Thomas Messina has over 25 years of work experience with 20 of those years in Risk and Compliance for Banks, primarily in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. Most recently, Thomas served as the BSA Officer for Anchorage Digital Bank where he administered the Bank's BSA/AML and OFAC programs and worked with Legal, Risk and operating units to ensure the adequacy of controls to address financial crime risks related to Anchorage's digital asset product and service offerings. From 2015 to 2022, Thomas was the Head of International AML Compliance, AML Risk Assessment, and AML Compliance Testing for BNY Mellon. From 2018 to 2020, Thomas also led compliance and risk management’s effort in identifying and evaluating risks related to the Bank’s potential digital asset product and service offerings. Prior to that, Thomas spent 5 years at Citi helping to establish their Global KYC Compliance function and almost 9 years in PwC’s Risk and Regulatory practice where he helped financial institutions remediate issues related to AML consent orders. Thomas has written a number of whitepapers on AML and Fraud and is a frequent speaker and panelist. He currently is an instructor at the Real World Risk Institute. Thomas holds a B.A. from Fordham University and resides in Scarsdale, NY.