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Wasseem Abdulhaq

Head of Quality Control & Oversight, Global Client Due Diligence
Santander Group, Corporate and Investment Banking

Waseem Abdulhaq is a senior industry practitioner in Financial Crime Risk management with more than 15 years of experience in various relevant functions at Santander Group and HSBC bank covering Retail Sales and Services, Wealth Management, Corporate and Investment Banking, Financial Crime Compliance and Operations.

At Santander Group, Waseem currently heads Quality and Advisory for the Global CDD function, covering quality oversight, standards and procedures, control framework and training amongst other functions in the CIB Business.

At HSBC Bank Middle East, he previously headed a regional team covering AML Policy, Governance, AML Risk & Control Framework and FCC Programme Oversight in the MENA and Turkey region across all lines of business and products

Waseem has extensive experience in the implementation of FCC Programme, the international regulatory landscape and the Banking industry in general

Waseem holds a graduate degree in Finance and a Professional Post Graduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance “GRC” from the ICA. He is also a qualified fellow of the ICA

Passionate about technology in general and in the AML space specifically, he is a keen observer of the RegTech and FinTech industry developments and its potential impact on fighting financial crime sustainably and efficiently.