ACSS New York City Chapter

Let’s Talk Russia

Hosted by

Bank of China

7 Bryant Park (1045 Avenue of America’s)
New York, New York 10018

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

5:30 PM CET

  • Chip Poncy
  • Eric Lorber
  • David Tannenbaum
  • Mark Nakhla & Olivia Valone

Event Information

Come join us for the ACSS NYC Chapter’s first ever in-person seminar!

The event will feature a keynote speaker as well as a panel of experts addressing you about all the latest in Russia sanctions and how to comply.

Agenda as follows:

  • 5:30 – 6:00: Registration
  • 6:00 – 6:10: Welcome from ACSS Executive Director – Saskia Rietbroek, and update from our Chapter Chair – Sal Scotto
  • 6:10 – 6:40: Keynote speaker – Chip Poncy of K2 Integrity
  • 6:40 – 7:10: Keynote speaker – Eric Lorber of PwC
  • 7:10 – 7:35: Presentation – David Tannenbaum of Blackstone/Polestar – Maritime deceptions
  • 7:35 – 8:00: Presentation – Mark Nakhla & Olivia Valone – Russia sanctions evasion techniques
  • 8:00 – 9:00: Networking over drinks and nibbles

This is a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and share knowledge with your fellow sanctions professionals in an informal setting. Don’t miss it!

Attend the Event


Chip Poncy

Global Head
Financial Integrity

K2 Integrity
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Chip Poncy is the global head of financial integrity and a board member at K2 Integrity. He also serves on the boards of FinClusive and Atomic 47, two financial security and technology companies dedicated to financial inclusion, and is a senior advisor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Economic and Financial Power.

Chip advises various financial institutions on financial crimes compliance and risk management remediation, transformation, and enhancement. These efforts include leading strategic advisory and technical engagements with global banks, regional financial institutions, money services businesses, and fintech companies. He also advises countries seeking to strengthen their anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regimes in accordance with global standards.

Prior to K2 Integrity, Chip spent more than a decade as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and was the inaugural Director of the Office of Strategic Policy for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. Chip assisted Treasury leadership in developing the U.S. government’s post-9/11 strategy to combat terrorist financing and led an office of advisors in creating policies and initiatives to combat the full spectrum of illicit finance. Chip also led the U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), co-chaired the policy working group of the FATF, and managed U.S. participation in various G7, G8, and G20 illicit finance expert groups.

Chip began his career as an associate in the New York offices of White & Case and has served as general counsel to biotechnology and internet radio companies. He co-pioneered a graduate course on national security and the international financial system as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. Chip graduated with honors from Harvard University (B.A. in government) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. in international relations), and he holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Eric Lorber

Principal, Cyber, Risk & Regulatory
Consulting Solutions

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Eric is a Principal in the Cyber, Risk & Regulatory practice at PwC, where he advises global financial institutions, corporates, and fintech firms on issues related to sanctions and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance.

He has helped clients create robust sanctions and AML compliance programs, designed and implemented sanctions and AML training courses, remediate following regulatory actions, and provided strategic advice to clients interfacing with regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining PwC, Eric was a managing director at K2 Integrity, where he led the sanctions advisory practice in the Washington, D.C. office. Prior to K2, he was a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he provided strategic guidance on U.S. sanctions and AML/CFT policies. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he advised clients in the areas of international trade regulation, compliance, and anti-corruption.

His commentary on sanctions and related issues have appeared widely in the press and academic journals such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Banking Committee, the House Financial Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence on sanctions, illicit finance, and related issues.

Eric has a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Noyes E. Leech Award for highest achievement in international law, and a BA in political science, magna cum laude and with departmental honors, from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Charles Beard Prize for academic achievement.

David Tannenbaum


Blackstone Compliance Services
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David Tannenbaum started his career in sanctions compliance while serving at the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC), the U.S. agency in charge of administering economic sanctions. In his capacity at OFAC, he oversaw the analysis of blocked and rejected transactions, and provided sanctions to some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and law firms.
David created Blackstone Compliance Services, a company specializing in sanctions compliance, after joining the private sector in 2013. As the director of Blackstone, he has led sanctions testing for three major monitorships on behalf of the US Department of Justice, Federal Reserve Board, New York Department of Financial Services, and foreign regulators such as the United Kingdom’s FCA and France’s APCR.
His experience goes beyond representing and responding to regulators and law enforcement authorities. He frequently works with some of the largest financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies to develop their compliance programs and implement technology used to detect sanctions evasion and money laundering. He has done significant work for half of the global Top-10 financial institutions and has conducted many complex investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions where he untangled complicated sanctions networks used by North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Russia.
Mr. Tannenbaum graduated magna cum laude with an MBA and a Masters in United States Foreign Policy from American University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University.

Mark Nakhla

Executive Vice President of Research

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Mark Nakhla is Executive Vice President of Research at Kharon, where he is responsible for the integrity and strategic direction of Kharon data and research initiatives.
Mark previously served as a sanctions officer at the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and also worked at the US Department of Defense as a Middle East policy adviser for the Secretary of Defense.

Saskia Rietbroek

Executive Director

Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists
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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.

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.

Salvatore Scotto

Chapter Chair

Foreign Financial Institution Representative
Senior Vice President | Bank of China
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Salvatore is a globally recognized thought leader in Financial Crimes Compliance. He is a tested banking and government professional with experience in Anti Money Laundering, Office Foreign Assets Control and international sanctions compliance, internal control, consumer banking, securities, trade services & payment operations and e-commerce products. Salvatore has extensive experience in both technical and management aspects of developing and coordinating robust compliance programs, and the remediation of regulatory enforcement actions, MRAs, Consent Orders, and Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Salvatore is considered a Subject matter expert in regulations pertaining to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), U.S.A. Patriot Act, U.S. and International Economic and Trade sanctions, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Salvatore is a frequent speaking for industry groups on AML, Sanctions and Compliance topics. Salvatore is currently employed by Bank of China, as Senior Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department as Head of Sanctions. In this current role, Salvatore is accountable for the remediation of sanctions related opportunities and is implementing a comprehensive sanctions compliance risk framework for the bank. Previously, he has implemented for major domestic and foreign financial institutions AML and Sanctions compliance related programs and technology efforts. In addition to Private Sector experience, Salvatore worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Office of Foreign Assets Control, as a Senior Compliance Officer. In this capacity, Salvatore was involved with sanctions program implementations, advisory, program compliance, outreach and enforcement. Salvatore also represented the US Government in various interactions with other U.S. agencies, Foreign Governments and Private individuals.