ACSS Singapore Chapter

About Chapter

Come join us to promote sanctions awareness and create a community for sanctions and export controls professionals in Singapore! The Chapter will hold regular events centered around hot topics in the sanctions industry that impact sanctions and export controls professionals.

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Board Members

Ramanthan Sivabalan

Director of Market Planning – APAC Financial Crime Compliance and Payments
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
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Ramanathan (“Ram”) Sivabalan is the Director of Market Planning for Financial Crime Compliance and Payments for the APAC region at LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. Based in Singapore, he leads the development and fulfilment of the overall revenue and customer value proposition throughout Asia Pacific.

With over 22 years of experience in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance industries, Sivabalan has a strong track record in leading the legal and compliance functions and effective business operations in various markets within Asia. He has previously held legal and compliance leadership roles at MUFG, Societe Generale and Future Generali.

Sivabalan is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and is a two time graduate of the University of Mumbai. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with several organizations, reading about world affairs and listening to music.

Rana Datta

Managing Director
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Rana Datta is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Risk and Compliance solution. Based in Singapore, Rana leads Protiviti Risk and Compliance practice for ASEAN and works closely with all countries within the region. He has more than 18 years of experience in finance, technology, and regulatory technology. He has been involved with several Banks , Payments Providers , Crypto Exchanges and MNC’s across all areas of Risk including sanctions compliance.

Prior to joining Protiviti, Rana was the APAC channel and business director at RDC. He also served as head of KYC and on-boarding sales at Thomson Reuters, where he reported to the Global Head of Industry Solutions and was responsible for buy side, sell side, and corporate client engagement.

Earlier in his career, Rana had several roles at Westpac Institutional Bank in New Zealand and Singapore,  including as Associate Director, Natural Resources and as Associate Director of relationships, and commercial card manager. He also served as an associate in financial institutions, government and health and corporate and institutional banking.

Rana holds an MBA from Auckland University, a graduate diploma in marketing from the Manukau Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Calcutta.

Julie Mills

APAC Chief Sanctions Officer

Robert MacDonald

Head of Anti-Bribery, Corruption Compliance & Sanctions Advisory
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Robert is a UK qualified barrister with over 14 years’ Financial Crime Compliance (“FCC”) experience working in the financial services industry (for NYSE & FTSE 100 listed firms and investment managers). Including UK public sector work with the Ministry of Justice. Over the years Robert has held the following roles, Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Sumitomo Mitsui (London), Compliance Specialist at Capital Group (London), FCC Anti-Bribery & Corruption (“ABC”) for UK and Europe at HSBC (London), Global Head of Programme Management & Regulatory Assurance at Standard Chartered Bank (London & Singapore), Regional Head Conduct, Financial Crime & Compliance Assurance Greater China & North Asia at Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore), Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Fintech Legal at Coupang Pay (South Korea) and latterly Global Advisory for Sanctions, ABC and Counter-Terrorist Financing at Binance (Singapore).

Lino Arboleda

Sr. Leader – International Trade Compliance APAC
GE Aerospace
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Lino Arboleda serves as the Senior Leader for International Trade Compliance in the APAC Region at GE Aerospace. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for overseeing GE Aerospace’s adherence to sanctions and export control laws and regulations, and for helping to shape and deploy the strategic vision for managing the company’s Internal Compliance Program in the region. With over two decades in the field, Lino boasts an extensive background in sanctions, export controls, and customs compliance, and holds a Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS) certification.

Before coming back to GE, Lino played a pivotal role as the Trade Compliance Governance Lead for APAC at Olympus. He further held significant positions such as the Trade Compliance Manager APAC for Shell Chemicals and a Senior Director role at FTI Consulting in their Export Controls, Sanctions, and Trade Practice.

Early in his profession, Lino lent his expertise in export control and sanctions compliance to GE Businesses across ASEAN, ANZ, and various Asian countries. He played a crucial part in improving and upkeeping GE’s Internal Compliance Programs to ensure strict observance to the relevant regulations. He also bridged communication between the ITC Center of Excellence, various business entities, and the Compliance leadership concerning sanctions and export control challenges in the region.

Lino holds a Master’s in Strategy and Security from the University of New South Wales in Australia and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.


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