Future Leaders in Illicit Finance Forum

Launched by RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS), the Forum aims at bringing together early career professionals from the public and private sector to intensify their presence and influence in the field.


The Forum provides a platform for professionals from the public sector, organisations within the CFCS Partnership Forum, civil society, and academia, with a keen interest in reducing the UK’s vulnerabilities regarding illicit finance. Participants can expand their network, increase their knowledge on illicit finance-related issues, and elevate their voices in the field.

In an ongoing campaign to stimulate debate surrounding illicit finance and the role played by the UK to mitigate the risk at the domestic and international level, Future Leaders in Illicit Finance Forum is a community targeting emerging professionals from across the UK who are seeking opportunities to tackle domestic and global challenges related to illicit finance. The main purpose of the Forum is to intensify the presence and influence of voices of emerging professionals in the field. The desired outcome is two-fold: on the one hand, to prepare and help young professionals building their skillset and networks, to become the next generation of dirty money fighters; on the other hand, to generate discussion and promote new views on how to tackle illicit finance.


  • Provide opportunities by expanding young professional networks, providing engagement opportunities with more experienced stakeholders and creating a community which promotes active collaboration and idea-sharing in the realm of countering illicit finance;
  • Increasing young professionals’ knowledge of illicit-finance-related issues, by providing a forum for peer-led discussion and engaging events.
  • Elevating young professionals’ voices in the field as well as providing a platform where they can showcase their work and flesh out their ideas.


  • Informal networking events.
  • Peer-led discussions and debates.
  • A platform for everyone to connect: Email group and social media pages where members can share their work
  • FLIFF Masterclass exploring the benefits of a career in tackling financial crime.

Upcoming events

FLIFF Masterclass: A career in fighting Economic Crime: the private sector perspective
2 November 17:30 - 20:00
Comply Advantage offices, 86 Fetter Lane, London

This session will explore the different opportunities that an anti-financial crime career in the private sector can offer. It invites senior professionals from organisations within the industry, from compliance, banking, to consultancy, to talk about their own experiences and provide useful insights for young professionals who are just at the beginning of their careers. Following a moderated discussion with the panellists, attendees have the chance to chat with the senior professionals as well as network with each other. 

•    Alia Mahmud - Regulatory Affairs - Practice Lead, Comply Advantage 
•    Iain Armstrong - Regulatory Affairs - Practice Lead, Comply Advantage
•    Aminah Samad – Director, Economic Crime, UK Finance
•    Rebecca Lee, Director, Data & Analytics, Ashurst Risk Advisory

Book your place today

Past events

A career in fighting Economic Crime: the public sector perspective
Tuesday, March 28th, 2023, 16:30 - 20:00

The event, jointly organised and sponsored by the NECC, was the first of a series of events that the FLIFF is planning to look at a career in anti-financial crime from different perspectives, the public sector, the private sector, and civil society, unpacking senior professionals’ experience in the sector, challenges, and opportunities.

Members of the Forum

The Forum provides a platform for professionals aged under 35 from both the public and the private sector, civil society, and academia, with a keen interest in reducing the UK’s vulnerabilities regarding illicit finance. At present, the Forum is open only to UK-based professionals.

Members from the private sector, who are not part of the CFCS Partnership Forum, are welcome to join the Forum: membership fee is £50 per year paid using the form below. Please contact marian@rusi.org explaining your background and why you'd be interested in joining before making the donation.

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) is a leading authority on the intersection of finance and security, delivering pioneering analysis and actionable ideas in the fight against financial crime.

The Partnership Forum

Our partnership forum enables you to stay on the pulse of the latest policy and research developments, helping to inform your decision-making through unique insights, knowledge development and networking opportunities.

Support our work

Join us in disrupting the cycle of illicit finance and in creating a more secure and inclusive world. Make a one-off or recurring gift to help fund our CFCS research programmes.