Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Mrs. Hennie VERBEEK-KUSTERS

Interim Chair, Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Biography

Mrs. Hennie Verbeek-Kusters was appointed interim Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units on 4 February 2020 until the end of the 27th Egmont Group Plenary Meeting in Mexico in July 2020.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of the FIU – the Netherlands since 2008. Since her appointment, she has led the FIU towards the implementation of a new intelligence analysis system that impacted all business processes of the FIU. During this period, the FIU – the Netherlands has grown in its capacity to receive and analyse transactions as well as increase its focus on cooperation with (external) partners in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism. Since 10 October 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 framework of the Egmont Group, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has held several positions over recent years. She has been Chair of the IT Working Group as well as the Chair of the Technical Assistance and Training Working Group and was very actively involved in the restructuring of the founding principles of the Egmont Group. Since 2016, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been chairing the Steering Group for the setup project of the Egmont Centre of FIU Excellence and Leadership (ECOFEL). From July 2017- July 2019, she served Chair of the Egmont Group. During her time as Chair of the Egmont Group, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters aimed to enhance the cooperation amongst FIUs as well as with the private sector. During the 26th Egmont Group Plenary Meeting in The Hague, July 2019, she was chosen to be a regional representative for the Europe I region of Egmont Group member FIUs for the period 2019-2021.

From 2012 to 2017, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters served as the 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 this application and other related applications.

From 2000 until 2016, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters was a member of the Board of Partners FIU.NET, the EU FIU information Exchange Platform.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has also been a commissioner to the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (2018 – 2019). The Commission published its final report in October 2019, which included a toolkit to help the full range of financial sector institutions take action to end modern slavery and human trafficking.

In 1988, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters joined the Dutch police force, serving in various positions. From 2005 to 2008, she was the Head of Unit of the National Crime Squad responsible for investigating synthetic drugs and precursors crimes and serious organized crimes.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters holds a Master’s Degree in Arts.