I am a Governance, Risk, and Compliance Specialist that provides direction and oversight of internal controls and arrangements. I am responsible for harmonising institutions' internal governance arrangements and strengthening compliance with regulations and supervisory requirements.

Experience

  • Governance and Compliance Counsel

    at Independent Consultant

    October 2018 - at Present

    Skåne Län

    (Providing external corporate governance advisory services to listed and unlisted enterprises) Engaged for the purpose of harmonising internal governance arrangements with a common understanding of purpose, values, roles and responsibilities to assist companies to successfully implement their compliance agenda and manage their operational risk. This involves understanding the core business operations and identifying areas of key regulatory and operational risk to establish and integrate information technology systems and policies and processes to mitigate nonfinancial risk (anti-bribery, anti-corruption, anti-competition, fraud, misconduct, and third-party risk, among others).

  • Co-Founder & Director

    at e-Pharma (Pvt) Limited

    October 2018 - at Present

    Western Province

    Responsible for the initial identification, development and implementation of e-Pharma’s flagship technology. Currently involved in a non-executive capacity to shape the direction and product strategy of the company. (www.e-pharma.co)

  • Senior Lawyer

    at Elevate Services Inc.

    October 2016 - September 2018

    National Capital Region

    (Delivered legal compliance services to a Tier 1 US Financial Institution—subcontracted on a full-time basis to the Legal and Compliance Division and the Global Compliance Department of the bank) Established appropriate tests to analyse key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure cross-border transactions undertaken by business units were maintained at a level commensurate with internal, national, and cross-border rules, policies, regulations, and legislation. This also involved the management and minimisation of operational risk in the focus areas of anti-corruption and bribery, fraud and misconduct. Led over 10 regulatory implementation projects and administered up to 14 lawyers and operational staff from multiple jurisdictions. Supported the Global Compliance Department with a wide range of back-office requirements in relation to the Compliance Risk Management Programme, the Global Rules Management Framework, Policy and Procedure Review, and the Annual Compliance Risk Assessment.

  • Lawyer

    at Hudson Investment Group Ltd.

    January 2016 - September 2016

    State of New South Wales

    (Provided legal compliance and corporate secretarial services in a broad range of commercial and financial issues relating to the parent company and 15 subsidiary businesses) Performed regulatory monitoring obligations under the Australian legislative scheme for corporate regulation. Advised on internal governance arrangements. Integrated business ethics responsibilities into operational processes and influenced internal buy-in of compliance policies and processes. Conducted legal due diligence and formulated risk matrixes in a wide range of commercial transactions valued at over $50M. Engaged with business stakeholders across the organisation to develop compliance action plans. Prepared, created, and executed operational and procedural training and education for new regulatory guidance and risk culture. Prepared and presented compliance risk reports to the Audit Committee of the Management Body, the CEO and other business stakeholders.

  • Contract Manager

    at MBA Systems (Pvt) Ltd.

    October 2011 - September 2016

    Western Province

    (Served as a remote contract manager responsible for vendor selection, relationship management, and compliance monitoring) Managed over 25 key contracts on an ongoing basis, performing a variety of acquisition and contract management-related activities from initiation through award, compliance, and renewal. Ensured supply chain compliance with foreign trade controls, including the US Export Administration Regulations and the Customs Act of Singapore. Reduced corporate spending on supply chain compliance and procurement by over 10% for three consecutive years (2012-2015). Drafted, influenced, and initiated a firm-wide Contract Risk Management Policy, stipulating legal, risk, compliance, and responsible business requirements on stakeholders. Maintained strong vendor relationships in over 10 countries and worked remotely with colleagues and clients using Webex, Go-To-Meeting, and similar technology.

  • Paralegal

    at Sydney Immigration Lawyer

    April 2015 - December 2015

    State of New South Wales

    (Provided legal immigration services to both corporate clients and refugees). Assisted the facilitation of over 200 refugee immigration cases under the Australian Government’s Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (AAAS), while simultaneously managing a corporate caseload of 50 client files under the principal attorney. Obtained evidence and supporting documents to be lodged with the DIBP, which included conducting interviews with asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Burma, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Drafted subsequent appeals to the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Independent Merits Review. Served as a channel of communication between the Australian government and refugees.

  • Paralegal

    at John Keells Holdings Ltd.

    July 2012 - December 2012

    Western Province

    (Assisted a 20-member team of attorneys to fulfil corporate legal compliance requirements related to 98 subsidiary businesses) Prepared sector-specific legal memoranda, which included banking, finance, and information technology sectors. Drafted standard legal agreements such as NDAs, MOUs, and SLAs. Provided legal documentation and due diligence support for transactions valued at over $100M, including the confidential acquisition of a local bank. Reviewed international (FIDIC) and local (ICTAD) building contracts for the preparation of a ‘Building Contract’ manual. Worked with cross-functional teams, including financial advisors to assist general counsel and internal audit to perform an overall audit of the Financial Services Sector of the conglomerate.

  • Paralegal

    at Government of Sri Lanka — The Ministry of External Affairs

    January 2012 - June 2012

    Western Province

    (Performed legal report writing and research duties under the direct purview of the Head Legal Officer) Generated policy reform research reports in relation to public-private partnerships, cultural corporation, migration, and judicial cooperation. Supported the preparation of documents for the Bay of Bengal Maritime Arbitration between Sri Lanka and India, which involved consolidating a 200-page legal research report to establish legal precedence. Handled legal correspondence with India and the Maldives on the perennial problem of finishing boats drifting into neighbouring waters. Developed and initiated an electronic platform in collaboration with the Information Technology Department to improve public access to information.

  • Compliance Analyst

    at The Bank of America Corporation

    January 2011 - September 2011

    New York

    (Facilitated the day-to-day oversight and coordination of the Firm’s compliance with core regulatory requirements covering US entities) Ensured internal governance requirements and accountability of company officers and their conduct — compliance auditing, quality control, and independence standards and rules. Worked in consultation with divisional business units to ensure the adequacy of regulatory and procedural controls under various Dodd-Frank regulations. This included setting compliance risk management processes under the Investor Protection and Securities Act and the Payment, Clearing, and Settlement Supervision Act, among others. Conducted ongoing and point-in-time assessments of internal controls. Ensured the internal governance framework architecture was in line with internal, national, and international rules, policies, regulations, and legislation.

Education

  • Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional

    at International Association of Risk and Compliance

    2018 - 2018 (1 year)

  • Certificate Program in Contract Management

    at World Bank Governance Global Practice

    2017 - 2017 (1 year)

  • Certificate of Legal Business Skills

    at College of Law

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) State of New South Wales

  • Legal Professional Admission

    at Supreme Court of New South Wales

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) State of New South Wales

  • Juris Doctor, Law

    at University of Sydney

    2013 - 2015 (2 years) State of New South Wales

  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science

    at Francis Marion University

    2006 - 2010 (4 years) South Carolina

Services offered

  • Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist

    I specialise in providing corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance services. This involves understanding the core business operations and identifying areas of key regulatory and operational risk to establish and integrate information technology systems and policies and processes to mitigate nonfinancial risk (anti-bribery, anti-corruption, anti-competition, fraud, misconduct, and third-party risk, among others).

Languages

  • English Native

  • Swedish Elementary

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