Odette Gafa’ was recently appointed as the Customer Advisory and Compliance Specialist within the Customer Lifecycle Management Function for Bank of Valletta plc. She is responsible for heading a unit that acts as an anti-financial crime subject matter expert on High Risk, Complex Personal and Corporate Customers and Transactional Activity. She is also the direct interface with the Anti-Financial Crime Function for the development of the Function’s Policies and Procedures.
Odette is a financial crime compliance professional with almost 30 years’ experience in international and domestic systemically important credit institutions.
Prior to joining Bank of Valletta, Odette has served as MeDirect Bank Malta plc’s Money Laundering Reporting officer and was responsible for establishing and maintaining a robust financial crime oversight framework for Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, Counter Terrorist Financing and Anti-Bribery & Corruption. She has also co-operated with domestic authorities on combating money laundering and funding of terrorism and was an active member of industry fora that co-ordinates sectoral Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism issues and policies.
She has also spent 26 years with HSBC Bank Malta plc where she held various positions in Retail Banking & Wealth Management before moving to a more specialised role in Compliance to head the Bank’s Financial Crime Assurance Function.