Lt. Col. Edward Croft
Lt. Col Edward Croft is the Director of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) of Antigua and Barbuda, where he is responsible for the investigation of serious organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering offences, financing of terrorism, and forfeiture and confiscation of the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime. He is also responsible for supervision and effective monitoring of financial institutions to ensure compliance with their AML/CFT obligations. As such, he is the person to whom all suspicious activity reports are made. He has been at the helm of ONDCP since 2007 and has served over 34 years in the military. He holds a MBA and graduated from the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College. He completed an International Defence Management Course at the Naval Post Graduate School in the U.S. and later completed a Managing Defence in a Democracy Course at the Defence Academy in the U.K. In addition, he received a Diploma in International Financial Crime Prevention and Compliance and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a qualified Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) examiner. He is also a graduate of the National Executive Institute of the FBI Academy and obtained the Charter Director designation from The Caribbean Governance Training Institute. Lt. Col. Croft has been a contributor to many regional AML/CFT conferences, bringing practical knowledge and experience on the topic. He has been instrumental in creating an improved culture of compliance in the financial sector in the country and is the prime contact for several councils, commissions and task forces. He served as Chairman of the Caricom Standing Committee of Heads of Intelligence and Financial Intelligence Units for four years. He has worked as the Deputy Chairman of the CFATF and Chairman of the CFATF.