Weathering the Data Storm: Hype and Reality of Launching AI in AML

Moderator: Esther Groen, Adviser to Holland FinTech and Executive Board member at the European Women in Payments Network


Livia Benisty, Global Head of Business AML, Banking Circle

Christian Karsten, Head of Advanced Analytics, Banking Circle

There has been much enthusiasm for what Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do in the AML space. The conversation has often centred on the most common benefits of using AI and the need for correct implementation but little has been shared from a data science perspective around what AI really has the potential to do – and the practicality of where to begin and what will be needed to achieve success.

This session will explore:

  • With AI now an essential in the AML toolbox, what makes it so useful?
  • What do teams need to get started?
  • How can organisations, such as big banks, address the data conundrum?
  • With the technology in place, what is the impact for the AML function and the wider organisation?
  • What does the future look like?


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Livia Benisty – Global Head of Business AML at Banking Circle

Livia Benisty brings more than 15 years of experience in financial crime and AML to the Banking Circle team. She currently leads a team developing stringent AML processes – identifying how AI can be applied to enhance the effectiveness of AML, and reducing the incidence of false positives.

Previously Livia was Head of AML, EMEA, for Citi’s Trade and Treasury Solutions. She has also worked at BBVA Group and ComplyAdvantage, where she gained experience in the role technology can play in managing and mitigating financial crime risk.


Christian Karsten – Head of Advanced Analytics at Banking Circle

Christian currently leads the Advanced Analytics development at Banking Circle, with a core focus on developing an in-house solution for AML in close collaboration with the Business AML and Compliance functions.

Christian started his career with McKinsey & Company Digital Labs where he developed state-of-the-art decision support tools, addressing data problems faced by modern global enterprises. He also spent time building and leading an Advanced Analytics team in Ørsted.

Christian has deep expertise in network analytics, optimisation and AI/machine learning combined with strong business and commercial acumen.


Esther Groen

Esther has an extensive background in strategy and execution, sales and business development, digital transformation, and building high-performing teams in the Banking and FinTech industry.

Esther currently advises Holland FinTech, a digital finance community in the Netherlands, and is an Executive Board member at the European Women in Payments Network. Esther was formerly a partner at Innopay, a Dutch strategy consultancy firm in digital transactions, where she led the Banking, Payments and FinTech practice. Prior to joining Innopay, Esther spent more than 10 years in global transaction services at ABN Amro and the Royal Bank of Scotland.