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[Americas] Global Trade and Cargo Compliance Forum

September 14, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

We are pleased to welcome you back for the third annual Global Trade and Cargo Compliance Forum. This year’s theme will be Transforming Trade – Navigating Compliance in the Digital Era. The event will be held virtually on the September 14, 2021.

The world is more interconnected than ever, and businesses are rapidly adapting to embrace digital transformation and the opportunities it offers. However, in the cargo industry, teams can find themselves dealing with manual and paper-based processes which slows global trade and increases risk.

This event will explore how the global trade and cargo industry can benefit from digital advancements to transform their operations, and turn their compliance approach into a competitive advantage. The agenda features a mix of experts from leading cargo businesses, industry bodies, Accuity & LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, who will discuss how to effectively mitigate sanctions, regulatory, technological and governance risks, in an increasingly digital world.

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    Timings (EDT) Agenda
    09:00 AM

    Welcome & Introduction


    Aneta Klosek, Director, Trade Compliance Market Planning, Accuity
    09:10 AM Sanctions and Export Controls Landscape


    Vincent Gaudel, Compliance Specialist, Accuity
    Togzhan Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Project on International Commerce, Security, and Economic Statecraft Centre for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany
    Craig Phildius, U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey


    Saskia Rietbroek, Executive Director, Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS)
    09:55 AM Transforming Trade – Navigating Compliance in the Digital Era


    Julia Yansura, Program Manager, Latin America & The Caribbean, The Global Financial Integrity Group
    Kevin West, Senior Managing Director, FTI Forensic & Litigation Consulting, South Africa
    James Wyatt, General Manager, aeroconcept
    Sarisha Guruparsad, AML/CFT Regulatory Risk, Rand Merchant Bank


    Nirjhar Daripa, Innovation Product Manager, Accuity
    10:40 AM Coffee Break
    10:50 AM

    Smooth Sailing – Optimizing Finance in the Trade Lifecycle


    Michael Walker, Head of Working Capital Finance, Asia Pacific, Finastra
    Uzair Bawany, Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder, Traydstream


    Aneta Klosek, Director, Trade Compliance Market Planning, Accuity
    11:20 AM Anti-Bribery and Corruption in the Supply Chain


    Charles Thomas, Market Planning Director, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
    11:50 AM Coffee Break
    12:00 PM Trade-Related Risk Data


    Sarisha Guruparsad, AML/CFT Regulatory Risk, Rand Merchant Bank


    Dave Loeser, Senior Director of Product Management, Accuity
    12:30 PM The Human Cost – the Societal Impact of Trade Compliance


    Phoebe Ewen, Programme Director, The Mekong Club
    Ian Mitchell, Global Fraud and Financial Crimes Executive, Founder, The Knoble
    Justyna Gudzowska, Director of Illicit Finance Policy, The Sentry


    Dan Wager, Vice President, Financial Crime Compliance, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
    01:00 PM

    Closing Remarks


    Aneta Klosek, Director, Trade Compliance Market Planning, Accuity

    Exclusive sessions for Latin America in Spanish:

    Timings (EDT) Agenda
    01:00 PM

    Trade-based Money Laundering in Latin America: New Tendencies


    Adrián Sánchez, Director, Market Planning Latin America & The Caribbean, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
    01:45 PM Illicit Funds in Latin American Trade: Understanding the Risks through New Research


    Julia Yansura, Program Manager, Latin America & The Caribbean, The Global Financial Integrity Group

    Please note that timings and sessions are subject to change.

    Uzair Bawany
    Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, Traydstream

    Uzair Bawny is an entrepreneur with global experience in building business. Experienced in banking, HR & executive search, Uzair completed his first MBO in 2003. He is Co-Founder of Traydstream, a cloud-based platform whose modular technology digitises and brings out Trade Finance document scrutiny results against a vast, evolvable library of Trade Rules. The platform redefines and streamlines Trade Finance processing.

    Phoebe Ewen
    Programme Director, The Mekong Club

    The Mekong Club is a Hong Kong based NGO that works with private sector organisations to combat modern slavery. They engage with businesses across the finance, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing sectors, building tools and projects to combat the modern slavery issues within their operations. Phoebe manages a range of projects from developing typologies and red flags for banks, to apps that facilitate more effective worker interviews in factories for manufacturers. Phoebe has spoken internationally on modern slavery and its relationship with the private sector, and is passionate about galvanising action and harnessing the vast power that companies have to change lives.

    Justyna Gudzowska
    Director of Illicit Finance Policy, The Sentry

    Justyna Gudzowska serves as the Director of Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry, an investigative and policy organization that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. Prior to joining The Sentry, Justyna was an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Financial Crimes group, delivering advice and counsel on financial crimes issues, and served as the Firm’s lead lawyer on sanctions issues. From 2013-2018, Justyna served as an Expert at the United Nations, advising the Security Council on sanctions against ISIS, Al-Qaida, the Taliban and their associates, as well as terrorism financing more broadly. Prior to her appointment to the United Nations, from 2009 to 2013 she served as a legal advisor to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Department of the Treasury, where she advised on the full spectrum of economic sanctions issues.

    Sarisha Guruparsad
    Regulatory Risk, Rand Merchant Bank

    Sarisha Guruparsad currently provides regulatory risk advise with a specific focus on financial crime risks and controls within the Trade Finance industry for Rand Merchant bank based in South Africa. With a demonstrated financial crime history and expertise in the banking industry for both retail and corporate clients globally, Sarisha specialises in automated proactive solutions to reduce financial crime exposure to sanctions and anti money laundering by combining intelligence techniques and data analytics to enhance investigative methodologies and providing insightful analysis and forecasts to reduce risk exposure.

    Dr. Togzhan Kassenova
    Senior Fellow, Project on International Commerce, Security, and Economic Statecraft Centre for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany

    Dr. Togzhan Kassenova is a senior fellow with the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) at the Center for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany. She is also a nonresident fellow with the Nuclear Policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Kassenova is an expert on nuclear politics, WMD nonproliferation, and financial crime prevention. She is a leading policy expert on proliferation financing and advised numerous governments and private sector on the subject. Her consultancy work for UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has included developing and delivering courses on proliferation financing for the governments of Indonesia, Thailand, Mekong region countries, and MENAFATF. From 2011 to 2015, she served on the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Kassenova holds an MA in Financial Integrity from Case Western Reserve University, a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Leeds and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She is the author of Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb (forthcoming, Stanford University Press, 2022)

    Craig Phildius
    U.S. Consulate Istanbul, Turkey

    Craig began his federal law enforcement career in August 2000 with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and spent twelve years in the New York Field Division. Craig was responsible for conducting complex investigations of mid to high level narcotics violators and organizations. In February 2012, Craig transferred to BIS, Office of Export Enforcement, and was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office. In January 2014, Craig was selected to be the Regional Export Control Officer (ECO) in Dubai, UAE and served two years at the U.S. Consulate. In January 2016, SA Phildius returned to the United States and was assigned to a newly established FAP position co-located with the FBI in San Diego, CA. In June 2018, SA Phildius was selected to be the ECO in Istanbul, Turkey, a newly established foreign Post within BIS. SA Phildius was tasked with establishing the office in country and cultivating a working relationship with the newly formed Turkish Government. In June 1995, Craig was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and completed six years of active service. Craig achieved the rank of Captain and was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and The Sea Service Deployment Medal. Craig holds an M.B.A. from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Delaware.

    Ian Mitchell
    Global Fraud and Financial Crimes Executive, Founder, The Knoble

    Ian is the founder of The Knoble and most recently served as a Principal (Partner) leading PwC’s Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) Fraud Management Practice. He has been fighting fraud and financial crime for over 20 years across over 30 countries, in leadership positions in the financial services industry. Ian’s breadth of fraud experience covers consumer and commercial banking products and channels, merchant fraud, and several insurance products. Ian has also held fraud management leadership positions at Ally, USAA, and GE.

    In 2019, Ian founded The Knoble non-profit, with the mission to unite the financial crimes industry to protect vulnerable populations.

    Saskia Rietbroek, CSS
    Executive Director, Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS)

    Saskia is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS), a professional membership body for sanctions professionals worldwide. She is a Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and an industry leader in financial crime topics. Saskia has over 20 years of Sanctions/AML experience in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Her global footprint enables Saskia to apply valuable expertise and insight into international training and financial crime compliance projects.

    Previously, Saskia was the Executive Director at SanctionsAlert, the world’s first information and training business on the subject, and before that was founder of AML Services International LLC. Prior to that, she was Financial Crimes Advisor to Fiserv.

    She was also the founding executive director of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), where she spearheaded the development of the CAMS certification and co-led many international conferences.

    She is a frequent speaker on a variety of financial crime topics.

    She earned law degrees from Leiden University (Netherlands) and Universidad La Católica (Lima, Peru), and was admitted to the Lima Bar Association. She also holds an international MBA from Florida International University. She speaks fluent Dutch, English and Spanish, as well as basic German.

    She is based in the Netherlands.

    Michael Walker
    Head of Working Capital Finance, Asia Pacific, Finastra

    Michael Walker is a subject matter expert in all areas of Corporate Banking, and leads the Working Capital Finance business for Finastra in APAC. Prior to this he ran Sales Enablement for Corporate Banking, Payments and Retail Banking, having joined Finastra as a Product Manager in Trade Finance. Michael spent five years in various Corporate Banking technology and operations roles at Barclays prior to joining Finastra five years ago. He holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

    James Wyatt
    General Manager, aeroconcept

    James Wyatt is the General Manager of aeroconcept, his own aviation consulting business based in Leipzig Germany. aeroconcept was founded in May 2019. aeroconcept provides consulting services to all sectors of the aviation industry.

    A British and German national, James has been in the aviation industry for over 20 years, predominately in cargo.

    With working for some of the world’s largest airlines including, Lufthansa Cargo, AeroLogic, Qatar Airways as well as DHL Express and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) James has gained extensive aviation experience.

    James has global expertise in a number of areas of the industry including, cargo handling, aircraft handling, flight operations, quality and safety, restricted commodities, auditing and training, aviation IT systems and product management.

    Julia Yansura
    Program Manager, Latin America & The Caribbean, The Global Financial Integrity Group

    Julia Yansura is the Program Manager for Latin America & the Caribbean at Global Financial Integrity, a Washington, DC-based think tank focused on illicit financial flows, corruption, illicit trade and money laundering. She currently leads a project researching financial crimes across 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries, and is the author of several recent reports, including “Narcotics Proceeds in the Western Hemisphere” and “The Gold Standard: Addressing Illicit Financial Flows in the Colombian Gold Sector through Greater Transparency.” Prior to joining Global Financial Integrity, Yansura implemented projects related to the financial services sector in Central America. She has experience working in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Jamaica. Ms. Yansura holds an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

    Nirjhar Daripa
    Innovation Product Manager, Accuity

    Nirjhar is an Innovation Product Manager at Accuity. He is responsible for leading innovation efforts and providing strategic guidance on new functionalities, features and products which would evolve the firm’s financial crime offerings.

    He has nearly 15 years of experience in the financial crime, fraud and financial markets domains, and has been involved in developing and managing various data, analytics and software related solutions.

    Vincent Gaudel
    Compliance Specialist, Accuity

    Vincent works as a compliance expert for Accuity, his role includes the monitoring of regulatory & technological trends in the area of sanctions compliance, to help design the best tools for managing sanctions risks. Vincent has 8 years of experience in compliance functions in the financial industry and holds Master’s Degrees in both international business (Bordeaux, France) and political science (Linköping, Sweden).

    Aneta Klosek
    Director, Trade Compliance Market Planning, Accuity

    Aneta Klosek is a senior professional in the field of financial crime prevention and international Anti Money Laundering regulations. With more than 15 years of professional experience, Aneta has advised numerous clients from a variety of sectors on establishing effective compliance programs and consults how customers can maximize business opportunities by the use of leading technology solutions and data. In her current role at Accuity, Aneta is an integral part of the compliance projects leading global air cargo companies such as Emirates and Lufthansa.

    Dave Loeser
    Senior Director of Product Management, Accuity

    In his role at Accuity, Dave Loeser’s responsibilities range from designing sprint-level user stories to managing product teams focused on multi-year strategic initiatives. For more than a decade, Dave has helped develop the Firco Compliance Link Suite, and is currently spearheading cross-product strategic initiatives. Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attained a Masters of Business Administration, Management and Strategy from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

    Adrián Sánchez
    Director, Market Planning Latin America & The Caribbean, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

    Adrian is responsible of delivering to customers, the latest in technology for specialized solutions in anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance and anti-bribery and corruption that allow any type of corporation or industry, not only to comply effectively with the local regulatory framework, but also to do so more efficiently, making their internal processes and workflows more efficient and transparent in order to prevent operational and reputational risks.

    He has a degree in Business Administration, with more than 19 years of experience CAMS certified, before joining LexisNexis Risk Solutions; he worked in different financial institutions, multinational companies, as well as in the government sector in different areas such as: fraud prevention, prevention of money laundering and regulatory compliance; developing strategies for prevention, detection and combat of financial crimes.

    Charles Thomas
    Market Planning Director, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

    Charles Thomas is responsible for the product development, vision and strategy of LexisNexis anti-bribery and corruption services, which help companies to proactively manage their risks and exposure to prosecution by preventing risky company and employee activity. He is also instrumental in coordinating product positioning and go-to-market plans with sales and marketing teams and working closely with both clients and internal stakeholders to create innovative new services to help clients manage their business and compliance risks more effectively.

    Dan Wager
    Vice President, Financial Crime Compliance, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

    Daniel Wager is an experienced financial crime compliance and investigations executive with extensive experience in developing and running programs designed to prevent, detect and report money laundering, sanctions violations, arms proliferation and other crimes. A respected expert witness in civil and criminal litigation, he is a trusted authority in interactions with regulators and enforcement agencies. In his current position, he assists regulated and non-regulated entities in avoiding legal, regulatory and reputational risk, while protecting the global financial system from illicit fund flows. He joined LexisNexis Risk Solutions in 2016 from a long and meritorious career fighting financial crime.