Preventing Wildlife Trafficking in Asia: Efforts to Deter Ivory and Endangered Species Smuggling

  • When: December 6, 2019
  • Time: 10AM – 11AM HKT
  • Level: All

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), elephant ivory, rhino horn, and tiger and pangolin products are among the top wildlife items illegally traded worldwide, especially in Southeast Asia and China. An effective response from anti-financial crime professionals to preventing and combating wildlife trafficking requires robust information sharing, leveraging partnerships with law enforcement agencies and regulators, and training staff on common typologies to strengthen risk-based monitoring. Our panel of professionals will lay out practical strategies for preventing and combating wildlife trafficking in Asia, including common typologies, case studies and training protocols.

Learning Objectives

  • Charting typologies in environmental-related crimes such as ivory smuggling and trafficking in endangered species or other protected wildlife
  • Reviewing specific cases involving wildlife-related schemes including rhino horn smuggling to establish ties between environmental-related crimes and transnational financial crime organizations
  • Instructing staff to master wildlife tracking resources and protocols for contacting and aiding customs and other law enforcement officials

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Internal Investigation Personnel
  • Industry Consultants
  • All Lines of Business


  • APAC
  • Global

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William Scott Grob
  • Dr. William Scott Grob, CAMS-FCI

  • AML Director – APAC


Dr. Grob has over 25 years of financial and banking expertise. His most recent role was as Regional Head of Affiliates Management, HSBC, where he worked on mitigating financial crime and correspondent banking risks across Asia. His 12-year career at the bank also included managing risk within the Equity/FX prime brokerage business, Structured Funds business, and Hedge Fund units.

Dr. Grob earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master of Arts from George Mason University, a certificate from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, and a Doctorate of Management from SMC University (USA), where his dissertation was focused on correspondent banking- “IMPACT OF CORRESPONDENT BANK ENHANCED DUE DILIGENCE PRACTICES.” Also, he has designations from the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, and Global Association of Risk Professionals (FRM).

Aaron Lau
  • Aaron Lau, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI

  • Head of Fraud Investigation & AML
  • AITLAU Management Services


Mr. Lau is the principal consultant and director of AITLAU Management Services Sdn Bhd. He is heading the Financial Fraud Investigation and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance services in the firm. He is involved in consultancy and training in areas related to financial fraud and forensic accounting investigations, anti-money laundering, business intelligence and financial accounting.

He is an accredited trainer for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) certification programme. He heads the ACAMS partnership with AITLAU Management Services Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

He has provided training services in the areas of financial fraud investigations, asset recovery, anti-money laundering and business intelligence to participants of government-related regulatory bodies like Securities Commission, Royal Malaysian Customs, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Joint organization between MACC-UNDP-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Workshops, Korean Customs and the Companies Commissioner of Malaysia, both local and foreign financial institutions and corporations. Mr. Lau has been lecturing for the advanced and executive certificate course for strategic management of anti-corruption programme in the area of anti-money laundering and effects of corruption since 2011. In 2015, he was accredited as an international bank’s global trainer in Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions.

Joseph Simms
  • Joseph Simms

  • Assistant Attaché
  • Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong


Joseph Simms was selected as the Assistant Attaché for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Hong Kong in August 2019. As the Assistant Attaché, he provides investigative and programmatic support for HSI’s mission in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Simms was a Special Agent in the Public Safety division at HSI Baltimore, MD for seven years focusing primarily on the investigation and prosecution of violent transnational gangs in and around Baltimore, MD.

Mr. Simms began his career in 2007 as a Special Agent assigned to the HSI Los Angeles field office where he investigated financial crimes related to asset forfeiture, narcotics, immigration fraud and money laundering.

He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1996 with a B.A. in English and holds a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law attained in 2004.

Mr. Simms is married and has three children.