The threat of global terrorism has become more critical than ever, fuelling other challenging issues such as the refugee crisis. To tackle this threat, governments and international organisations have to fight on all fronts. From the financial perspective, one of the goals is to cut off the flow of financing to terrorist groups that enables them to carry out their increasingly wide reaching activities, as seen most recently in Brussels. At the same time, terrorists, particularly the Islamic State, are becoming ever more sophisticated and evolved in their strategy to secure funding and raise revenues through a variety of sources and from state allies. This event shall examine the current approach to countering terrorism finance and what more should be done.
We are delighted to welcome:
Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI
Tom spent 20 years working in the banking and finance industry and has written extensively on the relationship between financial crime and UK and international security, in particular the funding of terrorist/extremist groups and assessing the extent to which disrupting financing can enhance international security. Prior to joining RUSI, Tom spent 20 years in investment banking at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group and Head of European Public Sector client coverage.
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Loretta Napoleoni, economist and expert on terrorist financing and money laundering
Loretta is an expert in international money laundering and terrorist funding and on the Islamic State. She has advised several governments and international organisations on this matter, and was Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid. She previously worked as an economist at several banks and organisations in Europe and the US. Loretta is a regular media commentator, and writes and lectures around the world on economics, terrorism and money laundering, including at Cambridge University Judge Business School. She is the author of multiple best sellers, including Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars behind the Terror Networks, Terror Inc., Insurgent Iraq, Terror Incorporated and, most recently, The Islamist Phoenix.
Follow Loretta on Twitter @l_napoleoni
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