ACSS Training Taskforce - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists

ACSS Training


Our Mission

It is the goal of the ACSS Training Taskforce to identify and discuss the evolving trends in sanctions and trade controls to develop and keep up-to-date training programs that help sanctions professionals increase their competency as well as assist businesses to understand their sanctions risks.

To this end, the Training Taskforce members share and contribute subject matter expertise and best practices from their respective industry viewpoints to identify current and emerging trends in sanctions-related risks, regulatory developments, and operational challenges. The members of the Training Taskforce play a vital role in developing, enhancing, and keeping current all training content offered by the ACSS. This can include webinars, courses, the CSS exam, or any other training that the ACSS offers.


Roberto Sorzana, CSS


Roberto is the founder of Regional Compliance Group, a boutique consulting firm specialized in International Sanctions and Anti-corruption ( He is a lawyer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires; LL.M. from Austral University; with more than 12 years in Compliance-related functions in the oil and gas industry in one of LATAM’s main exporters. Roberto holds the following certifications in the international sanctions and compliance field: Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional -International (CCEP-I), and Leadership Professional In Ethics and Compliance (LPECC). He is an active member of the Ethics and Compliance Commission -Argentina Chapter- of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and has served in the Compliance Commission of the Argentine Institute of Oil and Gas. Roberto regularly participates in compliance lectures and seminars within the energy industry and has authored several scholarly articles on international sanctions and anti-corruption related matters.

Owais Arshad

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Owais is a Director at RBC and provides strategic advice to its Global Economic Sanctions program. Mr. Arshad’s advisory work at RBC encompasses capital markets, wealth management, investment custodian services and, block chain enabled digital assets. He has written widely on sanctions related topics, and regularly presents on geopolitics, and the evolution of global sanctions regimes.

Rebecca Andersen, CSS

Associate Member,
Six Pump Court, Barristers’ Chambers

Rebecca is a Certified Sanctions Specialist based in London. She is also an arbitrator/arbitration counsel, specialising in International commercial arbitration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Wales and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) with Merit from Queen Mary University of London and University College London. She is an associate member of one of the leading set of Barristers’ Chambers in the UK, Six Pump Court, London. At the same time, she is a law tutor/lecturer in the University of Buckingham, England.

Rebecca has about 20 years’ experience as a compliance lawyer, advising on sanctions regimes of US OFAC, UK OFSI, United Nations, and the European Union, international trade, export, import and cross border transactions. She started as a litigation and corporate lawyer with the Global Ernst & Young Law. She then went on to become the General Counsel & Head of Compliance (including Sanctions) in various public listed corporations; listed in United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Richard Craig, CSS

Financial Sanctions Data Manager
Bloomberg LP

Rich is a Financial Sanctions Data Manager at Bloomberg, where he is responsible for the acquisition, validation, maintenance, and quality assurance of ten jurisdictions, including US OFAC, UK OFSI, United Nations, and the European Union. Rich has led the efforts of the sanctions teams in Bloomberg’s Data department since the implementation of sectoral sanctions in 2014. He is Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) Certified V2 and a member of the Association of Certified Sanction Specialists.

Kate Koeppen

Export Controls Manager, Americas

Rohan Mishra

Sanctions Data Specialist

Rohan is a Sanctions Data Specialist at Bloomberg based in London. As a Specialist, Rohan identifies entities and financial instruments impacted by economic sanctions. In addition to acquiring and ensuring the quality of Bloomberg's sanction data Rohan has worked on product enhancements bringing greater transparency into the way issuers and securities are impacted by sanctions restrictions. Rohan specializes in sanctions from the US, EU, UK, Switzerland & the United Nations.

Roberto Soprano

Global Director Trade Compliance

Roberto Soprano is the Global Director for Trade Compliance at Firmenich. He specialized in sanctions, non-proliferation and WTO law and policies and has practiced in multinational companies, law firms and a Big4 consultancy firm. He has acted as consultant to International Organizations and European institutions on trade matters including the World Bank and the European Parliament. A lawyer by training, he graduated in law from the University of Milan and holds a master in WTO law and policy from the World Trade Institute in Switzerland. He is a Professor Associado at the Law School of the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and a has been a Guest Professor of International Economic Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Jeff Teahan

Product Specialist

Jeff Teahan is a Product Specialist at Big TXN, a regtech company based in London. With a background in Law and Politics, he specialises in UK, EU and Swiss sanctions and has an interest in global supply chain networks. Jeff has led projects developing sanctions software and import/export restriction databases.