FATF Secretariat

FATF Executive Secretary


David Lewis joined the FATF as its Executive Secretary in November 2015, following posts for the UK Government as Head of the Illicit Finance Unit and Senior Policy Advisor on money laundering and terrorist financing at HM Treasury, and before that as a senior member of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now National Crime Agency).

As Executive Secretary, Mr. Lewis is responsible for leading the FATF Secretariat, coordinating and delivering the work of the FATF on money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This includes work to understand risks, trends and methods; to develop global policies, best practice and guidance; to oversee the programme of evaluations of FATF members; and to support the development of the global FATF network that today includes 205 jurisdictions.


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

 “...the work we do has never been more important 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 20th Annual Meeting of APG,
17 July 2017





Speeches and articles:

Speech at the Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit, Bangkok, 8 November 2018

Remarks at the European Parliament Special Committee on Terrorism Public Hearing ‘How to Improve Counter Terrorist Financing within the EU’, Brussels, 17 May 2018

Remarks at the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) High Level Political Meeting 2018 ‘Best Practices and Guidelines on the Fight Against Proliferation Financing’,  Paris, 16 May 2018

Remarks at the CFATF XLVI Plenary Meeting, Georgtetown, Guyana, 15 November 2017

Speech at the US-MENA Private Sector Dialogue (PSD),Washington, 16 October 2017

Speech at the APG Annual Meeting,Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17 July 2017

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 supports the substantive work of the FATF membership and global network.

FATF Secretariat Values


we are passionate about fighting money laundering and terrorist financing


always acting with integrity, honesty, objectivity and transparency is at the core of who we are and what we do


we respect and trust each other’s values, differences and contributions


together we are stronger and we make a difference


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/

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