About ACSS

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

Our Founder

Saskia Rietbroek

Saskia is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS), a professional membership body for sanctions professionals worldwide. She is a Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and an industry leader in financial crime topics. Saskia has over 15 years of Sanctions/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.

Previously, Saskia was the Executive Director at SanctionsAlert, the world’s first information and training business on the subject, and before that was founder of AML Services International LLC. Prior to that, she was Financial Crimes Advisor to Fiserv, and she was also the founding executive director of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), where she spearheaded the development of the CAMS certification and co-led many international conferences.

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.

Robert Walsh
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
AXA Group
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.

Clay Stevenson
Independent Consultant on Economic Sanctions / OFAC Matters, and former Managing Director Global Sanctions Executive at Bank of America
Hartford, Connecticut


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