October’s AML Professional of the Month was awarded to Atuweni Juwayeyi-Agbermodji, CAMS. Juwayeyi-Agbermodji is a member of the Malawi Bar Association. She holds a master’s in public international law. She is currently pursuing a master’s in anti-corruption compliance and collective action with the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria.
Juwayeyi-Agbermodji is the first officially appointed director general of the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) of Malawi. Before her appointment, Juwayeyi-Agbermodji served as both legal and policy advisor and acting director general of the FIA. She was instrumental in the establishment of the FIA in Malawi in 2007. In 2012, she led the FIA and other stakeholders through the process of Malawi completing its first money laundering/terrorist financing risk assessment. She also led the process of amending and strengthening Malawi’s anti-money laundering law in 2017. During her tenure at the FIA, she proactively influenced 59 anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) compliance officers and regulatory officials by studying for and achieving the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification.
Her expertise includes the interpretation and application of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) “International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation.” She also has expertise in anti-corruption compliance and collective action. Juwayeyi-Agbermodji has assessed the AML/CTF regimes of various countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. She served as the representative for the financial intelligence units (FIUs) in the Eastern and Southern Africa region at the Egmont Group of FIUs from 2015 to 2017. She is currently serving on the ACAMS executive board for the southern Africa region.
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