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Financial Transparency Advisors – Team

Gabriele Dunker

Gabriele Dunker

Partner

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.

gdunker@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-12

Michael Stellini

Michael Stellini

Partner

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.

mstellini@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-17

Elaine Duignan

Elaine Duignan

Senior Advisor

Elaine joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2020. Elaine advises and supports supervisory authorities in the development and implementation of effective AML/CFT supervisory frameworks.

Prior to this, Elaine held the position of Senior AML/CFT Specialist in the Anti-Money Laundering division of the Central Bank of Ireland. Elaine was centrally involved in the transposition of EU Anti-Money Laundering Directives and leading regulatory policy development in Ireland. Elaine also provided extensive AML/CFT technical assistance and recommendations to national coordination committees and to government. Elaine was also a regular speaker at AML/CFT conferences, workshops, and supervisory colleges.

Elaine was also a member of the European Supervisory Authorities Sub-Committee on Anti-Money Laundering, where she was involved in developing ESA Guidelines, Opinions, and Regulatory Technical Standards. Elaine was also part of the preparations for the FATF Mutual Evaluation Review of Ireland and a member of the Irish delegation to the FATF.

Elaine also has long standing experience of providing support to international organisations, including the Council of Europe and the European Commission, in leading technical assistance projects, participating in country assessments, and delivering specialized AML/CFT training.

Elaine is a qualified lawyer and member of the Bar of Ireland with extensive experience practicing in regulatory compliance. She holds a BBL from University College Dublin and a LLM from Trinity College Dublin.

Elisabeth Florkowski

Elisabeth Florkowski

Senior Advisor

Lisa joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2015. Lisa focuses on supervision of AML/CFT obligations in the financial sector, but also provides support to other private sector entities.

In the last years, Lisa worked for the UNODC in Pakistan, the Council of Europe, the USAID’s Ukrainian Financial Sector Transformation, Transparency International, as well as for private and public sector clients.

Between 2014 and 2018, Lisa was Head of Compliance and AMLRO for Vienna’s LGT Bank branch. Prior to that, she was Head of Group Compliance for Raiffeisen Bank International, where she implemented the Global Standard for Banking Groups on AML/CFT and Corruption Prevention. Lisa also worked at Austria’s Financial Market Authority, serving as Head of the FATF Delegation of Austria.

Lisa has also served as a Mutual Evaluation assessor and provided technical assistance to intergovernmental organizations such as the IMF, the OSCE, GAFILAT, and the Basel Institute for Governance.

Lisa received a Magistra Iuris from the University of Salzburg and also completed the Austrian Civil Service Exam and the Financial Analysis and Programming Training of the IMF. She is also a Certified Compliance Officer in Austria. Lisa is fluent in 6 languages.

Richard Gould

Richard Gould

Senior Advisor

Richard Gould has worked with Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor since 2021. Richard focuses on advising and assisting governments and national agencies on capacity and capability issues related to the use of financial intelligence, money laundering investigations, and confiscations.

Prior to joining FTA, Richard worked in law enforcement with a focus on combatting financial crime. He has worked within the UK Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, and the National Crime Agency. At the NCA he was the Head of the Financial Investigation Profession and the Senior Responsible Officer for the Money Laundering Expert Witness cadre.

Richard has extensive experience in all areas of financial crime, including money laundering, anti-corruption, fraud, tax evasion, and asset recovery. He has also been appointed by the High Court in the UK as the Trustee for civil recovery matters on six occasions.

Richard also worked with the Council of Europe, the UK’s Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, and the UNODC’s Anti-Money Laundering Working Group. He was also an assessor for the 4th round of Mutual Evaluation Reports and a co-author of the Israel Mutual Evaluation Report.

Richard is a guest lecturer at the University of Western England.

Elisabeth Lees

Elisabeth Lees

Senior Advisor

Elisabeth joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2022. Elisabeth focuses primarily on topics related to law enforcement agencies and prosecution.

Between 2019 and 2022, Elisabeth served as the Cayman Islands’ National Coordinator to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group. She led the Cayman Islands’ response to its 4th Round FATF Mutual Evaluation Report.

Elisabeth advised on both legislative and operational enhancements leading to improvement in all areas. She has been awarded the Badge and Certificate of Honour for Legal Services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government in January 2022.

Elisabeth was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 and practised as a criminal barrister in London, where she remains a door tenant at the Chambers of 23 Essex Street, London. Elisabeth also worked as Crown Counsel in the Cayman Islands prosecuting, among others, cases including financial crime and proceeds of crime matters. As Senior Crown Counsel (International Cooperation) Elisabeth was responsible for all incoming requests and their execution including search warrants, restraints and the production of evidence from financial institutions.

Elisabeth has worked as a legal expert in both 4th Round Assessments and Technical Compliance Re-ratings and has sat as a member of the Joint Group of the Americas.

Elisabeth has an LLM in Public International Law from Queen Mary, University of London

Simon Lord

Simon Lord

Senior Advisor

Simon joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2021. Simon specialises in providing expert advice, guidance, and training on money laundering and financial crime matters from a law enforcement perspective.

Simon enjoyed a long year career in the National Crime Agency and its precursors, with the last 17 years dedicated to tackling money laundering, both as a financial investigator and a strategic intelligence analyst. Simon was the deputy head of the NCA-led money laundering expert witness program, helping to recruit, train and mentor other members of the cadre. He has also provided expert evidence in over 20 complex money laundering investigations in the UK and internationally.

Simon has extensive experience in supporting international partners in their efforts to tackle money laundering. He has delivered advice, assistance, and training on behalf of UNODC, INTERPOL, GIZ and other private sector and law enforcement bodies globally, including in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the UAE, Pakistan, Central Asia and Africa.

Simon was the working group leader and author of the FATF typology report ‘Money Laundering through the Physical Transportation of Cash’, and was a working group member and contributor to the 2013 FATF report ‘The Role of Hawala and Other Similar Service Providers in Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing’.

Pedro Gomes Pereira

Pedro Gomes Pereira

Senior Advisor

Pedro Gomes Pereira joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2019. Pedro advises public prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on money laundering and financing of terrorism investigations, prosecutions, convictions and asset recovery cases.

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 Commission and the Council of Europe in implementing their technical assistance projects or developing future programmes on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and asset recovery.

John Ringguth

John Ringguth

Senior Advisor

John joined Financial Transparency as a Senior Advisor in 2021. John provides specialist advice and assistance on AML/CFT and prosecutorial issues.

 John was appointed as a Scientific Expert to MONEYVAL in 2016, where he has continued to participate in Mutual Evaluations and train evaluators. He also co-chairs the MONEYVAL Working Group on Evaluations.

 Prior to being a Scientific Expert, John was the Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL, where he was actively involved in the development of global FATF Standards as leader of the MONEYVAL delegation to FATF. John was also Executive Secretary of the Warsaw Convention Monitoring Mechanism from 2008-2015.

Before joining MONEYVAL, John was a specialist Criminal Legal Adviser to the Attorney General and Solicitor General of England and Wales in the Law Officers’ Chambers, Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, and national Head of Prosecution Policy for England and Wales. John was closely involved in drafting the original UK Proceeds of Crime (POCA) legislation and the development of focused prosecutorial asset recovery strategies.

John holds an LLB from the University of Birmingham and is a UK barrister. He is also a regular domestic and international speaker on AML/CFT issues.

Kevin Stephenson

Kevin Stephenson

Senior Advisor

Kevin M. Stephenson joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2021. Kevin focuses on advising law enforcement agencies, including FIUs, on ML/TF aspects, including investigations, financial intelligence, and confiscations.

Currently, he is the AML/CFT Resident Advisor in Seychelles and an Investigator of the Anti-Corruption Commission Seychelles leading a multi-agency Task Force on a Kleptocracy Case.

Prior to his role in Seychelles, Kevin was the Director of the Financial Action Task Force Training and Research Institute – the FATF’s training institute mandated to assist the global network to improve their AML/CFT capacities. Before working at FATF TREIN, Kevin was the Executive Secretary of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units. Kevin also worked at the World Bank, where he supported countries’ AML/CFT efforts and the UNODC/World Bank StAR initiative. In addition, Kevin has experience as an FIU director, criminal investigator, and undercover agent.

Kevin is also a trainer for the World Customs Organization and author of asset recovery and illicit financial flows publications.

Kevin has a MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. Kevin is also a Distinguished Lecturer of the MA in Financial Integrity at Case Western Reserve University Law School.

 

Andrea Garzon Vargas

Andrea Garzon Vargas

Senior Advisor

Andrea Garzon Vargas joined Financial Transparency Advisors as a Senior Advisor in 2020. Andrea specializes in the development of national, sectorial and topical risk assessments and targeted financial sanctions related to terrorist financing and proliferation financing.

Andrea has provided extensive technical assistance to Latin American countries to strengthen their AML/CFT capacities, including support on the development of national risk assessments. Andrea has 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) 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 strengthen the legal and judicial capacities to criminalize ML/FT in Colombia and other Latin American countries.

Andrea has an MA in Transnational Organized Crime form Staffordshire University of the United Kingdom.

Jan Bellenghi

Jan Bellenghi

Advisor

Jan Bellenghi joined Financial Transparency Advisors as an Advisor in 2021. Jan focusses on the development of national, sectorial and topical risk assessments and assists with all aspects of 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 OECDEBAFRC 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.

jbellenghi@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-18

Marek Ejmont

Marek Ejmont

Advisor

Marek Ejmont joined Financial Transparency Advisors as an Advisor in 2021. Marek focuses on projects related to the transparency of legal persons and arrangements and the implementation of preventive measures in the private sector. 

Prior to joining FTA, Marek worked in the contentious trust & probate team at Stewarts, assisting on matters ranging from complex cross-border trust restructurings, breach of trust, and undue influence claims, to asset recovery actions involving trust structures. As part of his role, he also considered the impact of trust registration and register discrepancy reporting obligations introduced through the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 on his team’s operations and clients. 

Marek also previously worked at Farrer & Co and Dickinson Gleeson (in Jersey) on contentious trust and cross-border asset recovery matters, as well as on a variety of trust and company document drafting exercises for professional trustees. Whilst working at Dickinson Gleeson, Marek closely assisted the firm’s MLCO with ensuring compliance with local AML/CTF regulations.

Marek holds an MA in Russian from the University of St Andrews, a Graduate Diploma in Law, and a Legal Practice Course Certificate. Marek is fluent in English, Polish, and Russian.

 

mejmont@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-15

Margaux Berland

Margaux Berland

Research Assistant

Margaux Berland has been working as a research assistant with Financial Transparency Advisors since 2019. Margaux is a recent graduate of the George Washington University, where she obtained a double major in International Affairs and French Language, Literature, and Culture. She also participated at an exchange programme at SciencesPo Paris in the fall of 2021.

Prior to joining FTA, Margaux was a teaching assistant at the George Washington University, and worked as a government contract translator for Airborne Systems North America. Margaux is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.

office@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-0

Elisabeth Foltyn

Elisabeth Foltyn

Office Manager

Elisabeth Foltyn joined Financial Transparency Advisors as Office Manager in 2019. She supports FTA’s partners and 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.

efoltyn@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11

Izabella Truchan

Izabella Truchan

Administrative Assistant

itruchan@ft-advisors.com
T: +43 1 890 87 17-0

Maya Francis

Maya Francis

 

Interpretation and Translation