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FIBA INSTITUTE

Certifications and Continuing Education Programs

FIBA has been at the forefront in the identification and provision of AML Compliance education and training—focused especially on international financial institutions with correspondent banking activities, international private banking, and foreign trade transactions. These activities require financial institutions to be well informed about the global regulations that affect these high-risk businesses and those that are particularly vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing.


Online Courses

FIBA's online courses are accessible through FIU Online’s Continuing & Professional Education platform, Canvas. Courses are developed with excellent instructional design, multimedia tools and discussion forums for participant interaction.

AMLCA

Professional accreditation developed and offered in partnership with FIU’s College of Business, Executive Education. FIU’s College of Business graduate programs are ranked #2 by Financial Times for advancement to a senior position after completion.

CPAML

This advanced AML certification has been integrated in the curriculum of FIU's College of Law Juris Master Program. All JM graduates successfully complete the CPAML certification as part of the overall program.

MEET OUR TEAM

 

Sofia Villalobos

Sofia Villalobos

Institute Director

Leader in managing online academic programs, designing virtual orientation tools, measuring student retention and ...

Karina Zurita

Karina Zurita

Operations Manager

Bilingual self-starter who leads teams and consistently attains results in a high volume, multi-priority and fast-paced environment ...

Catalina Molano

Catalina Molano

Client Service Manager

Over 10 years of client management experience in businesses and in higher education settings resulting in return business and customer satisfaction ...

Nabeh Dibsi

Nabeh Dibsi

Client Service Representative

Has had years of in-depth experience with FIU's online learning platform, extremely efficient intern who continuously maintains a friendly attitude ...


FIBA FACULTY

 

Julio C. Aguirre

Julio C. Aguirre

President at AGUIRRE & SCHWARZ, S.A

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.

Mauricio Angée

Mauricio Angée

AVP, CISO at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Adjunct Faculty at Florida International University

Mauricio is one of the most influential cybersecurity professionals in his field and teaches FIBA’s Cybersecurity course. He currently serves as president of the Infragard South Florida Alliance, the FBI’s private and public information sharing group, a member of the United States Secret Services Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force (USS MECTF), and a member of the board of directors for the South Florida CISO Council. With his leadership skills and extensive experience, he has made significant contributions to the cybersecurity community. He was nominated for the CISO of the Year Award by the EC Council in 2013 and was recognized by the FBI for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.

Ana Maria de Alba

Ana Maria de Alba

President & CEO at CSMB

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).

Connie Fenchel

Connie Fenchel

Anti Money Laundering/ Law Enforcement Consultant

Connie Fenchel is an internationally recognized expert with more than thirty years of experience in the areas of anti-money laundering, detection of suspicious activity and financial investigations. She teaches FIBA’s AML for Fintechs course and is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CPAML). Ms. Fenchel served as the Deputy Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN); the Executive Director of Operations, Director of Financial Investigations, Group Supervisor and a Special Agent for the U.S. Customs Service. As a twenty-six year federal government employee, she was a manager for twenty years and a high-ranking Senior Executive for five. She has been the President of AML Experts for the past 10 years and provides consultation and support to a wide range of companies and financial institutions.

Maria Jose Fox

Maria Jose Fox

Consultant to Financial Institutions

Maria-Jose “Mozay” Fox is the Manager/Owner of In Compliance We Trust Consulting, LLC (InCWeT®), which is dedicated to providing consulting services in all aspects of BSA/AML and U.S. sanctions compliance. She has over 30 years of domestic, international, and regulatory banking experience in the areas of supervision & regulation and compliance. She has spoken at various conferences in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Colombia on the subject of AML, PEPs, Correspondent Banking, and OFAC. She is AML/CA and AML/CP certified and a teaching instructor of the Foreign Correspondent Banking and AML Certification courses for Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA).

Ricardo Gomez

Ricardo Gomez

Risk Advisory Services

Ricardo Gomez leads risk advisory, anti-money laundering (AML) and investigative engagements for clients in the financial, legal and corporate sectors. He leverages his extensive knowledge of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA Patriot Act and OFAC regulations when counseling clients on compliance matters across the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. He also applies his knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean AML regulatory frameworks when advising clients. He specializes in implementing compliance programs for various types of financial institutions. Ricardo has conducted more than 50 AML compliance evaluations for foreign financial institutions with operations in over 20 countries. He also spearheads complex due diligence investigations and remediation projects.

Marcos Kerbel

Marcos Kerbel

Adjunct Faculty Member of the Department Finance in the College of Business

Marcos Kerbel began his banking career in 1969 with Pan American Bank of Miami (now Bank of America) where he rose from trainee to Senior Vice President and Deputy Manager of its International Division. In 1978, Marcos joined Israel Discount Bank Limited, to be the head of its then newly licensed International Banking Agency in Miami, having been the first license issued by the State of Florida. He remained with the bank for 22 years as Senior Vice-President and Manager. He is the founding treasurer in 1979 and past chair of the board of directors of FIBA. A distinguished educator since 1973, Marcos has been a Participating Adjunct Faculty Member of the Department Finance in the College of Business at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami since 1980, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, where he has been awarded the "Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2007 and 2015 by the University.

Sergio Pinon

Sergio Pinon

Senior Vice President, Director of Security, Privacy Officer, and Information Security Officer at Ocean Bank

Mr. Piñon is currently the senior vice president and director of security for Ocean Bank. He is responsible for all the physical security and investigations of all branches, and corporate headquarters. Prior to joining Ocean Bank in 2008, he spent 20 years at MasterCard Worldwide, and retired as Group Executive in charge of all security & risk management global operations. While working in this capacity Sergio was involved in the writing and passing of credit card fraud related legislation for the State of Florida. In 1989, he received a special award from the Florida Attorney General for his outstanding contribution to the citizens of Florida. He is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the field of credit card fraud, identity theft, cyber-crimes, and terrorism by many members of federal and state law enforcement agencies throughout the world. He is a former Intelligence Officer and Anti-terrorism expert, and a certified bomb technician.

Roderick Schwarz

Roderick Schwarz

Director Principal en AGUIRRE & SCHWARZ Member of the CSMB Alliance Network

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.

Alfred E. Townsend

Alfred E. Townsend

Founding Partner at Townsend Financial Life Management, President of TMC Group Inc

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.

Isabelle Wheeler, CFA

Isabelle Wheeler, CFA

Director of AML Compliance at Foodman CPAs and Advisors

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.