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Combating Proliferation Finance: New Challenges, New Tools
The proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their delivery vehicles remain a persistent threat to global peace and security. Then, why is it that the disruption of proliferation financing been so difficult? The challenge is that most governments and financial institutions remain unclear on what proliferation financing activities look like and how to identify PF risk.

In March, the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) released new draft guidance on PF risk assessment and mitigation, presenting four categories of risk indicators to help identify the presence of PF risk as a prompt for further monitoring and examination. The guidance also details specific measures that countries, financial institutions and DNFBPs could take to mitigate PF risks.

In this webinar, we discuss recent PF trends and typologies, the FATF guidance, and practical measures financial institutions can take to address this risk.

Key Topics:

  • Should proliferation financing be treated as a distinct financial crime?
  • International obligations, country assessments of PF frameworks
  • Known cases, proliferators and common areas of operation
  • PF typologies and identifying suspicious activities & transactions
  • Due diligence, screening and monitoring for PF risks
  • Third-party risks, trade financing, proliferation-sensitive goods and technology
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Format:  On-demand webinar



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Visiting Professor
King's College London

Dr Jonathan Brewer is a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He conducts research into implementation and circumvention of UN, US and EU sanctions, including financial sanctions, the role of the private sector in countering proliferation; compliance and good practices, and FATF Standards related to financing of proliferation. From 2010 to 2015 he was the financial expert on the UN Panel on Iran created pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010). From 1983-2010 he was a member of HM Diplomatic Service and served in British Embassies in Luanda, Mexico City and Moscow. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, Washington DC and Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He holds a PhD in Geophysics from Cornell University, New York, USA (1981) and a BA in Geology from the University of Oxford (1977).

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies

Emil Dall is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on sanctions policy and counter-proliferation finance.  His work on counter-proliferation finance examines the design and implementation of international sanctions against proliferators (including North Korea), and understanding the role of governments and financial institutions in countering proliferation finance. Emil also conducts research on the use of sanctions in foreign policy, including the design and implementation of country-based sanctions regimes, and is involved in the Institute’s high-level Task Force on the Future of UK Sanctions Policy.

Prior to joining RUSI in 2015, Emil was a risk analyst for a major international insurer operating out of Lloyd’s of London, and before that he was a researcher at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and was a 2017 Nuclear Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Manager, Threat Finance Research, APAC

Gokce Arslan Kumar is currently the Threat Finance Research Manager for APAC focusing on specialist crime topics including organised crime, human trafficking, proliferation finance and green crimes. She is the former Training Manager for the World-Check research teams in Asia. She is a Certified Anti-money laundering specialist (ACAMS) and also holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. 

Regulation Asia

Brad is Co-founder at Regulation Asia, the leading regulatory news service for the financial sector. He also advises governmental and start-up projects, including several in the digital assets and payments space. Brad previously heading up strategic, business planning and product development across 36 markets at SunGard Financial Systems (now FIS).

Brad is a senior research fellow in Financial Regulation and Risk Management with The Guangzhou-Nottingham Advanced Institute of Finance and the Guangzhou University of Finance’s Institute of Financial Employment. He holds a Masters of Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a current doctoral candidate with the Swiss Business School in Zurich, focusing on the broader economic impact of financial regulation.