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Ms. Susan S. François - Director

Ms. Susan S. François assumed the portfolio of Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit on February 14, 2011.

Ms. François is an Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with greater than twenty-five years’ experience at the Bar.

She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) at the University of the West Indies and Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School. She obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Corporate and Commercial Law with focus on Corporate Finance and Offshore Company Finance.

She is certified as a Mediator by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago having received training from the internationally accredited Stitt Feld Handy Group, Canada as well as The Dispute Resolution Centre of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. François is also an associate tutor in Conveyancing and Law of Property at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School of Trinidad and Tobago.

She has garnered varied and diverse experiences from holding the portfolios of Registrar of Companies and Businesses, Land Registrar and Civil Registrar where she has driven both legal and administrative reforms.

She has wide and in-depth knowledge in varied legal disciplines such as Corporate and Commercial Law, in which she has lectured at the tertiary level; Law of Property and sound knowledge of related areas of law such as Contract law, Securities Law and Intellectual Property. 

Ms. François has comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience on AML/CFT compliance and regulatory requirements. She has conducted numerous training sessions and awareness programmes for industry actors including the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers.

Ms. François has participated in many seminars and workshops in the legal, technical, management and administration fields. These include Tactical Analysis (TAC) of financial transaction information, (hosted by the Egmont Group) and is a certified by the Egmont group as a TAC Trainer; Financial Investigations Course, (hosted by the Canadian and British High Commissions); Travel Document Security Seminar (hosted by The Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE); Securities Regulation and Enforcement Workshop (hosted by Cartac, USA Securities Commission, TTSEC).

Ms. François has also represented the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at regional and international meetings such as at the Financial Action Task Force, the Egmont Group and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Plenaries and meetings.

Ms. François is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), which is recognized as the leading international membership organization in AML/CTF and financial crime detection and prevention.


Mr. Nigel Stoddard – Deputy Director

Mr. Nigel Stoddard is assigned to the Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago which was recently established and proclaimed on February 9, 2010.

He is a police officer with twenty (20) years service in the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service and has presently attained the rank of a sergeant and holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Computing and Information Systems from the London Metropolitan University.

For the past twelve (12) years he has been with the Financial Investigations Unit (FIU), a unit within the Counter Drug Crime Task Force (CDCTF) under the Ministry of National Security.

Mr. Stoddard is an Accredited Financial Investigator (AFI) having received training in Europe, Trinidad and in the Caribbean region from the Metropolitan Detective Training School in UK, Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering Programme (CALP), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and the US Department of Justice, to name a few, in compliance, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. Mr. Stoddard was also trained in Mutual Evaluation (MEVAL) by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). He was one of the country assessors, to a recently conducted country evaluation.

Mr. Stoddard has also attended and participated in several seminars and workshops relating to compliance, combating anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. He is also part of the training team at the FIU that provide awareness training in compliance to financial institutions and listed businesses of their requirements under the various legislations.

Contact Us

Level 25, Tower D
International Waterfront Complex
1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel: 1(868) 625-8351

Fax: 1(868) 627-7018


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