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A Summit for senior financial crime and compliance professionals who must advance practice and adapt compliance programmes to meet changing regulatory, business and operational requirements.

Pre-conference workshop (optional) Thursday, 17 November

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and arrival of Workshop delegates
09.30 - 12.30

Financial Crime and Digital Assets

This three-hour workshop provides you with an opportunity to explore the drivers behind, and challenges presented by digital assets from a financial crime compliance lens.   

  • Learn how to build internal capabilities 
  • How to embed digital assets into your infrastructure, risk management and governance framework 
  • Review current typologies and case studies 
  • Best practice guidance on managing crypto-related risks 
  • A review of recent events in the Crypto industry and how this will lead to new regulatory requirements around the globe 

Esme Hodson, FICA, Member and Chief Compliance Officer, SC Ventures   

Ave D. King, Chief Compliance Officer, APAC, FalconX


Thursday, 17 November - Summit  Day one

12.00 - 13.20 Lunch
Registration and arrival for Conference delegates
13.20-13.30 Welcome Remarks
Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

Mitigating & Managing Geopolitical Risks

13.30-14.00  Keynote & Fireside Chat 
A view from above – the latest sanctions developments and advice from OFAC 
Charlotte Baskin-Gorlitz,  Sanctions Compliance Officer, OFAC 

Panel Discussion 

Assessing emerging risks to effectively manage your sanctions exposure 

This session will discuss the broad and complex issues affecting compliance professionals, providing steps and tools in order to build and maintain an effective sanctions programme. 

Discussion points include, but not limited to: 

  • Identifying risks with cross-border relationships 

  • Examining the impact of the invasion of Ukraine on the Asian market 

  • Navigating the US and China trade sanctions  

  • Adhering to human rights sanctions   

  • Understanding the risks of sanctions evasion through the use of crypto assets 


Kimberly Tan, Country Sanctions Officer, Citibank
Nur Fazlim Bt M.Mohamed Kunju, Associate Director, Compliance, Integrity & Governance, Touch 'N Go Sdn Bhd 
Sudhakar Aduri, APAC Head of Sanctions and Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance, Wells Fargo 
Ola Fundowicz, Director, Regional Head of Sanctions for APAC, MUFG

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)


Coffee & Networking 


Compliance in the Era of the Disruptors 


Examining Predicate Offences: The Crimes behind the Crime

A predicate offence is a crime that generates monetary gains, such as wildlife trafficking, human trafficking, drug trafficking, corruption and tax evasion.  

In this roundtable discussion our panel of experts will:

  • discuss local, regional and international trends
  • the evolving conditions that enable criminals to commit what has been described as "the crimes behind the crime".
  • consider how financial crime professionals can follow the money and identify valuable information
  • discuss resilient frameworks to stop these crimes.


Mark Nuttall, Director, Risk Solutions (APAC & MENA), Thomson Reuters
Michelle Wong, Programme Manager, Stop Trafficking of People (STOP)
Patricia Ho, Founder, Dignity Institute 

Moderator: Serona Woo, Course Director, International Compliance Association (ICA)

16:05-16:15 Transfer time / comfort break 
16.15 - 17.00

Panel Discussion  

Compliance and Digital Assets: Practical application of compliance, regulation and conduct in virtual assets 

  • Practical application of onboarding VASPs 

  • Implications and advice in complying with the FATF travel rule 

  • Clarifying responsibilities for consumer protection  


Ave D. King, Chief Compliance Officer, APAC, FalconX
Esme Hodson, Member and Chief Compliance Officer, SC Ventures
Chris Holland, Partner, Holland & Marie

Moderator: Nizam Ismail, CEO & Founder, Ethikom Consultancy


Panel Discussion 

Developing a robust compliance framework to mitigate AML risks in payments 

We are entering a booming area of compliance as fintech, and crypto firms compete with traditional banks to build banking and payment solutions. The regulatory and supervisory responsibility isn’t clear, so what are digital banks and fintechs doing to manage the risks and where does the line of responsibility sit? 


Ajit Singh, Director, Legal AML Compliance, Mastercard  
Grace Chong, Head of Financial Regulatory(SG), Gibson Dunn
Gina Poh, APAC AML Head, Amber Group

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

17:50 – 18:00 

Closing remarks from Day One of the Conference 

Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

18.00 - 19:00 Evening Drinks & Networking Reception

Friday, 18 November - Summit Day Two


Collaborative Approaches to Financial Crime 

08:45 – 09:15  Conference arrival and networking 
9.15 - 09.25 

Welcome to Day Two

Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association 



Representatives from the APAC Wolfsberg Working Group discuss the challenges of Public-Private Partnerships from its recent paper on Effectiveness through Collaboration

  • Discuss information-sharing frameworks to foster effective AML/CTF regimes
  • Outline the challenges to effective collaboration, define priorities
  • Why we need to focus on outcomes to increase effectiveness


David Cope, Managing Director, Financial Crime Compliance (APAC), Goldman Sachs
Rashmi Dubier, Managing Director, APAC Head of AML, MUFG
Audrey Sim, Director, Global Financial Crime Compliance (APAC ), Bank of America

Moderator: Hemanshu Parekh, Director, Financial Crime Compliance, Standard Chartered Bank


Case Study
The Fintel Alliance (Australia): How to deliver impact through Public-Private Partnerships  

This session will explore the details of a successful AUSTRAC-led public-private partnership between Western Australia Police, CBA, NAB, Westpac and ANZ; a joint intelligence operation which identified money laundering syndicates leading to 13 arrests and the seizure of millions in cash and assets.  

This partnership won the ICA Best Collaboration of the Year Award 2022 and was highlighted as a pioneering case study demonstrating the value of industry and law enforcement working together.  

Milan Gigovic, Head of Financial Crime Threat Management, ANZ

10.50-11.20  Morning Refreshments & Networking 

Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow    


Peer Group Interactive Workshops 

Build, develop and enhance: Advancing approaches to mitigate risks and ensure compliance  

Delegates will have the opportunity to choose from the following sessions depending on their area of interest or focus. Each session will run for 1 hour, providing time for case study presentations, expert insights and panels – with dedicated time for delegates to exchange ideas, share best practice, examine different approaches. 

  Track A – Innovation  Track B – Leadership 

Case Study 

Optimising the use of data to combat new money laundering trends  

  • Using AI and machine learning to reduce operational costs 

  • Leveraging analytics in preventing financial crime 

  • Proactive help in identifying risks and opportunities 

James Wu Qinglin, Management Consultant, Accenture
Michael Holland, Head of Financial Crime Intelligent Unit, Commonwealth Bank, Australia

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

Group Discussion 

Embedding a culture of compliance in our organisations

  • How to raise the profile of compliance in the business 

  • The benefits of involving compliance in product design 

  • Tips and tricks and simple steps to embedding a culture of compliance 

Julia Chin, Head of Compliance, Hugo Save SG
Sam Neo, CEO & Founder, Stories of Asia, StoryBuddy
Nadia Ribeiro, Head of Compliance and Regional Director for MENA & APAC regions, 

Moderator: Esther Lim, Head of Branding and Partnerships, StoryBuddy

12.20-13.20  Networking lunch
13.20 - 14.20 

Panel Discussion  

Adopting a risk-based approach to digital ID and eKYC systems 

  • Optimising the customer experience 

  • Implementing a risk-based approach in line with FATF guidance 

  • Advice on documentation capture during on-boarding 

  • Incorporating AML and CFT systems and controls  

  • Best practice for record-keeping requirements 


Bhuuanes Mathava, FICA, Vice President, Regulatory Advisor and AML/CTF Compliance, MIDF Group
Ikrom Idrus, MICA, Senior Supervisor (AML Specialist) Bank Negara Malaysia
Rana Datta, Managing Director, Protiviti  

Moderator: Robin Lee, Head of APAC, Napier

Panel Discussion 

Building your Financial Crime team to meet industry expectations for future skills and competencies 

  • Designing your team role competency framework for the future 

  • Developing digital capabilities  

  • Generalist vs Specialist roles? 

  • Considerations for small to medium sized enterprises 


Joel Cook, Chief Compliance Officer, Standard Chartered Bank
Devonna Ng, Head of Compliance, Shinhan Bank
Payal Patel, VP Risk and Compliance, MLRO, Circle
Tan Wee Soon, Head of Compliance & Risk Management, Bank Julius Baer & Co

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

14:20 – 14:30  Time to move between sessions  
14.30 - 15.20 

Group Discussion 

Capturing risks in a holistic way to build operational resilience  

  • Transitioning from reactive conduct risk management to a proactive and holistic approach 

  • Highlighting risks before they become a problem 

  • Horizon scanning to identify emerging issues 

  • How to use red flags and key tools to support effective risk management 


Rohayati Talha, FICA, Chief Compliance Officer, BNP Paribas Malaysia
Soon Kit Tham, Head, Technology & Operations Risk, Ant Group – Anext Bank 
Ekta Singh, Regional Head of Compliance, ShuttleOne

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

15:20-15.40  Coffee & Networking 
15.40 – 16.30 

Panel Discussion 

Defining the role of compliance in greenwashing and ESG disclosure requirements 

  • Meeting the regulator’s expectations   

  • Understanding reporting and disclosure responsibilities for compliance teams 

  • Exploring the potential of AI and ML as an effective solution for ESG reporting 

  • Greenwashing: Establishing the risks and who owns the reporting - fraud or compliance? 


Claire Herbert, ESG Manager, Asia Pacific, Schroders
David Liu, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ESG, Kroll
Melindah Bush, Compliance Consultant, Holland & Marie 

Moderator: Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)

16.30 – 16.45

Closing Remarks from the Chair 

An opportunity to reflect on the learnings, insights and key takeaways from this year’s Summit. 


Conference Close 

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