Integrating AI, Machine Learning and Robotics into Legacy AFC Systems

  • When: June 8, 2020
  • Time: 12PM – 2PM EDT
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA) are playing ever-larger roles in anti-financial crime (AFC) programs, but it’s up to knowledgeable compliance professionals to optimize the benefits of tech innovations in areas such as reducing false positives and detecting financial crime networks. This timely webinar provides cutting-edge insights on strategically merging tech-based oversight into legacy AFC systems to heighten operating efficiencies, augment human capital and bolster risk management.

Learning Objectives

  • Assembling internal stakeholders including business lines and IT staff to identify data needs most conducive to AI, machine learning and RPA applications
  • Creating formal integration plans to ensure compatibility of tech- and rules-based oversight systems and pre-empt data quality issues such as algorithmic bias
  • Conducting a post-integration review to confirm data integrity, adherence to risk institutional risk tolerance standards and adjust IT architecture as needed

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance Personnel
  • IT specialists
  • Industry Consultants


  • Global
  • North America
  • Banking
  • Technology


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Megan Hodge
  • Megan Hodge, CAMS

  • Executive Compliance Director, BSA/AML Officer
  • Ally Bank


Megan Davis Hodge is the Executive Compliance Director, BSA/AML Officer for Ally Financial. Prior to joining Ally, Hodge was with Royal Bank of Canada for 11 years. She served as US Regional Head of AML, responsible for overseeing the AML programs for RBC’s US-based entities. Hodge also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for RBC Bank and Head of Compliance for RBC’s US International Wealth business, and joined RBC Bank in 2005 as Director of AML and BSA Officer. Hodge spent time at Bank of America and began her career with Accenture. Hodge serves as the co-chair of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter and is on the Board of the ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement (MLE) Conference. Hodge has testified before the Congressional Oversight and Investigations Committee on Financial Services on behalf of the American Bankers Association. She holds a BSBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • John Beccia

  • Co-Founder and CEO
  • FS Vector LLC


John Beccia is Co-Founder and CEO of FS Vector, a Washington DC-based advisory firm which provides a broad range of solutions for financial services, fintech and cyrptocurrency firms. FS Vector assists clients with government/regulatory strategy and with the implementation of compliance programs and regtech tools.

He was previously General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Circle Internet Financial, Inc., a global crypto finance company that is seeking to help change the global economy. Prior to Circle, Mr. Beccia served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company. He was also Assistant General Counsel for Investors Bank & Trust Company and Chief Regulatory Counsel and Research Director for The Financial Services Roundtable where he was responsible for all regulatory affairs and assisted with legislative efforts for the trade association.

Mr. Beccia has served as Chairman of the In-House Counsel Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Banking Law Committee and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Boston University School of Law. Mr. Beccia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Providence College, a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, and a LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law.

Imad Habre
  • Imad Habre, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI

  • Group Head of Internal Control – AML & Compliance Department
  • IBL


A Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS-Audit and CAMS-FCI), with a double major in Economics, Banking & Finance and an MBA in Finance.

Having over 13 years of experience in the fields of risk management, AML and compliance, with expertise in AML, Compliance, Operational risk, FATCA, CRS, GDPR, Sanctions and Terrorism financing.

Speaker and trainer with the ACAMS, Bureau van Dijk(A Moody’s Analytics company) and other organizations on topics related to Compliance, AML, Sanctions, FATCA, CRS, GDPR and risk management.

Currently heads the Group Internal Control function in the AML & Compliance department at IBL Bank Lebanon.

Max Lerner
  • Max Lerner

  • Vice President, Global Head Sanctions Compliance
  • State Street


Max Lerner is the Global Head of Sanctions Compliance for State Street, a leading global bank focused in custodial, asset management and advisory, and administrative services based in Boston. Max is accountable for the design, management, and execution of State Street’s global sanctions program, including its sanctions-related screening systems, policy and business unit advisory function, regulatory engagement and remediation, and personnel management of teams based across the globe.

Prior to his tenure at State Street, Max served as Legal Regulatory Counsel at Standard Chartered Bank, a major global bank focused on retail, trade finance, commercial, and correspondent banking, based at its New York office, focusing on AML & sanctions advisory, dispute resolution management, and regulatory engagement, investigations, and remediation.

Max currently serves as Chair of the Association of Global Custodians’ AML & Sanctions Committee.