Maritime Trade Sanctions Compliance: Fact vs. Fiction

May 18, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM London

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75 minutes


  • Joseph Byrne, Research Fellow, Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA) | RUSI
  • Paulina Izewicz, Senior Research Associate | James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Simon Yeo, Senior Account Executive | Polestar Global


Alexander Witt CSS, Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant, ACSS


Thursday, May 18, 2023


  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM London
  • 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Amsterdam
  • 05:00 PM – 06:15 PM Singapore


It’s time to breakdown the many myths of sanctions compliance that vary across industries and regions. This webinar will establish exactly what is and isn’t factual when it comes to the consequences of breaching sanctions, what your compliance process actually does and doesn’t need to include, and those pesky distinctions between US and EU sanctions programmes that get everyone so worked up.

What you will learn:

  • Everyone is liable for noncompliance – why you shouldn’t rely on your supply chain partners to do the work for you
  • Key case studies – the benefits of having a comprehensive sanctions screening program in place
  • The regulatory differences in regions, but why this shouldn’t make a significant difference to your due diligence
  • Top 5 aspects of a complete sanctions compliance programme that you could currently be missing

During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to contribute questions online.

Certificate of Attendance:

All active ACSS membership will be able to download the certificate from the Learning Management System (under the achievements tab).

Event Registration

Register for this FREE webinar today! Tell your friends, clients, customers and colleagues about it.

ACSS webinars conduct audience polls that will give you vital benchmarking data so you can measure your sanctions compliance against others.

ACSS Members who attend the live session can download their Certificate of Attendance from our member-only platform.


Joseph Byrne

Research Fellow, Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

Joe Byrne is a Research Fellow at RUSI’s Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis Research Group.

Paulina Izewicz

Senior Research Associate
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies | Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Paulina’s work focuses on maritime sanctions and North Korea’s sanctions evasion, particularly in the maritime domain. In that capacity, since 2018, she has provided sanctions compliance training to flag registries and other maritime stakeholders in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

Simon Yeo

Senior Account Executive
Polestar Global

Simon Yeo is an accomplished Senior Commercial Manager with extensive experience in the maritime industry. He currently holds a key role at Pole Star Global, a leading maritime intelligence company, where he specializes in their innovative sanctions screening and vessel tracking solution called PurpleTRAC. He is highly skilled in developing strong client relationships, identifying their unique needs, and providing customized solutions to meet those needs. He works with banks and commodity trading companies to enhance and streamline vessel screening processes using his sanctions compliance expertise.


Alexander Witt CSS

Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant

Alexander Witt is a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant for the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS). He is an expert in EU, US, and German Sanctions and Export Control Laws and Regulations. Previously Alexander worked as a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant at Full Circle Compliance and as an Export Compliance Officer at Fujifilm Europe in the Netherlands.

Customer Testimonials

“I really appreciated the detail and references on the slides, very helpful”.

Scott Kinney, CAMS

Compliance Manager Global Sanctions Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

“Great job. Very informative”.

Brianna Long

Senior Compliance Analyst Compliance and Risk Investigations and Analysis, Convera