About APG


At the APG's first Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan (March 1998) the membership established two Co-Chairs:

  • A chair held by Australia (as host of the Secretariat); and
  • A rotating chair occupied for a two-year term by another APG member.

The current Co-Chairs are Commissioner Andrew Colvin (Australia) and Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) as follows:

Commissioner Andrew Colvin (Australia) - appointed 2012

Commissioner Andrew Colvin (Australia) - appointed 2012

Commissioner Andrew Colvin joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1990 and was appointed to his current role in October 2014.  Immediately prior to this, Commissioner Colvin held the position of Deputy Commissioner responsible for National Security.  In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner responsible for AFP Close Operations Support, and from 2010 to 2013 he was the Deputy Commissioner Operations. During his career Commissioner Colvin has had a number of portfolio responsibilities including serious and organised crime, counter terrorism, terrorism financing, high tech crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and politically motivated crime. Between 2002 and 2005, he managed the national and international aspects of the AFP’s response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2003 Jakarta Marriott Hotel bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing. Commissioner Colvin was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the 2002 Bali bombing investigation. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Commissioner Colvin assumed APG Co-Chair responsibilities on behalf of Australia in May 2012.

Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) - Appointed 2015

Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) - Appointed 2015

Rajesh Chhana re-joined the Ministry of Justice in February 2015 as Deputy Secretary, Policy from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), where he was Director, National Security Policy.

Rajesh Chhana has more than a decade’s experience at the Ministry. He first worked at the Ministry of Justice in 1996 when he was a legal advisor in the Legal Service Group. He has held a variety of senior advisory and management roles in both the public and private sectors including General Manager, Crime Prevention Criminal Justice (now Criminal Justice). Rajesh Chhana has previously spent two years as a public law practitioner and served as Justice Private Secretary providing legal counsel to Ministers of Justice from both major political parties. As Deputy Secretary Policy, Rajesh Chhana is responsible for all justice policy matters including New Zealand's AML/CFT commitments.

Previous Co-chairs

Previous rotating Co-Chairs have come from the following APG members:

  • Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs, 1998-2000;
  • Malaysia, Central Bank of Malaysia, 2000-2002;
  • Korea, Korea Financial Intelligence Unit, 2002-2004;
  • Japan, Japan Financial Intelligence Office, Financial Services Agency, 2004-2006;
  • Indonesia, Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, 2006-2008;
  • Singapore, Commercial Affairs Department, 2008-2010;
  • India, Directorate of Enforcement, 2010-2012;
  • China, Anti-Money Laundering Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, 2012-2014.

Incoming Co-Chair, 2016-2018:   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was formally endorsed at the APG's 16th Annual Meeting as the Co-Chair for 2016-2018. Sri Lanka has already hosted a number of APG workshops and meetings including the Annual Typologies Workshop in 2008 and will host an Annual Meeting during its two-year term as Co-Chair.

Future Co-Chair, 2018-2020:   Bangladesh

Bangladesh was formally endorsed by the APG Membership out-of-session in September 2014 as the Co-Chair for 2018-2020.  Bangladesh hosted the 13th APG Typologies Workshop in 2010 and has hosted a number of other APG workshops.  Bangladesh will host the 2016 APG Annual Meeting, and will also host an Annual Meeting during its two-year term as Co-Chair.