Our Team

Pieter van den Akker

Senior Partner

Pieter van den Akker has over 25 years of international banking experience in a variety of line management functions both in developed and emerging markets. He has run wholesale and retail banking operations in Asia, the Middle East and Northern Europe. Pieter was also the founding Director of the ABN AMRO Academy.

Until he left ABN AMRO Bank following its takeover to start i-KYC Pieter was the Group Head of AML Operations and responsible for co-creating the bank's revamped AML control framework and for managing a global team of CDD and Transaction Surveillance specialists.

Pieter has a Masters degree in International Law from University of Amsterdam.

Pieter Ris


Pieter started his professional career at ABN AMRO in 1992 as a graduate to join the bank's International Division as one of its International Officers. Pieter worked on different assignments in Latin America and the Middle East before moving back to Head Office in Amsterdam to join the European Structured Finance team (Syndicated Lending). After several years in Amsterdam he continued his international career as he was transferred to Hong Kong where he headed a team of relationship bankers responsible for the International Client Portfolio of the bank in Hong Kong and China. 

Back again in Amsterdam, Pieter strengthened the ABN AMRO’s Customer Due Diligence Group where he led a team of professionals responsible for all phases of customer Due Diligence for Southern Europe.  Responsibilities included liaising with Compliance and Business Heads in each country, as well as coordinating with Group Compliance and Global Business Units.

He left ABN AMRO in 2006 to join Oxyor, a financial training company, as Commercial Director. In this role he helped the international expansion of the company by acquiring new clients and developing training programmes for international banks. In 2008 he became one of the founding partners of MarketSims, a company specialising in simulation software for financial training, assessment and recruitment with the unique ability to analyze skills from many angles.

Pieter has a Masters degree in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam

Rolf van der Pol

Director Asia Pacific

Rolf van der Pol started his career in information technology and moved to the financial services industry in 1990. He has a broad experience in line and project management functions built up across Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

From 2005 he was responsible for the KYC repapering of the entire APAC client base of ABN AMRO Bank encompassing retail, commercial, wholesale and private clients. Subsequently he was responsible for the newly established KYC function for APAC. After the takeover by RBS his remit extended to include all transaction filtering and monitoring activities as well as a range of other cross-product areas like client onboarding and client- & reference-data management.

Rolf has a Masters degree in Economics and Organisational behaviour from the Free University in Amsterdam.

Bert Smith

Senior Consultant

Bert Smith, Senior Consultant

Bert Smith has more than 25 years of experience in the (international) Financial Services industry. Bert has worked among others as global Head of Internal audit and as senior manager Risk Management. Risk management advisory experience covers all areas of risk management.

  • Proven capabilities to implement consistent best practice audit and risk management standards in the firm across the globe;
  • In depth knowledge of bank- and insurance organization and governance structures, coupled with extensive knowledge of banking & insurance products;

In 2008 Bert started his own consultancy and interim management business in governance, Internal Audit and Risk Management. He has advised a number of banks and insurance companies in the Netherlands as well overseas.

Banking and Insurance companies
Governance issues
Internal Audit
Risk Management (credit risk, market risk and operational risk)

Patrick Jannink


Patrick Jannink, Consultant

Patrick has an extensive practical knowledge of international banking gained during approximately 29 years of expatriate assignments for ABNAMRO in Asia, Middle East and Europe where he was involved in relationship management, corporate risk assessment, structured finance, financial restructuring, trade finance operations and country management.
From 2005 to 2009 Patrick was co-managing the bank's Middle East AML and Customers Due Diligence Unit based in Dubai. In June 2011 he left Royal Bank of Scotland and started his consultancy activities by advising a Philippine based bank later that year.
Patrick is a Nyenrode Business Universiteit graduate.

Pieter de Voogd


Pieter de Voogd, Consultant

Pieter de Voogd has over 15 years of experience in the area of ICT and Business Intelligence. He has participated in many international projects within the banking industry including ING, ABN AMRO, RBS and Rabobank but also at corporations and governmental institutions.

By combining his overall business knowledge of AML, finance, marketing and HR with his Business Intelligence expertise he helps organisations in the process of transforming corporate data into meaningful strategic, tactical and operational management information. Within the anti-money laundering field, he has worked in the areas of customer due diligence, transaction surveillance and risk management with key stakeholders at the global, regional and national level. While focusing on realizing customer centric solutions, he also keeps sight of the larger overall picture within complex organizations.

Based in the Netherlands, Pieter is a certified Microsoft Professional and has extensive knowledge of Data Warehousing, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and practical, hands-on skills of the Microsoft BI Suite and SAP Business Objects.

Robbert de Groot


Robbert de Groot, Consultant

Robbert has specialised in advising organisations in various sectors about criminal and security related compliance risks, like doing business across the globe with unknown partners and arms proliferation. Robbert provides expert knowledge on how to comply with international anti-money laundering, sanctions and (arms related) export control regulations for strategic goods, services and data that have been adopted to make the world a safer place.

Robbert began as a counter terrorism analyst at a Dutch intelligence service mid 2003. He has participated in various national and international counter terrorism investigations. As the threat from home grown islamist extremism decreased after the arrest of members of the Hofstad group, his focus shifted towards analysing the evolving international terrorist threat to Western interests around the world from al Qaeda linked groups. He did not only study the phenomenon of terrorism itself, but also became interested in crimes and criminal groups that are related to terrorism.

He therefore studied the phenomena of arms proliferation, terrorist funding and money laundering activities by criminal groups and the complex cross border structures terrorist and criminal groups have used in order to prevent the attention of authorities.

Although new laws against arms proliferation, terrorist funding, money laundering and sanctions  have been adopted everywhere, the process of globalisation terrorist and criminal groups still leave ample possibilities to mask their funding activities or laundering the proceeds of crime.  Robbert has a masters degree in general economics and has completed a study on terrorism and counter-terrorism on a masters level.

Carolyn Vick

Affiliated Consultant

Carolyn Vick, Affiliated Consultant

With experience in US domestic and international banking, Carolyn relocated back to New York from the Netherlands in 2011 to rejoin JPMorgan.  Prior to her work at JPMorgan, was a founding partner in international KYC, and the Global Risk Officer for AML Operations at ABN Amro.  Her experience within the financial industry spans more than 30 years, with both client-facing and risk management roles in the US, Germany and the Netherlands. 

Prior to her tenure with ABN Amro, Carolyn worked for JPMorganChase for more than 20 years in various client-facing roles, including Regional Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland with teams in Frankfurt and Zurich. 

A graduate of SUNY Albany, she is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Cash Manager (CCM), based in New York. 

Find out more at www.vickconsulting.com


Judith Tacq-Hermus

Affiliated Consultant

Judith Tacq-Hermus, Affiliated Consultant

Judith has operated in Compliance and Quality Assurance at various levels and from different angles since 1995. In territories like Privacy Legislation, Anti Money Laundering, Customer Due Diligence she stands her ground as interim manager, project manager, quality assurance manager and consultant working on the resolution of identified audit findings.

To Judith Compliance is not about applying rules and saying "no" to business opportunities. As a pragmatic, solution driven Compliance professional, Judith will focus her advice on how to facilitate the business without compromising the applicable rules. This approach and her enthusiasm for compliance & quality management helps to position Judith as a partner in the business and an enabler of commercial opportunities.

Judith’s areas of expertise cover policy creation, process development and implementation (including IT solutions), training, operational risk management and issue resolution.

Jeroen Jansen

Affiliated Consultant

Jeroen Jansen, Affiliated Consultant

An experienced international consultant, Jeroen has worked both with Atos Consulting and for KPMG, as well as with Rabobank International.  Jeroen has a doctorate in business economics and completed his Certified Financial Manager studies.  He has successfully led the implementation of SOX and KYC projects with a number of companies, including ePlus, KPN Mobile, and ABN AMRO.

As a management consultant, Jeroen was recognised as an expert in the design and optimisation of business processes and procedures in line with compliance regulations.  His expertise developed not only as an advisor, but through his “hands-on” approach as a project manager.  In addition Jeroen has worked within several organisations to design and implement AML Operation Dashboards to enable senior management monitoring of the execution of AML policies.

Jeroen’s training experience spans a decade of assignments.  He has provided training as a guest lecturer at the Haarlem School of Economics and at the TQS Congres.  In addition, he has worked as a trainer/coach for Marsh Insurance, the KPMG Finance Academy and for RBS.  With several published articles in a variety of professional magazines, Jeroen brings his wealth of training and AML experience to the i-KYC team.

Helma Heesen

Affiliated Consultant

Helma Heesen, Affiliated Consultant

As project manager on look-back programmes, Helma knows the impact on organisations of investigating after the fact. She also knows where policies and procedures are under pressure in the hectic of day to day business and, as an experienced operational manager, Helma has a vast knowledge of that day to day business from beginning to end.

Thinking long-term and high level, Helma realises enduring results on the workfloor. Combining specialist knowledge on KYC and sanctions regulations, payment processing, trade finance and treasury settlements with an understanding of the psychology of teams and organisations, she manages towards embedding new and positive attitudes and working methods rather than only implementing procedures and manuals.

A hands-on professional with 20 years in banking and central banking as business analyst, business manager, line manager, change manager, project manager and business coach, Helma has worked for ING and ABN AMRO bank both in their head office organisations as well as in various international branch offices. She has expansive acquired experience working within different local cultures and jurisdictions. She creates awareness and promotes conscious decision taking in the ‘genes’ of the teams she works with, which in turn creates strong anchors and resilience for teams looking to be successful in the future.

  • Business Integrity Solutions

    All of our work for you shares a common objective – a focus on the business benefits of KYC with your client at the centre of your business.

  • AML Training

    Effective AML training of your ‘first line of defense’ is critical to preventing your organisation from becoming unwitting facilitators of financial crime.

  • Are you in control?

    How exposed is your organisation to money laundering and terrorism financing risks? Take our five-minute RISK SCAN teaser here to find out. 

  • Money Laundering Challenge

    Can you think like a criminal and succesfully launder dirty money? To start the challenge and test your skills click here.