Sonia Desai

Sonia Desai

VP, BSA/AML Officer
Charles Schwab Bank

Sonia Desai is the BSA/AML Officer for Charles Schwab Bank based in San Francisco, CA.  She has previously lived and worked in Malaysia, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, and Australia. Sonia has numerous years of global experience in defining Anti-money laundering (AML), Sanctions and Anti-bribery and Corruption programs, policy and running operations. Prior to joining Charles Schwab, she was the Director of Operations and Sanctions Officer for the BSA/AML and Sanctions unit at Bank of the West.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney, Australia where she was the Global Deputy MLRO, Sanctions Officer and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer.  Before moving to Australia, she worked in the Financial Investigations Unit at Wells Fargo Bankin San Francisco, helping build their BSA/AML and Sanctions Programs. Sonia has also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. In that role she helped shape the U.S. sanctions and the terrorist designation programs with the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other governmental intelligence agencies.

No Man is An Island: How Sanctions Compliance Fits in with AML, Compliance and the Business

How functions work together throughout procurement, compliance and sales People – processes – software: Coherent deployment and overcoming operational silos FinCEN’s CDD rule and how to use it to enhance your OFAC program How to achieve management buy-in, and determine program responsibility in business lines?

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Breakout Roundtables

Ask practical questions and problem solve with your peers. Attendees will have a choice of moderated roundtable topics in which they can engage on more detailed discussions and benefit from a more topic-specific networking opportunity.  These roundtables will take place before the networking reception on day one and after lunch on day two—giving attendees the […]

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Breakout Roundtables

Ask practical questions and problem solve with your peers. Attendees will have a choice of moderated roundtable topics in which they can engage on more detailed discussions and benefit from a more topic-specific networking opportunity.  These roundtables will take place before the networking reception on day one and after lunch on day two—giving attendees the […]

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