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The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists Speaker Faculty is intended to provide financial crime institutions with support and connections to ensure they can comply with the regulator environment by having access to world-class industry leaders. These financial crime detection and prevention leaders provide training and intellectual advancement through webinars, seminars and workshops.
Our speaker faculty of industry experts covers a significant breadth and depth of expertise across a wide range of topics; including financial crime, money laundering, risk assessment, leadership and board oversight, compliance, cyber-crime, global challenges, entrepreneurship, and organizational innovation.
The lineup of available speakers and their areas of expertise are listed below. Please complete the speaker faculty request form and we will connect you with the industry expert as soon as possible.
Garry W.G. Clement, CAMS, CFCS, CFE, Executive Vice President, ACFCS
Garry Clement has worked in the anti-money laundering (AML) arena since 1983 and relies on his vast policing experience when speaking to various groups. He was one of the pioneers of the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program and has worked as its National Director in addition to being an investigator and undercover operator at some of the highest organized crime levels throughout Canada.
Garry joined the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists team in 2016 as the Executive Vice President. He brings over 25 years of financial crime fighting expertise and advocacy to ACFCS. Since 1997, he has worked as a consultant with a focus on financial crime and independent money laundering reviews for the money service business industry, credit unions and securities firms. Garry is an excellent and highly entertaining speaker for conferences, seminars and training programs.
Sonia Desai VP, BSA/AML Officer, Charles Schwab
Sonia Desai is the BSA/AML Officer for Charles Schwab Bank, based in San Francisco, Calif. She has previously lived and worked in Malaysia, Egypt, the Dominican Republic and Australia. Sonia has numerous years of global experience in defining anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption programs, policy and operations.
Prior to joining Charles Schwab, she served as the Director of Operations and Sanctions Officer for the BSA/AML and Sanctions unit at Bank of the West. Sonia was also the Executive Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney, where she was the Global Deputy MLRO, Sanctions Officer and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer. She has also held roles in the Financial Investigations Unit at Wells Fargo Banking San Francisco, helping build their BSA/AML and Sanctions Programs. As a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, Sonia helped shape U.S. sanctions and terrorist designation programs within the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other governmental intelligence agencies.
Connie Fenchel, President, AML Experts, Inc. and Global Consulting Services, Inc.
Connie Fenchel has a broad range of law enforcement, regulatory and management expertise spanning 35 years in the areas of governmental and private-sector regulatory compliance, financial crimes and customs violations.She is President of AML Experts, Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in anti-money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act and customs matters. Her expertise includes independent reviews and investigations, threat/risk assessments, domestic and international training, monitorships, expert testimony and anti-money laundering program development. Her clients include banks, money transmitters, check cashers, jewelers, pre-paid access providers and government agencies.
Connie served as the Deputy Director of Operations and the Executive Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Policy for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) from 1999-2003. She led FinCEN’s effort to more efficiently and effectively administer the record keeping, reporting and anti-money laundering provisions of the BSA and USA PATRIOT Act. In this role, she conducted numerous training seminars throughout the U.S. and internationally for law enforcement personnel and the financial industry on money laundering, the BSA and the USA Patriot Act. She also led delegations to international conferences and multi-lateral meetings throughout the world.
As the Executive Director of Operations for U.S. Customs Service (USCS), Office of Investigations, Connie was responsible for the direction and oversight of all investigations conducted by USCS Special Agents, including smuggling, illegal export and money laundering investigations. During her tenure as Director of Operations, she directed the largest undercover money laundering investigation in U.S. history. She has also held law enforcement positions as the Director of Strategic Investigations, USCS; Special Agent in Charge for USCS in Dallas, Texas; Chief of USCS Financial Investigations Branch; U.S. Customs Special Agent; Senior Special Agent and Group Supervisor.
Connie holds a master's degree in Management from National Louis University and a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ Association and Association for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).
Dr. Peter German, Principal, Peter German & Associates Inc.
Peter German is the Principal of Peter German & Associates Inc., which provides investigative and strategic advice to public and private entities. Previously, he served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 31 years, retiring as Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada, and four years as Regional Deputy Commissioner (Pacific) for Correctional Service Canada. His work in the RCMP included roles as Detective Inspector in Ottawa, Director General of Financial Crime and Lower Mainland (B.C.) Commander, during which he spearheaded the creation of market enforcement, international anti-corruption and integrated counterfeit enforcement teams, and acted as a team commander in North Africa. During the 2010 Olympics, he was responsible for RCMP resources in the Urban Domain.
A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, Peter holds graduate degrees in Law and Political Science, including a doctorate in Law from the University of London focused on international asset recovery. He is the author of Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering, published by Thomson Reuters. His awards include Officer of the Order of Merit of Police and the Gold Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. Peter is a frequent lecturer and has served as a Canadian delegate to various international forums.
Dr. Declan Hill, Author and Journalist
Declan Hill is an investigative journalist, documentary creator and academic. He specializes in the study of organized crime and international issues. He was the first journalist to break the story of Asian match-fixing gangs linked to the multi-billion-dollar gambling markets destroying international football in his book The Fix: Soccer & Organized Crime. It has now become a best-seller in 21 languages. In 2013, he published the academic version, The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing, which is now available in English and Japanese.
Before publishing The Fix, Hill completed documentaries on the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. He has also filed articles or made documentaries in Kurdistan, Kenya, France, Belgium, Russia, Bolivia, India, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Turkey and across North America. Declan’s programs and articles have appeared around the world in media outlets including the New York Times, Toronto Star, Guardian, BBC, CNN International, CBC and PBS Frontline.
Declan has won a number of national and international awards from organizations such as Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Play the Game. He has also been interviewed in over 800 media outlets in more than 60 countries, including Al-Jazeera, Sky News, BBC, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El Pais, De Morgen, Il Manifesto, Hürriyet, Le Matin and ABC (Australia). He has testified about the new wave of match-fixing linked to globalization before committees at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament in Brussels, the UK Parliament in Westminster and the International Olympic Committee.
Declan was a Chevening Scholar at Green College, University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate on the study of organized crime and informal governance with a particular specialty in match-fixing in professional sports. He has published numerous academic articles and book sections about sports corruption and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject.
Ron King, Former Chief AML Officer, Scotiabank
Ron King most recently served as the chief AML officer for Scotiabank, a major international Canadian bank. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of Scotiabank's AML, counter-terrorism financing and sanctions programs — encompassing 3,115 branches and offices worldwide.
Over the course of his career, Ron also coordinated AML compliance for major business lines, supported line management in assessing and managing money laundering and other risks, and developed standards, procedures, training, and monitoring and surveillance programs. He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services and compliance fields, and has held a variety of senior roles in retail banking, business banking, internal audit and compliance.
A frequently sought-after speaker, Ron is a former chair of the Canadian Bankers Association AML Working Group and a member of the Public/Private Sector Advisory Committee for the Canadian Ministry of Finance. He is a business administration graduate of UBC, Okanagan College
Barry Koch, Counsel -Former Counsel to the Investigation Division at New York County
Barry Koch is an independent consultant and private attorney recognized internationally as an expert in AML compliance and risk management. He most recently served as an Assistant District Attorney and Counsel to the Investigation Division in the New York County District Attorney's Office. Barry is the former Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union, and prior to that, was the legal counsel for JP Morgan Chase's global AML compliance program. In that capacity, he handled issues related to complex criminal investigations and subpoena compliance, and cases involving Black Market Peso Exchange, human trafficking, corruption and organized crime, terrorist financing and drug money laundering.
Barry is a frequent speaker at private and public sector events, including those of the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Treasury, the IRS and DEA, the intelligence and diplomatic communities and Financial Intelligence Units worldwide. He served as chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on the United Nations and Other International Organizations, chair of The Consular Law Society, Inc., and legal counsel to the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York. He received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and his bachelor's from the University at Albany.
Paul Pelletier, Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP
Paul Pelletier is a partner in the white collar litigation and investigations practice group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, residing in the Washington office. A former prosecutor, Paul is a frequent and well-regarded speaker, writer and commentator on issues related to the handling of government investigations in the health care and financial services industries as well as effectively dealing with anti-corruption compliance issues. Because of his role in spearheading the Department of Justice’s white collar enforcement initiatives for over 10 years, Paul’s insight and advice is valued in the board rooms and C-suites of businesses across the globe.
As a white collar partner, Paul represents public and private companies, executives and high-profile individuals from various industries in state and federal investigations, including health care, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and financial services. He has experience in matters alleging international bribery, accounting fraud, false claims and violations of the Anti-Kickback statute. He also counsels and guides corporations on their anti-corruption compliance programs and advises businesses that have experienced data breaches on their various reporting obligations. He counsels and defends executives and federal law enforcement agents in congressional hearings and matters before the Inspectors General.
Before entering private practice, Paul spent 27 years with the DOJ in various capacities. He served as Acting Chief and principal Deputy Chief for the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, where his primary responsibilities included oversight of the Section’s corporate fraud enforcement, health care fraud enforcement and implementation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also previously served as Chief of the Economic Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of Florida. Paul was instrumental in developing and implementing the Fraud Section's health care fraud enforcement program, including placing strike force enforcement teams across the country to combat regional health care fraud schemes. He has served as lead counsel in more than 20 white collar jury trials targeting money laundering, sophisticated financial, corporate, and securities fraud and health care fraud. Paul began his career in DOJ’s Tax Division.
He has been twice recognized by the Attorney General with the DOJ's highest honor for his work on fraud prevention and for the prosecution and dismantling of a Colombian-based cartel, resulting in the seizure and subsequent forfeiture of approximately $200 million in cash. Some of Paul’s work at the DOJ was recently featured in Pin Kings on ESPN’s E-60 program. Paul’s investigation of Ponzi scemer Allen Stanford was also the subject of an American Greed episode, The Dark Night.
Don Semesky, Owner, Financial Operations Consultants
The acclaimed architect of policies and procedures to attack illicit proceeds, Don Semesky is the former Chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Financial Operations — an office he pioneered. During his tenure with the DEA, he launched initiatives to attack the flow of drug money to international sources of drug supply which denied about $12 billion in revenue to domestic and international drug trafficking organizations.
Don was also the DEA representative on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group and OFAC Kingpin Committee. He has decades of law enforcement experience and has testified as an expert witness in more than 45 trials in federal district courts on money laundering and regulatory requirements. Previously, he spent 30 years in the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent and in senior leadership positions.
Jeffrey Sklar, Managing Director, SHC Consulting
Jeffrey Sklar is Managing Director at financial crime consulting firm SHC Consulting and Managing Partner of Sklar, Heyman, Hirshfield & Kantor LLP, CPAs, both in New York. He is a leading expert in anti-money laundering and U.S. Bank Secrecy Act compliance and controls at non-bank financial institutions.
He frequently lectures and conducts seminars domestically and internationally, and he testifies in cases as a valuation expert. Jeffrey is a member of the charter class of CFCS-certified specialists, and he is certified in financial forensics. He is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner.
Pierre-Yves Bourduas, MOM, MA
Pierre-Yves Bourduas is the President of P-Y Public Safety Management Inc., an Ottawa-based firm specializing in strategic management, and talent development. Mr. Bourduas’ professional experience is anchored in over 33 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he gained valuable experience from a wide variety of operational and administrative experience. As the officer in charge of the Montreal Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit, led an investigation into Central America and South America, which lead to the dismantling of a money-laundering network. Participated in a number of high profile international projects/investigations including instructing Panama judicial authorities on the Proceeds of Crime legislation. As Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP he provided strategic direction and cogent policy advice concerning a complex variety of national and international law enforcement and national security issues to Ministers, Deputy Ministers and senior officials representing federal, provincial and international governments and their related law enforcement agencies. Over the past nine years he expanded his professional horizon as advisor to private and public organizations He is also a member of the external audit committee at Canada Border Services Agency. His educational background complements his professional credential and experience: he holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Mr. Bourduas is widely sought after by the media as a subject matter expert for national policing and public safety events. He is a keynote speaker and facilitator at the US-Canada Border Conference and is frequently asked to participate in panel discussion and facilitate learning sessions.
John Walsh, CEO, SightSpan
John Walsh has been President and CEO of SightSpan Inc. since 2007, and he has been a well-regarded leader in the crime prevention industry for over 30 years. SightSpan is an international consulting and training firm with offices in the U.S., Middle East and Southeast Asia. The firm specializes in risk management and security.
John has personally advised multiple board of directors, CEOs, CCOs and BSA officers, government officials and FIUs globally in such areas as risk management, security and surveillance, anti-money laundering, combating terrorist financing, international security, private security, trade compliance, information management and corporate investigations. Through his efforts, companies and public sector groups have implemented effective AML/CTF and financial crime risk management programs worldwide.
Prior to joining SightSpan John held leadership positions within the financial services industry, including roles at Wachovia Bank, where he was the CIB Data Czar responsible for corporate governance; Bank of America in the role of Global AML CTF Risk Technology and Operations Executive; and Merrill Lynch where he led Wholesale Trading Initiatives and eCommence prior to assisting the firm build out an AML and CTF program after 9/11. John’s background also includes many years of experience in trading/dealing in commodities such as gold and oil. He was CEO of a futures and options trading company and managed multiple FX and local currency fixed-income firms in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Through work in the Middle East and within a variety of high-risk emerging market countries, John gained valuable experience in international compliance and security risk management. He has held multiple trading related licenses and a number of principle and compliance certifications in the U.S. and other countries.
John serves on the Board of ACFCS and is a certified compliance risk officer. He has also served on many ACAMS task forces and was a founding member of the ACAMS Carolinas Board.
Bruce Zagaris, Partner, Berliner Corcoran and Rowe
Bruce Zagaris specializes in international law at Berliner Corcoran and Rowe, focusing on the areas of international criminal and tax law and representation of foreign governments. Much of his work has addressed the movement of money, the interplay of tax, money laundering, asset forfeiture anti-corruption and compliance in the tax, AML and anti-corruption spaces, with concentration on activities in the Americas — especially the Caribbean, Brazil and Latin America.
Roy Zur, CEO, Cybint
Roy Zur is a cyber and intelligence expert and the CEO of Cybint, an Israeli cyber company. Roy has more than 10 years of experience in cyber and intelligence operations acquired from time spent in the Israeli security forces (Retired Major). Since 2014, he has developed cyber training programs and technology for financial institutes, law firms and government authorities. He received his LLM and MBA from Tel-Aviv University and previously served as a legal adviser in the Israeli Supreme court. In addition, Roy is the chairman of the Israeli Legislation research center (OMEK Institute), which includes 150 researchers who work with the Israeli parliament (the Knesset).