Ramandeep Chhina

Consultant

Dr. Ramandeep Chhina

DPhil, MSt (Oxon); LLM, LLB, BA (Laws); Non-Practising Solicitor (England& Wales), CAMS, CFCS

Dr. Ramandeep Chhina is an International anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) expert working in this field since 2005. She has worked as a solicitor in the Economic Crime department of a law firm in England and Wales (UK). For the past nearly ten years, Ramandeep has been working in academia doing research in the field of international trade finance and financial crime, particularly on issues relating to fraud, money laundering and bribery in international trade transactions. Currently, Ramandeep is an Honorary Visiting Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK). She has worked on various AML/CFT-related technical assistance and capacity building projects funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) Belgian Development Agency, Council of Europe, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, GIZ, OSCE, Open Ownership, the World Bank, UNITAR, UNODC and USAID. She has a vast experience of working with countries in Central and Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Central Asia, South-East Asia, and the Pacific region advising on AML/CFT matters.

Ramandeep holds a Doctorate (DPhil) and a Master of Studies (MSt) in Transnational Commercial Law from the University of Oxford (UK). She is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Current Projects & Position:

  • International Consultant , Asian Development Bank, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Samoa and Sri-Lanka

  • International Advisor, Financial Investigation In-service Training (CEPOL FI) Project, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)

  • International Advisor, The Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive Project, Strasbourg, France

  • On-board Advisor, United Nations Institute for Training and Research – Public Finance and Trade Programme (UNITAR, PFTP), Geneva, Switzerland

  • Associate Professor, Former Head of Law, and currently Deputy- Director of Research, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Specific experience in the region/countries

Albania, Armenia, Dubai, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, India, Marshall Islands, Moldova, Montenegro, Philippines, Samoa, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and West Bank (Palestine)


Membership of Professional Bodies:

Member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Member, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS); Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK; Member, Society of Legal Scholars, UK; Solicitor, The Law Society of England & Wales, UK (since 2005); Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, India (2003-2005)

Key Projects & Affiliations:

    • International Expert : EU/Council of Europe Projects against Economic Crime in Kosovo, Armenia, Albania, Moldova, Georgia, Montenegro and Ukraine; and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Missions to Albania and Serbia

    • International AML/CFT Expert, nearly 10 years of experience as an International Consultant with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR-PFTP), Geneva (developing training curriculum, materials and providing training on anti-money laundering, combating corruption in extractive industries, public procurement and public finance management, micro-finance, internal and external controls in public finance management and negotiation skills)

    • Experience as an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Business Law at Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University respectively (Edinburgh, UK), Visiting Professor at University of Antwerp (Belgium) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Law from University of Oxford, UK (demonstrating excellent research skills, analytical skills and report writing skills)

    • Worked as a Consultant on the USAID funded ‘Modernising Financial Institutions’ Project, West Bank (provided technical assistance to the government in drafting a legal regulatory framework to monitor the operation of precious metals in the country and prevent illegal smuggling, corruption and to develop and reform anti-money laundering regulations)

    • Worked as a Solicitor in the economic crime department of Murria Solicitors, UK (handled multi-million money laundering and carousel fraud cases)

    • Internship with the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, Vienna (assisted in undertaking proactive investigations of high-risk operations or activities)

Area of Expertise