Cryptocurrencies and Mitigating Emerging Financial Crime Threats

  • When: May 17, 2019
  • Where: Otrobanda, Curaçao
  • Venue: Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino
    Riffort Village N.V.
    Riff Fort Unit 602
    Otrobanda, Curaçao, D.W.I.

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 Trends, Expectations and Requirements Challenging Compliance Professionals in Curaçao
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing AML
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Best Practices for Obtaining and Keeping Correspondent Banking Relationships
2:45PM – 3:00PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00PM – 4:45PM How AML Professionals Can Combat Human Trafficking
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks

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John Bandler
  • John Bandler, CAMS

  • Founder
  • Bandler Law Firm PLLC & Bandler Group LLC


John Bandler runs legal and consulting practices focused on helping corporations and individuals with cybersecurity and the prevention and investigation of cybercrime, money laundering, and other criminal activity. Prior to joining the private sector John served in government for twenty years as a prosecutor, police officer, and military officer. John was an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted global trafficking of stolen data and digital currency money laundering, among other offenses. Before that, he served as a State Trooper in the New York State Police for eight years, attended law school at night, and served as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve. John writes, speaks, and teaches about cybercrime, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and law, and is the author of the book “Cybersecurity for the Home and Office” and a forthcoming book on Cybercrime Investigations. He holds many certifications including CAMS, and helped develop ACAMS certificate courses on cyber-enabled crime and virtual currency.

Kieran Beer
  • Kieran Beer, CAMS

  • Director of Editorial Content, Chief Analyst


Kieran Beer is chief analyst and director of editorial content with responsibility for ACAMS, ACAMS Today and content for many ACAMS conferences and other programs.

Prior to joining ACAMS in 2006, he was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager, an award winning investment and financial planning magazine, and he also served as a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

Kieran has been a financial journalist for more than 25 years, beginning his career at Institutional Investor. He subsequently served as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal Market Monitor, and editor at the American Banker.

Kieran speaks regularly at industry conferences, has appeared on CNBC and Sky News, and has been heard on WBBR and NPR. He writes two columns on anti-financial crime issues and is the host of “Financial Crime Matters,” a podcast series, as well ACAMS videocasts on YouTube

Joanne Hamid
  • Joanne Hamid

  • Financial Advisor
  • CFATF Secretariat
  • Trinidad and Tobago


Mrs. Hamid has over 15 years’ experience in AML/CFT who has been trained in both the third and fourth round mutual evaluation processes. She has conducted both third and fourth round country assessments including most recently as the Mission Leader for the Cayman Islands and has also made presentations on AML/CFT matters.

She is a member of financial institutions supervision department of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago for the past 20 years. Her responsibilities include prudential and AML/CFT on onsite examinations, the preparation of guidelines including AML/CFT, policy development to support reform to financial legislation and providing technical support to the national AML/CFT committee.

Prior to joining the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, she worked in an audit firm as well as the financial sector in various capacities which included customer service, credit and international trade.

She has a Bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the University of the West Indies and has attended many seminars, conferences and training courses related to her various spheres of responsibilities.

Anne-Marie Kemna
  • Anne-Marie Kemna, CAMS

  • Director
  • FIU Curacao


Anne-Marie Kemna is the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Curaçao (FIU Curaçao).

She holds a master’s degree in Law from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is also professionally trained as an attorney and was as such admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands until 2006. Furthermore she enjoyed training in the field of IT-auditing and is a trained anti-money laundering specialist.

She worked previously in the field of information technology, digital evidence, privacy and cyber security, at KPMG and with two two large legal firms in the Netherlands. In 2006 she came to Curaçao and worked as senior counsel and corporate secretary at the largest telecommunications firm of Curaçao, and as such was responsible for the legal and regulatory department as well as for compliance. In may 2015 she assumed responsibility as director of FIU Curaçao.

FIU Curaçao is an administrative FIU, that falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance of Curaçao. It is a member of the Egmont Group of FIU’s and contains an analysis/ intelligence department as well as a supervisory department. The latter acts as the regulator/supervisor on AML/TF law for Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBP’s) in Curaçao. It was founded in 1997, as the FIU of the previous country of the Netherlands Antilles, and is since the 2010 statutory restructuring of countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the FIU of the country of Curaçao . FIU Curaçao has a close working relationship with the FIU’s of the other countries in the Kingdom: the Netherlands (that includes the islands of Bonaire, Saba and Statia), Aruba and St Maarten.

Fareda Sands
  • Fareda D. Sands, CAMS

  • President
  • Initium Novum Enterprise Ltd
  • Bahamas


Fareda D. Sands is the President of Initium Novum Enterprise Ltd., a boutique Compliance Consultancy firm specializing in AML/CFT matters, Training and Investigative Services. She has twenty plus years of experience working in the Financial Services Industry in The Bahamas and has spent the last five years on the Executive Committee of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO).

She holds various international designations including Fellowship in The International Compliance Association (FICA), (CAMS) from The Association of Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialists, (CFCS) from The Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialists and is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

She is a part-time lecturer at The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services and has been a speaker at local and international conferences. Fareda is a Director on The Bahamas Financial Services Board as well as The Caribbean Regional Compliance Association Company Ltd (CRCA).

Angel Swift
  • Angel Nguyen Swift, CAMS

  • Independent Consultant
  • Enigma Technologies, Inc.


Angel Nguyen Swift is Vice President of Compliance and Financial Crimes Solutions at Enigma, an Operational Data Management and Intelligence company headquartered in NYC. Enigma puts data in the context of the real world and makes it connected, open and actionable for the Fortune 500.

Ms. Swift recently joined Enigma from American Express, where she served as the Vice President of the Global Financial Crimes Compliance – Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and played an active role in re-envisioning and rebuilding FIU from the ground up. Today, the unit, a centralized global team of more than 300 people supporting the company in over 40 countries, is responsible for the end-to-end SAR process (monitoring, investigations and reporting), Sanctions screening, PEP/EDD reviews, and Anti-Corruption payments monitoring.

Since 2015, her mission at American Express was to more specifically focus on bringing best in class tools and technology to the virtual desks of compliance personnel at all levels, to maximize capabilities and gain meaningful intelligence in their areas of expertise.  Her role at Enigma will give her the opportunity to continue this mission full-time.

Prior to American Express, Ms. Swift served as a New York County Assistant District Attorney, where she prosecuted a plethora of cases including street level violent crimes, sex crimes, and long-term identity theft and cybercrime investigations. 

Roselle de Weever-Garcia
  • Roselle de Weever-Garcia, CAMS

  • Deputy Director Sector Policy, International Affairs & Financial Integrity
  • Centrale Bank van Curacao


Roselle de Weever-Garcia is employed by the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten as Deputy Director Sector Policy, International Affairs & Financial Integrity.

She also chairs the National Committee on Money Laundering (CIWG); this committee advises the government on i.a. the compliance with the FATF Recommendations. In this capacity she has represented the island of Curacao in the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) meetings and has also led the preparation of the CFATF third round of MEVAL assessment of Curacao. As of January 2018 she is member of the Steering Group National Risk Assessment (NRA) of Curaçao which coordinates the activities of the National Working Group NRA.

She is also a Lecturer at the University of Curacao, Financial Management course and a former member of the local Gaming Control Board.

She obtained her college preparatory education (VWO) diploma at Radulphus College, Masters of Law Degree at the University of the Netherlands Antilles and Masters Degree, (international legal studies; International Banking and Trade) at the American University, Washington D.C., USA.