Hamas continues to raise, move, and transfer funds through a global networks of supporters despite years of pressure under international sanctions. In the wake of the most recent Hamas-Israel conflict, global institutions must remain vigilant to the risk presented by Hamas’s fundraising capabilities and innovation.
Join Kharon, Simon Buckett, Director, Integrated Intelligence and Investigations at Standard Chartered Bank, and Matthew Levitt, Director, Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for an in-depth discussion on Hamas’s continued fundraising methods. The session will highlight how a global bank’s investigation uncovered financial activity associated with Hamas supporters and fundraising efforts.
Simon Buckett, Director - Integrated Intelligence and Investigations, Standard Chartered Bank
Matthew Levitt, Director - Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute and director of its Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. An adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Levitt formerly served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is the author of Rethinking U.S. Efforts on Counterterrorism: Toward a Sustainable Plan Two Decades After 9/11.
Howard Mendelsohn, Chief Client Officer, Kharon
Howard works closely with business, compliance and legal professionals to strengthen programs and controls for managing financial crime risk. Howard has over two decades of experience in combatting illicit financial activity, in both the government and the private sector. Howard served at the US Treasury Department from 2001 to 2011, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Howard led Treasury’s intelligence functions, including oversight of analytical production, risk assessment, security, and strategic planning. Following his service at Treasury, Howard held leadership positions in Enterprise Compliance at PNC Financial Services Group. He is a recognized thought leader on Financial Crime matters and speaks regularly at conferences.
Mark Nakhla, Executive Vice President of Research, Kharon
Mark is responsible for the integrity and strategic direction of all Kharon research for terrorism and Middle East-related sanctions programs. Mark has deep domain expertise on the activities of terrorist support networks and other groups targeted by international sanctions. Mark served as a sanctions officer at the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) between 2002-2005 and 2012-2013 investigating terrorist groups and their networks of financiers and facilitators in the Middle East, Asia and beyond. Mark previously served at the US Department of Defense as a Middle East policy adviser, and at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he focused on strategic research and policy planning.
More speakers to be confirmed.