December's AFC Professional of the Month was awarded to Xavier Aubert, a French anti-money laundering/know your customer (AML/KYC) consultant with professional experience in Chile, Canada and Luxembourg. He has in-depth knowledge of AML/KYC regulatory requirements and market practice, particularly in Luxembourg. Aubert currently works for Alcyone Consulting where he has managed several projects related to AML/KYC regulations.
Aubert received his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation in 2021. He is looking to raise awareness among members on complex AML/KYC problems and dissecting them into easy-to-understand formats. He has published several articles on various topics such as the challenges of central bank digital currencies, the effects of cannabis legalization in Canada and the European legislation against illegal wildlife trade. This theme is of particular interest to Aubert, which is why he also made a video explaining the money laundering techniques in the illegal wildlife trade. He wishes to continue to involve himself with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or financial institutions to stop this scourge.
Aubert has been an active associate and writer for the International Studies and Research Center of the prestigious Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, for which he explained European economic, political and social issues. Finally, Aubert is the communications director for the ACAMS Montreal Chapter Board. In an effort to contribute to the sharing of knowledge, Aubert became involved with an NGO in Colombia in order to teach classes to underprivileged children.
In his free time, Aubert practices for triathlons and roller in-line hockey.