Mabel Ha

Senior Advisor
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IBF Distinguished Fellow (2020)

Compliance

"Being a successful compliance professional still requires regulatory knowledge, interpersonal skills and common sense. However, those who develop a good command of data and an innovative mindset serve the changing industry best."

Biography

Mabel has played an active role in developing Industry Standards and Training. For example, she has co-created best practice documents as part of the AML/CFT Industry Partnership and has been a subject matter expert for the Client Advisor Competency Standards in the area of Ethical Conduct and Rules & Regulations. She is also a member of the Wealth Management Institute faculty.

She is currently a Senior Advisor in the industry. She was Head of Financial Crime Prevention APAC for UBS AG until end 2020, and held the equivalent position in Deutsche Bank from 2010 to 2017. In her regional roles, her coverage spanned up to 17 locations across all business lines, and includes the full range of Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery & Corruption topics. Since 1998, prior to specialising in the financial crime area, she had been appointed to increasingly senior Compliance positions in Hong Kong and Singapore in Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and previous roles in UBS.

Mabel graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School in 1993, and applied her legal qualifications as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel attached to the Commercial Affairs Department in Singapore. She is qualified to practise law in Singapore, England & Wales; and additionally earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands in 1998.t

Mabel was conferred the IBF Fellow award in 2016 by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF). The IBF Fellow title recognises industry veterans who exemplify thought leadership and commitment to industry development. She was conferred the IBF Distinguished Fellow award in 2020 by IBF, which is a prestigious title conferred upon industry captains and leaders who are the epitome of professional stature, integrity, and achievement.