Leslie Devereaux Kuester is a senior director in the Financial Crimes Risk Management practice at K2 Integrity, with 16 years of experience helping corporations and financial institutions design, implement, and manage sanctions compliance programs across high-risk jurisdictions. Leslie works with clients to assess their financial crime compliance programs and advises on compliance program design.

Having spent almost a decade in-house on the compliance and risk management teams of multinational corporations and financial services companies, Leslie’s expertise includes conducting and reporting on Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)/sanctions risk assessments and strategic design of sanctions compliance programs. She assists clients with navigating the complex financial crimes compliance landscape and helps them design and implement training programs across organizational lines and experience levels.

Prior to joining K2 Integrity, Leslie worked at a global aerospace corporation, where she managed the team responsible for sanctions compliance. She coordinated the review of high-risk customers and transactions to ensure compliance with sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, State Department, and the Commerce Department. Before that, Leslie was the global head of sanctions and interdiction at a multinational financial services company, where she oversaw compliance with U.S. and non-U.S. sanctions programs. She coordinated with Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering program elements and tracked developments in sanctions regimes to ensure compliance and maintain key business operations. Leslie also oversaw the submission of OFAC license applications and advocated with key U.S. government agencies regarding sanctions policy.

Leslie began her career in sanctions compliance with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, first as a compliance officer and then as a section chief for OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance and Evaluation Division.

Leslie has an M.A. in U.S. foreign policy from American University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She is an ACAMS Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) and has the Chainalysis Cryptocurrency Fundamentals Certification (CCFC). She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Education and Certifications

  • American University, M.A.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.
  • ACAMS Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS)
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
  • Chainalysis Cryptocurrency Fundamentals Certification (CCFC)