The Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists
The Association of Certiﬁed Sanctions Specialists (ACSS) is a professional membership body for sanctions professionals worldwide. It was formed to advance sanctions compliance by supporting the professional development of the individuals who lead those eﬀorts.
The goal of ACSS is to:
- Serve the professional interests of its members by delivering high quality services and promoting the interests of the profession
- Provide professional qualiﬁcations and set standards for sanctions practitioners
- Be an authoritative and respected voice promoting sanctions compliance
- Enhance the careers of sanctions professionals worldwide
Saskia is a Certiﬁed Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and an industry leader in anti-money laundering (AML) and related ﬁnancial crime topics. Saskia has over 15 years of AML experience in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Her global footprint enables Saskia to apply valuable expertise and insight into international training and ﬁnancial crime compliance projects. Saskia was the founding executive director of the Association of Certiﬁed Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). She is also a partner at SanctionsAlert and AML Services International, a multi-media training company in the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist ﬁnancing (CTF) ﬁelds. Saskia spearheaded ACAMS as its founding executive director from October 2001 to December 2005. Under her leadership, ACAMS grew from zero to 3,500 members from 101 countries, and developed the Certiﬁed Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Program (CAMS), which has become the de facto AML credential in the ﬁnancial services industry worldwide. She is a frequent speaker in English, Spanish and Dutch on a variety of ﬁnancial crime topics. She earned law degrees from Leiden University (Netherlands) and Universidad La Católica (Lima, Peru), and was admitted to the Lima Bar Association. She also holds an international MBA from Florida International University. She speaks ﬂuent Dutch, English and Spanish, as well as basic German.
“Sanctions are profoundly complex in the international insurance market. The ACSS initiative fills an important need in promoting compliance expertise in this area.”
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
New York, NY
“Economic sanctions continue to be used with tremendous frequency by policymakers and the complexity of the measures, and the conflicts between them, is unprecedented. In this environment, specialized resources for sanctions professionals makes sense.”
Independent Consultant on Economic Sanctions / OFAC Matters, and former Managing Director Global Sanctions Executive at Bank of America