Christou, CAMS, CGSS
A professional Compliance Officer working for 30+ years in the banking and non-banking financial services industry. He possesses an Associateship Degree from The Chartered Bankers Institute (UK), an MBA from the University of Liverpool, and he is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) from ACAMS®. He practices Regulatory Compliance and AML/CFT for more than 15 years, specializing in Sanctions, Trade-Based Money Laundering, Advanced Analytics and Forensics, and RegTech/FinTech solutions. He started his career from Banking Operations and moved into training and development due to his excellent operations knowledge and training talent; in parallel, from 1996 he worked as part-time adjunct lecturer for the Chartered Bankers Institute, other Professional Training Academies, and different Universities and Colleges in Europe. He started as a Compliance Project Manager within the Banking Group he worked for, implementing policies, procedures, systems, and controls, and elevated himself in different management positions within the Group Compliance Division. In August 2013, he relocated to the United Arab Emirates as he was appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer for Lulu Financial Group; he directs the Group Compliance Function having presence in 11 countries worldwide. He is highly involved with the Regulators relations in all the countries, assisting the Group to be licensed (new and additional licenses), and act as a Director in many subsidiaries of Lulu Financial Holdings Limited. He possesses the necessary competencies to organize, direct, and manage the compliance function of a financial services provider and assist it to achieve its strategic business objectives.