Episode 04: Mark Hays - Anti-Money Laundering Campaign Leader at Global Witness

Mark Hays is the campaign leader, anti-money laundering, Global Witness Mark’s role at Global Witness is to lead a global campaign that’s focused on combating money laundering in the context of corruption in the natural resources sector. For 25 years Global Witness has been studying the links between natural resources, corruption and conflict, involving scandals spanning illegal timber, illegal mining, corrupt deals in the oil sector and more. A key element of any one of these scandals has been the way in which the global financial system facilitates the laundering of the proceeds of those crimes.

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Transcript

Good morning, everybody. I'm in London. It's 10 o'clock. It's Thursday the 5th of December. I love the great pleasure of sat in front of me is Mark Hayes, who's the campaign leader for anti money laundering for Global Witness. Mark, tell my audience, my delegates, who are global financial crime professionals, a little bit more about yourself about your role with Global Witness the connection of the anti money laundering to the wider work of Global Witness?

Sure, I'd be happy to and thank you for having me here today. My role at Global Witness, is to lead a global campaign that's focused on combating money laundering in the context of combating corruption in the natural resources sector, as I'm sure some of your audience knows, Global Witness for about 25 years has really looked at the links between Natural Resources corruption and conflict and throughout our investigations into scandals spanning timber, illegal timber, illegal mining, corrupt deals in the oil sector, with many others have discovered that a key element of any of those scandals has been the way in which the global financial system facilitates, the laundering of the proceeds of those crimes. And so our campaign looks at promoting financial transparency and accountability measures in key financial centers, particularly in the West as a way of combating that kind of corruption from the other end of the pipeline, as it were. And our team is pushing measures looking at accountability for financial institutions for beneficial ownership transparency and a range of other measures.

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