TCAE is thrilled to have Dr. Ian Messenger as the guest speaker for the upcoming Knowledge Series session. This session will provide an overall understanding of what Terrorist Financing is, the ways in which it differs from Money Laundering, and how to detect potential red flags affiliated with Terrorist Financing. Dr. Messenger will also provide insight into how the role and responsibilities of the Compliance Officer are essential to combating Terrorist Financing


  • Understand the differences between Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Be aware of “red flags” associated with the funding of Terrorism
  • Understand the responsibilities and key actions of the Compliance Officer
  • Q&A


Dr. Ian Messenger, Professor, Anti Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing |Seneca College

Dr Ian Messenger is Professor, Anti Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing at Seneca College in Toronto. He is also the Instructor of the Global and Domestic Terrorism online short course from Dalhousie University.

Prior to teaching in Canada, Ian served with the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and it’s precursor organisation, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), as an International Operations Officer with responsibility for international and multilateral investigations.

Ian was later seconded to the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre where he served as their International Liaison Officer with responsibility for capacity building, international liaison, and private sector engagement.

During his service with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Ian was twice awarded the Executive Director’s Commendation and was awarded the Director General’s Award for Innovation.

Between 2011 and 2016 Ian served as a lead officer in the UK National Crime Agency’s Intelligence and Operations directorate with responsibility for the Middle East and Asia, with specific responsibility for Afghanistan and Pakistan.


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.