Mr. Santiago Otamendi (2017-2018)

FATF President

The FATF President is a senior official appointed by the FATF Plenary from among its members for a term of one year. 

The term of the President begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June of the following year.  The President convenes and chairs the meetings of the FATF Plenary and the Steering Group, and he/she oversees the FATF Secretariat.



Santiago Otamendi (Argentina)
FATF President 2017-2018 

Mr. Santiago Otamendi of Argentina assumed the position of President of the FATF on 1 July 2017. He succeeded Mr. Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano of Spain.

Mr. Otamendi is the Secretary of Justice at the National Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Argentina.

In 1987, Mr. Otamendi joined the Federal judiciary of Argentina, serving in various offices in the criminal court system. In 2004, he was appointed District Judge on Criminal Matters. Between 2010 and 2012, he served Counselor at the Council of the Judiciary, the constitutional body responsible for selecting candidate judges for legislative approval, exercising disciplinary authority over magistrates and overseeing the judiciary's budget. From 2012 to 2014, he was appointed Secretary General for Access to Justice and Human Rights at the General Prosecutor's Office. Mr. Otamendi has also served as Director of International Affairs of the Argentine Federation of the Judiciary.

Mr. Otamendi received his Law Degree from the Catholic University of Argentina in 1990. In academia, Mr. Otamendi is currently an Associate Professor of Global Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing at the National University of Buenos Aires and an Associate Professor of Criminal Procedure Law at the Institute for Public Security of the Metropolitan Police.

He has published several papers and acted as speaker in various congresses on Justice and Criminal Policy affairs.



FATF Vice-President

The FATF Vice-President, who is also the FATF President-designate, is appointed by the Plenary from among its members for a term of one year preceding his/her presidential term.  The Vice-President assists the President in carrying out his/her responsibilities and stands in for the President when necessary.

  Jennifer Fowler (United States)
FATF Vice-President 2017-2018

Ms Jennifer Fowler of the United States assumed the position of Vice-President of the FATF. 

Ms. Fowler is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this role, Ms Fowler is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to use financial sanctions and authorities to combat threats to U.S. national security, and for initiatives to safeguard the U.S. financial system from a range of illicit finance threats.

Ms Fowler served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the FATF and represented the U.S. in the development of FATF’s first-ever guidance on combating weapons of mass destruction proliferation financing. She is Co-Chair of the International Cooperation Review Group, and previously co-chaired the FATF Policy Development Group.

Ms Fowler previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI), as an Assistant Director in Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, as Treasury’s liaison to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. She began her career at Treasury in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in June 2001. Prior to joining Treasury, Ms Fowler served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and worked as a journalist in her home state of Georgia.

She holds a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.