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Name  Andrew Zerzan

Education  University of Toronto
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Books  New Technologies, New Risks?: Innovation and Countering the Financing of Terrorism

[Wikipedia] Andrew Zerzan

Andrew Zerzan is an author, former World Bank official and working group secretary for the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force. He is a frequent speaker on economic development and financial crime issues and a respected source in anti-money laundering literature. In 2014 he was commended for his work building a worldwide risk management programme at the City of London’s Risk Management Awards.


Early life and education

Zerzan is the grandson of Charles Joseph Zerzan Jr. who was a noted physician and decorated military officer and nephew of Greg Zerzan, who served in senior positions in the U.S. Treasury including Acting Assistant Secretary.

Zerzan was born in the United States and educated in the United States, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in politics and economics and subsequently studied financial regulation at the London School of Economics.

Research and professional

Zerzan has worked on initiatives at the United Nations, the World Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to transform how the poor move financial assets. He and his colleagues developed the first risk assessment tools to help firms and regulators calibrate responses to the actual risks faced. These methodologies became the benchmark for the mobile industry and financial regulators as mobile money services balloon across Africa and Asia. For this work he was awarded Junior Professional of the Year by the World Bank.

Zerzan has since been widely involved in public discussions on the impact of technology on global development, particularly in the third world. He was a guest speaker to the mobile industry at the global Mobile Money Summit in Barcelona, Spain in 2009. His speech covered mobile banking and financial crimes in developing countries. In 2006, Zerzan was noted for contributing to an information technologies report from the non-profit think tank RiOS Institute in Berkeley, California.

Zerzan has published and co-authored several books, manuals and policy papers including new research on the money laundering risks of mobile phone financial services, the risks of new technologies for payments and counter-terrorism. In July 2014, Zerzan left his position heading the risk management team at Reed Elsevier, a Fortune 500 publishing group to join the British Council. Since 2013, Zerzan has served on the board of charity IDEA, both in London and overseas. He was formally Director of Regulatory Projects for Mobile Money for the Unbanked, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored initiative to extend financial services to those living under $2 day.

He is currently working on his first full-length book on risk management, drawing on both his experience in the public and private sector.

List of publications

  • Policing Financial Services, 2011
  • New Technologies, New Risks?: Innovation and Countering the Financing of Terrorism, 2010
  • Protecting Mobile Money Against Financial Crimes, 2011
  • Industry Guide: Methodology for Assessing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks, 2010
  • Tackling the Financing of Terrorism, 2009
  • Integrity in Mobile Phone Financial Services, 2008
  • References

    Andrew Zerzan Wikipedia

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