Sarah Beth Felix, CAMS, M.F.S.

Sarah Beth Felix is recognized in the compliance industry for her ability to navigate and operationalize global AML/CTF and fraud regulations to impact various institutional environments and risk profiles. She has over 20 years of anti-financial crime management experience with most of those years spent in audit and software validation roles, as she designs and implements technological changes to maximize effectiveness of anti-financial crime software.

She is considered an expert in distilling FATF, Wolfsberg, EBA, EU, and FinCEN guidance into actionable and effective anti-financial crime programs. Niche expertise in operationalizing fraud typologies and ML/TF threats allows for specialty consulting for clients offering new payment systems/products, enterprise and SMB lending, and export/import trade finance.

In 2011, she founded Palmera Consulting and works with various types of institutions focusing on efficiency and effectiveness within their anti-financial crime programs. Strong relationships and trusted referrals are the backbone of the last 11 years of her company’s success. Sarah Beth started her career in designing AI models to detect fraud and has implemented anti-fraud measures throughout her anti-financial crime career. Saving her clients millions of dollars in both early and ongoing detection of fraud.

In 2016, she launched a vertical that provides advisory services for software system providers that are looking to enhance the effectiveness of their product to detect fraud and money laundering. Having over 20 years of working with various systems and platforms, she excels in effective communication of suggested changes to a software’s framework, functionality, usage, and end-user efficiency.

Sarah Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a Master of Science in Forensics (M.F.S). She has been CAMS certified since 2006 and has been an active member of ACAMS since 2005. She is a proud member of the U.S. Military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Working Group for Public-Private Partnership. Sarah Beth is a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of AML, Fraud, KYC, Risk Assessments, and Trade Finance typologies with engagements stretching the globe.

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