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Ms. Susan S. François - Director

Ms. Susan S. François assumed the portfolio of Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit on February 14, 2011.

Ms. François is an Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with greater than twenty-five years’ experience at the Bar.

She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) at the University of the West Indies and Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School. She obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Corporate and Commercial Law with focus on Corporate Finance and Offshore Company Finance.

She is certified as a Mediator by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago having received training from the internationally accredited Stitt Feld Handy Group, Canada as well as The Dispute Resolution Centre of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. François is also an associate tutor in Conveyancing and Law of Property at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School of Trinidad and Tobago.

She has garnered varied and diverse experiences from holding the portfolios of Registrar of Companies and Businesses, Land Registrar and Civil Registrar where she has driven both legal and administrative reforms.

She has wide and in-depth knowledge in varied legal disciplines such as Corporate and Commercial Law, in which she has lectured at the tertiary level; Law of Property and sound knowledge of related areas of law such as Contract law, Securities Law and Intellectual Property. 

Ms. François has comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience on AML/CFT compliance and regulatory requirements. She has conducted numerous training sessions and awareness programmes for industry actors including the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers.

Ms. François has participated in many seminars and workshops in the legal, technical, management and administration fields. These include Tactical Analysis (TAC) of financial transaction information, (hosted by the Egmont Group) and is a certified by the Egmont group as a TAC Trainer; Financial Investigations Course, (hosted by the Canadian and British High Commissions); Travel Document Security Seminar (hosted by The Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE); Securities Regulation and Enforcement Workshop (hosted by Cartac, USA Securities Commission, TTSEC).

Ms. François has also represented the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at regional and international meetings such as at the Financial Action Task Force, the Egmont Group and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Plenaries and meetings.

Ms. François is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), which is recognized as the leading international membership organization in AML/CTF and financial crime detection and prevention.


Mr. Nigel Stoddard – Deputy Director

Mr. Nigel Stoddard is the Deputy Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago and has been serving in this position since his appointment in 2011.

He is the holder of a MBA and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Computing and Information Systems.  A former professional Law Enforcement Officer with 22 years service in the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service. Mr. Stoddard has been active in the area of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) for over 18 years, of which, 12 years he spent as a financial investigator and financial intelligence analyst in the Counter Drug Crime Task Force (CDCTF). On his departure from the CDCTF in 2010, he was the manager of the financial investigations/intelligence unit.

Mr. Stoddard is an Accredited Financial Investigator (AFI) from the Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering Programme (CALP). Having received training from the Metropolitan Detective Training School in UK, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), the US Department of Justice, the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), to name a few, in anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism.

He is also a Country Examiner trained in both the 3rd and 4th Round of Mutual Evaluations by the CFATF as a Law Enforcement Expert to conduct the assessment of a country’s AML/CFT Regime in compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and has participated in the Mutual Evaluation of a country.

Mr. Stoddard has attended and presented in several seminars and workshops relating to combating money laundering and terrorist financing and has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at several regional and international AML/CFT meetings. As a member of CFATF’s Risk Trends and Methods Working Group, he has contributed to the publication of several money laundering and financing of terrorism typology reports by CFATF.

He is also part of the training team at the FIU that provide awareness training in compliance to non-regulated financial institutions and listed business (DNFBPs) and had lead and participated in on-site compliance examinations of non-regulated financial institutions and listed business (DNFBPs) in Trinidad and Tobago ensuring their compliance with the AML/CFT regime.

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International Waterfront Complex
1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel: 1(868) 625-8351

Fax: 1(868) 627-7018


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