The APG has a permanent and a rotating Co-Chair. The permanent chair is held by Australia, as host and supporting member jurisdiction of the Secretariat, and the rotating chair is appointed for a two-year term by the membership. The current Co-Chairs are Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) and Mr. Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan (Bangladesh).
Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) - appointed 2015
Leanne Close currently holds the position of Deputy Commissioner National Security in the Australian Federal Police where she is responsible for Counter-Terrorism, Protection Operations and Aviation Operations.
Previously she was Deputy Commissioner Operations. This role encompassed management of Organised Crime, Crime Operations and International Operations.
Leanne joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, working in the Sydney Office from 1986 to 1996 investigating a range of Commonwealth offences including major and general frauds and serious drug importations and attained her Detective Designation. In 1996 she was promoted to Sergeant. Soon after, Leanne transferred to the AFP College in Canberra for six years. In 2002, Leanne moved to ACT Policing performing several leadership roles. In early 2009, Leanne moved to the role of National Manager Protection and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in July 2009. In 2012, Leanne was transferred to the role of National Manager Human Resources, which she held for two and a half years. In 2014, Leanne held the position of National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to Deputy Commissioner.
In 2005, Leanne was awarded the Australian Police Medal. Leanne was conferred with a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2001. She also has two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education and Applied Management, and a Certificate IV in Training: Workplace Trainer (Category 2).
Mr. Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan (Bangladesh) - appointed 2018
Mr. Abu Hena Mohammad Razee Hassan is the Head of the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) and is Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. He was appointed to these positions on 23 January 2012.
As the Head of BFIU, Mr. Hassan has played a lead role in developing a sound and effective anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime in Bangladesh. He is the Member Secretary of the National Coordination Committee on AML/CFT, and a member of the Working Committee on AML/CFT and the Anti-Militancy and De-Radicalization Committee. He is also the convener of the Central Task Force for Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Mr. Hassan played a significant role in exiting Bangladesh from the FATF ICRG process and obtaining Egmont Group membership. He has coordinated the national effort for the successful completion of the APG’s third round evaluation of Bangladesh in 2016. He has led the Bangladesh delegation on several occasions in APG, FATF, Egmont and other international events on AML/CFT.
Mr. Hassan joined the Bangladesh Bank (the Central Bank of Bangladesh) in 1981. In his 37 year career, he has served and supervised the functions of various departments of the Bangladesh Bank including banking regulation and policy, off-site and on-site supervision, monetary policy and exchange rate policy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank, a member of the Institute of Bankers Bangladesh Governing Body and the Chair of Executive Committee of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management.
Mr. Hassan graduated with honors and obtained a post-graduate degree in economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He has also obtained a Masters in Economic Development from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA. Mr. Hassan has attended a number of seminars, workshops and training programs on central banking and AML/CFT issues, including a three month course on Rural Finance at the Ohio State University, USA.
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;
- New Zealand, Ministry of Justice, 2014-2016.
- Sri Lanka, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, 2016-2018.