Mr. Derek Benjamin
Mr. Derek J. Benjamin is the Manager and Senior Financial Examiner of the Financial Compliance Unit at the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP-FCU), Antigua. In this capacity, he oversees the Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) supervision of thirty-one (31) financial sectors (domestic and international) licensed and/or operating in Antigua and Barbuda. Mr. Benjamin commenced working at the ONDCP in 2006, first as a financial analyst in the Financial Intelligence Unit (ONDCP-FIU) before moving to the ONDCP-FCU in 2012. Mr. Benjamin joined the ONDCP with over 20 years’ experience working in the domestic banking sector and he is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Prevention Specialist (CAMS and CAMLFC) and a certified Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Financial Examiner having served as a member of the CFATF 3rd Round Mutual Evaluation team to Belize. Additionally, he has pursued formal training and is certified in the areas of Risk Management, Cyber Crime Detection and AML/CFT Compliance. He is a member of the CFATF Risk, Trends and Methods Group (CRTMG) and also the chairman of the National Oversight Committee on Financial Action (NOCFA) sub-committees for Training & Outreach and Supervision. Mr. Benjamin has developed a significant arsenal of knowledge and skills which are directly applicable to his role as the manager of the ONDCP-FCU and Senior Financial Examiner. His knowledge and experience are an excellent combination in the execution of the main responsibility of the ONDCP-FCU to maintain the integrity of the country’s AML/CFT financial system through the supervision, examination and training of all financial institutions operating (domestic and offshore) in Antigua/Barbuda. Mr. Benjamin believes that life is a continuous path of knowledge and has a keen interest in ML/TF trends and typologies, a subject area in which he is always eager to learn and share. As a husband for over 33 years and the father of 3 young adults, Mr. Benjamin believes in commitment and strong family values, qualities which he asserts should also be reflected in one’s professional career.