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
Andrea Garzon Vargas
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.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11
Pedro Gomes Pereira
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.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-11
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 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 17-18
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.
T: +43 1 890 87 17-15
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.
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