In this segment of AML Now, John J. Byrne, ACAMS executive vice president, visited with Matt Gamble during the second day of the ACAMS 3rd Annual MENA AML & Financial Crime Conference in Dubai. Byrne and Gamble discussed important topics from the MENA conference, regional challenges and the risk-based approach.
Gamble is currently a director in the Supervision Division of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). He is head of the Division’s Special Surveillance Unit which includes leading the DFSA’s efforts on anti-money laundering and he is also the task force chair of the MENA conference.
Under Gamble’s direction the Special Surveillance Unit co-ordinates and leads the Supervision Division’s resources in relation to supervision of variety of regulated entities, including registered auditors, accountants, lawyers and representative offices. In June 2011, overall responsibility for AML and combating the financing of terrorism for all of the Dubai International Financial Centre was added to the responsibilities of the Special Surveillance Unit. The DFSA considers this area critical to its overall objectives.
Gamble has over nine years of regulatory experience, having also worked for the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority and prior to that the Australian prudential regulator, APRA. Before becoming a regulator, Gamble conducted his own legal practice for ten years, specializing in corporate and commercial law. Between 1980 and 1990 Gamble held various senior accounting roles in Australia.