What is risk? And what does risk look like in the context of a virtual asset? The crypto industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace and reveal to us types of technology that we have never seen before. So how do we go about understanding the risk of a virtual asset, and what types of questions can compliance professionals be asking to better understand this?

If you are interested in learning more about virtual assets, their history, and how you can apply your AML knowledge to better understand what risk really looks like in this space, this session, featuring speaker Giles Dixon, is for you!


  • Gain an understanding of the history of virtual assets, what they are, and how they have evolved over time;
  • Understand the regulatory landscape as it pertains to virtual assets, and what different jurisdictions are talking about in terms of the need to understand and assess the risk of virtual assets;
  • How you can apply critical thinking skills and your current understanding of financial crime risk, to the evolving field of virtual assets.


Giles Dixon, Senior Manager, Financial Services and Virtual Asset Advisory | Grant Thornton

Giles works in Grant Thornton’s Financial Services and Virtual Asset Risk Advisory Practice and brings with him an international consulting and anti-money laundering risk advisory background. He regularly provides consulting to a range of financial institutions and organizations operating in the virtual asset space including virtual currency exchanges, BTM operators, and others, advising clients at all levels of the organizational hierarchy. Giles’ experience includes AML and financial crime risk management compliance and transformation, as well as experience in program and operating model design, process improvement, cost optimization and strategic advisory to the C-suite.


Souzan Esmaili, Compliance & AML Consultant | Founder, TCAE

Souzan has over 14 years of international experience in consultancy and training with a focus in Regulatory Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) and RegTech. She worked for various financial institutions and consultancies in Dubai and Toronto. Souzan holds an MBA and achieved certifications such as Certified Anti Money Launder Specialist (CAMS), Post Graduate Diploma in GRC and FinTech Program from Oxford University.

Souzan created the TCAE group with a passion to help and educate the AML and Compliance professionals in Canada.