Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Mrs. Hennie VERBEEK-KUSTERS

Chair, Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Biography

Mrs. Hennie Verbeek-Kusters was appointed Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units on 5 July 2017 for the period 2017-2019. Her goal is to enhance the cooperation amongst FIUs as well as well as with the private sector. This in order to improve the contribution of FIUs in the fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

Mrs. Hennie Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of the FIU – the Netherlands since 2008. In this period she led the FIU in the process towards the implementation of a new intelligence analysis system that impacted all business processes of the FIU. The FIU – the Netherlands has grown in this period in its capacity to receive and analyze transactions as well as giving more focus to cooperation with (external) partners in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism. Since 10 October 2010 she has been the Head of FIU for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba).

From 2000 until 2016 Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters was a member of the Board of Partners FIU.NET, the EU FIU information Exchange Platform. 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 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 she has been chairing the Steering Group of the setup project of the Egmont Centre of FIU Excellence and Leadership (ECOFEL).

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters serves as the current chair of the International User Group on goAML. This user group has been 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 as well as other, related, applications.

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. She has been Chair of the Comprehensive Operational and Strategic Planning for the Police Group on synthetic drugs (COSPOL, predecessor of the EU EMPACT project).

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from the Dutch Police Academy.