Meeting Global AML/CFT Standards and Mitigating Emerging Financial Crime Threats

  • When: Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Where: Trinidad & Tobago
  • Venue: Radisson Hotel Trinidad
    Wrightson Road
    Port of Spain

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 Keynote Address
Honourable Faris Al-Rawi, M.P
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Emerging AML Trends, Expectations and Requirements Facing Compliance Professionals in Trinidad and Tobago
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Reviewing the Current Risk Climate and its Effect on Financial Inclusion and De-Risking
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM Best Practices for Obtaining and Maintaining Correspondent Banking Relationships
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM New Kids on the Blockchain: Opportunities and Issues Around Distributed Ledgers
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks

*Program is subject to change


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Keynote Speaker:

  • Honourable Faris Al-Rawi, M.P

  • Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
  • Trinidad & Tobago


Born of Iraqi and Trinidadian parentage, Mr Al-Rawi is a son of the proud city of San Fernando. He received his primary education at the Grant Memorial Presbyterian School and his secondary education at Presentation College in San Fernando.

Mr Al-Rawi obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) from the University of the West Indies and read for his Masters degree in the laws of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Alternative Dispute Resolution at King’s College London, University of London.

He attended the Hugh Wooding Law School where he obtained the Certificate of Legal Education graduating in the top of his class. He was admitted to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago in 1996.

Mr Al-Rawi bears solid experience in the corporate commercial, mortgaging, conveyancing and oil and gas arenas and was on a panel of Attorneys for a number of commercial banks in Trinidad and Tobago and has served on numerous boards of directors in the private sector. He has an intimate knowledge of regulated industries, public companies and securities markets in which fields he was frequently outsourced as a “legal problem solver”.

On September 7th, 2015, Mr Al-Rawi was elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of San Fernando West and on September 9th, 2015, he was sworn in as Attorney General by His Excellency, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at Queen’s Hall in Port of Spain.


Marissa Allum
  • Marissa Allum, CAMS-Audit

  • Risk and Compliance Consultant
  • Skylis Limited


Marrisa Allum is the lead Consultant responsible for Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Risk and Compliance services at Skylis.

She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), CAMS-Audit certified and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the largest international membership organization and most respected for those combating financial crime. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

Ms. Allum has extensive knowledge and experience in risk, legal and regulatory compliance in financial services in the UK and was Project Lead for implementation of the European Union law, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) at a leading investment firm.

She currently works with Supervised Entities to provide solutions and support by conducting Risk Assessments and Audit Reviews, Developing and Implementing Compliance Programmes and providing Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Training in order to meet and exceed legal and regulatory obligations.

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.

Candice Huggins
  • Candice Huggins

  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank


Candice Huggins’s extensive experience spans over 20 years of work in the Legal, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance within the Financial Services Sector with specialization in international financial services, compliance and risk management in areas such as Banking, Securities, Trust and Fund Administration. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in multiple jurisdictions (Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada).

She has been active on the AML/CFT and Compliance circuit and has conducted and facilitated a number of speaking engagements at the Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators (CGSR), Chapter Meetings of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Regional Central Banks’ Legal Seminar Series the Caribbean Anti Money Laundering Program, the University of the West Indies and most recently at the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), April 2018.

Candice has advised extensively on regional AML/CFT, Fraud and Risk issues through her work with international bodies such as the IMF, CFATF, World Bank and the OAS. Specifically, she has served as a Consultant for regional and international projects such as the CFATF (Caribbean Financial Action Task Force) Mutual Evaluation and Country Assessment and Preparation programs and the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Offshore Caribbean Pilot Project on AML/CFT Compliance.

Candice has litigated in the area of white-collar crime contributing to the jurisprudence of the Region as well as developed and implemented risk and compliance programs for Credit Unions, Banks, Trust & Company Service Providers, Securities Companies and Real Estate Agents.

Candice has since 2016 been extremely active on the Correspondent Banking Issue facing regional jurisdictions. She has represented CIBC FCIB at the multiple seminars facilitated by the IMF/WB over the period 2017-2018 in Barbados, Jamaica and most recently in the Bahamas. Candice has also had significant input in the conversation around the loss and retention of correspondent banks in the Region (Reasons, Rationale, Solutions). She also participated in the Dialogue sessions hosted by the US State Department/US Correspondent Banks/Respondent Regional Banks/Governments and Statutory Authorities in Jamaica and Antigua.

Candice has most recently extended her regulatory and risk management scope to the area of Cybercrime and as a result has in October 2018 attained a Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard (Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning)

Candice is a graduate of the University of the West Indies from which she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) and Legal Education Certificate (LEC). She is admitted to practice in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Trinidad and Tobago jurisdictions. Candice also holds an accreditation in Global Association of Risk Practitioners (GARP) and served as the Deputy Director of the Caribbean Chapter of GARP from 2013 – 2015.

Rennie Lakhan
  • Rennie Lakhan

  • Senior Analyst at the Ministry of Finance
  • Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Trinidad and Tobago


Mr. Rennie Lakhan has a total of 23 years’ experience in law enforcement and financial intelligence gathering and dissemination in the AML & CFT field. He presently occupies the position of Senior Analyst at the Ministry of Finance – Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (FIUTT). Over the past 7 years Mr. Lakhan has been actively engaged in the AML & CFT environment, initially, as a Financial Investigator at the Ministry of national Security – Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) and subsequently as an Analyst & Senior Analyst with the FIUTT. Mr. Lakhan led the FIUTT’s first ever Strategic Analysis project in 2015 meeting the standards of intelligence products required by the FATF. Mr Lakhan lectures/facilitates for the Arthur Lok Jak Global School of Business in AML & CFT Compliance across the Caribbean, as well as for the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF)/European Union (EU) Accreditation Training for FIU Analyst in Egmont’s Strategic & Tactical analysis course delivered to FIU analysts in the Caribbean region.

Leonardo Real
  • Leonardo Real, CAMS

  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Tether
  • Canada


Leonardo Real is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for Tether, a company that is disrupting the legacy financial system through the introduction of fiat currency—digital cash—to the Bitcoin & Ethereum blockchains. Tether makes a significant contribution to a more connected ecosystem by adding digital currency benefits, such as instant global transactions, to traditional currency and traditional currency benefits, such as price stability, to digital currency. In this role, Leonardo is tasked with building, maintaining and overseeing Tether’s compliance program including the company’s customer identification program, transaction monitoring and investigations, regulatory reporting, risk assessment and sanctions program.

An experienced professional within the traditional finance industry, Leonardo Real was previously AML Quality Control Manager at the Bank of Montreal where he was responsible for establishing best practices, policies, and procedures in line with regulatory requirements to enhance the quality of the bank’s AML investigations. He also held positions in the Bank’s Capital Markets AML Unit where Leonardo managed a team of investigators. Prior to holding positions at the Bank of Montreal, Leonardo was employed by Bridgeforce Financial, one of Canada’s leading Managing General Agents (MGA). He also has experience working in financial day, stock, and futures trading. Leonardo Real is a proven thought leader in the industry, having co-written the 2016 ACAMS Today Article of the Year which focused on money laundering risks associated with virtual currencies. Previously he authored articles for ACAMS Today that examined burgeoning money laundering risks related to VoIP Technology and Fantasy Sports. He also organized Blockchain, Virtual Currency, and AML events held in Toronto, Canada in 2015 and 2016, that brought together regulators, bankers, law enforcement professionals, and companies in the blockchain space to discuss responsible use of virtual currencies.

Leonardo Real has long-advocated collaboration between Law Enforcement, Regulators and the Public Sector and looks forward to bringing his experience in virtual currencies and AML and regulatory compliance to help foster technologies that improve the people’s standards of living but also help ensure public safety.

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).

David West
  • David West, CAMS

  • Director
  • Police Complaints Authority
  • Trinidad and Tobago


David West is an Attorney at Law who graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1996. He has worked in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the Ministry of the Attorney General, Central Authority Unit. He was the Director Designate of the Financial Intelligence Unit from March 2010 up until 12th September 2010. In 2011, he earned the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation. In July 2015, he was awarded the designation of Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS).

On the 7th November 2014 the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago appointed Mr. West Director of the Police Complaints Authority.