FATF Secretariat

FATF Executive Secretary


David joined the FATF in 2015, following posts for the UK Government as Head of the Illicit Finance Unit and Senior Policy Advisor at HM Treasury, and before that as a senior member of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now National Crime Agency). He has a broad range of other experience including at NGO’s and in the public and private sector, from leading and supporting expeditions in the rainforests of Indonesia, to working on some of the largest initial public offerings and government privatisations, and managing the digital product portfolio of the UK national mapping agency. David has a BA (Hons) from the University of Portsmouth, MSc from Cranfield University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

In his role at the FATF, David is responsible for leading the FATF Secretariat in bringing to bear the combined expertise of governments around the world to fight money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This includes work to monitor how money is being laundered and terrorist organisations are raising and accessing funds; to develop global standards, best practice and guidance to mitigate new and emerging risks; and to assess the action taken by governments. It also includes providing training and support for officials from FATF member countries and the nine FATF-Style Regional Bodies.

Since 2016, the FATF has been represented in G20 meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, where David supports the President and is the G20 Deputy for the task force.


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 “...the work we do has never been more important to protect financial systems, the broader economy and contribute to safety and security. It is vital that members hold each other to account for robust regimes and that our evaluations are subject to scrutiny.

Mr. Lewis’ remarks at the 20th Annual Meeting of APG,
17 July 2017





Speeches and articles:

Opening remarks at the V20 Summit, 16 November 2020

Keynote speech at the 7th International Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Conference, Bratislava, 10 December 2019

Speech at the AI & Blockchain Summit, Barcelona, 21 November 2019

Speech at the RUSI meeting on the FATF Strategic Review, London, 18 November 2019

United for Wildlife Taskforce meeting, St James’s Palace, London, 21 January 2019

Speech at the Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit, Bangkok, 8 November 2018

Remarks at the European Parliament Special Committee on Terrorism Public Hearing ‘How to Improve Counter Terrorist Financing within the EU’, Brussels, 17 May 2018

Remarks at the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) High Level Political Meeting 2018 ‘Best Practices and Guidelines on the Fight Against Proliferation Financing’,  Paris, 16 May 2018

Remarks at the CFATF XLVI Plenary Meeting, Georgtetown, Guyana, 15 November 2017

Speech at the US-MENA Private Sector Dialogue (PSD),Washington, 16 October 2017

Speech at the APG Annual Meeting,Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17 July 2017

Remarks at the Interpol Unity for Security Forum, Abu Dhabi, 29 March 2017

Remarks at the Network AML/CFT Institute International Scientific and Research Conference "Threats and Risks to Global Economy, Moscow, 1 November 2016

Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the FATF Training and Research Institute, Busan, Korea, 20 September 2016

Keynote Speech - ESAAMLG Public/Private Sector Dialogue, Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, 2 September 2016

Opening Remarks - ESAAMLG Council of Ministers, Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe, 2 September 2016

Accessibility of financial services: challenges and opportunities for development, XXV International Financial Congress, St Petersburg, 1 July 2016

Evaluating the Benefits of National Risk Assessments, ACAMS 12th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference Europe, London, 25 May 2016

AML/CFT and public-private sector partnership, article for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, 20 May 2016

Ending Impunity: Creating a level playing field by enforcing the conventions we have, Tackling Corruption Together Conference, London, 11 May 2016

The importance of the FATF Global Network, Strasbourg, 12 April 2016 


FATF Secretariat

The FATF Secretariat is a highly motivated, multicultural and dedicated team of professional support staff and experts from all over the world. It brings together individuals from 15 countries, with 10 languages, and many years’ experience and expertise from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, financial intelligence units, policy advisors and the legal profession.

The Secretariat supports the substantive work of the FATF membership and global network.

FATF Secretariat Values


we are passionate about fighting money laundering and terrorist financing


always acting with integrity, honesty, objectivity and transparency is at the core of who we are and what we do


we respect and trust each other’s values, differences and contributions


together we are stronger and we make a difference


The Secretariat is located at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. Career opportunities at the FATF Secretariat are advertised and filled in accordance with the OECD procedures. For more information, see www.oecd.org/careers/

Funding for the FATF Secretariat and other services is provided by the FATF annual budget to which members contribute.