Hennie Verbeek-Kusters was appointed Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in July 2020 and will serve as Chair until July 2022.
Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of the FIU, the Netherlands since 2008, leading the organization towards the implementation of a new intelligence analysis system that impacted all FIU business processes. During this period, the FIU – the Netherlands grew in its capacity to receive and analyze transactions as well as increase focus on cooperation with external partners in the fight against money laundering, financing of terrorism, and other predicate crimes. Since October 10, 2010, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of FIU for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba).
Within the Egmont Group’s framework, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has held several positions over recent years. She was Chair of the IT Working Group, Chair of the Technical Assistance and Training Working Group, and was actively involved in the restructuring of the Egmont Group’s founding principles. Since 2016, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has chaired the Steering Group for the Egmont Centre of FIU Excellence and Leadership (ECOFEL) set-up project. Having previously served as Chair of the Egmont Group from July 2017 to 2019 and interim Chair in 2020, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters enhanced cooperation among FIUs and the private sector. She also served as the Egmont Group’s Regional Representative for the Europe I region of member FIUs from 2019 to 2020.
From 2012 to 2017, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters served as Chair of the International User Group on goAML. This user group was initiated by the FIU – the Netherlands in 2012 to join the FIUs using goAML and cooperate with UNODC in the further development of applications.
From 2000 to 2016, she was also a member of the Board of Partners FIU.NET, the EU FIU Information Exchange Platform.
Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters was also a commissioner to the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking from 2018 to 2019. The Commission published its final report in October 2019, including a toolkit to help all financial sector institutions take action to end modern slavery and human trafficking.
In 1988, she joined the Dutch police force, serving in various positions. From 2005 to 2008, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters was the Head of Unit for the National Crime Squad responsible for investigating synthetic drugs, precursor crimes, and serious organized crimes.
Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters holds a Master’s Degree in Arts.
Xolisile Khanyile is currently Director of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) of South Africa and Egmont Group Vice-Chair.
Mrs. Khanyile is a career prosecutor, having served different roles in law enforcement agencies for 23 years, six as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Free State, appointed by the President of South Africa. Since January 2018, she has held the position of Director of the FIC, where she is responsible for strategic and operational functioning, ensuring the fulfilment of the FIC’s mandate domestically and internationally, and providing technical assistance to various African countries.
Mrs. Khanyile holds a B Juris and an LLB degree from the University of Zululand and an MDP from the Business School of the University of Free State (UFS). She graduated from the Duke University African Women Charted Accountants’ Women Leading Africa Programme in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Khanyile is enrolled at UFS, reading towards a Masters in Law with the subject of her research dissertation entitled “Challenges of South Africa’s Multi-Agencies that are Mandated to Fight Corruption.”
Anne-Marie Kemna is currently the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Curaçao (FIU Curaçao) and Egmont Group Vice-Chair.
Mrs. Kemna has over 25 years of experience as a legal advisor, general counsel, and attorney in the field of ICT legal aspects, e-commerce, digital evidence, telecommunications, privacy, intellectual property, and cybercrime. She has published several articles and books and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences on preventing money laundering, terrorist financing, and compliance.
Mrs. Kemna holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In addition, she is a professionally trained attorney and was admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands before she emigrated with her family to Curaçao in 2006. Mrs. Kemna enjoyed IT-auditing training and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist.
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Jérôme Beaumont has 15 years of experience in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.
He graduated in political science, management, and law and is certified in cyber security from Harvard.
Mr. Beaumont held several roles and contributed to European Union and United Nations missions before joining the French Financial Intelligence Unit (TRACFIN) in 2011. Over the next five years, he processed major operational anti-money laundering cases, covered TRACFIN’s international information exchange relating to terrorist attacks in France, and was responsible for TRACFIN’s international policies.
Mr. Beaumont participated in reviewing the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) standards, the Egmont Group’s key documents, and significant information exchange projects such as ISIL. He was also involved in FATF and FATF-Style Regional Bodies evaluations and World Bank activities.
Mr. Beaumont has been the Executive Secretary of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) since 2016, leading a team of strong, passionate professionals committed to supporting Egmont Group activities, its 167 member FIUs, and the fight against money laundering, terrorist financing, and other predicate crimes.