AML SUMMIT 2024 Schedule

See the topics across the two days of the AML SUMMIT

Day One Agenda - 16 May 2024

8:00am | Registration opens
You are invited to register your attendance at Level 3, Auckland War Memorial Museum, prior to the start of the conference.

 8:45am | Welcome
The AML SUMMIT 2024 begins with a welcome from your host, AML Solutions.

9:00am | Keynote: The Intersection of Cyber Security and AML | Anton Raymond, CERT NZ
Money laundering of the proceeds of cyber-enabled fraud is a growing problem across the globe. Cyber security agency CERT NZ share their insights on the connection between cyber threats and money mule activity, and the challenges emerging from cryptocurrency developments.

9:40am | Keynote: New Zealand's Russia Sanctions Framework - Two Years Since Adoption | Clare Fearnley, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
In the two years since the Russia Sanctions Act came into force, New Zealand has designated more than 1,660 individuals and entities, and applied a number of trade measures. Clare Fearnley will address the context in which the sanctions regime was adopted and how it is being implemented.

10:20am | Morning Tea
Join fellow conference delegates and presenters for refreshments and networking.

10:50am | Ministry of Justice Update | Avril Wadelan, MoJ
The Ministry of Justice delivers a high-level overview of AML/CFT in New Zealand.

11:10am | The AML/CFT Supervisors' Update | Damian Henry, RBNZ; Kirsty Pleace, FMA; Andrew Holmes, DIA
New Zealand's AML/CFT Supervisors provide their valuable updates and their focus for the year ahead.

12:10pm | Tech Panel: Updates in AML Technology and What's Coming | Cloudcheck GBG, AMLHUB, & HudsonGavinMartin
Learn how organisations are leveraging developments in technology to manage their AML compliance effectively.

12:40pm | Lunch
Join fellow conference delegates and presenters for lunch and networking.

1:40pm | Live Demonstration | NZ Police

2:00pm | Money Laundering in Action! | Carolyn Cody, Financial Intelligence Unit
When you report suspicious activities, what happens next? Hear from the FIU on how suspicious activities are treated.

2:35pm | Practical Session on the Latest AML/CFT Regulations Updates | Fiona Hall, Fiona Hall Law
Learn what the latest updates to the AML/CFT regulations are and how they will impact your AML regime moving forward.

3:10pm | Afternoon Tea
Join fellow conference delegates and presenters for refreshment and networking.

3:40pm | Enforcement Update: Insights and trends, local and international | Alix Boberg, Bell Gully
What we can learn from recent enforcement in New Zealand and globally, including key takeaways for every AML Compliance Officer.

4:15pm | Integrating AML with Risk Management, Strategy, and Performance | Matt Bilderbeck, Aon
Improve the effectiveness of your compliance programme by integrating with risk management, strategy, and performance. Discover practical insights on engaging the Board with risk appetite, conducting more strategic impact assessments, and fostering a culture that influences better decisions.

4:50pm | "Individual" Client Risk Assessments by 2025 | Tijana Misur, AML Solutions
Reporting entities will be required to perform individual risk assessments from 2025. What does this mean? Learn how this will impact your methodologies.

5:25pm | Australia's AML/CTF Roll-Out | Alaine McLisky, AMLHUB
Australia is gearing up to roll-out AML/CTF across more industries. Get a short update on this initiative.

5:40pm | Close and Networking Drinks
Enjoy the opportunity to relax with presenters and fellow delegates over drinks and canapes after the conference.

Agenda is subject to change.

Day Two Agenda - 17 May 2024

8:00am | Doors open
Make your way to Level 3, Auckland War Memorial Museum, prior to the start of the conference.

8:45am | Welcome
The second day of the conference begins with a welcome from your host, AML Solutions.

9:00am | The Supervisory Enforcement Process | Camille Butters & Will Irving, Russell McVeagh
When to involve your lawyer in the AML Supervisory enforcement process, and how they can assist.

9:45am | Workshop: A detailed look at best-practice CDD and EDD | Richard Manthel, AML Solutions
A practical workshop on best-practice customer due diligence and enhanced due diligence.

10:25am | Morning Tea
Join fellow conference delegates and presenters for refreshments and networking.

10:55am | Profile of a Professional Money Launderer | Royden McGee
The most normal people can secretly be the biggest money launderers. Do you know how to spot them? We discuss how to practically identify professional money launderers, and the challenges in doing so.

11:30am | Workshop: Account monitoring, red flags, and meaningful & effective reporting | Tijana Misur, AML Solutions
A practical workshop on account monitoring and best-practice reporting.

12:05pm | Three things that will send your Board to jail! | Louise Coad, AML Solutions
Learn about the top serious issues that are concerning your supervisor and AML auditor.

12:40pm | Close of the Conference
Closing remarks from your host, AML Solutions.

Agenda is subject to change.

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The AML SUMMIT 2024 is proud to host the following speakers.

Alix Boberg, Bell Gully

Alix Boberg
Bell Gully

Alix is a Partner in the litigation department at leading law firm Bell Gully, where she acts for clients facing regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. She has specialist expertise in financial crime and regulation, and routinely advises clients on their engagement with AML/CFT supervisors, particularly when enforcement action is threatened.

Alix has previously worked as a Crown prosecutor in Auckland, and defence counsel in the United States and United Kingdom, where she worked on international money laundering investigations. She is known for her thoughtful, timely advice and clear judgement in managing relationships with regulators.

Anchali Anandanayagam, Partner, HGM

Anchali Anandanayagam

Anchali Anandanayagam is a partner at Huson Gavin Martin, a corporate, commercial and dispute resolution law firm boasting the largest and most experienced legal team in the country focused on technology, media and IP. 

Anchali has significant experience in AI and other emerging technologies, subsea and terrestrial telecommunications cable infrastructure, and privacy and data protection.  Anchali has spent the last two decades advising both public and private sector entities and their suppliers alike on corporate and commercial transactions where TMT assets and infrastructure are at the core.

Anchali has received global recognition for her work and expertise from internationally acclaimed legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, and Media Law International. An advocate for purpose-driven organisations, Anchali serves on the board of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) New Zealand, an organization committed to supporting the growth and sustainability of the screen industries, with a focus on ensuring equal opportunities and participation for women.

Andrew Holmes, DIA

Andrew Holmes
Deputy Director Operations, AML/CFT
Department of Internal Affairs

Andrew Holmes is the Deputy Director Operations in the AML/CFT Group at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).

Andrew has worked for DIA since 2013. He leads four operational team across the motu responsible for undertaking onsite and offsite AML/CFT Supervision.

Before working at DIA he held various roles at Immigration New Zealand and was a sworn detective at the New Zealand Police.

Andew is an APG assessor and reviewer and holds an LLM (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

Anton Raymond, CERTNZ

Anton Raymond
Acting Manager, Insights & Intelligence

Anton is the Acting Manager of CERT NZ’s Insights & Intelligence team.

His team is responsible for analysing data to identify threats in the New Zealand cyber landscape and delivering guidance on prevention and mitigation strategies. This includes CERT NZ’s quarterly reports, threat-specific intelligence reports, and supporting cyber security responses for nationally significant events.

He was responsible for developing CERT NZ’s threat intelligence strategy and policies, and also has expertise in identifying and remediating malicious infrastructure (e.g. phishing websites).

Avril Wadeland, Ministry of Justice

Avril Wadelan
Principal Advisor
Ministry of Justice

Avril is the principal advisor for the AML/CFT Act programme in the Ministry of Justice, and leads the Ministry’s legislative reform work in this area.

Avril forms part of the New Zealand delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering. She is also the legal expert assessor on the current mutual evaluation of the Republic of Marshall Islands.

Prior to the Ministry of Justice, Avril worked for the New Zealand Treasury and in the NGO sector in the UK. Her background is in economics and law.

Camille Butters, Russell McVeagh

Camille Butters
Senior Associate
Russell McVeagh

Camille is a senior associate in Russell McVeagh's Litigation practice, with a particular focus on financial services, regulatory enforcement, complex disputes, and insolvency.

Based in our Auckland office, Camille has contentious and advisory expertise across a range of areas and sectors, including regulatory affairs, investigations, and contractual disputes. 

Camille has particular experience in anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism. 

Carol Cody, FIU

Carolyn Cody
Manager, Training, Liaison and Compliance 
Financial Intelligence Unit

Carol has been with the FIU since August 2013.   Carol’s team of six look after all reports (Suspicious Activity Reports, Prescribed Transaction Reports and Border Cash Reports) that are received by registered reporting entities and Customs.  This involves receiving, validating and completing an initial assessment on them before they are accepted into the goAML system.

Carol and her team also look after training for all reporting entities with respect to AML/CFT and all forms of reporting. She is also the liaison person with key partners and is the point of contact for the three sector supervisors on compliance matters.

Prior to joining the FIU, Carol’s background involved conducting investigations in both the Wellington CIB and the Banking Industry.

Clare Fearnley, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Clare Fearnley
Head of Sanctions
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Clare Fearnley took up the role of Head of Sanctions at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2023.

Clare has extensive off-shore experience.  She returned to Wellington in 2024, from postings in Beijing as Ambassador to China and Mongolia (2018-2022), and Seoul as Ambassador to South Korea and the DPRK (2015-2017).  Previous off-shore roles included Consul-General in Shanghai (1998-2002), Head of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei (2004-2007), as well as working at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1992-1995), cross-accredited to the United Nations Office in Nairobi.  Early in her career she was seconded to the Legal Branch of the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

While working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington, Clare has been Director General of North Asia ( 2014) and of Asia-Pacific Regional (2011-14), served as APEC and ASEAN Senior Official (2011-2014), as well as acting as Principal Legal Adviser (2010) and as Head of the Trade Law Unit (2007-10), where she led international trade litigation, including cases in the WTO.

Damian Henry, RBNZ

Damian Henry
Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Damian is currently the Manager of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s AML/CFT Supervision team. 

He has specialised in Financial Crime and Sanctions policies and procedures for 20 years within both the private sector and as an AML/CFT supervisor.

He is a qualified lawyer and has previously been the AML/CFT Officer for ANZ Bank and Kiwibank.

Fional Hall, Fiona Hall Law
Jan Zawadzki, AMLhub
Kirsty Pleace, Manager AML, FMA

Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall Law

Fiona Hall is a commercial barrister and solicitor based in Auckland’s CBD. Building on her extensive commercial law experience gained from roles with leading New Zealand and UK law firms, and as General Counsel for a number of financial institutions and senior counsel for the Commerce Commission, Fiona’s practice is now focused on assisting clients meet their ever increasing and challenging regulatory obligations.

Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading AML/CFT experts, Fiona now practises primarily in this complex area of law. She combines her legal experience with the practical experience of having also been an AML Compliance Officer for a large financial institution, to help clients understand their obligations and successfully implement compliant programmes. 

Jan Zawadzki

Jan is the CTO of AMLHUB, leading technical development of the platform. 

He has over 20 years' experience in SaaS, management consulting, and start-ups from Silicon Valley.

Jan works with his team of developers to enhance and grow the capabilities of the AMLHUB.








Kirsty Pleace
Manager, AML

Kirsty Pleace has been working within the New Zealand AML/CFT system for more than 13 years, first with the Department of Internal affairs and more recently as the Manager of the AML Team at the Financial Markets Authority.

Over that time Kirsty has been involved in the Government Inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules,  worked with the Ministry of Justice on the 2017 amendment to the AML/CFT legislation, lead the FATF Mutual Evaluation Project for the DIA from 2018 until 2021 and worked in the project team for the Statutory Review of the AML/CFT legislation.

Kirsty is also trained as an assessor for FATF/APG mutual evaluations and is currently a financial expert in an assessment team currently conducting a ME in the Pacific.

Matt Bilderbeck, Principal Risk Consultant
Louise Coad, AML Solutions
Richard Manthel, AML Solutions

Matt Bilderbeck
Principal Risk Consultant

Matt is Principal Risk Consultant at Aon. He has extensive experience advising on enterprise risk management, resilience, and risk financing for major corporate organisations around Asia-Pacific. He has worked for clients across a huge range of industries including aviation, financial institutions, power, and telecommunications.

His focus has been on applying principles of risk management, combined with data and analytics, to enable better business decisions.

Matt also serves on the Board for RiskNZ, the New Zealand Society for risk management, which has over 1,000 corporate and individual members. He completed post-graduate business studies at Auckland University and further training at New England Complex Systems Institute.

Louise Coad
Senior Consultant
AML Solutions

Louise originally started her career in IT Managed Services and transitioned into the AML space in 2018. She has worked in other AML consultancy firms in New Zealand, and was a Senior Regulator at the Department of Internal Affairs. In her time in the AML sector, Louise has carried out consultancy for Phase 2 entities, undertaken audits and inspections, training, and written AML/CFT documentation for all types of reporting entities.

Louise undertakes audits, health checks, and development of compliance documentation, looking for pragmatic and clear ways towards compliance that bear the business’s needs in mind.

Louise has a Master of Arts, specialising in Defence and Security. She holds a CAMS qualification.



Richard Manthel
Managing Director
AML Solutions

Richard co-founded AML Solutions in 2012 and has developed AML Solutions into New Zealand’s leading AML/CFT Consultancy, Audit, and Training business.

Richard has been fully dedicated to driving the AML industry in New Zealand and has close contact with government departments, regulating authorities, industry providers, and other leading professionals.

Since 2012 Richard has presented to thousands of people giving free guidance on the legislation and helping companies understand their obligations. To date AML Solutions has assisted over 1,000 New Zealand companies with the development of their AML Compliance Programmes, completing AML Audits or providing training solutions.



Michael Harmer
Royden McGee, Strategi
Tijana Misur, AML Solutions

Michael Harmer
Head of Data Innovation | Technology Fraud

Michael Harmer is Head of Data Innovation, Technology Fraud, at Cloudcheck GBG. He brings a wealth of expertise from a dynamic career in technology spanning 30 years.

He plays a strategic role in advancing large-scale electronic identity verification services. At the helm of nation-wide identity systems, Michael enables millions each month to verify their identities, streamlining access to crucial services.

His leadership fosters the creation of secure and capable identity verification solutions, enabling modern businesses and ensuring compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regulations.




Royden McGee
AML Expert

Royden completed a 30-year career with Inland Revenue which included 17 years managing and leading investigation teams targeting financial crime including tax evasion, fraud, money laundering. During this time, Royden also trained NZ, Australian and Pacific police at the NZ Police College on ‘how to investigate money laundering’ as part of their drug and organised crime investigations.

In 2018 he left IR and established his own AML/CFT consulting business, offering AML/CFT consulting and audit services. He then joined Strategi as their Head of Compliance almost 3 years ago.

Royden is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).





Tijana Misur
Head of Delivery
AML Solutions

Tijana is a CAMS-Audit certified AML/CFT professional with extensive experience providing both Audit and Consultancy services to hundreds of New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Island reporting entities.

She is Head of Delivery for AML Solutions, and is supported by a team of Consultants who assist reporting entities across all AML sectors with the development of their AML Compliance Programmes, AML Audits and Training. Tijana and her team’s focus is to provide practical guidance and expertise gained by observing trends and assisting over 1,000 clients with their AML/CFT obligations.

Tijana is a Chartered Accountant, and gained her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certificate through ACAMS in 2016, and the CAMS-Audit advanced certification in 2018.


Will Irving, Russell McVeagh
Terry Williams, MC

Will Irving
Russell McVeagh

Will is a partner in Russell McVeagh's litigation practice. Based in our Auckland office, Will specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on financial services, regulatory enforcement, and property, tax and ICT disputes. 
Will appears for clients in Court and in arbitrations, acts for clients in regulatory investigations, and regularly advises clients on contractual issues, statutory and regulatory compliance, law reform and the prevention of disputes.

Will joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor in 2011 and moved into the role of senior solicitor in June 2014. He became a senior associate in December 2016 before his promotion to partner in June 2019.

Will was included in the Best Lawyers® New Zealand 2024 Guide for Arbitration and Mediation and Litigation, and was named a Rising Star in 2020 by NZ Lawyer magazine.

Terry Williams
Master of Ceremonies

Terry Williams has a rare combination of 25 years’ serious experience as a leadership trainer and authoring of five books with 20 years’ of his far less serious experience as a professional stand-up comedian. In between zipping around the Asia-Pacific region delivering keynote presentations about change, leadership and motivation, he facilitates workshops on those same topics, helping leaders and teams help themselves. to get better at getting better. And, in between that, he’s performing
comedy on cruise ships.

While his original trade is training, he’s had plenty of real-world leadership experience as a leader in the insurance, sales, telecommunications, gaming and government sectors. He is also a columnist for ‘Employment Today’ magazine and is one of only a few Certified Speaking Professionals (CSPs) from New Zealand.


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