FATF Secretariat

FATF Executive Secretary


David Lewis joined the FATF Secretariat as its Executive Secretary in November 2015, following posts as a senior policy advisor on money laundering and terrorist financing for the UK Government and as a senior member of the National Crime Agency.

As Executive Secretary, Mr. Lewis advises the FATF President and is responsible for leading, coordinating and delivering the work of the FATF on anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism and proliferation of WMD. This includes work to understand risks, trends and methods of criminals, terrorists and rogue states; to develop global policies, best practice and guidance to mitigate these risks; to oversee the evaluations of countries; and to support the development of the global FATF network that today includes 9 FATF-Style Regional Bodies and nearly 200 jurisdictions.

Mr. Lewis leads global relations, coordination and representation of the FATF, and is a spokesperson for the FATF. He liaises and works closely with partners and other international bodies including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, the OECD and G20, as well as civil society and the private sector. 


 “The work we do has never been more central to protect financial systems, the broader economy and contribute to safety and security. It is vital that members hold each other to account for robust regimes and that our evaluations are subject to scrutiny. “

Mr. Lewis’ remarks at the 50th meeting of MONEYVAL 
12 April 2016


Follow David Lewis:  

 @djwlewis       www.linkedin.com/in/davidjwlewis   ExecutiveSecretary@fatf-gafi.org


Speeches and articles:

Remarks at the Interpol Unity for Security Forum, Abu Dhabi, 29 March 2017

Remarks at the Network AML/CFT Institute International Scientific and Research Conference "Threats and Risks to Global Economy, Moscow, 1 November 2016

Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the FATF Training and Research Institute, Busan, Korea, 20 September 2016

Keynote Speech - ESAAMLG Public/Private Sector Dialogue, Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, 2 September 2016

Opening Remarks - ESAAMLG Council of Ministers, Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, 2 September 2016

Accessibility of financial services: challenges and opportunities for development, XXV International Financial Congress, St Petersburg, 1 July 2016

Evaluating the Benefits of National Risk Assessments, ACAMS 12th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference Europe, London, 25 May 2016

AML/CFT and public-private sector partnership, article for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, 20 May 2016

Ending Impunity: Creating a level playing field by enforcing the conventions we have, Tackling Corruption Together Conference, London, 11 May 2016

The importance of the FATF Global Network, Strasbourg, 12 April 2016 


FATF Secretariat

The FATF Secretariat is a highly motivated, multicultural and dedicated team of professional support staff and experts from all over the world. It brings together individuals from 15 countries, with 10 languages, and many years’ experience and expertise from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, financial intelligence units, policy advisors and the legal profession.

The Secretariat leads and supports the substantive work of the FATF membership and global network.

The Secretariat is located at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. Career opportunities at the FATF Secretariat are advertised and filled in accordance with the OECD procedures. For more information, see www.oecd.org/careers/. Those interested in joining the FATF can also email their CV’s to contact@fatf-gafi.org. While it is not possible to respond to all applications, your details will be kept on record for consideration in future recruitment exercises.

Funding for the FATF Secretariat and other services is provided by the FATF annual budget to which members contribute.