The Asian Pacific Regional Chapter is headed by Debra Au, Jodie Arthur and Robin Lee. It focuses on fighting financial crime across the 20 APAC countries in Asia and Oceania.
The GCFFC APAC chapter was established in January 2023. The APAC region, though diverse, has a number of common challenges including combating financial crime. Notwithstanding this, the region is on an upward trajectory to raising overall levels of effectiveness, including through establishing PPPs and other forms of public and private sector collaboration, as well as through greater use of safe information sharing and deployment of new technologies and platforms.
APAC is leading financial crime fighting and collaborative initiatives in a number of key areas and the APAC chapter seeks to bring together key industry partners and regional subject matter experts to work together with a common aim to drive effectiveness, and take constructive efforts in the fight against global financial crimes. The APAC chapter leads the working groups on Fraud and Scams, Wildlife Trafficking and Human Trafficking. Another key priority of the group is to improve public-private partnership information sharing.
Beyond the Chairs, the group is supported by the APAC secretariat led by Ursula M’Crystal, Julia Chin, and Communications Director, Luke Raven.
Co - chair, Debra Au
Debra is the Head of Legal Compliance and Secretariat (Hong Kong & China) at DBS Bank based in Hong Kong. and is the HKMA s72B Senior Manager, HKEx Compliance Officer of DBS HK. With a Debra joined DBS Hong Kong in June 2022 after 18 years serving as a compliance professional in the Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Newedge / Société Générale and HSBC.
Co - Chair, Jodie Arthur
Jodie Arthur is the General Manager of Financial Crime at Westpac and Group MLRO, based in Melbourne (Australia). Jodie joined Westpac 3 years ago following her role as Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Prior to this Jodie spent 12.5years at ANZ Bank in a variety of roles spanning Internal Audit, Compliance and Financial Crime and also worked for a number of years with E&Y in London, UK.
Vice - Chair, Robin Lee
Robin Lee’s career started in Silicon Valley before moving to Wall Street working as a Hedge Fund Technology Analyst. He then moved to the Regtech/Start Up space which included 7 start up launches, 2 acquisitions, multiple board roles and 2 books. He most recently worked in Market Development covering the Risk business in South East Asia at Refinitiv. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Management from King’s College London and Diplomas in Compliance and AML with the International Compliance Association.