ACAMS Anti-Financial Crime/CFT Symposium: Barbados

  • When: Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Where: Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Venue: Ross University School of Medicine Campus
    Bridgetown, Barbados

This one-day interactive seminar provides in-depth presentations and discussions covering key areas in AML compliance and financial crime prevention with a focus on issues relevant to compliance professionals in the Caribbean Region.


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Regulatory Update: The FATF Mutual Evaluation and Ongoing Compliance Expectations
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Keeping Current: Staying Ahead on Sanctions
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Best Practices for Obtaining and Maintaining Correspondent Banking Relationships
2:45PM – 3:00PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00PM – 4:45PM Managing the AML Risks of New Payment Systems Including FinTech and Cryptocurrencies
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks

*Program is subject to change


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Keynote Speaker:

Honourable Mia Mottley
  • Honourable Mia Mottley

  • Prime Minister of Barbados


The Honourable Mia Mottley is the 8th Prime Minister of Barbados. She became the first woman to occupy that high office, following General Elections on May 24th 2018, in which she led the Barbados Labour Party to an emphatic victory, winning all 30 seats in the House of Assembly by the largest margin ever seen in the electoral history of the country.

An attorney-at-law and Queen’s Counsel, Prime Minister Mottley has been active in the political life of Barbados for almost three decades. First elected in 1994 she is presently in her sixth term as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. Michael North East.

From 1994 to 2008 Miss Mottley served in the Cabinet of three successive Administrations, first as Minister of Education and Culture, then Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, and then Minister of Economic Affairs. In 2003 she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Mottley currently also holds the portfolios of Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment.


Kieran Beer
  • Kieran Beer, CAMS

  • Chief Analyst, Director of Editorial Content


Mr. Beer joined Fortent in May 2006 to launch a new compliance news and legal research service, Fortent Inform. With Fortent’s purchase of Alert Global Media in January 2007, Kieran became editor-in-chief and editorial director of ACAMS, incorporating Inform, Money Laundering Alert and

Prior to joining ACAMS, Kieran was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager and a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

Kieran has been a financial journalist for more than 25 years, including as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal News/The Bond Buyer Wire and as the editor of the American Banker.

Kieran writes regularly on AML and financial crime related topics and has appeared on CNN, Sky News, and other news stations and has spoken on NPR and Bloomberg Radio.

Toussant Boyce
  • Toussant Boyce, CAMS, PhD

  • Head, Office of Integrity, Compliance and Accountability
  • Caribbean Development Bank


Toussant is an Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and New York. He is also a banker, academic and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. He holds Master of Laws degrees in international financial law from Harvard Law School, USA and in commercial law from Cambridge University, UK with first-class together with a Ph.D. in international financial regulation from Cambridge University. He has presented and moderated in many countries and published in international journals on various subjects including commercial, banking and corporate law and international financial law and regulation.

Rick McDonell
  • Rick McDonell

  • Former Executive Secretary
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
  • Executive Director


Mr. McDonell is well known for his previous role as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Executive Secretary. The FATF was established in July 1989 by a G-7 summit in Paris, and examines and develops measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Among Mr. McDonell’s many accomplishments at the FATF was the development of a new, standardized country assessment “methodology.” This expanded the focus of assessments beyond the initial implementation of FATF standards to examine their actual effectiveness in terms of supporting a reduction to financial crime levels-a dramatic change, which has enabled the strength of AML regimes to be clearly determined.

Under Mr. McDonell’s leadership, the FATF Global Network also expanded to nine FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), an important accomplishment for ACAMS as the Association has members in over 160 countries, most of those in one of the nine regions. Mr. McDonell’s many years of direct experience working with the regional bodies has given him a unique global perspective on AML and financial crime challenges facing ACAMS’ members.

Mr. McDonell is a lawyer by training and has had extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and in conducting complex investigations including being in charge of many multidisciplinary investigation Task Forces into organized crime cases both nationally and internationally. He also has had experience in private legal practice and as a university lecturer.