LONDON, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - World-Check's annual Compliance Leadership Forum,
now in its third year, has once again brought together the world's leading
professionals from the financial, legal, enforcement and regulatory sectors to
identify common compliance concerns and emerging challenges. The two-day event
is by invitation only and is organised to encourage cross-border cooperation
within industry and between industry and enforcement.
Almost 50 attendees enjoyed the round-table event on the 27th and 28th of
September at Stapelford Park, United Kingdom. The highly respected guest
speakers, who each delivered thought-provoking speeches from their diverse
backgrounds, added further dimension to the event. The speakers included the
Honourable Thomas J. Ridge, former United States Secretary of the Department
of Homeland Security; Lord Davidson, the Advocate General of Scotland; Mr.
Richard Berry, of New Scotland Yard's National Terrorist Financial
Investigation Unit (FTFIU); Mr. Javier Zarzalejos, Head of Constitutional
Affairs and Institutions at the FAES Foundation and former Secretary General
to the Presidency of Spain (1996-2004); Mr. Rafael Bardaji, Director of
Political Studies of the FAES Foundation and former National Security Advisor,
Spain; Mr. Kenneth Rijock, Financial Crime Consultant for World-Check; and
Mr.Ridzwan Aminuddin, Manager of Country-Check.
The Honourable Thomas J. Ridge spoke on the terrorist threat facing
society and the financial community's role in combating terrorism. Lord
Davidson spoke on ways in which society defends itself against terrorism
within a Human Rights culture. Mr. Berry elaborated on the general
understanding of Islamism, and challenged the Western concept of geographical
boundaries. He also gave a detailed description of current Al-Qaeda operations
in the UK. Mr. Zarzalejos spoke in depth on the activities of ETA, the Basque
separatist group, and Mr. Bardaji spoke on Islamic terrorism in Spain and gave
attendees a glimpse of the future of terrorism in Spain.
On closing the two-day event, Mr. David Leppan, CEO and founder of
World-Check, commented that "improved global cooperation between institutions
and government is key to the success of fighting international crime and
terrorism. A clear message needs to be sent to such individuals and entities
within our societies that a concerted effort by the financial, gaming and
legal communities is being undertaken to fight them".
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and businesses to more than 2000 institutions, including 46 of the world's 50
largest financial institutions and hundreds of government agencies. The
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