Global Head of Specialist Research (World-Check), Refinitiv, an LSEG business
In his current role, Ernst is responsible for all risk data inclusion policies, legal matters and knowledge management within World-Check. Ernst also acts as the lead Content Professional for the World-Check product for client and regulator engagements as it relates to international sanctions, law and regulatory enforcement matters, politically exposed persons compliance and financial and related crime screening. He is the former Global Head of Research for Financial Crime and Reputational Risk activities at Thomson Reuters World-Check. In this capacity, he was responsible for the management of the then 5 global World-Check Research centres (Santiago, Washington DC, Cape Town, Singapore and Penang) tasked with the creation and update of the World-Check and related risk databases for over 245 countries and territories in over 65 local languages.
He assumed responsibility for managing the World-Check global research team in 2009. Ernst joined World-Check in 2009 from the Sanlam Life Group where, over a ten year period, he was the Head of Forensic Investigations and Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Previously he was a Senior State Advocate with South Africa's Office for Serious Economic Offenses, and began his career as a State Prosecutor in Johannesburg. He holds a Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law, and LL.B and B.lur law degrees.