Dr. Justine Walker

Global Head of Sanctions, Compliance and Risk at ACAMS
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Justine draws on a diverse global career, working across government, regulatory, private sector, and international organisations. As an expert on sanctions, counterterrorism, and financial crime she has held specialist positions within the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, HM Treasury, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Central Asia), the British Bankers’ Association, and UK Finance. In addition, Justine was formerly part of the UK delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, chaired the European Banking Federation’s Sanctions Expert Group, co-chaired the UK Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce’s counterterrorist financing group and served as an International Monetary Fund advisor to Nigeria. She has acted as an independent Syria sanctions-humanitarian expert to the United Nations, and previously served as a national expert on the financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)/counter proliferation financing matters.

In her role within ACAMS, the world’s leading membership organization with a presence in over 180 jurisdictions, Justine oversees the subject-matter-expert division. A regular contributor to media publications covering financial-crime issues, she has addressed UN expert groupings, given evidence to parliamentary hearings, and authored numerous publications. Justine also holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews and an M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh.

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  • "What we’re seeing now is a bit more about messaging to the region and indicating the seriousness of these sanctions. [The US is trying to say] If you are going to do business with Russia, then you do business with Russia but you don’t do business with us."

  • “This is an issue that is splitting hairs around European capitals. Finding out about who really controls a company can be extremely difficult.”

  • "This is one of the main reasons why many analysts and policy officials are hugely cautious about SWIFT. Because that is moving us into very much a comprehensive ban on doing any trade with Russia."

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    Global Head of Sanctions, Compliance and Risk