GDC Compliance Advisory Board

An independent body of professionals at your service

GDC formed the Compliance Advisory Board to serve as a resource to help others in the industry navigate the challenges of protecting data privacy and maintaining compliance with other global regulations.  

Malgorzata Skowronska

Malgorzata has been working with leading European startups acting as a DMLRO for a mobile payments firm and more recently moved to FX provider as a compliance manager. 

She focuses on AML regulatory compliance , CDD, electronic verification and operational compliance. Prior to her career in financial services, Ms Skowronska specialized in political risk analysis with a focus on organized crime and terrorism financing in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Malgorzata holds Masters in Conflict Studies from King’s College London and has completed with distinction ICA International Advanced Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering.

James Philip

James Philip is a Governance, Risk and Compliance professional specializing in Enterprise Risk Management and Anti-Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing. He currently leads a consulting practice that has a diverse range of clients from FinTech startups to International Banks. Prior to this he was the Chief Compliance Officer of Remitly, Inc. the largest independent digital remittance company in the US. He has held senior leadership positions in the Compliance and Risk functions within global financial institutions including Visa, Inc., PayPal, Inc., Remitly, Inc., Ernst & Young, Barclays Global Investors, N.A. (now BlackRock, Inc.), Barclays Bank, PLC and Citigroup, Inc. James is a Professional Accountant (South Africa), who completed articles of clerkship within KPMG, South Africa’s Financial Services Specialist Technical and Regulatory Services (STARS) practice. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds an Honors BCompt (Accountancy) from the University of South Africa and a BSocSci (Economics) from the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMs)

Joacim Andersson

Joacim Andersson is a Risk Management professional specializing in Process Automation, Risk Control and Anti-Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing. He is currently an independent management consultant, serving clients in the general Financial Services space ranging from European Banks to Fintechs and Private Equity companies. Prior to this he was the Director of Risk Onboarding at iZettle AB (now part of PayPal), the "Square of Europe". There, was responsible for customer data procurement, and developed automated processes and controls for KYC, AML and Risk Assessment. iZettle registered 1,000+ daily new customers for their payments service, with high levels of automation and industry-low loss levels.

Joacim has a MSc Financial Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Management from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Ben Gray

Ben Gray is Square Inc.'s Chief Compliance Officer, Bank Secrecy Act Officer, and Regulatory Counsel. Ben leads Square's global compliance team in administering the company's anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, sanctions, and anti-bribery compliance programs and advising on Square's payments and regulatory legal issues. Ben also guides Square's financial crimes technical function, including data science and engineering teams. Prior to joining Square, Ben practiced law at Schwartz & Ballen LLP, a Washington, DC-based boutique financial services and banking regulatory law firm. At the firm, Ben advised traditional financial institutions and fintech Fortune 500 companies on anti-money laundering compliance, licensing, enforcement, policy drafting, reporting, and record keeping. Prior to private practice, Ben worked as a federal financial regulator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, DC reviewing banks for compliance with federal lending statutes and regulations.

Ben graduated from The George Washington University Law School and Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Ben is CAMS certified, a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and a member of the California Bar.


Abby-Gail Chaffatt

Abby is the Director of Compliance at Patreon. She was previously the Chief Compliance Officer of WePay, a JMPC Company and advised banks, MSBs, and financial technology companies on risk management and compliance matters at Promontory Financial Group. Abby was a senior compliance analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she principally provided regulatory guidance on AML and counter-terrorist-financing compliance and OFAC sanctions. Abby was also involved in formulating and refining the testing standards used to carry out the Federal Reserve's annual compliance risk assessment process, identifying deficiencies and providing recommendations to the business lines on process improvements. Abby earned a J.D. from Boston University and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida.


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