Director, AML - APAC

Location SG-Singapore
Job ID
Location: Location
Professional Development
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
Global - Salaried

Opportunity at a Glance



Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Miami, Florida, ACAMS®, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and expertise of anti-money laundering, sanctions and financial crime detection and prevention professionals. ACAMS 87,000+ members in 175 countries/regions include representatives from a wide range of financial institutions, professional service and solutions providers, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies and industry sectors.


ACAMS has operations across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and provides a wide range of anti-financial crime services including membership resources and networking, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS®) Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS®), boot camps, training and publications. As a global anti-financial crime thought leader, we spearhead cross-industry and public-private dialogue on key anti-financial crime developments. ACAMS is also a leader in its field in international conference attendance and publishing, and two of the sectors’ top-read titles are the multiple award winning ACAMS Today and ACAMS’


ACAMS is committed to continuously enhancing its anti-financial crime education and networking services for ACAMS individuals and institutional Members, plus CAMS and CGSS certified professionals. Offering training in a range of languages including English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, ACAMS fosters the development of AML/CFT and Sanctions best practice and education through its thriving global network of over 60 Member led chapters.


The ACAMS team includes colleagues located around the world in a combination of office and remote working locations.  With the exception of Hong Kong, ACAMS APAC colleagues are mostly home based.


Position Summary and Areas of Responsibility


We are looking for an experienced, collaborative and highly motivated individual who will join our Thought Leadership team of global subject matter experts (SMEs). The post holder will be the lead English speaking SME practitioner on AML and financial crime compliance for the APAC region. You will need a strong passion across the full spectrum of anti-financial crime matters and the ways in which thought leadership and training can be leveraged to achieve real-world changes through private, public sector and cross industry engagement. This will involve working closely with ACAMS colleagues, partners and key stakeholders to enhance global dialogue, training and research on some of the most critical issues of today.


The role will specifically advance output on areas such as: AML regulatory effectiveness, risk-based compliance, KYC standards, sanctions compliance, legal and regulatory developments, the counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, anti-corruption, counter drugs trafficking, counter terrorist financing, social impact (anti human trafficking, illicit wildlife trafficking), plus new and emerging developments such a ransomware risk.  You will further support SME cross team engagement with wider ACAMS colleagues on research, events, training, sales, communications and how best to utilize ACAMS unique position as an international financial crime membership body to enhance global compliance standards.



The APAC Director will be the lead English speaking SME practitioner on AML and financial crime compliance across the APAC region. The post holder may assume staff management responsibility for other SMEs operating across the region. Working closely with APAC and international colleagues you will have a key role in shaping ACAMS priorities, offerings, and activities across the APAC region, specifically:

  • In collaboration with SME colleagues undertake a concerted program of APAC facing government, regulatory and industry engagement to ensure ACAMS is adequately positioned to respond to new and evolving regulatory, risk and compliance developments. This will involve an ability to track and communicate regulatory and risk trends.
  • Build ACAMS profile as a premium quality Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) training provider for private and public sector institutions. Working with SME team colleagues you will support building webinar content for ACAMS global delivery, including regularly leading, moderating and speaking on webinars, masterclasses and monthly updates. Specially, the successful candidate will work with APAC and global colleagues to ensure our webinars and wider outputs can be sufficiently tailored to meet needs across the APAC region.
  •  As part of the global SME team lead, develop and oversee defined areas of global thought leadership and regional implementation. This will require an ability to write briefing papers, respond to press and media enquiries, and act as a convenor of experts to ensure ACAMS global positioning as a respected thought leader. The advancement of defined thought leadership projects will be tailored to reflect the successful candidate’s experience.
  • In close collaboration with ACAMS event colleagues, ensure SME thought leadership and APAC regulatory and risk priorities shape the design, content, speaker placement, scheduling and delivery of APAC conferences, seminars and symposiums.
  • Support ACAMS colleagues, including those within the Product Portfolio and Partnership team, on training program development and delivery, including where required reviewing training materials for technical accuracy. Contribute to APAC training delivery, plus the recruitment and expansion of multi-lingual faculty of leading subject matter experts and instructors to work with ACAMS on curriculum development, instruction, customized training and education task forces.
  • Work with ACAMS communications and marketing teams to ensure ACAMS members are kept abreast of AFC thought leadership, latest trends and key developments. This will involve the proactive provision of content for social media posts, digest newsletters, press outreach, and information/awareness campaigns.


  • 10 plus years’ in anti-financial crime/sanctions role ideally with experience as either a regulator, standard setter, monitor and/or senior compliance practitioner at a global financial institution.
  • Expert in AML/CTF/ or related fields with demonstrable credibility in and knowledge of APAC global compliance needs.
  • Strong professional network with the ability to proactively build ACAMS relationships and partnerships across APAC institutions, regulators, policy makers and wider compliance community.
  • Superior presentation, moderation and excellent oral and written business communication skills as evidenced by a portfolio of public/conference speaking engagements, and written materials i.e. opinion pieces, research papers, internal briefings etc.   
  • Proactive thinker with a proven ability to work independently and collaboratively to build and develop key stakeholder relationships and promote our presence in the region.
  • Must be fluent English speaker and writer at native speaker level. Fluency in another relevant APAC language(s), specifically either Chinese, Japanese or Korean is a distinct advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools especially Word and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to work flexible hours when working on events taking place in different time zones or when important new issues break.
  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in business, law, risk management, compliance or anti-financial crime discipline preferred.
  • CAMS Certification or a commitment to attain. Commitment to take CGSS Certification and CAMS Advanced qualifications.
  • Frequent travel for this position is likely and requires a valid passport and freedom of movement.


We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. At Adtalem, we welcome everyone and have a strong commitment towards diversity and inclusion. We encourage our Colleagues to be their true authentic selves and support laws that prohibit discrimination everywhere we do business. We also maintain a drug-free workplace.
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Who We Are

The ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and expertise of AML/CTF and financial crime detection and prevention professionals. Our Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credential and ACAMS Advanced Certifications, like CAMS-Audit and CAMS-FCI, are recognized as gold standards in AML certifications worldwide.

Members include representatives from financial institutions, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, and other industry sectors. We help members reach their full potential by connecting them with like-minded professionals from all over the world through forums, international events, local chapters, and training opportunities including webinars, full-day seminars, international conferences, and live chats. Learn more about ACAMS, part of Adtalem Global Education, at

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We pride ourselves in nurturing a culture that encourages everyone to bring their full selves to work each day. To us, diversity and inclusion needs to be intentional to be impactful. We don’t just welcome differences, we celebrate them. #WeAreAdtalem

To learn more about our commitment to Diversity and Inclusionclick here to visit our Diversity page.


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