Global Sanctions Compliance Officer
Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX), Inc.

Hera U. Smith is currently the Global Sanctions Compliance Officer at Associated Foreign Exchange Inc. (AFEX) – one of the leading global payments and risk management solutions provider – where she is responsible for overseeing the legal, technological, and operational matters of the company’s sanctions programs in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
Before joining AFEX, Hera was the Assistant OFAC Officer of East West Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering Department. Prior to that, she was a litigation associate at Rodiger Law Office. Hera is admitted to the California and Philippine bar associations and obtained her law degree from University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines). She wrote an article on sanctions that was published in the California International Law Journal entitled, “Navigating U.S. Economic and Trade Sanctions: A Compliance Lesson for International Banking and Trade Finance.”