AFC Under the Microscope: COVID-19

  • When: March 30, 2020
  • Time: 10AM-11AM ET, 3PM-4PM GMT, 4-5PM CET
  • Level: All

With the outbreak of COVID-19 globally, financial institutions are quickly adapting their anti-financial crime (AFC) efforts to address the concerns of regulators and to identify suspicious activity in order to prevent crime and identify criminals. Adopting remote anti-money laundering protocols for transaction monitoring, countering the finance of terrorism and sanctions compliance, while being alert to fraud schemes that try to profit from the crisis and keep their regulators happy, are now all in a day’s work for compliance professionals.

Join us as we identify best practices and more in aid of anti-financial crime professionals working under pressure.

And, look out for subsequent “AFC Under the Microscope” interviews with senior AFC professionals who are leading their AML/CFT/sanctions teams during these unprecedented times.



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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


Chloe Cina
  • Chloe Cina

  • Director
  • Global Sanctions and Embargoes
  • Deutsche Bank


Chloe Cina is a qualified barrister and a leading expert in international financial sanctions, formerly the UK Head of Sanctions at HSBC. Chloe was called to the Bar in 2005 and is an advocacy trainer at the Inns of Court. She obtained her European Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the Venice Human Rights Centre in Italy and the University of Deusto. She worked for UNESCO in Paris from 2000-2004. She practiced at the England and Wales Criminal Bar before joining the UK Treasury Solicitor’s Department in 2008, focusing predominantly on terrorism and sanctions related litigation as part of the National Security team. In 2014, Chloe joined the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a developed vetted legal adviser, advising on financial sanctions and security policy in the EU and UN. She led the Iran nuclear legal team for the UK before joining HSBC in 2016. Chloe speaks regularly at international symposium and has made significant contributions to the International Compliance Association (ICA) and ACAMS respective courses on sanctions.

Sarah Beth Felix
  • Sarah Beth Felix, CAMS

  • Founder
  • Palmera Banking Solutions


Sarah Beth Felix is recognized in the compliance industry for her ability to navigate and operationalize global AML/CTF regulations to custom fit and impact various environments and risk profiles. She has over 16 years of experience in operational, audit and consulting roles with 13 years CAMS certified. Projects have included validations and remediations for US-based community banks, international group of banks from South America, risk assessment design for European firms as well as a global FinTech company, and audit and risk assessment projects for several Mexican-owned banks based in Texas. In remediation and software validation roles, she envisions and implements technology changes to maximize efficiency throughout an institution’s AML compliance regime. Sarah Beth is considered an expert in distilling FinCEN, FATF, and Wolfsberg guidance into actionable and effective risk-based programs. “Inefficiencies in AML Lead to Noncompliance” is one of her most often-heard quotes. She excels in finding and correcting operational issues which is considered one of her greatest value-adds to any compliance program.

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.

  • Sarah Runge

  • Global Head of FCC Regulatory Strategy
  • Credit Suisse
  • Bio

Sarah Runge currently serves as Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance Regulatory Strategy at Credit Suisse. In this role, Sarah works across the FCC and Regulatory Affairs teams in Credit Suisse to develop a global plan to engage with and manage regulatory relationships related to FCC. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Sarah spent over ten years in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes developing domestic and international initiatives to address illicit finance through her work with supervisors, law enforcement, and policy makers in the United States and globally. Her work included leading the U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force and representing the U.S. Treasury Department at the G-7, G-20 and the Financial Stability Board.