Current Speakers Europe (2024)

Security Transformation in Financial Services Summit

Peter Smith

CISO (tbc)

Peter Smith

Alicja Hellak

Group Compliance Officer/ Compliance Reviews

Alicja Hellak

Alicja Hellak is a seasoned professional with a solid foundation in Financial Crime, specializing particularly in Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions regulations. With extensive experience, she possesses in-depth knowledge of the financial industry’s responsibilities concerning AML and Sanctions. Her career has been marked by successful leadership in financial crime and compliance teams, consistently delivering results against challenging objectives.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting, with a specialization in Investment Banking, underlining her academic prowess in the field. Complementing her educational background, she has acquired various certifications, including the ICA Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention.

Known for her well-organized and self-motivated approach, she is characterized by a hands-on attitude and a remarkable ability to rapidly grasp and excel in new tasks. She has built a track record of consistently meeting goals and delivering a high level of job performance throughout her professional journey.

Her strengths extend beyond her technical expertise; she has demonstrated a proven ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships with business partners. Her commitment to excellence, combined with her knowledge and skills in financial crime prevention, makes Alicja a valuable asset in the dynamic landscape of finance and compliance.

Mike Haley

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Haley

Since being appointed Chief Executive at Cifas in May 2018, Mike has actively worked to grow the community of stakeholders sharing data, intelligence and insight in the pursuit of preventing fraud and financial crime. Mike is passionate about Cifas becoming the driving force behind fraud prevention in the UK and with over 30 years’ experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, he is determined to bring together a strong cross-sectoral collaborative approach to tackling fraud. With a Master’s Degree in Criminology, Mike has led investigative teams in the National Health Service, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue and Customs and Solicitors Regulation Authority. He has also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies. Mike believes that the battle against fraud is one that cannot be won alone and by collaborating as a community, we can be relentless in our effort to put the spotlight on fraud and not only protect each other but also make the UK a safer place to live and do business.

Peter May

Global Head of Wholesale And Markets Fraud (tbc)

Peter May

Peter May is an accomplished Risk and Control professional with a wealth of experience in financial crime and fraud within the banking and markets industry. Currently serving as the Global Head of Wholesale and Markets Fraud at HSBC since April 2020, he oversees the second line of defense (2LOD) coverage for commercial and corporate banking as well as global markets.

Prior to this role, he held the position of Head of Governance and Controls at Barclays from November 2018 to April 2020, where he served as the UK Chief Controls Officer covering Cards and Payments. With a career spanning over several years at HSBC, Peter has held various significant positions, including Head of Oversight for HSBC’s International Businesses across continental Europe, South Africa, and Bermuda. He also led operational risk oversight for HSBC’s Ring-fencing Programme and the establishment of HSBC UK as Head of Risk Oversight – Structural Reform Programme.

Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated expertise in financial crime risk transformation, operational risk oversight, and trade and receivables finance oversight. With a strong track record and a deep understanding of the industry.

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