On-Demand Webinar

COVID-19 impact on public and private sector Financial Intelligence Units


About the webinar

As well as causing suffering to many individuals and communities across the globe, COVID-19 presents an unprecedented and multifaceted problem for FIUs. From disrupting workforces as well as the data lifeblood that FIUs depend on, to new ways criminals are exploiting the crisis - FIUs will be challenged like never before. 

Coupled with the staggering amounts of government relief to mitigate record unemployment and food insecurity, and the likelihood that COVID will cause recurring health issues, FIUs will have to be more agile, proactive, and accurate. Attendees will review the current state of affairs from a global perspective, learn ways to triage and resume operations in the near term and mid-term, and see agile techniques for reducing the emerging tidal wave of fraud, corruption, and abuse.

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About the Expert

J. R. Helmig
Innovation Lead, Global Fraud & Security Intelligence SAS

J.R. Helmig is the Innovation Lead for SAS’ Global Fraud & Security Intelligence practice. He has created big data solutions for over 25 years and assisted global chief risk officers and government executives manage the convergence of financial crimes, terror finance, fraud, and risk.

Previously as a Senior Advisor (GS-15) for the Office of the Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Helmig successfully created, led, or supported initiatives positively impacting 80% of the bureau’s published data, technology, analytical, and workforce priorities during FinCEN’s multiyear $140M modernization. As a Principal (Level-6) for Lockheed Martin, he architected an enterprise financial kill chain and entity resolution capability.

Mariano Federici 
Vice President 
Financial Integrity Network

Mr. Federici is a Vice President with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN). He has a vast experience in advising governments and financial systems, and has held various senior responsibilities at the national and international levels, in the area of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF). Mr. Federici has successfully managed public sector institutions, large teams and projects and has exercised leadership in his home country, at the regional and global levels, making important contributions to promoting financial integrity in the international financial system. 

He has approached the subject of financial integrity from different angles, such as the policy development, technical assistance / capacity building, and operational ones, from the country specific as well as the regional and global views, giving him a broad perspective of the topic, its challenges and opportunities. 

Mr. Federici was President of Argentina’s Financial Intelligence Unit (Argentina’s FIU) from January 2016 to January 2020, exercising regulatory, financial intelligence and criminal justice responsibilities. During his term in office, Mr. Federici held numerous international positions at global AML/CFT organizations, such as: Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, Vice Chair of the Egmont Group’s Committee, Regional Representative for the Americas at the Egmont Group, Chair of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Heads of FIU Forum, Co-chair of the FATF’s Risk, Trends and Methods Working Group (RTMG), Co-Chair of the Grupo de Acción Financiera de Latinoamerica (GAFILAT)’s Mutual Evaluations Working Group. 

In the past, Mr. Federici worked as Senior Counsel for the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Legal Department and Regional Advisor for the IMF’s Legal Department in Latin America and The Caribbean, providing in both cases high level policy, legal and technical advice on financial integrity issues to IMF member countries as well as to the organs and staff of the Fund. He also worked as a Foreign Associate for Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York Office and as partner and associate for leading argentine law firms. 

Mr. Federici has directed post graduate degree programs in the area of financial integrity at the School of Business of the Catholic University of Argentina and the Law School of the Catholic University of Salta. He has also lectured as regular and visiting professor at various universities across the world. Mr. Federici is an active promoter of financial integrity within civil society and has exercised several key roles in this area in civil society organizations. 

Mr. Federici was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a citizen of Argentina and Italy. He holds a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the Catholic University of Argentina and an LL.M. (Master in Laws) from the University of Virginia’s School of Law, in the United States.

Roberto de Michele
Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank

Roberto de Michele is a Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Innovation in Citizen Services Division.  Roberto leads the IDB’s Cluster on Transparency and Integrity, responsible for providing support to public sector reforms in transparency, integrity and anti-corruption. In this capacity, he leads the Bank’s efforts in preparing lending operations, technical assistance and knowledge products related to transparency and integrity. He is the Secretary of the Transparency Fund of the IDB and responsible for the program “Strengthening the Integrity of Financial Systems: Improving the Capacity to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing”. His articles and blogs are published widely in Gobernarte, and in the Transparency in Finance Infoguide, among others.

Roberto is a Member of the Senior Advisory Board of the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Academy, IACA.

Before joining the IDB, he was the Director for Transparency and Preventive Policies at the Anticorruption Office of Argentina. He served as President of Fundación Poder Ciudadano, (TI Chapter Argentina) and is a founding member of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC). Roberto is a law graduate from the University of Buenos Aires with an LL.M. from Yale Law School.