Galajo Bah is an Associate Director in Guidehouse’s Investigations & Compliance practice in London. He has over ten years’ experience of establishing, monitoring, and enforcing Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery & Corruption compliance programmes across the financial services industry. Galajo is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has served as an External Auditor, Forensic Investigator, Compliance Auditor, Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.
Prior to joining Guidehouse, Galajo was Senior Compliance Manager and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) for a large Offshore Bank where he had overall responsibility for the compliance function and its programmes including regular reporting to the Board’s Risk Committee. In this role, Galajo oversaw the successful remediation of the Bank’s high-risk clients, multiple onsite reviews by the Regulator and coordinated the Bank’s participation in a CFATF mutual evaluation. Galajo managed the Bank’s relationship with the Competent Authorities and served as both Policy Committee member of the national Bankers Association and member of the national Anti-Money Laundering Working Group.
Before that, Galajo held a Group Legal and Compliance Auditor position at a large Global Bank providing independent, objective assurance to management and the risk and audit committees on the adequacy of the financial crime compliance risk management framework and governance processes across all business lines. Galajo represented the Group Internal Audit function at Sanctions Executive and Steering Committees and other working groups supporting efforts to comply with requirements of a 5-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) under scrutiny of a Monitor.
Galajo also held a managerial role in the Forensic Investigation and Compliance team of a “Big Four” firm of Accountants with focus on fraud and financial crime misconduct investigations, Financial Services and Markets Act (section 166) reviews, independent Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Bribery and Corruption compliance reviews, evaluation and implementation of transaction monitoring solutions, corporate intelligence, know your customers compliance and integrity due diligence, lookbacks and remediation exercises.
Galajo’s experience straddles industry and consulting and touches on all three lines of defense.