David Lewis - Executive Secretary, FATF

David Lewis sits at the helm of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) the international AML standard setting body responsible for global AML standards and the evaluation of countries against them. In this exclusive interview he talks to KYC360 about AML successes and failures and the role of jurisdictions and businesses alike in the battle against AML and predicate criminality.

AML Talk Show Hosted by Martin Woods

In this series of monthly podcasts, our host Martin Woods will interview key figures in the world of financial crime prevention and examine successes and failures in the global fight against money laundering and related crimes including drug trafficking, bribery and corruption, sanctions evasion, human trafficking and tax evasion.


Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I have the great privilege of sat in front of me is David Lewis, executive secretary of the FATF. David, thank you so much for your time. It’s a real privilege to have you here. Let’s go straight into this David. Why are you in London and what’s your hectic schedule here today?

Well Martin, first of all thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today. You and I have been in contact for a while now and, well I’m very happy to have this conversation.

I’m actually here to speak at two events: there’s Sibos, the big financial services event in ExCel and I’m also speaking at a Royal United Services Institute event on policy tensions, which is a real issue in data privacy versus AML, how does that work. So there are some big issues here and I’ve got a busy day in London.

How many years have you been in this space now? Your Treasury years and how did it all start for you?

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