Yevgeniya Balyasna-Hooghiemstra was trained as a lawyer in Ukraine. She gained broad anti-money laundering (AML) compliance experience in the last 20 years by working within the banking sector of the Netherlands. Since 2014, Balyasna-Hooghiemstra has offered AML compliance consultancy and training services through her own company Radosyn, with a slight focus on working with post-Soviet countries, leveraging language skills and sharing the Western experience and approach. Through ACAMS and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, she provided consultancy and/or training services in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
Having experienced all three lines of defenseâ€”but mostly having acted as a second line compliance officerâ€”Balyasna-Hooghiemstra drafted various policies and procedures, checked on compliance governance requirements, implemented sanctions regulations, and performed know your customer (KYC) checks and transaction monitoring while working for ABN AMRO, Royal Bank of Scotland and Amsterdam Trade Bank.
Balyasna-Hooghiemstra is a founding board member of the Netherlands Chapter, the first ACAMS European Chapter. She served as its chair for the first 10 years, from 2011 through 2021. Balyasna-Hooghiemstra also contributed to the development of the sixth version of the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) exam, the Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) exam, the Certified Know Your Customer Associate (CKYCA) exam, the Advanced CAMS-Risk Management exam and has been an ACAMS-approved trainer since 2011, delivering trainings in English, Dutch and Russian.
Balyasna-Hooghiemstra holds a commercial law degree from Kyiv Trade and Economics University, a CAMS designation since 2007 and an international diploma in compliance from the International Compliance Association since 2011.