Christopher Vella joined the FIAU in 2020 and presently leads the Centralised Bank Account Register (CBAR) section – a data reporting obligation for credit and payment institutions emanating from EU’s 5th AML Directive. The section is responsible for coordinating efforts in data collection and data integrity; regulating access and use amongst competent authorities; and analysing data for purposes set out in the regulations.
Prior to joining the FIAU, Christopher was involved in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance space for over eight years with one of the big four consulting firms whereby he assisted various banks in Malta and the UK in meeting their AML obligations and responding to regulatory reviews. During his tenure in consultancy, Christopher has co-led major de-risking and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) remediation assignments; delivered numerous workshops and seminars targeting participants from the banking and gaming sector; and helped clients derive timely management information, report to regulators and understand customers’ transactions through the application of data analytics solutions.
Christopher is a Banking and Finance graduate from the University of Malta and is qualified in Anti-Money Laundering (ICA International Diploma), database development (MCSA in SQL) and data visualisation.