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Welcome to AGRC’s webinar #2!

After a great session on anti-money laundering and financial crime back in February, this April we bring you a live event focusing on two issues that are near and dear to our community’s heart: Risk and Compliance.

Join us on Wednesday, April 21st at 14:30 GMT for an hour-long webinar that will analyze the future of both the risk and compliance functions and whether or not we should be on the lookout for a full-blown revolution of sorts for either of these sectors.

Some of the questions to be tackled by our three esteemed panelists, who are experts in risk, compliance and tax issues, include:

  1. How will COVID-19 forever change risk management in the financial services sector?
  2. What’s the role to be played by technology within the compliance function?
  3. How will advances in the behavioral sciences help improve risk-related decision-making?
  4. What does the future look like for risk transfer instruments?
  5. How will remote work and the work-from-home movement affect a company’s compliance obligations?
  6. And plenty more!

Make sure you book your seat TODAY for what’s shaping up to be another great AGRC production!

Hope to have you with us in a month!

Our Risk & Compliance Experts

Dr. Peter Wilson, PB First Global Tax Advisors, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Wilson is an Australian by birth, and has lived in Sydney, London and New York and now is a Dubai resident. During more than 36 years, he has advised a wide range of multinational clients on the international tax law applicable to their trading and investment activities, as well as to their ownership. He has formal qualifications in taxation advising, chartered accounting and law, and a PhD in ‘BRICS and International Tax Law’ from Queen Mary, University of London. For many years, Peter was an International Tax Partner of EY and later PwC and an Investment Banker at a major Japanese Financial Institution. Now he runs PB First Global Tax Advisors.

Socrates Coudounaris, CFIRM, FCII, CIRM, Executive Director for UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Reinsurance Group America, London, UK

Socrates is the Head of Risk Oversight (EMEA Region) at Reinsurance Group America, a Fortune 250 company. He has over 20 years of experience gained across the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the UAE in financial services, education and the engineering/energy industries. He is a Certified Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK).

He has served as Chair and Non-Executive Director with 7 years of experience on the Board of the Institute of Risk Management (UK). Currently, he is a Charity Trustee and a visiting lecturer on Operational Risk Management at The Business School (formerly Cass), City University of London (UK), and a frequent speaker at international conferences on Risk Management.

Samantha Sheen, Founder and Director, Ex Ante Advisory Limited, and Associate Fellow, RUSI, London, UK

Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance. Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer and CCO, and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe.

Sam also worked offshore for several years as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey heading up its enforcement activities. She subsequently set up the regulator’s first financial crime division, overseeing the examination of a variety of financial institutions and formulating the regulator’s ongoing supervisory activities across a diverse group of financial sector participants.

Sam continues to maintain ongoing engagement with other regulators on financial crime matters and was approved last year as an independent assessor for MONEYVAL, the European-based body of the FATF.

Sam has extensive training experience in the field of financial crime prevention and corporate governance matters. She has most recently been involved in projects related to FinTech businesses, the use of RegTech to mitigate financial crime, and list management relating to the screening of customers and third parties. Sam worked with ACAMS Europe as its first subject matter expert as its AML Director and subsequently ran her one advisory business, assisting Crypto, FinTech and AML/CFT vendor technology and outsourcing vendors on various financial crime prevention matters. Sam is recognised as a subject matter expert and has co-authored a number of online certificate courses, facilitated working groups on 4/5AMLD in Europe, and assisted in the development of white papers on various AML/CFT compliance topics.

Adonis Pegasiou, Academic Director, EIMF, Cyprus

Adonis Pegasiou, who will be moderating this session, is the Academic Director of EIMF since May 2019. He holds a PhD in Politics (University of Manchester), an MSc in European Policy Studies (University of Bristol) and a BSc in Economics (London School of Economics (LSE)).

Furthermore, he holds the ‘Certified Global Sanctions Specialist’ (CGSS) Certification offered by the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a Diploma in ‘Governance, Risk and Compliance’ (Merit) offered by the International Compliance Association (ICA).

Following his doctoral studies, he held positions in the public and private sectors including Cyprus Airways (Head of Chairman’s Office and Non-Executive Board Member), the Secretariat of Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU, the Embassy of Kuwait in Cyprus (Consultant to the Ambassador) and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (Non-Executive Board Member – appointed by the Government and approved by the Parliament and European Central Bank).

In between his professional appointments, Adonis Pegasiou was awarded post-doctoral research funding by the Research Promotion Foundation of the Republic of Cyprus to examine the ‘Europeanisation of Cyprus’s economy’. For the duration of the post-doctoral project, he was based at the EUC Research Centre (Cyprus) and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE.

In addition, he has been involved in numerous research projects, published his work in various peer-reviewed journals and participated in numerous international conferences.