Hera U. Smith is currently the International Regulatory Relationship Manager at Danske Bank and is based in Denmark. She was formerly a Principal Compliance Officer for Sanctions Framework and Compliance for the same bank, where she was part of the group-wide sanctions advisory function and worked to enhance sanctions-related processes within the bank.
She was previously based in the United States and headed the Global Sanctions Program in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions for Associated Foreign Exchange, a global payments and risk management company. Before that, Ms. Smith was the Asst. OFAC Officer at East West Bank, Pasadena.
She also worked at a litigation law office in Los Angeles and at the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She is a lawyer in California and the Philippines and the Managing Editor of the California International Law Journal.
She is a published author and a frequent speaker at Sanctions and AML Conferences in the US and Europe. Aside from being part of the certification boards that were responsible for drafting the sanctions certification exams for ACSS and ACAMS-CGSS, she is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS).