Rachel Woolley

I am a dedicated financial crime professional and Global Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo. Adding to my industry experience, I have embraced the benefits of technology solutions that support the fundamental objective of preventing financial crime, continuously seeking ways to push the boundaries and identifying solutions that enhance efforts.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

Working in a technology firm has afforded me many opportunities to work with technical wizards. I'm a long way from being able to code but I absorb as much as I can, allowing me to translate legislation and policies into business rules and solutions. I have wholeheartedly embraced the benefits, and the importance, of combining subject matter expertise with technology and can speak confidently as to how that combination can advance our response to financial crime.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. My team works alongside our product and technical teams, combining subject matter expertise with technology to deliver effective solutions. My team is responsible for identifying regulatory challenges and supporting the delivery of industry leading solutions, including a solution that increases effectiveness in beneficial ownership management.
  2. I am an advocate of education, combining business context with technology to deliver industry leading solutions. My team leads internal initiatives to enhance knowledge and understanding of financial crime and why technology plays a crucial role.
  3. I regularly engage with external stakeholders, adding my perspective on how we can improve our response to financial crime. I lead regulatory initiatives, engaging with regulatory bodies and the industry, highlighting the importance of industry collaboration and technology, e.g. CNBC interview in response to the FinCEN Files.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

Moving from the relative comfort of working in regulated entities to a technology firm was a risk that thankfully paid off! My current role and career to date has allowed me to develop a unique perspective on financial crime, and how we, as an industry, can respond more effectively. My personal objective is to embrace my industry experience with my technical skills and ability to collaborate with a team of experts to advance our approach to financial crime management.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

My grandmother thinks I'm an accountant because that's what I did a degree in a couple of years ago. She was surprised to see me on tv talking about financial crime when I should be busy with a calculator!

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?

Confidence, humility and the ability to collaborate. Know your strengths, your weaknesses and when to ask for help or guidance.


Palantir Technologies
Head of Financial Crime Regulation

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