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AGRC Certificate in Sanctions Compliance (for the African Market)

Adonis Pegasiou , Anna Damaskou

AGRC Certificate in Sanctions Compliance (for the African Market)

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Course Overview


This certification programme aims to provide individuals with the relevant knowledge, tools and information required to hone their skills as AML or compliance professionals working for a bank, investment company, financial services provider, or law firm. This programme will provide participants with a solid and practical understanding of the motives and rationale behind sanctions decisions, the resulting effects, and the consequences experienced by targeted individuals and entities and those doing business with them, either directly or indirectly. Particular reference will be made to the latest wave of unprecedented sanctions targeting Russia that have been initiated following developments in Ukraine, as well as how sanctions apply to the African context. Moreover, by undertaking this programme, participants will be better prepared for the AGRC Certificate in Sanctions Compliance examination.


Training Objectives


By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:


  • Identify the various types of sanctions
  • Describe the differences between main sanctions categories
  • Identify the institutional and legal framework within which sanctions are decided
  • Perform evaluations on the adequacy of sanctions compliance programmes
  • Develop a sanctions risk management framework
  • Develop and structure the administration of sanctions
  • Evaluate the risks relevant with sanctions
  • Apply key international guidelines in relation to sanctions risk
  • Appraise the relevant systems in monitoring and screening sanctions and identifying sanctions evasion
  • Justify the need for a solid sanctions compliance programme


Training Outline




The trainer introduce itself and the participants

Introduction about the course and what to expect

Training Objectives and Course Structure

Ice-breaker Activity (Warm-up exercise)


Topic 1: International Economic Sanctions 


Definition of international economic sanctions

Review of key categories, terms, and concepts

Understand when, how and if sanctions can be successful.


Topic 2: The International Framework: Multilateral Sanctions


The United Nations

The two relevant decision-making bodies within the UN

Key characteristics of UN sanctions and how effective they can be

The UN’s past record of sanctions

The European Union

Assessing the EU’s sanctions policy

EU sanctions in response to Russian involvement in the Ukrainian Crisis

The EU’s new sanction policy

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)


Topic 3: Unilateral Sanctions: Key Sovereign States 


The legal and institutional framework

Administration of sanctions

OFAC’s 50% rule for entities and revising the guidelines

Key recent legal developments


Topic 4: Managing Sanctions Risk 


Sanctions Risk Assessments

Sanctions Compliance Programmes

Mitigating Sanctions Risk


Topic 5: Processes and Systems to Handle Sanctions 


Sanctions Screening

Name Screening vs. Transaction/Payment Screening

Sanctions Evasion


Course Closure


Learning activities (Multiple-Choice Questions)

Closing remarks, Conclusion, wrap-up, Q&A, and discussion

Course evaluation and feedback


Who Should Attend? 


The programme is ideal for:


  • Financial crime and regulatory compliance professionals
  • Professionals working within the sanctions environment who wish to certify their knowledge
  • Operational staff who need to understand the importance of sanctions compliance when dealing with customers and/or transactions
  • Regulators
  • Consultants
  • AML, compliance, and risk professionals
  • Anyone working in financial services who is interested in attaining a better understanding of how sanctions work


Industry Expert | Adonis Pegasiou 


Adonis Pegasiou is the Academic Director of EIMF since May 2019. He holds a PhD in Politics (University of Manchester), an MSc in European Policy Studies (University of Bristol) and a BSc in Economics (London School of Economics (LSE)). Furthermore, he holds the ‘Certified Global Sanctions Specialist’ (CGSS) Certification offered by the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a Diploma in ‘Governance, Risk and Compliance’ (Merit) offered by the International Compliance Association (ICA). Following his doctoral studies, he held positions in the public and private sectors including Cyprus Airways (Head of Chairman’s Office and Non-Executive Board Member), the Secretariat of Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU, the Embassy of Kuwait in Cyprus (Consultant to the Ambassador) and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (Non-Executive Board Member – appointed by the Government approved by the Parliament and European Central Bank). In between his professional appointments, Adonis Pegasiou was awarded post-doctoral research funding by the Research Promotion Foundation of the Republic of Cyprus to examine the ‘Europeanisation of Cyprus’s economy’. For the duration of the post-doctoral project, he was based at the EUC Research Centre (Cyprus) and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE. In addition, he has been involved in numerous research projects, published his work in various peer-reviewed journals and participated in numerous international conferences. Moreover, he has taught at the European University Cyprus (EUC) (2014-2016) and has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus since 2015.


Industry Expert | Anna Damaskou


Dr Damaskou Anna has worked with national and EU supervisors of the banking and financial sectors, as well as with banking institutions in Greece and abroad.


She was the Chair of the Board of Transparency International Greece from October 2017 to July 2021, after having served as a researcher for the organization for a number of years.


Dr Damaskou has carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Luxembourg in the fields of European financial criminal law and European Banking Law. She holds a PhD from Queen Mary University of London in the field of European financial criminal law, as well as an LLM from the London School of Economics & Political Science specializing in (criminal) banking and financial law.


She has published extensively in the areas of good governance and anti-corruption.


She is certified as CAMS, CFE, CGSS, CIPP/E, CIPM.


She speaks English, French, German and Serbian.


Training Style 


The programme is designed to deliver knowledge and enhance participants’ skills via the delivery of essential material, case-studies, practical examples, discussions and learning activities. Most of the training will focus on delivering the syllabus using an interactive approach, encouraging participants to engage in the learning process. Participants will also benefit from feedback through the learning activities and take away the knowledge gained to be transferred to their workplace.


CPD Recognition


This programme may be approved for up to 10 CPD units in Financial Regulation. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.


Assessment Test Information


Type: Multiple choice, closed book online exam

Duration: One hour

Pass Mark: 70%

Attempts: 2

Number of Questions: 40

Ticket Information

AGRC Certificate in Sanctions Compliance

Additional Details

Price - 650

Duration - 5

Ticket Options - paid

Event registration closed.

Date And Time

28-July-2022 - 09:00 to
29-July-2022 - 14:00




£650 + VAT

Event Category

Live Online Courses

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