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Financial Crime Technology Expert

Working at Allianz Global Headquarters in Munich, Ahed is responsible for R&D and Innovation in the area of Regulatory Technology (RegTech) in Allianz Group. He leads projects related to the development and testing of RegTech solutions that help Allianz ensure compliance with different regulatory requirements. Ahed worked previously as a “Financial Crime Technology Expert” and is a holder of three M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Information Management and a B.Sc. in Business Informatics

  • R3

    Nick Arini


Director Product Management

Nick Arini is a Director of Product Management at R3. Prior to joining R3 he spent a decade in product management at Google including positions in YouTube, Ads, Google’s data science team, venture capital/growth equity firm CapitalG, Site Reliability Engineering and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). He has previously held product and engineering roles at GE and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and has authored or contributed to over 50 patent applications in the area of big data.

Manager Group Financial Crime Compliance Department

Niki Charilaou (ACA, CAMS) is the Manager of the Group Financial Crime Compliance Department of the Bank of Cyprus Group and has been leading the cultural transformation of the Bank since 2014 in relation to its AML outlook, its framework for preventing terrorism financing, its monitoring mechanisms for sanctions, etc.
Her career commenced back in 1997 working as an auditor with Howarth Afxentiou Philippides where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA).
Subsequently she joined the Cyprus Popular Bank Group where she held the posts of Manager Financial Reporting and Taxation, Financial Manager of the Bank’s investment banking subsidiary, Corporate Manager, Assistant to Director Debt Collection and Group Divisional Manager Compliance, thus acquiring a diverse banking knowledge from senior managerial positions.
Ms Charilaou is also a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University (US) and a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
She is also the Chair of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus’ (ICPAC) Compliance Committee supporting the Institute in all of its compliance matters (i.e. money laundering compliance, regulatory compliance, corporate governance compliance, etc.) to ensure effective monitoring of its members and of the accounting profession.
Finally Ms Charilaou is a member of Transparency International (Cyprus).

Lead Author

Andrew Churchill has over 20 years experience working in security within Government, Industry and Academia, in particular cyber security and financial crime. He has led the UK cyber crime task force and co-ordinated security technology requirements for HMG, acted as subject matter expert on a European Union cyber crime and terrorism programme, chaired the governing Conservative Technology Forum, and currently sits on the Federal Reserve’s Secure Payments Task Force. In addition to his consultancy work, he is currently lead author of the British Standards Institution’s ‘Digital Identification & Authentication Code of Practice’, and Standards Director for the MIDASAlliance.
In addition to his first degree he holds Masters in Defence & Security Analysis (MA, Lancaster) and Information Security (MSc, Royal Holloway). Current research interests include security and privacy concerns in authentication and Identity Management, such as for payments and online access control, and future threats and safeguards against such vulnerabilities.

Vice President, Senior Proposition Manager

Isabel is a senior proposition manager at Barclays, co-developing the strategy for digital identity. Isabel engages with a range of companies in this space, seeking to explore how the market may develop in the UK, whilst learning from other countries across the world that have active digital identity schemes. Additionally, Isabel is looking to develop the customer and corporate value propositions, focusing on customer need and business demand. Prior to this, Isabel was Barclays’ Blockchain R&D Delivery Manager, where she ran experiments with this nascent technology across a range of use cases. Previously, Isabel led the operations for Rise London, Europe’s biggest FinTech co-working space, connecting the bank with FinTech startups to co-create the future of financial services. Isabel won a ‘Rising Star in FinTech’ award by We Are the City, a nationwide programme to promote future female leaders. Isabel was also featured on Innovate Finance’s ‘Women in FinTech Powerlist’, which celebrates the females that are shaping the FinTech sector.


Patrick Curry OBE CEng is the Director, British Business Federation Authority (BBFA), tasked with enabling the implementation of federated identity & access management, secure collaboration, privacy using new technologies, such as blockchains and DLT. He was instrumental in establishing federated trust mechanisms for US/UK/Europe secure collaboration for aerospace and defence with governments and major companies, helping to found the CertiPath PKI Bridge. BBFA and the Cabinet Office developed the initial ROLO (Register of Legal Organisations) specification for company validation, which has been considerably expanded for ROLO UK, and is being considered by other nations and ISO. He is an adviser for Kyckr Ltd on authoritative company data validation. He is also a Director of Sedicii, which is a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer for its patented Zero Knowledge Proof technology.

He is a member of the UK/KR Cybersecurity Research Forum from which BBFA and KICA agreed MOU for PKI federation across UK and S Korean companies. He has worked in UK government and industry organisations, and with European agencies and governments from around the world. BBFA was recelty the UK partner in EU Project MAPPING on Internet Governance and Privacy. He was a contributing author of the UK Gov Office of Science Report “Distributed Ledger Technologies: Beyond Block Chains”, and also the Lord Holmes Report “Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good; leadership, collaboration and innovation”. He is active in enabling the adoption of block chains for secure collaboration, as well as developing new ISO and ITU-T international standards. He was an Advisory Group member for the Estonian e-Residency Programme. He holds several company directorships deploying innovative identity and privacy technologies. He is an ISO author for international standards and member of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27 on Identity & Privacy, and Cybersecurity, and TC307 on DLT and Blockchains. He is a guest adviser to ITU-T SG17 and member of the Blockchain Focus Group.

Head of AML - EMEA

My experience has been gained over a number of areas in the financial and public sector beginning with a deep interest in the investigation of fraud as a detective based in Harlseden. This was then supplemented by two postings to the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad (formerly SO6).

I have been fortunate to work with, for and have working for me, some amazingly talented individuals from whom, in all cases I have learnt a great deal. Having achieved my goal of being an MLRO at an Investment bank and more recently implementing a compliance program for ABC in EMEA, I have now returned to the MLRO space to enhance and increase my knowledge and exposure in the Anti Financial Crime arena.

A big thank you to all those who have supported, taught, and taken a chance on me to date.

  • IMTF

    Johannes Hennekeuser


Head of Digitrans

Johannes Hennekeuser joined IMTF group in 2018 as Head of digitrans. Johannes is a seasoned manager and conversant in the Finance Industry. Thanks to his extensive experience acquired in Germany, the USA, and Switzerland, Johannes effectively bridges the gap between IT and Business to support firms reach higher level of performance. Johannes holds a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Heidelberg, an MBA from the University of Southern California and is a renown keynote speaker.

Regulatory & Policy Director

Marta Ienco is Head of Governments and Regulatory Affairs of Identity program at the GSM Association, the global trade association of GSM mobile operators, which mission is to act as a guiding beacon for the mobile industry, focusing on activities where collective action can deliver significant benefits. In this role, she works closely with operators to provide strategic advice and insights at on the key regulatory and policy issues facing mobile identity solutions.
Marta joined the GSMA in September 2012, previous to that she worked for Ovum Consulting, in the Regulatory and Policy practice on numerous assignments around the world for fixed and mobile operators. Prior to that, she worked for Europe Economics as a regulatory consultant advising regulatory authorities in UK and Europe on economic and competition matters. She also supported the Mobile Technology Programme at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women working on a research study on Mobile Value Added Services as a business enabler for Women’s entrepreneurship.
Marta started her career with Fastweb in Italy as a Regulatory Expert and she holds an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition Policy from City University of London.

Global Head of AML & Sanctions

Jan-Gerrit Iken is currently the Global Head of Financial Crime, anit-money laundering (AML) and sanctions for Commerzbank, one of the largest credit institutions in Europe, where he is responsible for the oversight of Commerzbank’s worldwide financial crime prevention programme.
Before joining Commerzbank, Dr Iken was the Head of Compliance and AML for Sberbank Europe and Chief Compliance Officer for Hypo Alpe Adria International AG during the period of its reprivatisation. Dr Iken has held various compliance, regulatory and legal management roles in his previous 12 years with Allianz Global Investors, State Street Global Advisors and Cominvest Asset Management. Dr Iken holds a PhD from the University of Zurich and a Masters of International Business Law from the University of St Gallen.


Rob has spent a working lifetime in IT and the last 17 years in the field of identity. As Business Development Director at GB Group, Rob was tasked with establishing a new division to design, develop and market the UK’s first purpose-built electronic identity verification service. The service became widely recognised as the market leader in age and identity verification with high street banks, building societies, share traders, mobile retailers and the gambling sector amongst several hundred clients. As MD, Rob delivered year on year triple digit growth, achieving profitability in year 3, and accounting for half the group’s revenue by year 5.

As time and the identity market moved on, so did Rob to seek a new challenge. In 2012, Rob started working with a start-up, Innovate Identity. Today, Innovate Identity is regarded as a thought leader in digital identity, providing specialist consulting services to governments, the financial services sector, suppliers and investors, to help them better understand the world of identity and develop digital strategies for customer engagement.

Rob is this year’s elected general member representative on the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) UK Leadership Team.


Ben Marsh, iMeta Technologies CEO is responsible for the strategic and commercial development of iMeta and its on-boarding and client lifecycle management platform. He has over 20 years’ experience in wholesale financial markets, and a proven track record of delivering complex IT solutions to large financial institutions. Prior to iMeta, Ben held commercial and operations roles at Lehman Brothers, Global Crossing and Reuters.

Regulatory Consultant

Highly accomplished Strategic Risk Consultant with a reputation for analysing and addressing operational business risks. Operates at a senior level and engages effectively with C-Level stakeholders to understand corporate visions and goals to facilitate the development of major change roadmaps which underpin strategic transformation programmes.

A Senior Risk Strategist, working closely with market-leading organisations spanning the Financial Services, Media and Pharmaceutical business sectors.

Government Digital Service Industry Engagement, IDAP, GDS

Livia Ralph, in her role as Industry Engagement Manager, is responsible for engagement with wider private sector. She leads on projects that look at the adoption of GOV.UK Verify model of digital identity within private sector context, development and take up of digital identity products and growth of identity ecosystem. Livia joined Cabinet Office in 2014 from a technology trade association where she was responsible for delivering a defence focused programme.

Identity Assurance Programme

Formerly a management consultant in the financial sector, for the past 12 years David Rennie has worked for the UK government in the field of identity assurance. Whilst working for the UK Home Office’s Identity Card Programme and supporting James Crosby’s Public / Private Forum on Identity Management he devised the model for federated digital identity. The model was tested at Directgov and implemented through the GOV.UK Verify service at the Government Digital Service (GDS). Latterly at GDS David has been responsible for market engagement which he has conducted as a Board member of the UK Chapter of the Open Identity Exchange initiating projects such as the Pensions Dashboard, Opening of an overseas bank account and development of the Mobile Network Operators KYC service.

Head of Business Operations, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation

Clare Rowley is the Head of Business Operations at the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). Prior to working with GLEIF, Ms. Rowley worked at the United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where she led technology initiatives improving bank resolution programs and contributed to research on subprime mortgages. Ms. Rowley is a CFA® charterholder and holds a MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.

Former Head of AML Office

Robert is the former Head of AML Office for Large Corporates & Institutions in Swedbank AB, the leading commercial bank in Sweden and the Baltic countries. He was responsible for setting up a new function inside the Risk-department with the mission to collect the expertise in the prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, and compliance with Financial Sanctions in a centralised unit with the purpose of providing training, advice, and supervision to the client- and product organisations. Before that, Robert served as Swedbank’s Client Executive for a client portfolio of correspondent banks in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. Robert has a Master of Arts degree from Uppsala University.


Paul is the CEO of the Global Identity Foundation. He was formerly the global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of AstraZeneca, and prior to that held posts as; the global CISO of ICI, Head of Information Security with a high security European web hosting company and as Global Information Security Manager with Motorola.
He was awarded the first “Chief Security Officer of the Year” as well as “Best Security Implementation” at the SC Magazine Awards and is twice listed as one of (the US publication) Network World’s “most powerful people in networking”.
Paul sits on the advisory boards of a number of global companies, as well as the Executive Advisory Board of ISSA UK.
Paul co-founded the Jericho Forum in 2003 and is also one of the three editors of the Cloud Security Alliance’s “Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing v3.0”.

Paul’s linked-in profile is: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/psimmonds

He also is a British Canoeing Level 3 Kayak Coach and occasionally tweets as @simmonds_paul

Director - Global Head of Client Onboarding

An experienced controls, aml and operations manager within the wealth management industry I have built a strong understanding of client Onboarding controls and service. This includes a deep understanding of Kyc for hnw individuals and experience of all corporate vehicles and investment vehicles across multiple jurisdictions.

Managed regional teams focused on London, Swiss and jersey legal vehicle controls including sanction screening, aml, UK banking and cheque clearing and regulatory implementation and controls (including mifid, emir, suitability, credit risk controls, rdr, Swiss qi and many more).

From 2014 responsibilities grown to include tax controls and documentation focused on strict adherence to corporate tax policies for US chapter 3 taxation and implementation and controls for FATCA. In addition the management of the tax team to include UK, Swiss withholding, Eusd, CDOT, CRS and international wealth tax.

I am a very loyal, experienced and dedicated employee with strong management cv and controls excellence. Good history of re-engineering, cost management and people planning as well strong project delivery and ability to manage at a senior level and face off to regulators and auditors.

Senior Manager Financial Crime Compliance Advisory

Strong knowledge of the UK Money Laundering Regulations 2017, 4MLD, JMLSG Guidelines, POCA 2002, FATF, the applicable FCA Rules and various sanction regimes including OFAC and HM Treasury. Solid understanding of the external environment in respect to regulators, industry practice and benchmarking, with extensive experience in applying the necessary Financial Crime regulatory requirements in the Bank’s policies, processes and procedures.

A forward thinker, self-starter with ability to liaise with a wide range of individuals, flexible, enthusiastic professional with solid banking experience, strong knowledge of the financial services industry and internationally recognised qualifications in AML/CTF/ABC/Sanctions.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Abe Smith is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dealflo, a leading provider of end-to-end agreement automation services to the financial sector.

Dealflo is one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe (34th in the Deloitte Fast 50), and processes more than $20bn of financial transactions annually for financial services providers such as BNP Paribas, Santander, Société Générale, BMW, Investec, Close Brothers Asset Finance and Mercedes.

Abe is an experienced CEO with a successful 20 year leadership record in the FS and FinTech sectors. Prior to Dealflo, Abe built and sold a series of Fintech ventures including Proficient Europe (data analytics-driven customer engagement), Geneva Partners (technology brokerage) and Atomic (financial management tools), helping create over $1bn of shareholder value in the process.

Head of Standard Risk Refresh

Euan Spence is a Director within Barclays Business Banking responsible for financial crime risk management within the front line customer facing business. This includes delivering a comprehensive refresh of information held on Barclays’ SME customers to meet the latest regulatory standards and the periodic review of higher risk customers. Prior to this Euan was responsible for client onboarding and ongoing review for the Barclays Wealth Management & Private Banking business, having previously spent 10 years at UBS culminating in being the Head of Legal, Regulatory and Product Change within the UK Wealth Management arm. Euan holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.


Tobias is a Director of BBFA, which co-authored the Lord Holmes Report on DLT. He is a former Special Advisor to Estonia’s e-Residency Program, policy advisor at the Cabinet Office, and is an academic at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a tech entrepreneur and small time investor, with interests in startups working in digital health, blockchain research, and fintech.

Executive Director

Colin leads the Kantara Initiative Inc. a globally acknowledged Trust Framework Provider of Accreditation and Approval verification for Identity Providers and Credential Service Providers. Kantara’s open and inclusive philosophy to community development attracts the leading edge of identity and privacy innovation in its supporting Working Groups that in turn attracts R&D funding programs. Colin develops and executes the strategic plan in concert with the Board and Leadership Council, driving the organization forward and building on the solid foundations laid by Kantara’s much admired previous ED, Joni Brennan. Colin’s combined public and private sector background in online identity and privacy continues to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with multiple eGovernment strategies in Australia, the Government of Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and the US while influencing others in Europe and around the world.

SVP, Digital Identity Products

Charlie is senior vice president for digital identity products since joining Mastercard in September 2017. He is responsible for expanding Mastercard’s digital identity strategy and service activities. This includes development of a detailed business/service approach, country go to market plans, and partnership approach with governments and private sector for country based digital identity ecosystems.

He was most recently responsible for digital identity services within Morpho’s Citizen Identity business which included development of a company strategy along with initial country digital identity ecosystem establishment in bringing the UK Verify standard into the private sector. Prior, he was CEO of Toronto-based SecureKey and responsible for the launch and growth of the SecureKey Concierge Network, a federated authentication system based upon bank, mobile network operator, and government collaboration in the Canadian market.

Head of Financial Crime Group

Simon is the Head of Financial Crime Group for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (SMBCE). He is responsible for all matter relation to anti-money laundering, financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions. He has been with SMBCE since December 2012. Prior to SMBCE Simon was the MLRO for Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank London Branch for two years until December 2012 and Investec Bank plc for 8 years until December 2010. Previously Simon served as a Detective for 13 years with the Metropolitan Police Service; his last positing was with the Fraud Squad at New Scotland Yard.

Operations Director

Simon heads operations for Tradle from the UK. He manages engagement with financial institutions, regulators and technology partners and heads projects such as participation in the FCA regulatory sandbox. Simon’s background is in engineering and previously headed digital services and transformation for the Telegraph, Guardian and FT production for 15 years

Senior Associate

Ewan has spent the last 20 years working in policy and thought leadership roles across a range of sectors, based in both Brussels and London. Until late 2017 Ewan spent a number of years as Director of Retail Banking at UK Finance and previously BBA, where amongst other things he lead the industry’s digital identity work. Having left UK Finance to pursue a number of projects, he now works as a consultant on digital identity for Innovate Identity, both in the banking and airline industries. Outside of work he enjoys playing and coaching football, and spending as much time as possible with his two young kids.

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