- About FIBA
|Meet Our Instructors|
Alfred E. Townsend
Mr. Townsend started his career in the financial services industry in 1977 as an Investment Advisor and was a top 10% producer for his firm. After six years as an Advisor, he transitioned to an institutional role where he focused developing sophisticated risk management programs to bring banks in line with asset liability requirements mandated by state and federal banking regulators. He has since transitioned to senior management to staff, train and maintain a national network of over 400 independent financial and estate advisors.
Ana Maria de Alba
Ana Maria de Alba is an instructor for FIBA’s AMLCA and CPAML certifications. Ms. de Alba is a risk management and banking consultant with over 23 years of combined experience and training in the banking and consulting services industries. She provides forensic investigations, litigation support and risk management consulting services in the domestic and international banking communities. Ms. de Alba is the founder and President of Consulting Services for Management & Banking (CSMB).
Chris Principe has worked in International Trade as an exporter, importer and solutions provider for over 25 years. He has managed the sales, development and delivery of products with an applied focus on Transaction Banking. These sectors include Trade Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Cash Management, Payments, FX and Open Account Processing. He has also gained experience delivering cloud or SaaS deployment of Transaction Banking including Billpay and E-Invoicing. In 1986, he founded Medi-Globe, an Import/Export Management Company, which he sold in 1998. Since 1999, he has been dedicated to the International Banking software industry.
Isabelle Wheeler, CFA
Isabelle Wheeler has over 30 years of experience in Wealth Management. She began her career at Citibank, New York as a Relationship Manager covering high-net worth clients from Venezuela. She moved to Miami to continue as a Relationship Manager at Bank of Boston International, Chase Bank International and Banco Santander – covering clients from almost every region of Latin America. She then leveraged her marketing skills, knowledge of the region and investment expertise to serve Latin American private clients. At three different institutions – Banco Santander, Credit Lyonnais (Credit Agricole) and BNP Paribas, she developed and staffed departments dedicated to investment advisory services to include wealth planning, discretionary portfolio management, trade execution and portfolio allocation.
Maria Jose Fox
Ms. Fox has gained over 20 years of practical international, domestic and regulatory bank experience in the areas of private banking, credit and international bank examinations. She entered private practice and developed In Compliance We Trust Consulting, LLC (InCWeT). Through her practice, Ms. Fox leads all-encompassing BSA and AML compliance programs – including transaction monitoring, client risk rating methodologies, OFAC procedures and KYC & EDD guidelines. In addition, she conducts employee training, performs BSA and OFAC risk assessments, and 314a and regulatory reports. She also manages and oversees KYC & EDD file remediation projects and GLBA, non-deposit investment product suitability and risk management.
Marian Ancheta Llera
Ms. Ancheta Llera is a tax attorney with more than 10 years of experience in tax, trusts and estate, corporate and banking. She advises financial institutions on their U.S. tax compliance obligations to include IRS qualified intermediary program, as well as the documentation and U.S. tax return filing requirements. She also advises on U.S. income and business taxation matters, with emphasis on international tax compliance and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Ms. Ancheta Llera represents international private wealth clients and cross-border families about U.S. tax planning matters to include estate planning and structuring of U.S. investments. In addition, she assists heirs in connection with U.S. tax withholding and succession matters and advises entrepreneurs and businesses in connection with tax-efficient inbound business operations in the U.S. She represents U.S. persons in connection with domestic estate planning and probate.
Julio C. Aguirre
Mr. Aguirre is Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he has over 27 years of banking experience in Latin America’s private and public sectors, including designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs). He has specialized in dealing with risk management and banking matters, and his knowledge in AML allows him to manage the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, worldwide. Aside from his management experience in compliance, finance and operations, Mr. Aguirre was a member and First Vice-President of the Money Laundering Prevention Committee of FELABAN. He holds the chairmanship of the Compliance Officers’ Committee of the Panama Banking Association; he was the President of the Organizing Committee of the Hemispheric Congress for the Money Laundering Prevention of the Panama Banking Association. He has participated as member of the “US-LA PSD Steering Group meeting”, and he has participated as international speaker in Money Laundering Prevention and Terrorist Financing Congresses in LatAm, US and the Caribbean.
Mr. Schwarz is a seasoned attorney with over 16 years of professional experience in the areas of compliance and senior management for several financial institutions in both the domestic and international markets. He has also served as a professor and as a banking subject matter expert. Mr. Schwarz co-authored the book “Riesgos y Retos de la Banca en Venezuela” (Risks and Challenges of Venezuelan Banking), receiving academic recognition for his investigative work in that concentration. He is a facilitator and a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences and events related to anti-money laundering and terrorism financing.