Abdul-Hafiz Mansour: AML and Financial Crime in the MENA Region

In this segment of AML Now, John J. Byrne, ACAMS executive vice president, spoke with Abdul-Hafiz Mansour, secretary for the Special Investigation Commission (SIC) for the FIU of Lebanon, during the ACAMS 4th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference- MENA in Bahrain.  Mr. Byrne and Mr. Mansour discussed themes and trends in the AML field as well as Mr. Mansour’s views about ACAMS and the role it plays in the MENA region.

Mr. Mansour was appointed as SIC Secretary effective June 1, 2010. He brings to the SIC a wide and diversified range of experience. His most recent experience was with several Lebanese banks where he served as a board member and headed board Audit Committees. In addition, he was a board member of Solidere, the real estate company founded in 1994 to reconstruct Beirut Central District.

Mr. Mansour’s past work experience includes: an advisory position to HE the Lebanese Minister of Finance, a senior executive position in the team that started up Solidere since its inception in 1991, and other senior executive positions in major groups with banking, insurance and real estate operations.

He started his career life in public accounting working with Deloitte and the Banking Control Commission of Lebanon. He also lectured in finance, accounting and auditing at the American University of Beirut, and Deloitte regional training programs.

His educational background combines both business and law. He earned his MBA and BBA from the American University of Beirut, and his LLB from Beirut Arab University. Mr. Mansour is also a Lebanese CPA and was a founding member of the Lebanese Certified Public Accountants Association.

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