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Andrea Gacki Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
Andrea Gacki is the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. OFAC is the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing economic sanctions on behalf of the U.S. government. Andrea has previously served as the Deputy Director of OFAC, since March 2017. She also served contemporaneously as the acting Deputy Director and as the Associate Director for Compliance and Enforcement at OFAC from 2014 until March 2017. She was also OFAC’s Assistant Director for Licensing from 2010 to 2014. Andrea first joined OFAC in March 2008 as the Senior Sanctions Advisor for Program Policy & Implementation. Prior to joining OFAC, Andrea was a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she represented OFAC by, among other things, defending against designation challenges brought by the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the Islamic American Relief Agency, and where she served as a senior member of the Justice Department’s Terrorist Designation Team. Before joining the Justice Department, Andrea was an associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP), and she clerked for the Honorable Avern Cohn on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Amelia Childress Compliance Lead, Square
Amelia Childress is a Compliance Lead at Square, Inc where she is leading Compliance teams dedicated to Square Capital, Square’s international markets, as well as those focused on Governance, Product Advisory, and Testing and Monitoring. Amelia has worked in numerous roles for traditional financial institutions in due diligence and financial crimes was previously the Head of Compliance at Fundbox, an online lending startup for small businesses, where she helped the company meet the rigorous regulatory requirements in the lending space. She graduated from the Monterey Institute for International Studies with a master’s degree in International Policy and a Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies.
Eric Medoff Head of Sanctions, Square
Eric is the Head of Sanctions at Square. He was formerly a Sanctions Compliance Manager at Amazon, where he helped Amazon develop their enterprise-wide sanctions compliance program. He was also a Chief in the Licensing Division at the Office of Foreign Assets Control, where he implemented sanctions with respect to the Iran, Syria, and Counterterrorism programs. Eric holds a JD from Saint Thomas University School of Law and an LL.M. in National Security & US Foreign Relations Law from The George Washington University Law School.
Delia Pawelke Global Sanctions Officer, Stripe
Delia Pawelke is the Global Sanctions Officer for Stripe, Inc. At Stripe, she oversees a team in San Francisco that handles Stripe’s global sanctions operations. Prior to joining Stripe in April 2017, Delia was the head of JPMorgan’s Central Policy Office and was responsible for setting policy standards and processes across the lines of business and corporate functions. She also was a vice president in the Sanctions Investigations group. She graduated from Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the State Bar of New York.
Amit Sharma Founder and CEO, FinClusive Capital
Amit Sharma has engaged in a myriad of roles that intersect financial markets, social enterprise/impact, risk management, international security, and development. He is developing FinClusive Capital, a digital financial services platform serving the financially underserved and excluded leveraging blockchain technology, advanced analytics and global standard-based risk/compliance tools to drive financial inclusion, build economic resilience and protect financial system integrity. Prior to FinClusive, Amit was Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business and Global Markets Units. In Washington DC, Amit served at the US Department of the Treasury, at the inception of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence—developing and implementing tools to combat transnational threats and financial crime—and later as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and part of Treasury’s senior team under Secretary Paulson. Amit received his MBA and MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and his BA from The University of Virginia.
John Jefferies Chief Marketing Officer, CipherTrace
John Jefferies, JJ, is CipherTrace’s Chief Marketing Officer. JJ has held leadership positions in marketing for a variety of cyber security companies including computer hardware, software, network, and mobile security products for over twenty years. JJ joined CipherTrace from Samsung’s Strategy Innovation Center where he led blockchain initiatives and collaborations as Head of Security Marketing. Before that, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Cayuga Networks applying machine learning to large-scale web application security. Previously JJ served as the GM and Chief Marketing Officer of Abaca Technology (PFPT) which filtered email at scale for Yahoo!Mail, AT&T, and iCloud using machine learning. Prior to Abaca JJ served as Vice President Marketing at IronKey (GLA), the world leader in secure portable computing. Before IronKey, JJ held senior marketing positions with Differential (AXW), Hewlett Packard, Tandem (HP), Teros (Citrix) and Dascom (IBM). Mr. Jefferies obtained his MBA from the Ivy School of Business in London, Ontario and his BA in Business from Michigan State University.
Grace Liu CNS
Grace Liu is a research associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. She produces geospatial intelligence, translates Korean and Chinese sources, and uses 3D modeling techniques to assess WMD and ballistic-missile capabilities. Her research focuses on applying open-source information to verify treaty compliance, particularly on the Korean Peninsula. She is currently working on applying machine learning capabilities to analyze remote-sensing data. Her previous work includes exploring prospects to codify the International Monitoring System as a verification measure in a Korean Peninsula Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, using remote-sensing data to monitor uranium production, and monitoring high-frequency satellite imagery to track missile launches. Grace previously served as an analyst in the armed forces.
Zachary Nusbaum Director of Strategic Accounts, Chainalysis
Zachary is the Director of Strategic Accounts at Chainalysis where he leads engagement with partners in global law enforcement, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency businesses. Previously, he worked in Markets – Fixed Income, the AML Global Reporting Office, and Global Cards and Fintech at Citigroup in New York. Prior to joining Citi, Zachary researched the impact of cryptocurrencies on illicit finance flows and the implications for the international regulatory landscape at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington and the MIT Digital Currency Initiative in Boston. He served in the Paratrooper Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces and holds a Masters in International Business from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University
Alex Newhouse Analyst, Sony
Alex Newhouse is an analyst on the Data Governance Team at Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation), where he works on formulating and implementing processes and policies to ensure the responsible use of data throughout the company. He also has an M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies with a Financial Crime Management specialization from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He also works with the Center for Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at MIIS to leverage open-source data to analyze violence and extremism on social media. His other interests currently focus on the potential applications of deep learning and network analysis to enhance content moderation and improve counter-radicalization practices.
Vic Maculaitis, CAMS THE DATA INITIATIVE
Vic is the founder and chief executive at THE DATA INITIATIVE, an early stage data and technology company. Vic is also the managing partner at i3strategies, a boutique strategy management consulting firm. Both ventures offer strategic solutions to organizations with missions to combat illicit financial threats. Prior, Vic was the Chief AML Officer at an $11B asset size OCC regulated bank and the Head of AML Operations at a $95B asset size FDIC regulated bank, both headquartered in California. Aside from other senior management/executive roles at leading financial services firms, Vic has been a trusted advisor to nearly 50 organizations globally. Vic is a recognized thought leader and innovator in the financial crimes field and has domain expertise across all risk and compliance aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and USA PATRIOT Act (USAPA). Vic is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and alum of UCLA Anderson School of Management, Walsh University, and The University of Akron.
James Richards, B.Comm., JD, CAMS RegTech Consulting
Jim Richards has three decades of experience leading large bank financial crimes programs. A published author, accomplished public speaker, with a unique blend of law enforcement, prosecutorial, and private sector experiences across all facets of financial crimes risk management. Program and governance leadership, including board-level reporting, as well as design and implementation of AML surveillance and analytics systems. A senior risk professional known as a pioneer of, and leader in, the field. Prior to forming RTC in April 2018, Jim was an Executive Vice-President, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer, and Global Director of Financial Crimes Risk Management for Wells Fargo & Co. As BSA officer, he was responsible for governance and program oversight for BSA, anti-money laundering (AML), and sanctions for Wells Fargo’s global operations. As director of the global financial crimes risk management group, he was responsible for governance and program execution of BSA, AML, counter-terrorist financing (CTF), external fraud, global sanctions, financial crimes analytics, and high-risk customer due diligence. Jim was a member of the Wells Fargo management committee and enterprise risk management committee. Jim also represented Wells Fargo with the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG), US Department of the Treasury. Prior to his role with Wells Fargo, Jim was the AML operations executive at Bank of America. There, Jim was responsible for the operational aspects of Bank of America’s global AML and CTF monitoring, surveillance, investigations, and related SAR reporting. Like at Wells, Jim also represented Bank of America with the BSAAG. Jim is a sought-after speaker at financial crime and AML conferences, and is the author of “Transnational Criminal Organizations, Cybercrime, and Money Laundering.” Jim has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree and JD from the University of British Columbia. He lives in Walnut Creek, CA.
Chris Focacci Vice President of Offering Management , Steele Compliance Solutions
Christian Focacci is currently Vice President of Offering Management at Steele Compliance Solutions. Christian has over a decade of experience in anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) and sanctions compliance. He has worked for several of the world’s largest financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, Citi, and Bank of New York Mellon. Prior to joining Steele, Christian was the co-founder and Chief Information Officer of TransparINT, a financial crime compliance technology firm focused on helping companies better identify risk through the use of machine learning and automation. He was also the founder of AMLSource.com, a leading career resource website for compliance professionals that was acquired by the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BarBri company, in May 2015.
Michael Greenwald Tiedemann Advisors (Former US Treasury Attaché)
Michael B. Greenwald is a Belfer Center Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His expertise is in illicit finance, sanctions, and the Gulf/Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Greenwald previously worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury in positions working with Africa, Europe, and serving as a financial diplomat in the Middle East spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew and Mnuchin. Most recently, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar in August 2015. Prior to that role, Greenwald served as the United States Treasury Policy Advisor for Europe. In this role, he was appointed as the head of the United States Delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Greenwald was part of the U.S. Treasury team that crafted U.S. sanctions against Russia, the largest U.S. sanctions program to date, and negotiated similar sanctions by Europe. He has also served in a variety of roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Council at the U.S Treasury working closely with the National Security Council at the White House working on issues related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea. Since leaving the United States Government in July 2017, Greenwald serves as the Senior Vice President of Tiedemann Advisors. He is a senior member of the firm’s business development strategy team. He works closely with clients to understand and help implement their goals and objectives. Greenwald is also the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, Fred Kempe, and serves as the Special Advisor on International Affairs to the President and CEO of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Laurie Glimcher. In 2018, Greenwald was appointed Deputy Executive Director of North America Trilateral Commission. Greenwald is an Adjunct Professor at The Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where he teaches Global Policy: Financial Warfare. He also teaches The New Normal of Economic Statecraft in the Middle East. Greenwald remains highly involved in charitable, civic, and educational activities. He serves on the United States Holocaust Museum Next Generation Board, Aspen Institute Vanguard Society of Fellows, Co-Chairman of Atlantic Council Counselor Program, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Boston University School of Law Dean Advisory Board. A frequent speaker on international security, the Middle East and illicit finance issues, Greenwald’s past speaking engagements include lectures at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Atlantic Council, Harvard University, Yale Law School, Stanford, Columbia University, and Northwestern Business School in Doha. Greenwald earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, a Master of Arts from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Washington University. He is a graduate of St. Marks School in Southborough, Massachusetts.
Andrew Weinschenk Director of the Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures, U.S. Department of State
Andrew Weinschenk is the Director of the Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures. In that capacity, he plays a leading role in the State Department’s efforts to counter terrorist financing and money laundering, including through designations and participation in the Financial Action Task Force. He also manages issues associated with conflict diamonds, conflict minerals, and financial system de-risking. His previous assignments included serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of Terrorist Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, and Executive Assistant and Senior Adviser to several Assistant Secretaries of State for Economic and Business Affairs. He was a Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow on the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 2004 and a Senior Adviser for International Technology Policy in the Office of the Vice President of the United States in 1999. He joined the State Department in 1996 as a Presidential Management Fellow and originally served in the Office of International Communications and Information Policy. Mr. Weinschenk is a graduate of the National War College (M.S.), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (M.A.), and Brown University (A.B.). He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
SSA Donna Peterson Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), FBI
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Donna Peterson began her FBI career in 1999 as an agent in the Los Angeles field office where she worked transnational computer intrusions, insider threats, and online fraud. In 2006, SSA Peterson transitioned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she managed the criminal cyber program, focusing on transnational cybercrime and attacks on the U.S. financial infrastructure. SSA Peterson then spent several years in international operations and as an assistant legal attaché in Canberra, Australia, handling national security issues. In 2014, SSA Peterson returned to the U.S. to supervise a joint terrorism task force in Oakland, California, and manage the weapons of mass destruction program for the San Francisco field office. In 2017, SSA Peterson returned to Washington, D.C. as the FBI detailee to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, focusing on national security and cybersecurity policy, to include election security oversight. SSA Peterson currently supervises the San Francisco field office’s counterintelligence squad responsible for investigating Russian and global proliferation matters. Prior to joining the FBI, SSA Peterson was a Russian cryptologic linguist with the U.S. Air Force. SSA Peterson holds a Master’s degree in cybersecurity policy from UMUC as well as certifications in data communications and information security from UCLA extension.
Dan Alexander Deputy Global Sanctions Officer, Charles Schwab
Dan Alexander is currently the Deputy Global Sanctions Officer and Program Director for the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) & Global Sanctions Department at Charles Schwab, where he supports all facets of the Firm’s OFAC & Global Sanctions program. Prior to joining Schwab, Dan held positions at Wells Fargo in the Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group. His efforts focused on sanctions and money-laundering trends associated with Wells Fargo’s correspondent banking relationships. Dan also has substantial experience with the federal government. Before joining Wells Fargo, Dan was an analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), where he spent five years working on international counterterrorism matters in Washington, DC. During this time, he focused on terrorism threats emanating from Europe and Africa. Dan was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. Dan obtained his BA at St. Olaf College and his JD at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Brian Stoeckert Partner, Stratis Advisory
Brian manages an international portfolio of FinTech startups, money service businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and entertainment companies. At Stratis, he advises on strategy, risk, compliance, and governance in connecting the dots between startups, banks, and investors. He has been featured in a wide range of publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek and serves as a consultant to Sony Crackle’s tech-thriller “StartUp.” Brian also serves as a Mentor for the Envestnet | Yodlee and Commerce Innovated Incubators for FinTech startups. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Fraud Examiner (CFE). Brian received his JD from New York Law School and his BA in political science from Stony Brook University. In 2014, he received Stony Brook University’s Top 40 Under Forty Award.
Hailey Lennon Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, bitFlyer
Hailey Lennon is Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at bitFlyer USA, a global cryptocurrency exchange with offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Luxembourg. Hailey helped oversee the company’s expansion into the USA in 2017, developing the company’s compliance program and obtaining money transmitter licensing and the New York BitLicense. She has advocated for self-regulation of the cryptocurrency industry and currently serves as a Board Member of the Virtual Commodity Association, representing bitFlyer as a founding member. Prior to joining bitFlyer USA, Hailey helped develop Silvergate Bank’s Fintech and Virtual Currency Compliance Department as Legal Advisor. Hailey started her career as In-House Counsel at Dolarex, a wholesale traditional exchange company and as a Commercial Litigation Attorney at Gordon & Rees. She received her Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law and undergraduate degree in Business Law from Loyola Marymount University.
Monterey Threat Financing Forum: March 16-18, 2020