FAREWELL and GOOBYE – Standard Chartered Bank Family – 31/08/2015

The date is 31st August 2015. The Day is a Monday. Time is 6.11pm. A short silent prayer of thanks to my Creator, family and colleagues always does a trick for me. It is time-up. On my marks, get ready,  pack and go! I logged-off, shut-off/down and power off the Official laptop. Unplug it from the power socket within my Official work  station. That’s it. Done and dusted. Together with other Company Assets, I religiously handed them over to my Global Line Director. This official handover process signified the end of yet another Professional Epic journey with Standard Chartered Bank Plc (SCB). Time had come to
formally leave the services of Bank to pursue other personal interests outside the Bank. How time flies. 31/08/15 – 6.11pm marks version 6.11 information and data overload. It has been 6 years and 11 months of dedicated, selfless, diligent and professional service of Financial Crime Compliance work within Legal and Compliance Function of SCB ever since I joined on 01/10/2008.

As I bid farewell, adieu and move on, I would like to take a moment to especially thank you and say goodbye as I remember and cherish our times together. It has been great interacting and knowing each one of you. I have enjoyed working for Standard Chartered Bank. I greatly appreciate having had this wonderful opportunity to work with you all within the Country, Region and Global role. It has been both an enjoyable and learning professional experience and growth. During these last 6 years and 11 months, you all have provided me support and through your coaching, encouragement and guidance. With many of you, I have shared a unique camaraderie which I hope will continue in the years to come.

My colleagues and Seniors have been unfailingly supportive and professional, and I have learned a great deal about several Countries, Regions, Group Functions, Client Segments and Products – not forgetting the famous Acronyms and great Corporate Politics of this great Standard Chartered Bank.

To my colleagues I worked with within the Africa (COMESA & SADC Region, Southern, Central, Eastern and West Africa), Middle East, Asia Pacific and ASEAN Region, the European and Americas Regions, I will miss your enthusiasm, perseverance, and the ‘never say die’ spirit and of course the talent that you brought to our groups and various
Projects and Assignments. I sincerely thank you for all your support throughout and hope you continue to extend your cooperation to the current MANCO leadership teams and the succeeding managers. I wish you all, my fellow partners and everyone in the larger SCB family, all the very best.

This is not a goodbye, only “hasta luego” or “see you later”. Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you. Until we meet again! ~Author Unknown. The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest

The word thank you may not be enough to actually thank you but I wish nothing more for you but your personal realisation, growth, success and that of Standard Chartered Bank every success in all its future endeavours.

Stay well and be blessed. Many thanks and kind regards.

Published by Kunda Kalaba

Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) professional. Passionate about AML/CTF, Sanctions, ABC, KYC, CDD. Member - World Advisory Council Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-ACFE. Member of the African Task Force Committee - ACAMS. Presenter at International Conferences-ACAMS&ACFE. Certified Fraud Examiner-CFE. ACFE & ACAMS Singapore Chapters Member. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist-CAMS. Certified Anti-Bribery and Corruption-ABC. Chairperson, ABC Working Group. Founder - Institute of Directors (IoD) Zambia Chapter. Founder - Managerial Accountability & Transparency. Two-term of two years Chairperson of the Bankers Association of Zambia Fraud Prevention and Security Committee. Zambian Government to SADC and COMESA Consultant on Crime & Corruption Prevention & management Strategies. Sound & vast experience in FCC Compliance, Deterrence, Prevention, Detection, Investigations, Security and Prosecutions. 25 years extensive experience in FCC, ABC, AML, CTF, Fraud & Operational risk assessment & Investigations. STA in Financial Crime Compliance & Risk management in London, Coventry & Southampton in the UK. Area Head of FCC for Southern & East Africa responsible for Risk Assessments & Investigations, AML/CTF, Sanctions. Central Bank regulatory and AML Directives appointed as Country Money Laundering Prevention/Reporting Officer-CMLPO. Professionally trained “trainer of trainers” & core facilitator. Proficient with proven track record of exceptional abilities in management and leadership for performance. Corporate Governance, capacity building, Institutional & Organizational development, business process re-engineering. Technical expertise is coupled with excellent interpersonal, team building, communication and presentation skills.

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