anti-money laundering (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, a Live CAMS6-SG Program Preparation Seminar – Singapore (November 2019) will take place on 17 November at The Westin Singapore. This Live Seminar is FREE to Symposium attendees who purchased the CAMS6-SG (IBF Level 2) Program and have not sat for exams. 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

LIM Siew Lee, Managing Director, Group AML/CFT/Sanction Head, United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB)
Ranjani Rangan, CAMS, Director & COO, CPA Partnership Pte Ltd
10:30 – 10:50 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 – 12:00 FinTech Update: Strengthening Electronic Payment Systems with New Technologies to Mitigate Abuse

Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI, Head of Fraud Investigation & AML, AITLAU Management Services


Patrick M. Franz, Managing Director, PFYN Advisory
Payal Patel, Managing Director Asia, FINTRAIL
12:00 – 13:00 Networking Luncheon
13:00 – 14:15 AML Fundamentals for Casinos

Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia Pacific, ACAMS
Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI, AML Director – APAC, ACAMS
14:15 – 15:00 Crafting Processes to Combat Illicit Money Flows in the APAC Region

Phoebe Ewen, CAMS, Project Manager, The Mekong Club
15:00 – 15:20 Networking and Refreshment Break
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 – APAC, ACAMS

Nikhil Gandesha, Managing Director, Finomni
Douglas Wolfson, Director of Financial Crime Compliance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions- Asia
16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit, Head of Asia Pacific, ACAMS

(Program is subject to change)


ACAMS Members Non-Members
USD 625 USD 695

Registration Closed

Group discount is available for a group of three or more, please contact for registration.

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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.

Phoebe Ewen
  • Phoebe Ewen, CAMS

  • Project Manager
  • The Mekong Club


Phoebe Ewen is a manager at Hong Kong based NGO the ‘Mekong Club’. The Mekong Club works as a catalyst for change, mobilising the private sector against modern slavery across Asia Pacific and beyond, through collaboration and innovation. The Mekong Club coordinates a collective of likeminded financial institutions called the Asia Pacific Banks Alliance Against Modern Slavery, presenting a unified front against this multi-billion dollar crime that impacts millions of people globally.

Ms. Ewen started her career in Financial Crime Compliance for a large multinational financial institution. She joined the Mekong Club as a full-time staff member in 2018, and now brings her passion for harnessing the vast power of the finance sector for positive social impact to audiences across the world. Ms. Ewen works closely with a range of businesses, from hotels, to retailers and manufacturers, as well as banks, to identify opportunities to combat modern slavery within industries and eradicate this crime from supply chains. She also works closely with the NGO community to make linkages between victim identification and support and the business community. Ms. Ewen is an ACAMS accredited certified anti-money laundering specialist, and holds a Masters in International Relations for which human trafficking in Asia was her thesis focus.

Patrick M. Franz
  • Patrick M. Franz

  • Managing Director
  • PFYN Advisory


Patrick Franz is the Managing Director of PFYN Advisory Pte Ltd, a brokerage of OTC products and the local partner of Conway Data Inc, which – with over 65 years of expertise in the corporate expansion and attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) – is the largest privately owned FDI advisory firm in the US.

Together, Conway Data and PFYN Advisory provide an important communications link between productive companies and city, state and country representatives the world over that seek to attract such companies. PFYN Advisory provides advice in the site selection and investment decision processes for both corporate investors and investment promotion agencies and governments.

Mr. Franz possesses over a decade of experience in corporate banking, capital markets, and foreign direct investment. A graduate of the University of Auckland, he is currently completing his master’s in Business Administration. He is a Responsible Manager under the Australian Financial Markets Authority (AFMA) and is qualified under the New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (NZFMA); additionally he is also a member of the Institute of Directors and ACAMS.

A licensed commercial pilot, Mr. Franz also enjoys flying for leisure and is a member of the Wings Over Asia Aero Club.

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).

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.

Siew Lee Lim
  • LIM Siew Lee

  • Managing Director, Group AML/CFT/Sanction Head
  • United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB)


Ms. Lim is the Group Head of Anti-money Laundering (AML)/Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT)/ Sanction Compliance at UOB. She oversees the implementation of the AML/CFT/Sanction framework for the Group and is also responsible for ensuring compliance with sanction regulations.

Throughout her career over the past 20 years, Ms. Lim has worked closely with The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) to provide feedback and guidance on the adoption and implementation of international and local AML/CFT standards and practices. As a supporter of industry initiatives, she has played a pivotal role in notable projects such as the National Know Your Customer Utility and the AML/CFT Industry Partnership. Ms. Lim was conferred IBF Fellow in 2017.

Ms. Lim has also participated in international industry forums. Since 2012, she has been invited to attend the annual Wolfsberg Forum in Zurich, Switzerland. Attended by senior leaders and experts in financial crime compliance, the exclusive forum discusses best practices and addresses emerging global risks and threats. She also speaks at IBF and regional events such as the ASEAN Bankers Association’s Building Digital Infrastructure for Inclusive Banking workshop held in Yangon in July 2017.

Payal Patel
  • Payal Patel

  • Managing Director Asia


Ms. Patel combines her legal education and extensive compliance experience to build ‘best-in-class’ anti-financial crime programmes for clients and is focused on enabling innovative business whilst balancing risk and regulatory demands. She brings over 14 years of experience in financial services across multiple regions, focusing recently on FinTech and crypto. She has led engagements with regulators on new business models and has worked with a wide range of organisations globally on international best practices. Ms. Patel leads the FINTRAIL business in Asia.’

  • Ranjani Rangan, CAMS

  • Director & COO
  • CPA Partnership Pte Ltd


Ms. Rangan is a MBA professional with over 17 years of International account management experience in the areas of Banking and Consulting. Her meticulous formula of 80% execution (do it), 15% Position (Stick to it) and 5% (Plan it) along with her natural instinct to cross-sell has led to steady growth at all of the organizations she has served. She is an expert closely committed to a solution based approach and has a reputation for Integrity, Satisfaction and Results.

Ms. Rangan has rejoined CPA-Partnership (then PKF) as a Director and Chief Operations Officer since January 2016 and leads the Partnership and Business Development efforts across the various verticals the firm operates in. She previously worked for the firm between 1998 to 2001. Ms. Rangan plays an integral role in heading a global team in developing and maintaining senior level partnerships across a diverse range of industries that include Financial Institutions, Consulting Companies, Government Agencies, Corporates and Individuals. In this capacity, she works in connecting Singapore to the world through the provision of end to end services by the firm. She provides advisory services and feasibility studies in her areas of expertise in Banking, Financial Crime, HR and Government related licensing and grants. Ms. Rangan sits on the board of well reputed companies as well being on the approved list of directors to be on the board of Financial Institutions with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Between 2008 to 2015, Ms. Rangan was the Deputy Country Head for Wells Fargo Bank Singapore and was seconded from the US to take on this position. She had the overall responsibility for the Singapore branch in the area of correspondent banking for both Account Management and in Compliance. In this capacity, she had a keen sense of Product knowledge in Cash Management, Trade Finance, Credit, Factoring, Asset Management, Asset Distribution, FX, AML and Financial Crime. She also has the unique skill of being able to sell with risk in mind and is trained to provide AML advisory services as well as mitigations on the identified risks. Under her leadership, the revenues were the highest they had ever been during the branch’s 35 year history and to commend her efforts, she was bestowed with the Global Sales Champion Award by the bank.

From 2001 through 2008, Ms. Rangan held key Relationship Management positions in the United States in both Retail and Corporate Banking at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, USA as well as held a Managerial position with a large MNC, Enterprise Rent-a-Car. In these capacities, she was tasked with generating business while adhering to strict compliance centric culture. During her tenure, she was consistently recognized as a top performer and was invited regularly for the VIP circle award ceremonies within the banks.

With over 17 years of proven experience in International Relationship Management, Product Sales and Compliance, as well as in applying a strong expertise in data-driven, long-term strategic planning, Ms. Rangan is a welcome addition to the consulting services CPA-Partnership offers its clients.

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.