Egmont Group Leadership

Egmont Group Chair

Mrs. Hennie VERBEEK-KUSTERS

Mrs. Hennie Verbeek-Kusters was appointed Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in July 2020. Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters will serve as Chair until July 2022.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of the FIU – the Netherlands since 2008. Since her appointment, she has led the FIU towards the implementation of a new intelligence analysis system that impacted all business processes of the FIU. During this period, the FIU – the Netherlands has grown in its capacity to receive and analyse transactions as well as increase its focus on cooperation with (external) partners in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism. Since 10 October 2010, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been the Head of FIU for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba).

Within the framework of the Egmont Group, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has held several positions over recent years. She has been Chair of the IT Working Group as well as the Chair of the Technical Assistance and Training Working Group and was very actively involved in the restructuring of the founding principles of the Egmont Group. Since 2016, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has been chairing the Steering Group for the setup project of the Egmont Centre of FIU Excellence and Leadership (ECOFEL). Having previously served as Chair of the Egmont Group from July 2017-2019 and interim Chair in 2020, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters aimed to enhance the cooperation amongst FIUs as well as with the private sector. Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters also served as the Regional Representative for the Europe I region of Egmont Group member FIUs from 2019-2020.

From 2012 to 2017, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters served as the Chair of the International User Group on goAML. This user group was initiated by the FIU – the Netherlands in 2012 to join the FIUs using goAML and cooperate with UNODC in the further development of this application and other related applications.
From 2000 until 2016, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters was a member of the Board of Partners FIU.NET, the EU FIU information Exchange Platform.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters has also been a commissioner to the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (2018 – 2019). The Commission published its final report in October 2019, which included a toolkit to help the full range of financial sector institutions take action to end modern slavery and human trafficking.

In 1988, Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters joined the Dutch police force, serving in various positions. From 2005 to 2008, she was the Head of Unit of the National Crime Squad responsible for investigating synthetic drugs and precursors crimes and serious organized crimes.

Mrs. Verbeek-Kusters holds a Master’s Degree in Arts.

 

Egmont Group Vice-Chairs

Mr. Marko STOLLE

Mr. Marko Stolle is the Deputy Head of the FIU Germany since its establishment under the Customs Administration in June 2017 as a new, fully independent authority with an enhanced mandate and a staff of 400 members.

After working as a lawyer with a focus on commercial law, he has held various senior management positions within the German Customs Administration and the Federal Ministry of Finance since 2005.

During this time, he gained extensive operational experience, for example, as director of risk management. Mr. Stolle was also the head of the department for investigations against organised crime. In this role, he was responsible for or managed organised crime investigations and asset recovery, including those on money laundering in 16 joint customs-police investigative units. Mr. Stolle’s operational knowledge and understanding is complemented by his experience in managing large-scale strategic projects, often with a strong IT component or related to major organisational change processes.

Since 2017, Mr. Stolle has been working actively within the Egmont Group and the FATF. Starting in September 2018, he has been Chair of the Egmont Group’s Information Exchange Working Group (IEWG) and member of the Egmont Committee. He also chairs the International User Group on goAML since March 2018.

 

Mrs. Xolisile KHANYILE

Mrs. Xolisile Khanyile is currently the Director of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) of South Africa and Egmont Group Vice-Chair.

Mrs. Khanyile is a career prosecutor having served different roles in law enforcement agencies for a period of 23 years, six as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Free State, an appointment by the President of South Africa. Since January 2018, she has held the position of Director of the FIC where she is responsible for the strategic and operational functioning of the FIC ensuring the fulfilment of its mandate both domestically and internationally, additionally, by providing technical assistance to various African countries.

Mrs. Khanyile holds a B Juris and a LLB degree from the University of Zululand and a MDP from the Business School of the University of Free State (UFS) respectively. She graduated the Duke University African Women Charted Accountants’ Women Leading Africa Programme in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Khanyile is enrolled at UFS, reading towards a Masters in Law with the subject matter of her research dissertation entitled “Challenges of South Africa’s Multi-Agencies that are Mandated to Fight Corruption.”