David Lewis



Managing Director and Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Advisory

David Lewis is Managing Director and Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Advisory in the Investigations, Diligence and Compliance practice, based in Paris.

Prior to joining Kroll, David was the executive secretary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the senior advisor to G7 and G20 on AML and counter terrorist financing from 2015 to January 2022. He led the FATF Secretariat in bringing to bear the combined expertise of more than 200 governments and 20 international organizations from the United Nations to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, Interpol, Europol and the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in order to fight money laundering, financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This included work to understand risks, trends and methods; develop global standards and guidance; and assess the effectiveness of action taken by governments. David established the first FATF training institute and global training program for government officials. He has led a variety of global initiatives, including the FATF strategy and operational plan on terrorist financing following the terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and global action against the illegal wildlife trade. His work for the UK Government since its Presidency of the G8 in 2013, and since with the FATF, has ed to more than 100 countries committing to registries of company beneficial ownership, and to a new global standard.

Earlier in his career, David worked for the UK government as a senior policy advisor at HM Treasury, where he was the head of AML Policy and the Illicit Finance Unit. He led a comprehensive review of the UK’s AML and counter terrorist financing regime, developed the first UK National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, and led the implementation of key sanctions and asset-freezing activity in the Middle East and North Africa. He led the UK delegation to the EU, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, and the East and South Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group. Additionally, David was Co-Chair of the FATF Evaluation and Compliance Group, the body responsible for managing the evaluation of countries against global standards. Previously, he served as a senior member of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now the UK National Crime Agency).

David received the inaugural Financial Crime Fighter Award for 2021 from the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime for his outstanding leadership in the field of AML and counter terrorist financing. He also received the ACAMS Public Service Award for longstanding commitment to the global anti-financial crime community. David is a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and an honorary lecturer at Cardiff University. He writes a regular column for AML Intelligence.

David studied at Portsmouth and Cranfield universities. He is a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. David is a member of the Advisory Board for Elucidate and of the Technical Advisory Group for the Global NPO Coalition.

2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Report

2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Report

Kroll analyzed global data from 400 senior leaders across three continents to gain insights into the current financial crime landscape and learn how technology might stop the threat of economic, crypto and ESG crimes.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 69% of global respondents expect financial crime risks to increase over the next 12 months.
  • More than two-thirds of respondents plan to invest in technology to tackle the expected increase in financial crime.
  • More than half cite evolving technologies, digital currencies, data privacy and geopolitical tension as challenges posed to government in fighting financial crime.
  • 91% of respondents report using fraud monitoring tools to stay ahead of risk.

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Webinar Replay —2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Webinar

2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Webinar—Navigating the Complex Landscape of Financial Crime and Technology

In this webinar, Kroll's experts discussed key takeaways from this year's Fraud and Financial Crime report and strategies for getting ahead in the evolving fight against fraud and financial crime.

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