Angeli Pereira, an anti-money laundering/combating financial terrorism (AML/CFT) specialist with a deep regulatory background, is currently a senior associate in the dedicated AML/CFT team at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Regulatory Authority. In this role she is responsible for AML/CFT and financial crime surveillance of financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions. Pereira supervises firms with respect to AML/CFT compliance to ensure that firms adhere to bespoke standards of AML/CFT corporate governance and market conduct, including leading risk assessments and thematic reviews. In addition, she participates in country-wide AML/CFT initiatives, contributes to enhancing the supervisory approach and is involved in the national risk-assessment process.
Prior to joining the QFC Regulatory Authority, Pereira worked for the Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Cases Unit (AMLSCU), the financial intelligence unit (FIU) at the Central Bank of the UAE, where her role included enforcing national level AML/CFT compliance of reporting entities, analyzing suspicious transaction reports and recommending action, contributing to AML/CFT and financial crime investigations, developing sector-specific training modules and conducting training programs, and identifying typologies prevalent in the region.
As a subject-matter expert, Pereira is often called to speak at events and training sessions and is a well-known speaker in the region. She has been a member of the ACAMS MENA Task Force for two years. As a representative, she has also participated in plenaries, working group meetings and expert sessions of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), MENAFATF and other international bodies.
In addition to her regulatory background, Pereira has experience in merger and acquisitions, corporate governance and company secretarial duties. Her professional experience is supported by academic achievements, including a qualification from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India as a company secretary, and degrees in law (L.L.B) and commerce (B.Com).