Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Conversations: Jessica Davis, Insight Threat Intelligence

Course Duration: 36 minutes
Course Points: 35

Fridays with Fintelekt today features Jessica Davis, President, Insight Threat Intelligence, an expert on terrorist and illicit financing, with host Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services.

Jessica explains the implications of the complex situation in Afghanistan, and the likely evolution of Al Qaeda, ISIL-KP, their own strategic objectives and their relationship with the Taliban in the region. All of these groups are drawing resources from Afghanistan, but counter terrorism financing (CTF) options with the global community are fairly limited, especially without any CTF forces on the ground. 

On CTF methods in general, Jessica strongly believes that all of the current measures have negative externalities, and that as a CTF community, some of the human rights or financial implications of CTF measures may have been glossed over. There is a need for the AML/CFT community to take a long hard look at regulations and recommendations and ensure that they are tied directly to observable and prevalent terror financing mechanisms.

Jessica is the author of the highly rated book Women in Modern Terrorism (2017) and is slated to publish another one Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the 21st Century in September 2021. In the conversation, she also speaks about the motivation behind her research and the various perspectives she has explored in her books. 

Visit the website of Insight Threat Intelligence https://www.insightthreatintel.com/ for more insights and analysis around Jessica’s work and the books she has authored.

Conversations: Irfan Yar, Global Counter – Terrorism Institute LLC

Course Duration: 24 minutes
Course Points: 20

On Fridays with Fintelekt today, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt is in conversation with Irfan Yar, Research Fellow, Global Counter Terrorism Institute. 

Irfan questions the progress achieved by regulation and advancements in technology in curbing terrorism financing, when ironically the scale of global terrorism is increasing. He believes the primary reason is due to the focus on curbing the conventional methods of terror financing such as banking, charitable donations or wire transfers, while ignoring the role of state sponsorship, which is the biggest income source for terrorism. He also highlights the correlation between terrorism and transnational organised crime.

Irfan’s advice to governments and the private sector is to look beyond cash and money as sources of terrorism financing to gold, precious metals and high value items which can be used to exchange with cash or to trade with drugs. Working towards reducing corruption is also critical, as it can help illegal actors and terrorists in transferring money.

Watch the entire episode for more on the impact of economic sanctions, understanding the domestic socio-politico-economic drivers of terrorism, international cooperation and financial inclusion. 

Webinar: Effective Implementation of Targeted Financial Sanctions in Zambia

Course Duration: 72 minutes
Course Points: 70

Fintelekt Advisory Services and the Financial Intelligence Centre, Zambia hosted a webinar on Effective Implementation of Targeted Financial Sanctions on May 20, 2021.

The webinar was moderated by Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services and the speakers were Diphat Tembo, Director – Compliance and Prevention Department, Financial Intelligence Centre, Zambia, Nicholas W. Turner, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson and Brent Estrella, Group Head & Chief Compliance Officer, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

The webinar was designed as an educational and awareness generation initiative for reporting entities in Zambia. In order to comply with, and effectively implement the domestic regulations around targeted financial sanctions, as well as help the country to stay compliant with international standards, reporting entities in Zambia must stay current on financial sanctions and be able to understand the impact of these sanctions to their present compliance program.

The webinar speakers brought the following issues to the fore:

– Improving awareness on the obligations around targeted financial sanctions in Zambia
– Understanding the challenges faced by reporting entities in implementing the requirements on targeted financial sanctions
– Best practices around screening
– The importance of employee training to detect potential offences
– How reporting entities are misused and what type of services or products are most vulnerable for the purpose of the potential breach, non-implementation or evasion of targeted financial sanctions
– Examples of indicators to identify risks linked to terrorism and proliferation financing

Participants from Zambia who attended this webinar live are entitled to receive a participation certificate. If you have already registered on Fintelekt Academy, the certificate will be sent to your registered email id on or before Friday, May 28, 2021.

Expert Speak: Atty. Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” I. Farolan, Consultant

Course Duration: 55 minutes
Course Points: 55

Atty. Frederick Mikhail “Spocky” I. Farolan, Consultant talked about the impact of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) to the Philippines’s Counter Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Financing operations.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

Expert Speak: Tom Keatinge, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Course Duration: 56 minutes
Course Points: 55

Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) talked about Targeted Financial Sanctions Obligations on Terrorism, Terrorism Financing, and Proliferation Financing.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

Expert Speak: Tom Keatinge, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Course Duration: 44 minutes
Course Points: 40

Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) talked about Terrorism Financing Typologies and Red Flag Indicators in this presentation. He also explained the Role of Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

FATF Plenary February 2021: Outcomes and Interpretation

Daniel Thelesklaf, International AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Expert provides a round-up of the outcomes of the FATF Plenary Meeting which was held virtually from February 22 to 25, 2021. Despite the pandemic, the FATF has kept up with its planned timelines and the developments in this latest plenary are relevant for the public and private sectors alike. Daniel explains the rationale behind FATF’s recent report on risk-based supervision, highlighted also by FATF Executive Secretary David Lewis at Chatham House recently. Daniel also covers strategic initiatives in the areas of proliferation financing, mitigating risks from virtual assets and terrorism financing. He also covers key results of the mutual evaluation of New Zealand, changes to the gray list, and ends with an outlook on what may be coming in the area of beneficial ownership.

Updated: March 2021
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 27 minutes
Course Points: 25

Trainer: Daniel Thelesklaf, International AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Expert
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Conversations: Christian Kaunert, International Centre for Policing and Security

Course Duration: 18 minutes
Course Points: 15

In this video from the Fridays with Fintelekt series, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with Dr. Christian Kaunert, Professor of Policing and Security & Director of International Centre for Policing and Security & Jean Monnet Director at University of South Wales. Christian talks about curbing terrorism, international co-operation around countering terrorism and commonalities in the counter terrorism approaches across various geographies, success of economic sanctions to combat terrorist, role of international organizations, like the FATF, in influencing country’s policies and procedures or setting standards and their implementation by organizations, emerging typologies of terrorism financing as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and role of banks and other financial institutions in fighting terrorism.

Certificate Course: Countering the Financing of Terrorism Module 3

In Module 3 of this certificate course, the faculty member talks about the role of banks and other financial institutions in countering the financing of terrorism. In this module, he discusses about terrorist financing risk factors, the use of financing system for terrorist financing, what role banks and other Financial Institutions (FIs) play in it, monitoring measures that should be in place to prevent the misuse of banks and FIs and challenges faced and measures of overcome these challenges.

Updated: January 2021
Level: Intermediate
Inclusions: Assessment, Completion Certificate
Duration: 48 minutes
Points: 45

Trainer: Pramod Khandelwal, Faculty Member, Fintelekt Advisory Services
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Certificate Course: Countering the Financing of Terrorism Module 2

In Module 2 of this certificate course, the faculty member covers terrorist financing. In this module, he covers concerns with financing of terrorism, funding needs of terrorists, sources of terrorist financing and the Terrorist Financing Cycle.

Updated: January 2021
Level: Intermediate
Inclusions: Assessment, Completion Certificate
Duration: 41 minutes
Points: 40

Trainer: Pramod Khandelwal, Faculty Member, Fintelekt Advisory Services
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