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Samantha Sheen

Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance.   Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer and CCO and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe.

Sam also worked offshore for several years in both the trust and funds sector. Later, Sam acted as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey heading up its enforcement activities, and subsequently set up its first Financial Crime Supervision Division. In 2022, Sam served as the interim Head of Supervision for the Jersey Financial Services Division, and as acting as MLRO and Head of AML/CFT EMEA, for the global payments provider, Stripe.

Most recently, Sam has performed a diverse range of work in both the private and public sector, focusing on the effective operationalisation of AML/CFT and conduct requirements, automation of compliance activities and the effective integration of technology solutions.  Sam is a recognised subject matter expert on AML/CFT matters by the Council of Europe, where she has supported projects ranging from VASPs to sanctions regulators, in over 15 jurisdictions across Europe and Central Asia.

Sam has extensive training experience in the field of financial crime prevention and corporate governance matters. She has most recently been involved in projects related to FenTech businesses, the use of RegTech to mitigate financial crime and list management relating to the screening of customers and third parties. Sam worked with ACAMS Europe as its first subject matter expert as its AML Director and subsequently ran her one advisory business, assisting Crypto, FinTech and AML/CFTvendor technology and outsourcing vendors on various financial crime prevention matters.  Sam is recognised by ACAMS and the EIMF as a subject matter expert and has co-authored a number of online certificate courses, facilitated working groups on 4/5AMLD in Europe and assistance in the development of white papers. 

Originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada, Sam holds a number of qualifications and is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of financial crime including a Bachelors of Public Administration from Carleton University, Law Degree from Queen’s University, qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada and as a solicitor in NSW Australia and holds her Masters in Business, specialising in risk management from Monash University in Victoria, Australia.  Sam most recently completed a Diploma with the London School of Economics in London, UK in Data Analytics.