08:00 – 09:00

Registration and Networking

09:00 – 09:10


Welcome Remarks

  • Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association (ICA)
  • May May Lim, Managing Director APAC, International Compliance Association (ICA)

09:10 – 09:30


Inside the Boardroom: Expert Discussions on Compliance Risks

An interactive session featuring a senior global compliance executive who will share insights on pressing compliance risks facing organizations today, international compliance trends, and the role of the c-suite in managing these risks.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and learn from the speaker's experiences in the boardroom. Join us for this thought-provoking session and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of effective communication between the board and the compliance function.


  • Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association
  • Loretta Joseph, Co-Chair, International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA)

09:35 – 09:55

Strengthening Financial Intelligence: Insights from the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU)


  • Mr. Md Masud Rana, Additional Director, Bangladesh FIU

10:00 – 11:00

Rethinking Financial Crime in South Asia: Key Insights and Strategies for 2023

Join us for a comprehensive overview of the current state of financial crime in South Asia and internationally. Our panel of experts will cover various topics, including Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), Fraud, Bribery and Corruption, Sanctions and Public-Private Partnerships.

During the panel discussion, attendees will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, typologies, initiatives, and best practices in the field of financial crime, with a focus on key developments and lessons learned from 2022 and the opportunities and challenges facing Financial Crime professionals in 2023.  

Following the panel discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the panelists.


  • Kevin Gomez, Principal Officer (MLRO) & Head-AML Compliance, Axis Bank
  • Manish Bisht, Global FinCrime Service Function LeadErnst & Young
  • Nihal Shah, Country AMLCO and South Asia Cluster AMLCO, Citi
  • Sunilkumar KN, Chief Compliance Officer, Federal Bank
  • Prabhat Gupta, Managing Director - Legal, Compliance and CoSec, DBS Bank India Limited

Moderator: Pekka Dare

11:00 - 11:20

Tea Break

11:20 – 12:00

Protecting Against Cybercrime and Fraud in South Asia: Best Practices and Insights

This interactive presentation on cybercrime and cyber fraud will explore the complex challenges and significant threats South Asia faces with its fast-paced digital landscape and increased reliance on technology. Cyber fraud incidents are on the rise in South Asia, affecting individuals and organisations. Therefore, safeguarding against cyber threats and cyber fraud is becoming more important than ever.

Gain insights and practical tips for staying safe, including delving into the tools and strategies to mitigate these threats effectively.


  • Shashank Bajpai, Chief Information and Security Officer (CISO), CredAble
  • Gaon Hart, Managing Director, L.A.W: Legal Advisory Worldwide
  • Ritesh Bhatia, Founder, V4WEB Cybersecurity

Moderator: Pekka Dare

12:05 - 12.45




Harnessing the Power of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Fighting Financial Crime: Insights from Industry Experts

The roundtable discussion will explore the power of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the fight against financial crime. Join experts from the public and private sectors who will share their insights and experiences in building effective PPPs.

Delegates will learn about successful case studies, best practices, and potential challenges in establishing and maintaining PPPs.


  • Mr. Md Masud Rana, Additional Director, Bangladesh FIU 
  • Sh. Arvind Kumar Chaurasia, Additional Commissioner (Customs & Indirect Taxes), Indian Revenue Service
  • Hemanshu Parekh, Executive Director, FCSO, Transaction Monitoring & Fraud Thematics and BTL, Standard Chartered Bank 

Moderator: Pekka Dare

12:45 – 12:55

Nexis Solutions’ Mission to empower compliance officer to make better decisions


  • Evangeline Wong, Vice President Asia Pacific - Nexis Solutions, LexisNexis

12:55 – 13:50

Lunch Break

13:50 – 14:35


Debating the FinTech Landscape in South Asia: Balancing Innovation with Regulation

The panel discussion will explore the balance between innovation and regulation in South Asia’s rapidly growing FinTech industry. While rules and regulations are necessary for sustainable growth and risk mitigation, some view them as excessive, stifling innovation and hindering growth.

The panel will discuss the potential risks and benefits of FinTech, the role of regulations in mitigating risks and the compliance burden on FinTech players.

The discussion will seek to identify the compliance professional's role by answering whether more rules and regulations are needed for sustainable growth, even though innovations claim to thrive best when free of rules and regulations, or if it is about balancing innovation with regulation without compromising risk management principles.

Following the panel discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a Q&A session with the panelists.


  • Dr.Jasmin B Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, LXME
  • Vaibhav Joshi, Co-Founder & CEO, Easy Pay
  • Raj Kapoor, Founder, India Blockchain Alliance & Blockchain Governance Council, India 

Moderator: Pekka Dare

14:40 – 15:20



Establishing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Best Practices: The Key Factors to Building a Strong Compliance Framework

  • How organisations should be thinking about regulatory and financial crime compliance risks associated with ESG.
  • The role of compliance in mitigating ESG risks.
  • The future state and key governance, risk and compliance (GRC) considerations and obligations for effective ESG integration.
  • Understanding, establishing, implementing, and maintaining effective ESG reporting and disclosures.
  • Incorporating ESG factors into risk and control metrics and measuring the impact and success of your ESG compliance framework.

Following the panel discussion, delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a Q&A session with the panelists.


  • Shujath Bin Ali, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer (India, Middle East & Africa, South East Asia), Re Sustainability Limited 
  • Pravin Jadhav, Head - E&S Risk; VP – Sustainability, RBL Bank 
  • Marios Skandalis, Chief Compliance Officer, Bank of Cyprus 

Moderator: Pekka Dare

15:20 – 15:40 Tea Break

15:40 – 16:25


Unlocking the Power of Data for Effective Transaction Monitoring: The Art and Science of Financial Crime Detection

Join our interactive masterclass led by a world-class industry expert to enhance your investigation, transaction monitoring, CDD compliance, and STR reporting skills. 

Learn about the supporting compliance tools and best practices for identifying red flags, conducting effective investigations and communicating findings. Develop the skills required to encourage effective collaboration with other stakeholders for successful outcomes and create a more secure and compliant financial system.


  • Dilip Krishnasamy, Vice President of Transaction Monitoring, HSBC

16:30 – 16:50


Humanizing Rules

In this closing keynote address, Christian Hunt, the author of Humanizing Rules, will discuss why the human component is integral to building a successful compliance and ethics culture and programme. Can we humanize rules so that they can be presented and communicated in a way that is more relatable and understandable for a company's greatest asset: its people?


  • Christian Hunt

16:50 – 17:00

Closing remarks from the Chair

An opportunity to reflect on the learnings, insights and key takeaways from the Conference.

17:00 – 18:00

Networking Drinks