Podcast with our Director Asia-Pacific, Kelly-Ann McHugh


We are delighted to announce that our director Asia-Pacific, Kelly-Ann McHugh has joined the Risky Women Community and will be hosting a few podcasts on Risky Women Radio.

The Risky Women Radio podcast brings together risk and compliance professionals to share perspectives, insights and increase the network around the latest developments in the industry. The podcast talks about challenges, innovations and everything related to governance, risk and compliance.

MyComplianceOffice has joined the series of podcasts to bring new voices to the discussion. During this series, our own Kelly-Ann McHugh will get insights and share thoughts with other senior risky women in the compliance industry in APAC.  

Risky Women and MCO Podcasts series:

Ep 1 - Overview of MCO Conflicts of Interest Survey

Ep 2 - Is Common Sense Uncommon in Risk and Compliance? Namita Bhide

Ep 3 - AI Re-imagines Financial Crime Risk: Elke Biechele

Ep 4 - Behavioural Science Driving Conduct and Compliance: Kate Miller


A bit more about Kelly-Ann McHugh 

Kelly-Ann is our Director, Asia-Pacific and a Fintech veteran with 12 years of experience in the compliance & risk management industry. She was previously Head of Regulatory Intelligence and Compliance Learning for Thomson Reuters’ APAC based in Hong Kong. 

At MCO, Kelly-Ann is responsible for the growth and retention of our Asia-Pacific region, across Conduct Risk, Employee Compliance and Control Room compliance activities. Kelly-Ann ensures the needs of our clients in Asia are met with the development of our compliance solutions and she has been working on growing the local office to support the region.

Risky Women and MCO

Organizations across the globe have been adopting policies to reduce the gender gap in compliance and ensure fair recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in the industry. We support networking groups that provide voices to women and incentivize organizations to take positive action to address industry challenges, one of them being the gender gap in senior roles. As MCO, Risky Women celebrates women who work in the financial services and incentivize the sharing of ideas to overcome the challenges of the industry.

The first podcast is a teaser for what is to come in the series. Listen to the teaser at the Risky Women Radio and stay tuned for the next episodes.

Listen to Podcast Teaser

Risky Women and MCO Podcast Episodes

Globally, regulators are asking organizations to review their corporate entertainment and gift guidelines as part of an enforcement to reduce bribery and corruption. As a result of this, MCO decided to run a survey to understand current trends around gifts and entertainment. We also wanted to see particular trends around rules and processes implemented to mitigate risks.

In the first episode of the series, our Asia Pacific Director, Kelly-Ann McHugh discuss the results of our Gifts and Entertainment Survey Report and talks about Conflicts of Interest Policy. 

This episode includes:

  • Key Issues for Financial and Corporate Sectors
  • Gift & Entertainment Survey Results
  • Best Practices for Gifts & Entertainment Policies
  • Conflicts of Interests Policy Recommendations
  • Technology’s Role

In this episode, Kelly-Ann McHugh interviews Namita Bhide, founder of Denim Consulting, a creative banking consulting firm that drives innovation and positive culture to solve real problems. 

Namita is a high performing financial services leader with over 20 years of diverse experience across greenfield, innovation, strategy in uncertainty, sourcing strategy, payments, transformation (digital, technology & operations) and risk & compliance, across buy and sell side. In this interview, she talks about her journey and challenges in the industry, career path and the importance of innovation.

“I bring unique perspective to create new models by marrying the old & new world. Driven by problem solving, achieving social impact whilst ensuring commercial sustainability.” – Namita Bhide

This episode includes:

  • Career Journey & Risky Choices
  • Trends, Introspection & Collaboration
  • Applied Innovation
  • Top Challenges for Financial Services
  • Gender Diversity
  • Rants & Revelations
  • Rapid Fire Round

This exciting episode features Elke Biechele, CEO of RisikoTek and former global head in Risk Management having worked for some of the largest banks in the world. Elke held several Global Director positions at group level that included Investment banking, Private Banking and Retail Banking. She also worked for the European Central Bank during the time of eastern European country accession.

This interview is very inspiring, as Kelly-Ann discover more about Elke's career and the risks she faced moving from banking to set up a FinTech startup that inspires her every day to solve industry problems. The highlights of the episode are: 

  • Career & Uncovering Scale of Financial Crime
  • Lessons Learned
  • Role Models
  • Starting RisikoTek
  • Silos & Data Protection
  • Amalia AI & Thinking Like a Transnational Money Launderer
  • Rants & Revelations
  • Rapid Fire Round

In our 4th episode of this podcast series, our Director Asia-Pacific, Kelly-Ann McHugh interviews Kate Miller, leader of Standard Chartered Bank’s Conduct & Behavioral Analysis team. During this interview Kate talks us through how her company is using behavioral science to build a bridge between what we think is happening and what’s actually happening on the ground and then influence behaviors towards better outcomes.

This inspiring episode includes:

  • Kate Career Journey 
  • Conduct & Behavioral Analysis Team
  • Examples of Applying Science to an Event
  • Impacts of Data & Science on Compliance
  • Rants & Revelations
  • Rapid Fire Round