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FFA Private Bank’s Head of AML Compliance Unit achieves CAMS-FCI certification

30, Sep. 2019 News

FFA Private Bank’s Head of its AML Compliance Unit, Youmna Fares, has become an officially certified financial crimes investigator through ACAMS’ CAMS-FCI program, making her one of only five in Lebanon to achieve this designation.

Fares, a qualified lawyer who is also a lecturer at Saint Joseph University, joined FFA Private Bank in 2010. In April 2014, she became a certified AML specialist. This year, FFA Private Bank sponsored Fares to advance certification through the CAMS-FCI program, which involved a three-day training course in Jordan with ACAMS tutors from the U.S. and the submission of a white paper on a relevant topic. Fares chose to write her paper on “Lebanese Banks: Keeping Watch in a Tough Neighborhood”. As Fares explained, “In the current climate of fear and de-risking and given the delicate situation in Lebanon that is increasingly being the focus of U.S authorities, I thought it would be interesting to promote Lebanon and be an advocate for Lebanese banks by showing through my paper the strong regulations and controls that are in place to prevent the local banking sector from being used for financing terrorism.” Fares’ paper received a score of 94 out of 100, earning it the accolade of being published on the ACAMS website.

ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and expertise of AML professionals. For more information on ACAMS, visit