Julian Russell, BSc., GDCS, MBIT, MTransCrimePrev, LLM, MA, MProfAcc
Mr. Russell is a Director of Pacific Risk, with 30 years experience in Asia. He previously worked for a US multinational risk management firm, handling projects spanning Asia as well as internationally. Most of this time was in Hong Kong as a Managing Director, including two and half years as Head of the Singapore office, covering issues in South East Asia.
As a consultant and team leader, his responsibilities ranged from directing business Intelligence cases ranging from pre-transactional due diligence for numerous industries, to Anti Money Laundering related projects, to security risk assessment assignments, to serious criminal investigations involving laundering of proceeds of crime around the world through offshore companies and cash couriers. The financial and telecommunication industries, among others, were typical industries covered and provided a continuous stream of projects across Asia.
He has authored various articles in business news media on topics such as international fraud and business risks, for example:
- As a result of his corporate crisis management experience, Mr. Russell contributed two chapters to an academic text book entitled ‘Public Relations Issues and Crisis Management’ published by Thomson Academic Press in Australia in 2005.
- Mr. Russell co-authored an article on money laundering through the Internet, “The RUMBLE Scam”, published in the September/October 2008 issue of ACAMS Today, the magazine of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Launderers.
Prior to his consulting role, Mr. Russell spent nine years as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police where he was engaged mainly in intelligence analysis duties. He is qualified in geographic crime profiling from the University College London Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He speaks conversational Cantonese and also basic Mandarin Chinese, spoken and written.
Mr. Russell’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Auckland, the University of London Master of Laws in the specialisation of Commercial and Corporate Law, a Masters degree in Strategy and Security from UNSW, a Masters degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Masters degree in Transnational Crime Prevention, with Distinction, from the University of Wollongong, being a multidisciplinary degree in international crime that included, inter alia, legal, political and financial aspects of cross border crime.
Mr. Russell is a member of the Network of Experts of the Global Initiative Network Against Transnational Organised Crime.