On November 2, 2018, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group Regulatory Section Leader John M. Geiringer hosted an open discussion with 22 deputy directors, judges, political attachés and heads of government security divisions representing various organizations from the Near East and North Africa through a U.S. State Department exchange, entitled, “Global Threat Cooperation Initiative: Combating Terrorist Financing.” He was joined by Zachary Weinberg, Chicago Region Director of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), of which John is an active member.

Facilitated by WorldChicago – a nonprofit organization that assists international exchange – this delegation was invited through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program funded by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Alumni of this highly-selective program include more than 500 current and former chiefs of state or heads of government. Meetings with IVLP participants are concrete opportunities to participate directly in international diplomacy and impact the global dialogue on a variety of pressing issues. Topics discussed in this session included U.S. anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing requirements and the role of financial institutions, public-private partnerships, law enforcement officials and law firms in meeting those requirements.

About WorldChicago

Founded in Chicago in 1952, WorldChicago is a non-profit organization committed to promoting opportunities for citizen diplomacy. WorldChicago offers professional and educational international exchange programs that connect the Chicago community with the world.

About International Visitor Leadership Program

Launched in 1940 by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), connects current and emerging foreign leaders with U.S. professional counterparts. With more than 200,000 visitors to-date, IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement and international diplomacy.

To learn more about the International Visitor Leadership Program, visit: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp/about-ivlp

About Business Executives for National Security

Business Executives for National Security (BENS) is a non-profit with over 450 senior business and industry executive volunteers dedicated to addressing pressing national security challenges. For nearly four decades, BENS has leveraged their diverse knowledge and membership in support of improved homeland security protection. 

To learn more about Business Executives for National Security, visit: https://www.bens.org/about-bens/our-mission

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