There is a digital revolution taking place right now in compliance. Some are ahead others waiting to follow but one thing is certain, it is happening and will change the way we operate in the near and distant future.

Compliance software already exists but still needs human review, the use of ComplianceTech will lead to compliance executives having more time to focus on the grey areas leading to greater efficiency all round. Also, as the remit for compliance officers continues to expand, they are increasingly looking at technology to augment their capabilities. Artificial intelligence powered by machine learning and big data has the potential to completely revolutionise the compliance world.

So, who can shine a light on the possibilities and opportunities out there? One thing we have learned over ten years of working closely with the global compliance community is that the best way forward is to meet and talk to all stakeholders together on one platform and learn from each other. Over two days in Dusseldorf we will be doing this and hope you too can join us.

Speaker Panel includes:

Mr. Ted Ganten, Legal & Compliance, Head of Export Control and Customs, Siemens Healthineers AG

Mr. Markus Seelos, Head of IT ECC, Siemens Healthineers AG

Mr. Christian Schmidt, Regional Director EMEA Global Customs and Trade Compliance, Adient

Mr. Michael Curry, Vice-President, IBM RegTech, IBM

Mr. Matthias Schubert, Compliance Business Partner Integrity, Daimler AG

Mr. Philip Ankel, Partner, Head of Controlling & Finance Assurance North America, Siemens

Mr. Norbert Kouwenhoven, Global Authorities Leader, TradeLens, IBM

Mr. Scott Jones, Non-Resident Fellow, The Stimson Centre

Mr. Carl Wocke, Chief Executive Officer, Merlynn Intelligence Technologies

And other specialists in the area of technology in trade compliance.

♦ Dr. Ted Ganten, Head of Export Control and Customs, Siemens Healthineers AG

Dr. Ted Ganten has a professional background as lawyer. He started with Siemens Healthineers 17years ago as a commercial lawyer in various capacities. He then proceeded in working as a Division Compliance Officer, Head of Legal Compliance and Regulatory and finally as General Counsel and Head of Legal for various divisions within Siemen Healthineers. Now he is heading the global Export Control and Customs function of Siemens Healthineers. Siemens Healthineers is a global leader in medical technology and diagnostic infrastructure with around 48,000 employees in over 70 countries and a turnover north of 13 billion EUR.

♦ Mr. Christian Schmidt,Regional Director EMEA Global Customs and Trade Compliance, Adient

Christian Schmidt is a much sought-after speaker at business events for global trade management and technology.

He brings more than 15 years of experience in international trade from leadership positions across industrial sectors. After serving in leadership roles with global players Alstom, General Electric, and Johnson Controls, he has been Regional Director Global Customs & Trade Compliance EMEA at Adient since 2016.

In his current role he is responsible for EMEA´s Border Management and Center of Expertise covering Export Controls, Classification, Valuation and Origin. Christian worked on developing and implementing efficient customs strategies, as well as the establishment of lean professional organizational structures. His focus covers operational customs excellence and effective implementation for foreign trade related projects in the Region.

The EMEA Global Customs & Trade Compliance Organization at Adient is responsible for 21 Countries with more than 80 locations.

He earned a Purchasing & Logistics Bachelor as well as an MBA and a Master’s degree in management and leadership.

♦ Mr. Michael Curry, Vice-President, IBM RegTech, IBM

With twenty years of experience in the software and systems integration industries, Michael’s career has focused on building software products, defining software product strategy and implementing large-scale systems within Fortune 500 companies. Michael joined IBM through the Ascential Software acquisition in 2005 and has held leadership positions driving strategy and execution for artificial intelligence, data integration, cloud, internet of things, and analytics solutions.

Prior to Ascential, Michael held management positions at Altio, Level (3) Communications and Seer Technologies. He is a prominent public speaker in AI, Internet of Things, Cloud, Data, Analytics, and API technologies, and a frequent contributor to industry articles and publications.

♦ Dr. Scott Jones, Non-Resident Fellow, The Stimson Centre

Dr. Jones is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson Center supporting the Security and Trade Efficiency Platform (STEP) Program. Dr. Jones is also President of TradeSecure, LLC., a global advisory firm focused on export control, FDI, sanctions, and trade compliance solutions and an Affiliated Expert at CRDG Global, a DC-based non-profit focused on safety, security, and sustainability through science and innovation. His areas of expertise are export controls, sanctions, international trade and investment policy, and emerging technologies. Previously, Dr. Jones served as Director at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security and as a foreign affairs specialist for the National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. His current activities and interests include U.S. and Chinese security and defense policy, the socioeconomic impact of exponential technology, foreign direct investment and national security, and the technology drivers of contemporary geopolitics.

Dr. Jones has over 25 years of experience conducting research and international outreach on nonproliferation and export controls and has worked in over 60 countries. Dr. Jones has directed numerous international nonproliferation and export control outreach projects for the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. He has also supported the National Nuclear Security Administration’s International Nonproliferation Export Control Program outreach efforts throughout Asia and Middle East. In particular, he was the Oak Ridge National Laboratory lead for the UAE and coordinator for the Commodity Identification Training program for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Laboratory Lead for China.

Dr. Jones regularly briefs U.S. and foreign government and private sector officials on a range of international trade and security issues. He publishes widely in academic and trade publications. He received his Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Georgia and a MA at Lancaster University in the UK.

♦ Mr. Carl Wocke, Chief Executive OfficerMerlynn Intelligence Technologies

Carl is the CEO and founder of Merlynn Intelligence Technologies – a company on the forefront of human to machine knowledge transmission using machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.  He is considered as one of the pioneers and thought leaders in building technologies that enable human based reasoning within machine environments.

Carl has built extensive experience in the areas AI and its application in Fintech and Risk Management. Experience includes keynote international speaking engagements as well as vast project experience at a number of large multinational organisations.

♦ Mr. Norbert Kouwenhoven, Global Authorities Leader, TradeLens, IBM

Norbert Kouwenhoven is member of IBM´s Core TradeLens Team (Customs and Authorities Lead), and Solutions Leader for IBM EU in the area of Customs, Immigration and Border Management.

In his current role Norbert Kouwenhoven is focused on the implementation of the TradeLens  platform, specialized on the role of Customs Organisations and other Authorities in TradeLens. Compliance is an important element in his daily conversations. The transparency TradeLens provides, including data and documents are a key element in reducing compliance efforts on the private sector side, and enforcement monitoring efforts on the side of public sector authorities and organisations such as banks and insurance companies. The other part of his focus is on Customs projects in the European Union.

IBM is involved in customs projects in Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States and more. UCC and MASP are important drivers of change for the European Union. Norbert lead creation and now implementation of a UCC compliant solution set which IBM uses. Current implementation projects in NL, UK and Belgium.

Ms. Erika Trujillo, Manager Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte

Erika is a New York qualified lawyer specialized in matters of trade compliance with a focus on global export controls and sanctions covering both EU and U.S. jurisdictions. Her particular specialty is assessing risk exposure and extraterritorial impacts of US Foreign Trade Law on European Companies. Prior to joining Deloitte, Erika was accountable for EMEA Trade Controls at a global automotive supplier covering more than 80 locations in 21 countries. Erika also has extensive experience consulting on international trade policy, including Brexit.

♦ Mr. Philip Ankel, Partner, Head of Controlling & Finance Assurance, North America, Siemens

♦ Mr. Killian Strauss, Senior Manager, Financial Crime, Deloitte

♦ Mr. Matthias Schubert, Compliance Business Partner Integrity, Daimler AG

♦ Ms. Anna Karasikowa, Business Partner Integrity Due Diligence Process, Daimler AG

♦ Mr. Paulo José Santos, Director, Digital Delivery of Customs & Taxation Policy, European Commission

♦ Mr. Patrick Schultz, Manager Global Accounts, ONESOURCE Global Trade, Thomson Reuters 

♦ Mr. Gerald Al-Shami, Business Development & Sales Director (DACH), Thomson Reuters 

♦ Mr. Jim Huish, Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, Practice Leader – Export Controls & Sanctions, FTI Consulting 

♦ Mr. Nick Hourigan, Partner – EMEA Head of Data Analytics, FTI Consulting 

♦ Mr. Markus Seelos, Head of IT ECC, Siemens Healthineers AG

The Alan Turing Institute

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany

Directorate General for International Trade Policy, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and includes the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field:

♦ The rise of Trade ComplianceTech – new opportunities and challenge for business.

♦ The roadmap into trade compliance 4.0.

♦ Proactive and reactive uses of data analytics.

♦ Next generation third party integrity management.

♦ Using data analytics to find the greatest risks – audit using data analytics.

Using Digital (-ized) Expertise in Screening Compliance Workflow.

♦ Panel Discussion.

♦ Artificial Intelligence: the future of continuous risk identification.

ICPs are getting their 3rd pillar but balance is the key.

♦ TradeLens: blockchain base Supply Chain Platforms and how they can facilitate compliance.

♦ Taking an integrated approach to regulation & technology.

♦ Panel Discussion – The Regulators’ View.

♦ Round table discussions: round table topics to be chosen by the speakers & delegates from questions and answers during the presentations. An opportunity to talk informally peer to peer. 

Please contact your NielsonSmith representative to discuss the programme in more depth.

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Orbis is the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies. It  contains information on more than 360  million companies; including directors, company structures, beneficial owners, PEPs and sanctions and adverse news. Orbis feeds into Compliance Catalyst – a platform that streamlines your KYC and AML research and helps with your client on-boarding and customer due diligence. We created Compliance Catalyst to help our customers use the ‘compliance critical’ information in our products more efficiently. It pulls relevant data from our existing global databases into a tailor-made platform. We’ve also linked our company reports with information on PEPs, sanctions and other adverse data – it’s  the only place where you’ll find PEP and sanction intelligence integrated with comprehensive corporate ownership structures.

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One world, one market, one partner – globally

In the rapidly expanding global economy multinational companies can reduce costs in the field of customs and trade compliance management as well as to accelerate the movement of goods to achieve long-term competitive advantages. To increase efficiency, ensure transparency, and minimize compliance risk, the appropriate IT solutions must be integrated with global customs and trade compliance processes. MIC is a worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutions. More than 700 customers, in 55+ countries, on six continents, use MIC customs and trade compliance software. We specialize in the automation of global customs and trade compliance processes highly integrated into the company’s ERP and supply chain systems. One system, one customs & trade compliance database, one web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), one 24/7 maintenance and support service worldwide delivered as On-Premises or SaaS (Cloud) solution.

Krypt Inc. is the #1 value-add service provider for SAP system solutions for small to large enterprises. Leveraging our complementary products to go with standard SAP offerings, our customers have seen 10% to 40% savings over three years.

We are a global business and systems consulting firm and an SAP strategic partner for Services, Development, VAR and HCP (HANA Cloud Platform).

We also maintain partnerships and reseller agreements with hosting providers, content providers, and industry organizations. These partnerships not only grant us priority access to the latest releases, most current industry information and strong industry ties, but we also can pass along these benefits to our clients.

FTI Consulting is an independent global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations manage change, mitigate risk and resolve disputes: financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational and transactional. Individually, each practice is a leader in its specific field, staffed with experts recognized for the depth of their knowledge and a track record of making an impact. Collectively, FTI Consulting offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to assist clients across the business cycle – from proactive risk managementto the ability to respond rapidly to unexpected events and dynamic environments.

Thomson Reuters® ONESOURCE™ drives global corporation tax compliance and accounting decision-making with the industry’s most powerful portfolio of corporate technology solutions.

ONESOURCE Global Trade software is there for every step of your journey, meeting each need of each stakeholder in your department with innovative, expert-backed solutions. You’ll be equipped with the intelligence, technology and expertise you need to find answers you can trust.

Deloitte provides audit, risk advisory, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries; legal advisory services in Germany are provided by Deloitte Legal. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s approximately 264,000 professionals are committed to making an impact that matters.

Making an impact that matters. Every day we challenge ourselves to do what matters most – for clients, for our people, and for society. We serve clients distinctively, bringing innovative insights, solving complex challenges and unlocking sustainable growth. We inspire our talented professionals to deliver outstanding value to clients, providing an exceptional career experience and an inclusive and collaborative culture. We contribute to society, building confidence and trust in the markets, upholding the integrity of organizations and supporting our communities.

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 650 Euros

Please note, we will not charge VAT on this price. The price includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Group Booking Discounts.

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Conference Venue & Accommodation:

Steigenberger Parkhotel

Königsallee 1A, 40212

Düsseldorf, Germany


Arrival: Tuesday, 7th of September 2020

Departure: Thursday, 9th  of September 2020 

Room Rate:  superior single rooms incl. breakfast – 159.00 € per room/night 

Check In: From 3:00pm at the day of arrival 

Check Out: Till 12:00pm (noon) at the day of departure 

The allotment is available until the 28th of August 2020. The reservation can be made using the keyword TCT Conference. A free cancellation for individual reservations is not possible after reservation. Late cancellations or No-Shows will be charged with 90% of the agreed room charge for the entire stay. 

Individual reservations can be made under the following contact details: 

Tel.: +49 211 1381 0 

Fax: +49 211 1381 592 


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