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ICA + Save The Children + Avallone: 
Crowdfunding for Terrorism Financing

An exclusive International Compliance Association (ICA) member webinar with Saira Maniar (Senior Treasury Compliance and Crisis Funding Manager at Save the Children International) and Avallone's CEO/Co-Founder, Anders Meinert Jørgensen - exploring the challenges of NGOs, charities and nonprofits with the threat of Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF) and discussing best practices to enhance effectiveness in identifying, preventing, and combating terrorism financing in the digital age.

While access to the full video is limited to ICA members on their member portal, you can watch a clip from the webinar below and on
Avallone's YouTube channel

Event Details
Wednesday 1 May 2024
10:30 to 11:30 CET

"At Save The Children International, we are very much aware of this threat..."

"...[So] we work very closely with our compliance and KYC partners. For example, Anders and the Avallone Platform that we are now using to enhance our KYC responses for our banking partners and to digitize our KYC."

About the speakers

Saira Maniar
Senior Treasury Compliance and Crisis Funding Manager

Save The Children International

Saira Maniar is the Senior Treasury Compliance and Crisis Funding Manager at Save the Children International. With over seven years of experience in compliance, Saira leads the Treasury’s compliance team. She focuses on crisis funding and risk assessment processes related to anti-money laundering and financial crime prevention controls. Saira closely collaborates with stakeholders to implement and enhance compliant operational solutions for non-standard funding. She ensures the continued delivery of support and funding on the ground, for a humanitarian organisation that responded to 107 emergencies in 2022, directly reaching 48.8 million children. 

Saira holds a First-class LLB Hons and is ICA qualified. Her outstanding performance in compliance led to her being shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious 'ICA Rising Star Award' category in 2023. Save the Children’s award-winning treasury team was named the “Treasury Team of the Year 2022” by Treasury Management International and was runner-up in the EuroFinance Treasury Awards 2022 for Excellence, Risk and Resilience.

Ross Savage
Faculty: Sanctions

International Compliance Association

Ross joined the ICA from private consultancy following an extensive career within UK Law Enforcement, where he specialized as a Financial Investigator. During this time, Ross led national and international money laundering and asset tracing investigations focused on disrupting serious and organized criminal networks. He went on to work within UK Counter-Terrorism, again focusing on following the money, working with several international governments and private sector partners to disrupt terrorist activity and prevent attacks from occurring around the globe. As a Course Director and Global Lead for Sanctions, Ross is passionate about sharing his operational expertise and strives to continue to make a difference.

Following operational investigations targeting Organised Crime Networks, Ross moved to New Scotland Yard, Joining the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU). Working closely with key government and industry partners, he led national and international Terrorist Finance (TF) and financial intelligence operations.In this role, Ross would also assist in war crimes investigations and in building financial sanctions cases in support of the UK Treasury department.

As part of a UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) capacity building program, Ross was part of a small team of officers that delivered bespoke, tailored training in Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) to overseas partners in the Middle East. In 2012, Ross was privileged to manage the NTFIU's Intelligence and Assessment desk during the London Olympics.

Anders Meinert Jørgensen
CEO and Co-Founder


A successful corporate banker for +20 years, Anders fought financial crime first-hand while leading compliance divisions in two of the largest banks in the nordics. Realizing that the industry is hindered by a lack of efficient tools, Anders co-founded Avallone to give companies and financial institutions a world-class platform that empowers them to combat financial crime.