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Part 2 - Friday 24 November 2023
A Recap on the mechanics of virtual assets
Financial Crime Considerations
Typologies for virtual currency money laundering
Virtual assets and sanctions
Recent case studies
Terrorism financing observations
Observations and evolving typologies
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - Virtual Assets update
The international view on digital assets and AML/CFT compliance expectations
Achieving effective risk management
A look at some of the resources that can assist in risk management
Ross Savage: Expert Trainer at the School of International Financial Services
In 2009, Ross moved to New Scotland Yard, joining the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU). Working closely with key government and industry partners, he led national and International Terrorist Finance (TF) and financial intelligence operations. As part of a Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) capacity building program, Ross was part of a small team of officers that delivered bespoke, tailored, training in Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) to overseas partners in the middle east. In 2012 he managed the NTFIU’s Intelligence and Assessment desk during the London Olympics.
In 2013, Ross was seconded to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide specialist CFT and AML Investigative expertise to cross-government initiatives targeting the funding networks relied upon by the Taliban and other extremist and terrorist organisations - travelling to Afghanistan, the United States and across Europe. During this secondment, Ross was responsible for developing UK lines of effort for adoption at the ‘Five Eyes’ Threat Finance Working Group. This was comprised of subject matter experts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States and the UK. Ross was additionally responsible for delivering bespoke financial crime training to identified defence and government stakeholders.
Since 2015 until 2021, operating as Grata Opus Ltd, Ross designed and delivered bespoke CFT, AML, Sanctions, Anti-Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention (FCP) training and consultancy services to a wide range of government and private sector clients across the globe. He is vastly experienced in face-to-face delivery, ranging from intimate, confidential boardroom settings, to large open public conferences. He is accustomed to presenting over numerous secure and open virtual digital training platforms.
In 2021, Ross became a full-time Course Director and Global Lead for Sanctions Compliance Training at the International Compliance Association (ICA). Throughout 2021 to mid 2022, he was privileged to manage the delivery of, and develop extensive training content for, the first new Diploma qualification the organisation had launched in ten years; the International Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk, during a time of unprecedented change within the international sanctions landscape. He achieved this by working closely with industry experts
and key internal and external stakeholders. The programme delivers a blended learning approach, consisting of student driven learning, supported by bespoke virtual classroom sessions and group tutorials, with a final immersive scenario-based session, delivered from a world-leading virtual training studio.