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Our Team

We are experienced partners that diligently guide our clients every step of the way.

Gabriele Dunker

Partner
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Gabriele Dunker

Gabriele Dunker, founding partner of Financial Transparency Advisors, is managing all aspects of the company’s operations.

She 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.

Experience

Legal advisor for e.g. International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Council of Europe, United Nations Office on  Combating Drugs and Crime

Participation in numerous IMF and World Bank led country assessments

Technical assistance projects with AML/CFT focus for e.g. Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia

Co-author of the Study on Barriers to Stolen Asset Recovery, published 2011 by the World Bank

Deputy Counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program

Regional and national AML/CFT and anti-corruption seminars and workshops

Michael Stellini

Partner
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Michael Stellini

Michael Stellini, Partner at Financial Transparency Advisors, is responsible for management and coordination of the company’s technical assistance projects.

He received a LL.D  and Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta.  He is admitted to practice law in Malta.

Experience

Deputy Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL

Lead of AML/CFT country assessments against the FATF Recommendations

Trainings for countries, international organisations, assessors and experts on the FATF Recommendations and Methodology

Senior Legal and International Relations Officer at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit of Malta

Legal advisor at an international Trust and Corporate Service Provider based in Malta

Elaine Duignan

Senior Advisor
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Elaine Duignan

Elaine Duignan, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, advises and supports supervisory authorities in the development and implementation of effective AML/CFT supervisory frameworks.

She holds a BBL from University College Dublin and a LLM from Trinity College Dublin. She is a qualified lawyer and member of the Bar of Ireland.

Experience

Senior AML/CFT Specialist in the Anti-Money Laundering division of the Central Bank of Ireland

Member of the European Supervisory Authorities Sub-Committee on Anti-Money Laundering

Member of the Irish delegation to the FATF

Provided support to international organisations, including the Council of Europe and the European Commission

Elisabeth Florkowski

Senior Advisor
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Elisabeth Florkowski

Elisabeth Florkowski, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on supervision of AML/CFT obligations in the financial sector.

She holds a Magistra Iuris from the University of Salzburg and completed the Financial Analysis and Programming Training of the IMF. She is also a Certified Compliance Officer in Austria.

Experience

Worked for the UNODC, the Council of Europe, the USAID’s Ukrainian Financial Sector Transformation, Transparency International, and other public and private sector clients

Head of Compliance and MLRO for Vienna’s LGT Bank branch

Head of Group Compliance for Raiffeisen Bank International

Head of the FATF Delegation of Austria while working at Austria’s Financial Market Authority

Mutual Evaluation assessor and technical assistance provider to intergovernmental organizations.

Tamar Goderdzishvili

Senior Advisor
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Tamar Goderdzishvili

Tamar Goderdzishvili, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses onadvising supervisory authorities in developing and implementing effective AML/CFT supervisory frameworks for the financial and non-financial sectors.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law and an LL.M. in Business Law from the University of Groningen. She is also a member of the International Compliance Association and holds Diploma in Governance, Risk, and Compliance.

Experience

Deputy Head of the Legal Department of the Central Bank of Georgia, member of the Georgian delegation to the MONEYVAL

Deputy Head of the Methodology Department of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Georgia

Chief Compliance Officer for Bank of Georgia

Mutual Evaluation Assessor for the Council of Europe

Elisabeth Lees

Senior Advisor
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Elisabeth Lees

Elisabeth Lees, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on topics related to law enforcement agencies and prosecution.

She holds an LLM in Public International Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a door tenant at the Chambers of 23 Essex Street, London.

Experience

Cayman Islands’ National Coordinator to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group

Criminal barrister in London

Crown Counsel in the Cayman Islands

Legal expert in both 4th Round Assessments and Technical Compliance Re-ratings

Member of the Joint Group of the Americas

Awarded the Badge and Certificate of Honor for Legal Services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government in January 2022

Simon Lord

Senior Advisor
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Simon Lord

Simon Lord, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, specializes in providing expert advice, guidance, and training on money laundering and financial crime matters from a law enforcement perspective.

Experience

National Crime Agency as a financial investigator and a strategic intelligence analyst

Deputy head of the NCA-led money laundering expert witness program

Provided expert evidence in complex money laundering investigations in the UK and internationally

Delivered advice, assistance, and training on behalf of UNODC, INTERPOL, GIZ and other private sector and law enforcement bodies

Working group leader and author or contributor to FATF reports

Kevin Stephenson

Senior Advisor
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Kevin Stephenson

Kevin Stephenson, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on advising law enforcement agencies, including FIUs, on ML/TF aspects, including investigations, financial intelligence, and confiscations.

He holds an MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.

Experience

AML/CFT Resident Advisor in Seychelles and an Investigator of the Anti-Corruption Commission Seychelles

Director of the FATF Training and Research Institute

Executive Secretary of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Worked at the World Bank, supporting the UNODC/World Bank StAR initiative

FIU director, criminal investigator, and undercover agent

Distinguished Lecturer of the MA in Financial Integrity at Case Western Reserve University Law School

Trainer for the World Customs Organization

A. Garzon Vargas

Senior Advisor
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A. Garzon Vargas

Andrea Garzon Vargas, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, specializes in the development of national, sectorial and topical risk assessments.

She holds an MA in Transnational Organized Crime form Staffordshire University of the United Kingdom.

Experience

Provided extensive technical assistance to Latin American countries on developing national risk assessments

Financial Action Task Force of Latin America – GAFILAT

Secretariat of GAFILAT’s Asset Recovery Interagency Network

UNODC at the field office in Bogota

Jan Bellenghi

Advisor
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Jan Bellenghi

Jan Bellenghi, Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on targeted financial sanctions related to terrorist financing and proliferation financing.

He holds an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, an MA in Global Political Economy from City University, London and a BSc in Geography with Economics from Queen Mary, University of London.

Experience

Corporate Governance Consultant at Nestor Advisors – a Morrow Sodali Company

Senior Consultant at the Forensic & Integrity Services Department of Ernst & Young

Peter Denk

Advisor
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Peter Denk

Peter Denk, Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on topics related to taxation and AML/CFT.

He received a Doctor of Law from the University of Vienna and an MSc in Taxation from the University of Oxford. 

Experience

Conducted extensive comparative research on tax crimes and money laundering

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Tax Law, University of Vienna

Suzanna van Es

Advisor
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Suzanna van Es

Suzanna van Es, Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, supports supervisors in the development and implementation of effective AML/CFT supervisory frameworks. 

She holds an MSc in Criminal Justice and a BSc in Criminology from Leiden Law School.

Experience

Policy Advisor for AML/CFT Supervision at the Central Bank of the Netherlands

Member of the FATF Delegation of the Netherlands

Legal Assistant for MONEYVAL

Member of the Assessment Teams for AML/CFT country assessments against the FATF Recommendations

Worked in compliance at the European Investment Bank  

Contributor to legal and criminological research projects at Leiden University and UC Berkeley

Elisabeth Foltyn

Office Manager
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Elisabeth Foltyn

Elisabeth Foltyn, Office Manager at Financial Transparency Advisors, supports FTA’s partners and advisors in all essential administrative, financial and organizational matters and functions.

Experience

PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vienna

PwC Academy

Centron Technische HandelsgmbH

Ysselbach Umwelttechnik GmbH

Joachim Kappel Management Consultants GmbH

Izabella Truchan

Izabella Truchan

Administrative Assistant

Izabella Truchan

Experience

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