Pekka has oversight of the delivery and development of ICA programmes worldwide. His role involves management of the ICA Training Faculty, where he has developed a world-class faculty that delivers best-in-class training and education programmes across a range of jurisdictions.
His other responsibilities include managing the ICA Research and Development Team, which creates new and innovative programmes to respond to emerging regulatory and industry issues.
Pekka is instrumental in business development and engages with clients across a range of industry sectors, including Banking, Insurance, Betting and Gaming, Telecoms, Oil and Gas, and the Public Sector (law enforcement agencies and regulators). He developed training programmes with clients in multiple jurisdictions and has been instrumental in tendering for and securing key in-house clients and programmes.
He continues to deliver engaging and innovative training himself and is regularly asked to lead training personally by clients. He acts in an ambassadorial role for ICA, speaking at industry events and providing insight into emerging best practice and regulatory trends in respect of anti-money laundering (AML), financial crime prevention (FCP) and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) issues. Pekka is also chairman of the Money Laundering Officer’s Discussion Group (MLODG), a body that shares best practices amongst practitioners.
Pekka has extensive experience as a practitioner, including roles as an MLRO for a multinational life and pensions firm and Head of Financial Crime Prevention of a division of a major UK bank. A qualified solicitor in the UK and New Zealand, Pekka has conducted prosecutions for tax evasion and provided legal advice in respect of organised crime groups, complex frauds , and corporate tax evasion. He has also worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry (now BERR) in the investigation of corporate fraud and misfeasance.