On June 4th and 5th, the discussion will centre around "Combating Illicit Financial Flows to Safeguard Democracy, Good Governance, and Peace."

Peace and security are crucial for stable states that uphold strong democratic institutions based on the rule of law and human rights. However, IFFs can undermine public trust in governments' abilities to provide these essentials. Moreover, the financing of terrorism through IFFs can threaten peace and security at the national, regional, and international levels. Therefore, it is imperative to address the threat of IFFs to democracy, good governance, and peace and their crucial role in financing terrorist activities.

Explore the agenda, featuring sessions, discussions, and topics here:


Official Start and Welcome


Opening Remarks


Ms Bjørg Sandkjær, State Secretary International Development, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


40 min

Keynote Discussion 

Money, Power, Control: The Subversive Effects of Illicit Financial Flows on Democracy


Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) are increasingly being instrumentalized to undermine democratic institutions and the rule of law. Recent years have seen autocratic actors using illicit finance for strategic purposes ranging from influencing elections to financing disinformation campaigns in democracies. In autocracies, IFFs have shown themselves to be a powerful tool to crack down on opposition and maintain power. This keynote highlights the links between IFFs and modes of governance and shows how combating IFFs can be a measure to safeguard democracy and good governance.


Prof. Jodi Vittori, Co-Chair of the Global Politics and Security program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

Mr Gerard Ryle, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-Winning Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)




20 min

High-Level Remarks


Hon. Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of Namibia 

Dr Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


90 min

High-Level Panel

Stop the Threat: Current Approaches to Combating Terrorism Financing


IFFs play a critical role in enabling terrorist actors to acquire weapons, recruit personnel, and establish logistical networks. Strengthening the detection of these financial channels is pivotal in the global fight against terrorism and demands international and cross-sectoral cooperation. The High-Level Panel brings together different sector representatives to discuss trends and threats and the effectiveness of current global strategies in combatting terrorism financing.


Hon. Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, Attorney-General of the Nigerian Federation and Federal Minister of Justice of Nigeria

Ms Fikile Zitha, Executive Secretary, Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG)

Mr Juan Cruz Ponce, Deputy Executive Secretary in the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT)

Ms Svetlana Martynova, Senior Legal Officer, Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Coordinator,​ Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)

Mr Mohammad Haque, Counter Terrorism Directorate, Interpol

Mr Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Finance & Security, RUSI


Closure Day 1


Welcome and Recap of Day 1


55 min

Call for Ideas 2023 Results
Beyond just Data: Cooperation as a Key Factor in a Digitalized World


This session will spotlight the critical role cooperation plays in the digital transformation of AML/CFT systems and showcase how collaborative approaches (e.g., between supervisors and supervised entities) are necessary to make the most out of existing data and data analysis tools. It will also introduce the winning proposals from the Global Forum Call for Ideas 2023, which respond to the call to leverage digitization and create tools to advance the fight against illicit financial flows.


Insights by

Mr Simone di Castri, Co-Head of Cambridge SupTech Lab



Wildlife Trafficking Anti-Money Laundering Risk Assessment Model for Asia

by ADM Capital Foundation in consortium with AML Analytics and KPMG Hong Kong

Computerized System for Quality and Consistency of Mutual Evaluation Reports

by the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT)

Using Technology to Bring Transparency to the Offshore Economy and Disrupt Illicit Financial Flows

by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)



60 min

High-Level Panel
Avoiding Unintended Consequences: Fragile Balance for Civic Space


The decisive steps for the reform of the FATF standards on NPOs, which have directly affected civil society for years, have just been taken. The recent rise of terrorism activities has focused the world's attention on the sources and means of terror financing. How will this new global situation affect the situation of NPOs in the further implementation of CFT standards worldwide? What tools do stakeholders have to strike the fragile balance between safeguarding the legitimate interests of civil society and preventing terrorist financing? What are the specific challenges in the countries of the Global South, in fragile contexts and in FATF grey-listed countries? 


Ms Elisa de Anda Madrazo, Director General, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Mexico) and elected FATF President

Dr Marcus Pleyer, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and FATF President 2020–2022

Alan Ketley, Executive Secretary,  Wolfsberg Group

Ms Ashleigh Subramanian-Montgomery, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at Charity & Security Network, Co-chair of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF 


Short Break and Breakout Transfers


60 min

Breakout Session I

Unlocking Financial Inclusion: Evolving the Risk-Based Approach to Ensure No One is Left Behind


As the FATF considers revising Recommendation 1, which serves as the cornerstone of the risk-based approach in combating money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing, a fascinating opportunity arises to discuss what could lie in the future. This forward-looking session brings together practitioners and academics to explore various scenarios that could emerge during this process. By hypothesizing about the future of the risk-based approach, participants will gain valuable insights into how these changes could reduce unintended consequences such as financial exclusion and de-risking, especially on the national level where the global standards are being put into action.


Moderated by

Ms Mariam Jemila Zahari, Policy Specialist, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)



Dr Slagjana Taseva, Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy and Honorary Chair of Transparency International – Chapter North Macedonia

Mr Mu’azu Umaru, Director of Policy and Research, Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)

Mr Tom Neylan, Head of Risk and Policy Unit, FATF

Mr Louis De Koker, Professor, La Trobe University


60 min

Breakout Session II

Unraveling the Greylisting: Consequences, Challenges and Best Practices


This breakout will take an in-depth look at greylisting, its purpose and consequences, such as its impact on financial systems, economic stability and development processes. Based on lessons learned, the session will discuss possible responses to current challenges and present best practices. 


Moderated by

Mr Emil Meddy, Co-Chair of the Middle East and Africa Joint Group, FIU Ghana



Dr Kateryna Boguslavska, AML/CFT Specialist, Basel Institute on Governance

Ms Entila Zyba, Director of Legal and Foreign Affairs Department, FIU Albania

Mr John Howell, AML/CFT Expert, JH&Co. Ltd 


10 min

Closing Remarks


Mr Martin Wimmer, Director of Development Policy Issues, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development