Joseph M Bognanno III
Chief Innovation Officer
Safe Banking Systems (SBS)
Joseph joined Safe Banking Systems in April 2018 and is spearheading the process for developing, managing and implementing new ideas and innovation throughout SBS. He will also be responsible for change management and participating in the development of strategic partnerships.
He brings a broad perspective to his CIO role, having worked as practitioner, solutions vendor and regulator. Prior to joining SBS, Joseph served as SVP, Head of Global Risk Analytics at HSBC and was responsible for all transaction monitoring and name screening analytics. He managed teams engaged in all aspects of model governance in relation to AML analytics, design, development, optimization, model validation and remediation.
Previously, he held various positions at anti-money laundering solutions provider NICE Actimize and spent seven years in the U.S. Treasury, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA). At OTA, he worked as Senior Advisor on Economic Crimes, and U.S. Treasury Attaché liaison to the South American FATF to engage with the U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Organization of American States, the Financial Action Task Force and other organizations to provide information technology solutions to combat financial crime through technical assistance programs.
Joseph has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. More than 15 years have been spent within the Compliance industry, working to mitigate money laundering and other financial crime risks through the use of technology specific to AML/FCC initiatives. He has provided training, technical assistance, and guidance to both public and private sectors in over 40 countries.
As an AML subject matter expert, he has spoken at various industry events, notably ACAMS and FATF Plenaries, and has provided expert AML/CFT commentary to a number of international publications.
Joseph is also the co-chair of the New York City Alumni Club for The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.