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Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response

This conference is organised by the Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering (AML Center) in partnership with the Bank of Lithuania

             

The 3rd The Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response will bring Lithuanian experts and international speakers together on May 16th in Vilnius. We invite you to join us online.  

AML professionals and experts continually face new challenges arising from emerging trends and evolving attempts to breach AML, CTF regulations, and sanctions implementation regimes. The current reality demands vigilance, with a focus on staying ahead of criminal intentions to safeguard domestic and global financial markets and prevent illicit finance harming societies worldwide.

In this year’s conference, we will delve into global threats related to illicit finance, exploring new patterns of sanctions evasion and terrorist financing that is now at the center of attention of the international AML and CTF community.

In this context, allied response to uprising threats is the focal point. We aim to circle the ideas of how mutual efforts uniting AML Community regionally and globally from both public and private sectors enable to prevent financial crimes more effectively.   

The conference will be available to watch freely on our Youtube channel, please press “Watch The Broadcast” tab. 

Given the sensitivity of the topics discussed, security is of utmost importance. Therefore, registration for the on-site event will be conducted through the AML Center’s shareholders and partners. Please note that the online broadcast is scheduled until 2:40 P.M. To comply with security and GDPR policies, certain parts of the event will not be streamed. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. 

Event speakers

Eglė Lukošienė

Director of Center of Excellence in Anti- Money Laundering
Director of Center of Excellence in Anti- Money Laundering

Eglė Lukošienė

The Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response, hosted in partnership with The Bank of Lithuania, will be opened by Eglė Lukošienė, Director of Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering

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Vaida Česnulevičiūtė – Markevičienė

The Vice - Minister of Finance
The Vice - Minister of Finance

Vaida Česnulevičiūtė – Markevičienė

The Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response, hosted in partnership with The Bank of Lithuania, will be opened by Vaida Česnulevičiūtė - Markevičienė, The Vice - Minister at the Ministry of Finance of The Republic of Lithuania.

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Gediminas Šimkus

Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania
Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

Gediminas Šimkus

G. Šimkus is the Keynote Speaker of the Annual AML Center Conference 2024.

In his speech, the Governor of The Bank of Lithuania will focus and present his point of view on the importance of collaboration when fighting the uprising threats of financial crimes.

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John E. Smith

Partner/ Co - Chair Morrison Foerster's National Security Practice, former Director of OFAC.
Partner/ Co - Chair Morrison Foerster's National Security Practice, former Director of OFAC.

John E. Smith

John E. Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is co-head of Morrison Foerster’s National Security practice, and a partner of the Global Risk + Crisis Management group and Investigations + White Collar group. After serving 11 years as a top official at OFAC and three years as its Director, John to the table brings unmatched experience in economic sanctions, enforcement, and national security.

Both in the United States and globally, John is go-to expert for his deep experience and unique perspective on the complexities and escalating risk of U.S. and multilateral sanctions. He is a trusted advisor for clients navigating significant civil and criminal enforcement actions by U.S. and other government prosecutors and regulators.

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Simonas Krėpšta

Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania
Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

Simonas Krėpšta

Simonas Krėpšta started his professional career in one of Lithuania’s commercial banks in 2006. In 2008–2019, he worked at the Bank of Lithuania – having started his career there as Economist at the Financial Stability Division, he later held senior positions as Head of the Macroprudential Policy Division of the Financial Stability Department and Director of the Financial Stability Department.

Simonas Krėpšta holds an International Executive MBA from the Baltic Management Institute (BMI) as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics (Finance and Banking) from Vytautas Magnus University. Mr Krėpšta also completed his traineeship at the Bank of England as well as deepened his financial knowledge in other internships and trainings. As Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, he is in charge of the field of supervision and the Centre for Digital Excellence.

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Kane Baguley

SOCnet llicit Finance Lead, British Embassy Riga
SOCnet llicit Finance Lead, British Embassy Riga

Kane Baguley

Kane Baguley is the Illicit Finance Policy Lead for the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Network (SOCnet) based at the British Embassy in Riga. His role is the political, strategic and programmatic response to economic crime within Europe and the South Caucasus. His focus is the intersection of national security and illicit finance and the instrumentalisation of economic warfare.

Previously Kane was involved in tackling transnational commodity smuggling and associated money laundering as a Senior Analyst within HM Revenue & Customs. Kane has completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Politics.

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Laurent Szymkowiak

Financial Investigations Expert, World Customs Organization (WCO), AML and CTF Programme
Financial Investigations Expert, World Customs Organization (WCO), AML and CTF Programme

Laurent Szymkowiak

Laurent is a senior French customs officer and he is currently working at the World Customs Organisation as a financial investigation expert for the TENTACLE project, a programme to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Before taking up this post, he worked for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, Alicante) as a seconded national expert in the Observatory Department four years.

For eight years he also worked for the Office central de lutte contre le trafic illicite de stupéfiants (OCRTIS-Lille). In this office one of his main responsibilities was coordinating the actions implemented by the customs and police teams, and cooperation with foreign services (customs and police in various European countries). During his time, he was also involved in number of investigations into international drug trafficking networks, as well as money laundering networks linked to terrorist organizations.

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Roberto Crespi

Team Lead in the Sanction Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission
Team Lead in the Sanction Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission

Roberto Crespi

Roberto Crespi is Team Leader for legal and horizontal matters in the Sanctions Unit of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission. Within the team, Roberto monitors legal aspect of several EU sanctions, including Russia and Syria. Prior to that, Roberto worked as a lawyer in international law firms in Italy, United Kingdom and Belgium. He also worked as legal specialist for an EU Agency in Spain.

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Jack Crawford

Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Jack Crawford

Jack is a Research Fellow with RUSI's Open Source and Intelligence Analysis research group, where he focuses on Euro-Atlantic security and politics. Previously, Jack engaged with an array of nuclear security issues with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy research group.

Before joining RUSI in 2021, he worked in the think tank and government sectors on transatlantic security, European economic policy and legislative components of US foreign policymaking. Jack was also a member of New America's Nuclear Futures Working Group, and he holds an MSc in International Relations and a BSc in International Affairs.

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Šarūnas Černiauskas

Co-Founder and Director of Siena, Center of Investigative Journalism
Co-Founder and Director of Siena, Center of Investigative Journalism

Šarūnas Černiauskas

Šarūnas Černiauskas is the co-founder and director of Siena, the only Lithuanian media outlet entirely devoted to investigative reporting.

Šarūnas and Siena also belong to two of the best investigative reporting networks in the world - OCCRP and ICIJ. With international partners, Šarūnas has taken part in award-winning investigations like Panama Papers, Troika Laundromat, FinCEN Files etc. In 2022, after russia began its full-scale invasion against Ukraine, Šarūnas and Siena shifter their focus towards international sanctions.

As a result, the small Lithuanian investigative center published multiple stories on sanction evasion and contributed to dismantling several schemes designed to circumvent EU's measures against russia and belarus.

Read more

Simonas Šatūnas

The Vice - Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Vice - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Simonas Šatūnas

Simonas Šatūnas currently serves as a Viceminister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. Among other issues, mostly related to EU and trade policies, his portfolio includes coordination of the questions on international sanctions. Before this position, most recently he has led the Cabinet of Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.

Mr Šatūnas for more than 20 years served as a Lithuanian diplomat, was posted in Latvia, United States of America, was a Lithuanian Deputy Permanent Representative and Lithuanian Acting Permanent Representative in the EU. Previously Šatūnas has also worked as a foreign policy advisor to President of the Republic of Lithuania.

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Kazimieras Zaveckas

Board Member and Head of Compliance at Swedbank Lithuania
Board Member and Head of Compliance at Swedbank Lithuania

Kazimieras Zaveckas

Kazimieras Zaveckas – Chief Compliance Officer and board member of one of the leading banks in Lithuania and Nordics. Formerly an expert at International Monetary Fund. Also experienced with a proven track record in legal, lecturing and financial supervision areas.

In the current capacity responsible for effective management of core compliance risk and financial crime prevention governance framework.  

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Greta Barkauskienė

Expert, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering
Expert, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering

Greta Barkauskienė

Greta Barkauskienė is a highly qualified specialist in financial crimes and a member of the Certified Financial Crime Specialists Association (CFCS). She gained extensive experience and knowledge in the field of money laundering prevention while working at the Financial Crime Investigation Service of Lithuania (FNTT). Deepening her expertise, she participated in various training and certification programs, conducted complex analyses of reports on suspicious operations and transactions.

Greta has acquired legal and economic education, enhancing her competence in the field of cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

Therefore, she is capable of providing a comprehensive approach to money laundering prevention and addressing the need for collaboration between the private and public sectors.

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Denys Karlovskyi

Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Denys Karlovskyi

Denys is a Research Fellow with RUSI's Open Source and Intelligence Analysis research group. Previously, Denys worked as a news editor in Ukraine's leading online media Ukrainska Pravda from 2021 to 2022, including the initial five months of Russia's full-scale invasion. In 2020, Denys worked as a junior fact-checker for the think tank Vox Ukraine on a project implemented jointly with Facebook to tackle the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories about Covid-19.

Denys holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

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Audrius Valeika

Deputy Director, Financial Crime Investigation Service
Deputy Director, Financial Crime Investigation Service

Audrius Valeika

Audrius has 25 years of experience in law enforcement institutions. He had to investigate, organize and lead the investigations of high-profile murders, robberies, fraud, human and drug trafficking as well as money laundering committed by international organized criminal groups.

Audrius has a deep knowledge and experience in cooperation with Europol, Eurojust, other international institutions and actively is participating in legislation, both in Lithuania and in the EU, in the areas of law enforcement and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

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Ollie Phelan

Baltics Sanctions Attaché, British Embassy Riga
Baltics Sanctions Attaché, British Embassy Riga

Ollie Phelan

Ollie Phelan is a UK sanctions officer at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. Based in Riga, he works across the three Baltic countries delivering on the objectives of the UK Economic Deterrence Initiative. The EDI is a £50m programme announced by the UK Prime Minister in 2022 to improve the effectiveness of UK and international sanctions.

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Stephen Reimer

Associate Fellow, The Center for Financial and Security, Royal Services Institute (RUSI) and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po
Associate Fellow, The Center for Financial and Security, Royal Services Institute (RUSI) and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po

Stephen Reimer

Stephen Reimer is an Associate Fellow and former Senior Research Fellow at RUSI’s Centre for Financial and Security, and an Adjunct Professor at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, where he lectures on financial intelligence and security. Stephen’s research and writing focuses on the financial dynamics of threats to peace, security and democracy, particularly the financing of terrorism.

His recent work has looked at terrorism financing using new technologies, terrorist financial facilitation networks, and assessing the risk of terrorism financing abuse in the not-for-profit sector. He also works on the unintended impacts of the Financial Action Task Force’s standards on human rights, and their misuse as a tool for eroding democracy.

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Vito Armonavicius

Head of Complex Investigations, Revolut
Head of Complex Investigations, Revolut

Vito Armonavicius

Vito is a certified, multilingual financial crime specialist and investigator, with over 12 years of experience in the anti-financial crime domain. His professional journey spans diverse roles within money service business, banking and fintech sectors in the UK and internationally.

Throughout his career, Vito has cultivated expertise in financial crime advisory, financial crime and sanctions compliance, risk management, financial investigations, intelligence, operations, and more. Vito is currently Group Head of Financial Crime Complex Investigations at Revolut and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Security at RUSI.

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Petru Sinculei

Senior Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit, Law Enforcement and External Partnerships, Western Union
Senior Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit, Law Enforcement and External Partnerships, Western Union

Petru Sinculei

Petru Sinculei is a Senior Manager on the WU’s Financial Intelligence Unit – Law Enforcement and External Partnerships team. He joined Western Union in February 2014 after 22 years in the Romanian and American law enforcement.

From 2008 to 2014, Petru was assigned as an Investigative Specialist to the United States Secret Service, Bucharest Resident Office attached to the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. While at the Embassy, he supported and facilitated the investigative and protective missions of the United States Secret Service.

Since joining Western Union, he has specialized in investigating CFT, human trafficking, human smuggling, child exploitation, and cybercrime.

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Alvaro Sevilla Navarro

Policy Officer, European Commission at DG Home D2 Unit (Counter Terrorism)
Policy Officer, European Commission at DG Home D2 Unit (Counter Terrorism)

Alvaro Sevilla Navarro

Captain of the Spanish Guardia Civil, responsible of the Counter Terrorism Financing Group 2017-2022 and Head of the Crypto Assets Unit 2022 – 2023. Since 1st June 2023 Seconded as Policy Officer at the EU Commission, in DG Home D2 (Counter Terrorism Unit) dealing with Counter Terrorism Financing.

Education:
Security Engineer (Universidad Carlos III), Master’s in Operational Security Management (Universidad Carlos III) and Master’s in Blockchain, smart contracts and crypto economics at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

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Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin

Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin

Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Security at RUSI, focusing on sanctions and counter threat finance. He is part of Project CRAAFT (Collaboration, Research and Analysis Against Financing of Terrorism) and Euro SIFMANet (European Sanctions and Illicit Finance Monitoring and Analysis Network).

Prior to joining RUSI in 2022, Gonzalo worked as a legal advisor to victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, as well as a researcher of transnational organized crime in Spain and across Europe, collaborating extensively with non-profit organizations and law enforcement agencies.

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Sue Pawsey

Training and Engagement, National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU)
Training and Engagement, National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU)

Sue Pawsey

Sue Pawsey MBE works within the Training and Engagement Team which is part of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service. She trains and regulates the UK Counter Terrorist Financial Investigators. She is also responsible for engagement with financial institutions and other public bodies.

Sue was previously a Detective Inspector responsible for proactive and reactive enquires.

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Programme

09:00-09:10

The Opening of the Conference

09:10-09:30

Welcome remarks

Speakers:
Eglė Lukošienė, Director, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering
Vaida Česnulevičiūtė-Markevičienė, vice-minister of Finance

09:30-09:40

AML Center: Milestones of 2023

09:40-09:50

Keynote speech United Fighting the Darkness of Growing Threats

Speaker:
Gediminas Šimkus, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

09:50-10:40

Panel Discussion Trends of Illicit Finance: United Fighting the Darkness of Growing Threats

Moderator:
Eglė Lukošienė, Director, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering

Speakers:
John E. Smith, Partner/Co-Chair Morrison Foerster’s National Security Practice, Former Director of OFAC
Simonas Krėpšta, Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank
Kane Baguley, SOCnet Illicit Finance Policy Lead, British Embassy Riga
Laurent Szymkowiak, Financial Investigations Expert, World Customs Organization (WCO), Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML-CTF) Programme
Roberto Crespi, Team Lead in the Sanction Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission

10:40-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:30

Keynote speech Moving Targets: Tackling Sanctions Circumvention

Speaker:
Jack Crawford, Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

11:30-12:10

In depth conversation Effectiveness of Sanctions Implementation

Interviewer:
Šarūnas Černiauskas, Founder, Center of Investigative Journalism Siena

Interviewee:
John E. Smith, Partner/Co-Chair Morrison Foerster’s National Security Practice, former OFAC Director

12:10-13:10

Lunch break

13:10-13:25

Keynote speech “Catch me if you can“: making sanctions work

Speaker:
Simonas Šatūnas, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs

13:25-14:10

Panel Discussion Joint Response to Circumvention of Sanctions

Moderator:
Kazimieras Zaveckas, Board Member and Head of Compliance at Swedbank Lithuania

Speakers:
Greta Barkauskienė, Expert, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering
Denys Karlovskyi, Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Audrius Valeika, Deputy Director, Financial Crime Investigation Service
Ollie Phelan, Baltics Sanctions Attaché, British Embassy Riga

14:10-14:40

Keynote speech Adaptations: Why Change is the Only Constant in Combatting Terrorism Financing

Speaker:
Stephen Reimer, Associate Fellow, Centre for Finance and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po

14:40-15:10

Coffee break
From This Point on The Conference will be not broadcasted

15:10-15:50

Fireside chat Part of the Puzzle: Private Sector’s Perspective on Counter-Terrorism Financing

Speakers:
Vito Armonavicius, Head of Complex Investigations, Revolut
Petru Sinculei, Senior Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit, Law Enforcement and External Partnerships, Western Union

15:50-16:30

Panel Discussion Allied Response to Terrorism Financing

Moderator:
Vito Armonavicius, Head of Complex Investigations, Revolut

Speakers:
Alvaro Sevilla Navarro, Policy Officer, European Commission at DG Home D2 Unit (Counter Terrorism)
Gonzalo Saiz, Research Fellow, Centre for Finance and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Sue Pawsey, Training and Engagement, National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU)

16:30-16:40

Summary and closing remarks

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Director of Center of Excellence in Anti- Money Laundering

Eglė Lukošienė

The Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response, hosted in partnership with The Bank of Lithuania, will be opened by Eglė Lukošienė, Director of Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering

The Vice - Minister of Finance

Vaida Česnulevičiūtė – Markevičienė

The Annual AML Center Conference 2024 Beyond the Surface of Illicit Finance: Allied Response, hosted in partnership with The Bank of Lithuania, will be opened by Vaida Česnulevičiūtė - Markevičienė, The Vice - Minister at the Ministry of Finance of The Republic of Lithuania.

Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

Gediminas Šimkus

G. Šimkus is the Keynote Speaker of the Annual AML Center Conference 2024.

In his speech, the Governor of The Bank of Lithuania will focus and present his point of view on the importance of collaboration when fighting the uprising threats of financial crimes.

Partner/ Co - Chair Morrison Foerster's National Security Practice, former Director of OFAC.

John E. Smith

John E. Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is co-head of Morrison Foerster’s National Security practice, and a partner of the Global Risk + Crisis Management group and Investigations + White Collar group. After serving 11 years as a top official at OFAC and three years as its Director, John to the table brings unmatched experience in economic sanctions, enforcement, and national security.

Both in the United States and globally, John is go-to expert for his deep experience and unique perspective on the complexities and escalating risk of U.S. and multilateral sanctions. He is a trusted advisor for clients navigating significant civil and criminal enforcement actions by U.S. and other government prosecutors and regulators.

Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

Simonas Krėpšta

Simonas Krėpšta started his professional career in one of Lithuania’s commercial banks in 2006. In 2008–2019, he worked at the Bank of Lithuania – having started his career there as Economist at the Financial Stability Division, he later held senior positions as Head of the Macroprudential Policy Division of the Financial Stability Department and Director of the Financial Stability Department.

Simonas Krėpšta holds an International Executive MBA from the Baltic Management Institute (BMI) as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics (Finance and Banking) from Vytautas Magnus University. Mr Krėpšta also completed his traineeship at the Bank of England as well as deepened his financial knowledge in other internships and trainings. As Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, he is in charge of the field of supervision and the Centre for Digital Excellence.

SOCnet llicit Finance Lead, British Embassy Riga

Kane Baguley

Kane Baguley is the Illicit Finance Policy Lead for the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Network (SOCnet) based at the British Embassy in Riga. His role is the political, strategic and programmatic response to economic crime within Europe and the South Caucasus. His focus is the intersection of national security and illicit finance and the instrumentalisation of economic warfare.

Previously Kane was involved in tackling transnational commodity smuggling and associated money laundering as a Senior Analyst within HM Revenue & Customs. Kane has completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Politics.

Financial Investigations Expert, World Customs Organization (WCO), AML and CTF Programme

Laurent Szymkowiak

Laurent is a senior French customs officer and he is currently working at the World Customs Organisation as a financial investigation expert for the TENTACLE project, a programme to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Before taking up this post, he worked for at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, Alicante) as a seconded national expert in the Observatory Department four years.

For eight years he also worked for the Office central de lutte contre le trafic illicite de stupéfiants (OCRTIS-Lille). In this office one of his main responsibilities was coordinating the actions implemented by the customs and police teams, and cooperation with foreign services (customs and police in various European countries). During his time, he was also involved in number of investigations into international drug trafficking networks, as well as money laundering networks linked to terrorist organizations.

Team Lead in the Sanction Unit of DG FISMA, European Commission

Roberto Crespi

Roberto Crespi is Team Leader for legal and horizontal matters in the Sanctions Unit of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission. Within the team, Roberto monitors legal aspect of several EU sanctions, including Russia and Syria. Prior to that, Roberto worked as a lawyer in international law firms in Italy, United Kingdom and Belgium. He also worked as legal specialist for an EU Agency in Spain.

Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Jack Crawford

Jack is a Research Fellow with RUSI's Open Source and Intelligence Analysis research group, where he focuses on Euro-Atlantic security and politics. Previously, Jack engaged with an array of nuclear security issues with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy research group.

Before joining RUSI in 2021, he worked in the think tank and government sectors on transatlantic security, European economic policy and legislative components of US foreign policymaking. Jack was also a member of New America's Nuclear Futures Working Group, and he holds an MSc in International Relations and a BSc in International Affairs.

Co-Founder and Director of Siena, Center of Investigative Journalism

Šarūnas Černiauskas

Šarūnas Černiauskas is the co-founder and director of Siena, the only Lithuanian media outlet entirely devoted to investigative reporting.

Šarūnas and Siena also belong to two of the best investigative reporting networks in the world - OCCRP and ICIJ. With international partners, Šarūnas has taken part in award-winning investigations like Panama Papers, Troika Laundromat, FinCEN Files etc. In 2022, after russia began its full-scale invasion against Ukraine, Šarūnas and Siena shifter their focus towards international sanctions.

As a result, the small Lithuanian investigative center published multiple stories on sanction evasion and contributed to dismantling several schemes designed to circumvent EU's measures against russia and belarus.

The Vice - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Simonas Šatūnas

Simonas Šatūnas currently serves as a Viceminister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. Among other issues, mostly related to EU and trade policies, his portfolio includes coordination of the questions on international sanctions. Before this position, most recently he has led the Cabinet of Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.

Mr Šatūnas for more than 20 years served as a Lithuanian diplomat, was posted in Latvia, United States of America, was a Lithuanian Deputy Permanent Representative and Lithuanian Acting Permanent Representative in the EU. Previously Šatūnas has also worked as a foreign policy advisor to President of the Republic of Lithuania.

Board Member and Head of Compliance at Swedbank Lithuania

Kazimieras Zaveckas

Kazimieras Zaveckas – Chief Compliance Officer and board member of one of the leading banks in Lithuania and Nordics. Formerly an expert at International Monetary Fund. Also experienced with a proven track record in legal, lecturing and financial supervision areas.

In the current capacity responsible for effective management of core compliance risk and financial crime prevention governance framework.  

Expert, Center of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering

Greta Barkauskienė

Greta Barkauskienė is a highly qualified specialist in financial crimes and a member of the Certified Financial Crime Specialists Association (CFCS). She gained extensive experience and knowledge in the field of money laundering prevention while working at the Financial Crime Investigation Service of Lithuania (FNTT). Deepening her expertise, she participated in various training and certification programs, conducted complex analyses of reports on suspicious operations and transactions.

Greta has acquired legal and economic education, enhancing her competence in the field of cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

Therefore, she is capable of providing a comprehensive approach to money laundering prevention and addressing the need for collaboration between the private and public sectors.

Research Fellow, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Denys Karlovskyi

Denys is a Research Fellow with RUSI's Open Source and Intelligence Analysis research group. Previously, Denys worked as a news editor in Ukraine's leading online media Ukrainska Pravda from 2021 to 2022, including the initial five months of Russia's full-scale invasion. In 2020, Denys worked as a junior fact-checker for the think tank Vox Ukraine on a project implemented jointly with Facebook to tackle the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories about Covid-19.

Denys holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

Deputy Director, Financial Crime Investigation Service

Audrius Valeika

Audrius has 25 years of experience in law enforcement institutions. He had to investigate, organize and lead the investigations of high-profile murders, robberies, fraud, human and drug trafficking as well as money laundering committed by international organized criminal groups.

Audrius has a deep knowledge and experience in cooperation with Europol, Eurojust, other international institutions and actively is participating in legislation, both in Lithuania and in the EU, in the areas of law enforcement and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Baltics Sanctions Attaché, British Embassy Riga

Ollie Phelan

Ollie Phelan is a UK sanctions officer at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office. Based in Riga, he works across the three Baltic countries delivering on the objectives of the UK Economic Deterrence Initiative. The EDI is a £50m programme announced by the UK Prime Minister in 2022 to improve the effectiveness of UK and international sanctions.

Associate Fellow, The Center for Financial and Security, Royal Services Institute (RUSI) and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po

Stephen Reimer

Stephen Reimer is an Associate Fellow and former Senior Research Fellow at RUSI’s Centre for Financial and Security, and an Adjunct Professor at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, where he lectures on financial intelligence and security. Stephen’s research and writing focuses on the financial dynamics of threats to peace, security and democracy, particularly the financing of terrorism.

His recent work has looked at terrorism financing using new technologies, terrorist financial facilitation networks, and assessing the risk of terrorism financing abuse in the not-for-profit sector. He also works on the unintended impacts of the Financial Action Task Force’s standards on human rights, and their misuse as a tool for eroding democracy.

Head of Complex Investigations, Revolut

Vito Armonavicius

Vito is a certified, multilingual financial crime specialist and investigator, with over 12 years of experience in the anti-financial crime domain. His professional journey spans diverse roles within money service business, banking and fintech sectors in the UK and internationally.

Throughout his career, Vito has cultivated expertise in financial crime advisory, financial crime and sanctions compliance, risk management, financial investigations, intelligence, operations, and more. Vito is currently Group Head of Financial Crime Complex Investigations at Revolut and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Security at RUSI.

Senior Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit, Law Enforcement and External Partnerships, Western Union

Petru Sinculei

Petru Sinculei is a Senior Manager on the WU’s Financial Intelligence Unit – Law Enforcement and External Partnerships team. He joined Western Union in February 2014 after 22 years in the Romanian and American law enforcement.

From 2008 to 2014, Petru was assigned as an Investigative Specialist to the United States Secret Service, Bucharest Resident Office attached to the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. While at the Embassy, he supported and facilitated the investigative and protective missions of the United States Secret Service.

Since joining Western Union, he has specialized in investigating CFT, human trafficking, human smuggling, child exploitation, and cybercrime.

Policy Officer, European Commission at DG Home D2 Unit (Counter Terrorism)

Alvaro Sevilla Navarro

Captain of the Spanish Guardia Civil, responsible of the Counter Terrorism Financing Group 2017-2022 and Head of the Crypto Assets Unit 2022 – 2023. Since 1st June 2023 Seconded as Policy Officer at the EU Commission, in DG Home D2 (Counter Terrorism Unit) dealing with Counter Terrorism Financing.

Education:
Security Engineer (Universidad Carlos III), Master’s in Operational Security Management (Universidad Carlos III) and Master’s in Blockchain, smart contracts and crypto economics at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin

Gonzalo Saiz Erausquin is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Finance and Security at RUSI, focusing on sanctions and counter threat finance. He is part of Project CRAAFT (Collaboration, Research and Analysis Against Financing of Terrorism) and Euro SIFMANet (European Sanctions and Illicit Finance Monitoring and Analysis Network).

Prior to joining RUSI in 2022, Gonzalo worked as a legal advisor to victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, as well as a researcher of transnational organized crime in Spain and across Europe, collaborating extensively with non-profit organizations and law enforcement agencies.

Training and Engagement, National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU)

Sue Pawsey

Sue Pawsey MBE works within the Training and Engagement Team which is part of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service. She trains and regulates the UK Counter Terrorist Financial Investigators. She is also responsible for engagement with financial institutions and other public bodies.

Sue was previously a Detective Inspector responsible for proactive and reactive enquires.