The Knoble Adds Former Financial Sector Commissioner and Anti-Human Trafficking Leader Barry Koch to Board of Directors

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Reinforcing its dedication to bringing global financial sector experts together to improve their collective efforts to prevent, detect and report human trafficking and other crimes committed against vulnerable populations, The Knoble announced the addition of Barry Koch, former Commissioner on the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (the Liechtenstein Initiative), to its Board of Directors.

Barry Koch

Based upon my years of experience with anti-money laundering and financial crimes compliance, I’ve witnessed first-hand the need for the type of system-wide approach The Knoble seeks to implement,” said Koch.

Koch is internationally recognized as an anti-money laundering expert and trailblazer in global efforts to combat human trafficking, and he brings more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry, where he developed, implemented, and managed compliance programs and related technology platforms.

“Barry’s expertise in risk and compliance matters across the financial and legal spectrum is well known. Perhaps more impressive, however, is his passion to utilize that knowledge in ways that have significantly benefited the battle against human trafficking,” said Shawn Holtzclaw, Executive Director, The Knoble. “He embodies the spirit of The Knoble and we’re incredibly excited to have him join our board, where his invaluable experience will advance all our efforts domestically and abroad.”

As the founder and principal of Barry M. Koch PLLC, Koch currently provides AML expert witness consulting and regulatory compliance advisory services to governments, and foreign and domestic banks, broker-dealers and money services businesses. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney and Counsel to the Investigation Division in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; SVP and Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union; Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase; and Global Head of AML at American Express. He is a co-founder of the US Bankers Alliance Against Trafficking, and he is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he teaches Global Corporate Compliance.

“Based upon my years of experience with anti-money laundering and financial crimes compliance, I’ve witnessed first-hand the need for the type of system-wide approach The Knoble seeks to implement,” said Koch. “I believe we have the potential for significant and lasting change.”

Koch received his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Financial Crime Specialist.

Koch is accompanied on The Knoble’s Board of Directors by Dave Excell, Matt Friedman, Shawn Holtzclaw, Frank McKenna, Ian Mitchell, Mary Ann Miller, and Ben Wallach.

About The Knoble

Founded in 2019, The Knoble is dedicated to preventing financial crime that impacts vulnerable people around the world, including victims of modern slavery, human trafficking, elder abuse, and child exploitation. The Knoble Network includes experts who understand how global financial systems operate, and our cross-industry initiatives bring together the public, private and charitable sectors to create ongoing, system-wide change. For more information, visit http://www.theknoble.com.

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