FATF Presidency

FATF President



Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano (Spain)
FATF President 2016-2017


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.

Mr. Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano from Spain assumed the position of President of FATF on 1 July 2016. He succeeded Mr. Je-Yoon Shin of Korea.

Mr. Vega-Serrano is the Director and CEO of SEPBLAC, Spain's Financial Intelligence Unit and AML/CFT Supervisory Authority.

Mr. Vega-Serrano joined the senior civil service in 1992. In 2001 he became Assistant Deputy Director General of the Treasury and began attending FATF meetings. In 2005, he was appointed Secretary of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering, from which he promoted a comprehensive revision of Spain's AML/CFT legal framework.

Mr. Vega-Serrano holds a Doctorate of Laws (PhD) and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Economics. He has published several books and articles on financial regulation.



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.

  Santiago Otamendi (Argentina)
FATF Vice-President 2016-2017

Mr. Santiago Otamendi of Argentina assumed the position of Vice-President of the FATF. 

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.