Financial Transparency Advisors – Team
Gabriele Dunker is the founding partner of Financial Transparency Advisors GmbH and managing all aspects of the company’s operations.
For the majority of her professional career, Gabriele has served as legal advisor for international governmental organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Council of Europe (CoE), and the United Nations Office on Combating Drugs and Crime on projects pertaining to Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT). In this capacity, Gabriele has participated in numerous IMF and World Bank led country assessments against the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations on AML/CFT, and has delivered AML/CFT focused technical assistance projects to authorities and governments around the World, including Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Central and Southeast Asia. Gabriele is also a co-author of the Study on Barriers to Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR), which was published by the World Bank in 2011.
Over the years, Gabriele has delivered both regional and national AML/CFT and anti-corruption seminars and workshops. Prior to her work in the area of AML/CFT Gabriele served as a Deputy Counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program (IIC), where she investigated allegations of procurement fraud and corruption of UN officials. Gabriele received a Magistra Iuris from the University of Vienna and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University. She is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-12
Michael Stellini is a Partner at Financial Transparency Advisors, responsible for the management and coordination of the company’s technical assistance projects.
Prior to joining FTA, Michael was the Deputy Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL, the Council of Europe’s Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) watchdog. Michael has led many AML/CFT country assessments against the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and has long-standing experience in delivering training to countries, international organisations, assessors and experts on the FATF Recommendations and Methodology.
Previous to his position at MONEYVAL, Michael held the position of Senior Legal and International Relations Officer at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit of Malta and legal advisor at an international Trust and Corporate Service Provider based in Malta.
Michael received a LL.D and Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta. He is admitted to practice law in Malta.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-17
Jan Bellenghi is an Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors and responsible for implementing the company’s technical assistance projects.
Prior to joining FTA, Jan was a Corporate Governance Consultant at Nestor Advisors, where he worked on corporate governance, risk and compliance issues of corporations, development finance institutions, and national agencies. His experience included a focus on international best practice guidelines for corporate governance from organizations such as the OECD, EBA, FRC and the IFC. With this expertise, he provided clients with consulting on implementations, restructurings, and value-maximizing methods and fostered for these clients’ long-term investment strategies, financial stability, and business integrity. Jan also worked at the Forensic & Integrity Services department of Ernst & Young, where he helped clients in the DAX-30 Group and Fortune-500 List respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud. He also provided those clients with support throughout subsequent regulatory proceedings.
Jan obtained an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. He also holds an MA in Global Political Economy from City University, London and a BSc in Geography with Economics from Queen Mary, University of London. Jan is fluent in German, English, Italian and Czech.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-15
Kotryna Filipaviciute is an Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors and responsible for implementing the company’s technical assistance projects.
Prior to joining FTA, Kotryna was an AML/CFT supervisor at the Central Bank of Lithuania. As a seconded expert Kotryna also worked at MONEYVAL, the AML/CFT monitoring body of the Council of Europe and was involved in country assessments against the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations on AML/CFT. She was a member of the Lithuanian delegation to the MONEYVAL and coordinated financial part of Lithuania’s AML/CFT assessment carried out by MONEYVAL experts. Kotryna also worked on the AML dossier (4th EU AML Directive) during Lithuanian Presidency of the European Council and was a member of the EU Commission’s Expert Group on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (EGMLTF) and European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) Sub-committee on Anti-Money Laundering (AMLC). At the national level, Kotryna was a member of the Lithuanian intergovernmental agency working group on AML/CFT, FinTech and Virtual Currencies Task Force, she also worked on the transposition of the 4th AMLD into the national Law. Kotryna obtained a Master degree in Economics and Bachelor degree in Political Sciences from the University of Vilnius. Kotryna is also a certified internal auditor.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-18
Pedro Gomes Pereira
Pedro has been working with the asset recovery process at the policy and operational levels, nationally and internationally. While working for the Brazilian government, he was responsible for developing and implementing the international strategies in complex criminal and financial investigations dealing with money laundering, corruption and organised crime. At the Basel Institute on Governance, he led numerous technical and policy development projects in different areas of the asset recovery process and supported several jurisdictions in developing their asset recovery efforts through support to their high-profile corruption cases. At the policy level, Pedro conceptualised, supported the development of and actively participated in international asset recovery policy making forums, including the G7 Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR), the UNODC Working Group on Asset Recovery (WGAR) and the Swiss Government’s Lausanne Process. Pedro was an independent advisor supporting organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) in implementing their technical assistance projects or developing future programmes on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and asset recovery.
Pedro joined Financial Transparency Advisors in February 2019.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11
Andrea Garzon Vargas
Andrea has been working with Latin American countries providing technical assistance to strengthening their AML/CFT capacities, including supporting on the development of the National Risk Assessments. Andrea has a long-standing experience in delivering training to governments and the private sector on the FATF Recommendations and Methodology.
Prior to that, Andrea worked for the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America – GAFILAT, where she led AML/CFT country assessments on the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations. Andrea also served as the Secretariat of GAFILAT’s Asset Recovery Interagency Network (RRAG – for its abbreviation in Spanish) and she delivered various projects on AML/CFT, including developing typologies papers, and regional cross-border transportation of currency exercises. Previous to her position in GAFILAT, Andrea worked for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the field office in Bogota – Colombia on projects aiming to strengthening the legal and judicial capacities to criminalize ML/FT in Colombia and other Latin American countries.
Andrea has a Master of Arts on Transnational Organized Crime form Staffordshire University of the United Kingdom.
Andrea joined Financial Transparency Advisors in September 2020.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11
Elisabeth is FTA’s administrative manager and supports both FTA directors and FTA advisors in all essential administrative, financial and organizational matters and functions.
Prior to joining FTA, Elisabeth held a position with PricewaterhouseCoopers Vienna, first as assistant to an international partner and then as administrator of the PwC Academy, where she acquired profound knowledge in the fields of office administration and seminar organization. From there she went on to become the personal assistant to the Managing Partner and Head of Administration with Joachim Kappel Management Consultants GmbH, a company focused on executive search on a regional and international scale.
In her early career Elisabeth was in charge of import and export activities with SMEs where she gained substantial know-how in executing export contracts across Central and Eastern Europe.
Elisabeth joined Financial Transparency Advisors in 2019.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11
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