Central and Eastern Europe

Your passion for fighting financial crime starts here

Central and Eastern Europe

Your passion for fighting financial crime starts here

The Central and Eastern European Chapter is dedicated to enhancing anti-financial crime knowledge and delivering engaging events to the compliance community. Through its activity, the Chapter seeks to promote RegTech innovation, information sharing, collaboration, and bring together experts with diverse backgrounds and international experience.

OUR MISSION

“To provide information and resources to help industry professionals detect and prevent financial crime.”
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András Bácsfalvi

Chair

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András Bácsfalvi (Chair, HUNGARY) is a seasoned and well-known compliance professional, author of Defense Lines compliance podcast, sharing knowledge and compliance awareness throughout the community.

Since 2016 he is the Chief Compliance Officer of MKB Bank, one of the biggest financial institutions in Hungary. The directorate he leads comprises three departments, one for the classical compliance functions (handling conflict of interest, ensuring ethical business conduct, consumer protection etc.), one for AML/CFT and KYC, and one for capital markets compliance. At the end of 2020 he was appointed as Group Chief Compliance Officer of Magyar Bankholding Zrt, so now he is responsible for three Banks’ (MKB, Budapest Bank and Magyar Takarékbank) core compliance, anti-money laundering, customer protection, capital markets compliance, data protection and fraud prevention fusion. He also leads the project team and makes sure that the three Banks will be ready for the merger from the compliance perspective.

He’s been the president of the Hungarian Banking Association’s AML working group since July 2016, and the president of the Compliance working group since November 2018. He is a member of Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) since 2016. Moreover he is a regular keynote speaker (both in Hungary and abroad) and lecturer on topics concerning Compliance and anti-money laundering. In 2018 he was appointed as a presidential member of Hungarian Internal Auditor Association. In 2020 he was awarded the Golden Beehive Award.

In 2013 he was asked to build up the Compliance Department of the Hungarian Export-Import Bank Plc. & Hungarian Export Credit Insurance Plc.

Before joining the banking sector he worked as an Operation Officer at CPO (this is one of the Hungarian authorities); and got experience as a consultant at SAP and TATA Consultancy Services as a consultant. He graduated at the Budapest Corvinus University with a Master’s degree in Economics and Sociology.

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Denitsa Rebaine

Chair

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Denitsa Rebaine (Chair, POLAND) has over half a decade experience in financial crime compliance. She is currently Sanctions Compliance Officer at Citibank. In her role she manages sanctions risk and provides advice and guidance to functional partners and key stakeholders – regionally and globally, on OFAC sanctions regulations.

In her previous roles, Denitsa was performing investigations and anti-money laundering reviews involving individual and institutional clients, as well as foreign correspondent banking. She has taken part in various internal training, presentations and knowledge enhancement projects. Prior to joining the anti-financial crime field, Denitsa worked in non-governmental organizations promoting education and human rights. She is also author-contributor of “The Critical State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe”. In April 2020 Denitsa started the Compliance Time podcast which brings together compliance experts and creators from all over the world. In 2020 she was a speaker on an ACFCS webinar – Making the case for ongoing KYC.

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Attila Takács

Programming Director & Treasurer

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Attila Takács (Programming Director & Treasurer, HUNGARY) is a Banking and Regulatory Technology professional with 20+ years of senior managerial experience within the Central and Eastern European region. He is Managing Partner of RegTech Consult CEE, providing business consultancy and project management services for fintech companies.

Before joining the fintech startup scene he managed various cross border regulatory compliance projects at leading regional banking groups (OTP, Raiffeisen, Citi, KelerCSD) covering several countries in the region (Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, Romania) in the area of private banking, asset management, payment/settlement, trade and post-trade services. He worked as Executive Director at CKB Bank in Montenegro and acted as a Board member at OTP Invest in Croatia.

He is a regtech enthusiast and believes in knowledge sharing and applicable technology solutions, which turn to be key assets for compliance communities.

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Beata Wisnicka

Programming Director

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Beata Wisnicka (Programming Director, POLAND) is an independent consultant in AML and FinTech in Warsaw, Poland. In her work she analyzed and evaluated global AML systems with the aim to develop an innovative approach to effective implementation of AML processes. Beata holds AML teams to the highest standards in creativity, awareness, and quality of work. She is proudly cooperating with FIUs and is the person to point out the main challenges with the implemented AML regulation in an organization.

Beata presented to over 200 training participants about the risk of online verification and proved that cryptocurrencies are in every institution. Furthermore, she was a speaker at events such as the Copernican Digital Forum 2020, Torun; Cashless Congress 2020, Warsaw; the Cross Border Risk Conference as well as the Anti Money Laundering Conference for the Police Central Bureau of Investigation. She also regularly speaks on podcasts, magazines, YouTube and maintains her own YouTube channel. Beata has been a trainer in large banks, including Falcon Bank in Switzerland, State Street and Santander Consumer Bank.

On top of that, she is also a mentor in a program called “Perspectives Women in Tech” and she is participating in the project „Development of FinTech in Poland with the support of the EBRD and the European Commission”.

Prior to her independent career path, Beata worked as AML Expert, Project lead and compliance analyst in several organizations in Poland. She was also a trainer at Langas Group.

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Daniel Mazurek

Programming Director

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Daniel Mazurek (Programming Director, POLAND) is a Team Leader of a C4 Compliance team, that is a part of the High Risk Client Unit at Standard Chartered Bank. In his role he manages a team of specialists that are responsible for conducting an initial assessment of projects that are deemed significant to the Bank, prioritizing them and allocating them to investigative teams depending on the type of the investigation (ML, Sanctions Fraud) and the jurisdiction.

Before joining Standard Chartered he worked at HSBC Poland, for the Financial Crime Threat Mitigation Department, where he was responsible for conducting all types of investigations (generated by automated TM systems, alerts raised by the business, related to Trade Finance, Correspondent Banking, adverse media and Production Orders) and reporting SARs to the Polish FIU.

Prior to joining HSBC Poland, he worked at Citi Bank where he was responsible for performing AML investigations for the US market.

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Jan Indra

Programming Director

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Jan Indra (Programming Director, CZECH REPUBLIC) is a young professional with over 7 years of experience in the fields of OSINT, investigations and data visualizations.

Currently working as a Business Intelligence Consultant at a Czech private consulting firm Screening Solutions, Jan`s work primarily entails research, analysis and reporting of various due diligence and investigation projects, with specialization on identification of potential conflicts of interests or corruption indicators.

Before coming to Screening Solutions, Jan spent 4 years working as an investigative reporter at a Czech non-profit investigative newsroom Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, where he had the opportunity to collaborate on some of the biggest cross-border global investigations including projects such as the Panama Papers or the Russian Laundromat.

Aside from research and analysis, Jan`s work also includes content management, creation and marketing, mostly for an educational organization Compliance Academy (articles, podcast, handbooks, infographics etc.) which strives for bringing together GRC professionals in the Czech Republic.

Over the years, Jan has also professionally collaborated with the Poynter Institute`s International Fact-Checking Network as an External Assessor or with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) as an Investigative Reporter and Fact-Checker.

Field-wise, Jan is a data analytics & visualization enthusiast interested in how visual representation of data can help uncover hidden patterns and connections between various entities or individuals. He has attended numerous international workshops focused on investigative journalism and hosted his own workshop on OSINT & data visualization.

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Anastasiia Rybak

Event Manager & Membership Director

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Anastasiia Rybak (Event Manager & Membership Director, POLAND) is EMEA Regional Content Manager in Global FIU Program Solutions at Citibank. In her role, Anastasiia is responsible for the change control and effective execution of the change management process. She contributes to the standardization and continuous improvements of the Bank’s FIU program in the region.

Prior to taking on that role, Anastasiia gained expertise in the second line of defense, where she was involved in AML transaction monitoring process across various business lines. Anastasiia is the triple certified AML professional with a major exposure to identifying money laundering risks in Foreign and Domestic Correspondent Banking.

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Anna Woszczyk

Event Manager & Membership Director

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Anna Woszczyk (Event Manager & Membership Director, POLAND) is Global KYC Learning and Development Business Trainer at Independent Compliance Risk Management Department in CitiBank. In her role, Anna manages the learning environment of various KYC functions, develops, maintains and delivers procedures/process, systems and skill-based training related to AML, CFT and KYC areas globally. Additionally Anna delivers lectures in Warsaw University in the frameworks of Introduction to Anti Money Laundering course. Before taking on her role as Business Trainer, Anna has obtained extensive experience in AML FIU by serving as Transaction Monitoring Compliance Analyst and investigating financial behavior of the customer to detect and prevent activities related to money laundering or any other illegal actions. Anna possesses extensive knowledge in KYC processes, FIU AML operations as well as specific products risks (Foreign Correspondent Banking, Payment Intermediaries etc) and is certified AML Specialist (ACAMS) and holder of International Compliance Association (ICA) Advanced Certificate.

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Adrian Dziekan

Event Manager & Membership Director

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Adrian Dziekan (Event Manager & Membership Director, POLAND) is a manager in Transaction Monitoring Operations area at ING Business Shared Services. In his role, Adrian leads the teams responsible for alerts disposition and assists in building the AML HUB for ING in Warsaw.

Before taking on his role at ING, Adrian worked at Citibank Europe PLC for ten years. During his career he took various roles in transaction monitoring department. In 2013 Adrian took the role of a team lead managing various TM teams with private banking being the latest one. Between 2017-2020 Adrian worked in procedures and trainings team implementing procedural/process changes and supporting TM teams in execution of procedural/regulatory requirements.

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Kinga Szukalska-Preisner

Communications Director & Secretary

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Kinga Szukalska-Preisner (Communications Director & Secretary, POLAND) has more than 10 years’ experience in the AML environment in Citibank. Currently, she is part of the Independent Compliance Risk Management Department. In her role of Global KYC Senior QC Analyst in the Global KYC Assurance team Kinga is responsible for quality controls on risk processes and risk evaluation reviews performed by compliance teams to make sure that KYC is conducted in line with the requirements and law regulations. She also participates in the risk management and oversight activities that together with quality control measure the effectiveness of the KYC program. Before joining KYC Department, she spent a couple of years in the Financial Intelligence Unit in Citibank being responsible for transaction monitoring mostly for private banking clients in the EMEA region. As a Subject Matter Expert she supported migration projects from Switzerland and Czech Republic.

Before joining Citibank, Kinga worked for ExpaTax Advisory where she was involved in the Personal Income Tax and Social Security’s matters of clients.

Prior that, Kinga worked as an Assistant and then Consultant at Deloitte Tax Advisory Sp. Z o.o. As a Consultant she gathered her knowledge on Personal Income Tax and Social Security, supporting core team members. As an Assistant she was part of a projects risk management assessment.

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Rostyslav Dyuk

Chapter Advisor

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Rostyslav Dyuk (Board Member) is Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Fintech and Innovation Companies.

Rostyslav has over 15 years of experience in the financial and banking sector, including C-level positions at banks.

Now he’s heading the board of the Ukrainian Association of Fintech and Innovation Companies. Before founding the Association, he has been working as Team Lead for the USAID project “Financial Sector Transformation” for two years and was responsible for Digital Finance.

Also, he is a member of the Social Council and the chairman of the Committee on Fintech of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the author of the first Ukrainian Fintech Catalogue and Map of the ecosystem, ideologist of UAFIN.TECH – the largest Fintech conference in Eastern Europe and the CIS region, an expert of the Ukrainian Startup Fund.

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Ruslan Kostetsky

Board Member

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Ruslan Kostetsky (Board Member) is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Fintech and Innovation Companies (UAFIC).

Ruslan Kostetsky has more than 15 years’ experience in IT including AML solutions implementation and consultancy. Currently he is leading AML and KYC at UAFIC’s committee on RegTech along with B2B integration of startups. Before joining UAFIC he worked at SAS Institute Ukraine where he was responsible for Risk Management solutions for banking and insurance, Data management, Segmentation, Data mining and Text Analytics.

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István Lengyel

Chapter Advisor

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István Lengyel (Chapter Advisor) Banking professional with 30 years of experience in different managerial positions in the EU and the Central- and Eastern European region. Secretary General of the Banking Association for Central and Eastern Europe (BACEE) since 1996, based in Brussels and Budapest.

Before joining BACEE, he worked in different positions in the Central Bank of Hungary and Hungarian commercial banks. Organiser of 8 major international Compliance/AML conferences and 41 regional banking conferences attracting over 8,000 bank managers and experts of different levels from 50+ countries.

Held seminars and training courses in 12 countries. Istvan’s main strengths is a mix of professional knowledge and a practical approach to transforming ideas into feasible projects.

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