Ross M. Gaffney
Ross Gaffney is an internationally recognized expert in fraud and money laundering investigations and asset tracing. Mr. Gaffney is a member of the Florida Bar since 1983 and combines a B.S.B.A. in Accounting with his twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience with the FBI to apply innovative cutting edge investigative techniques to achieve exceptional results in a myriad of fraud/money laundering investigations.
While serving with the FBI in its Miami Field Division, Mr. Gaffney conceived and initiated a unique operational international White Collar Crime investigative task force focusing on a broad spectrum of fraud, public corruption and money laundering occurring between the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom. This unit known as the Joint Caribbean White Collar Crime Investigation Team (WCCIT), which has operated in the Caribbean for nearly fifteen years on a formal and ad hoc basis successfully prosecuted more than 400 hundred conmen and seized assets valued at more than $75 million.
Paul R. Philip
Paul R. Philip is an accomplished senior executive with over 33 years of hands-on experience at both the federal and local government levels.
As the Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Schools for Miami-Dade County, the nation's fourth largest school system, he provided leadership and direction for the district's management planning, accountability, auditing and monitoring operations.
As Assistant County Manager for Public Safety for Miami-Dade County, his direct reports included the Directors of the Police, Fire Rescue and Corrections Departments and the Office of the Medical Examiner.
Focusing on restoring the public's trust in government, he was responsible for administratively organizing and launching Ethics Commissions and Offices of Inspectors General for both the county and school district governing bodies.
Before entering county service, he served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where his assignments included such high-ranking management and investigative posts as Assistant Director in charge of the FBI training world-wide and Special Agent in Charge of both the Miami, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico field divisions. In 1993 the President of the United States awarded him the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service of the FBI.
Rodney Gallagher joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1974. Prior to that he had experience with both a consulting engineering firm and a leading firm of economic consultants, working in East Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. In 1984 Mr Gallagher was made a partner with the London firm of Coopers & Lybrand with particular responsibility for work in the Caribbean, having been involved with financial, industrial and economic development projects in the Caribbean for ODA, the EEC, USAID and other international agencies, residing in the region from 1979 to 1986.
With a background in economics and financial analysis, Mr Gallagher has carried out a number of financial sector assignments including projects for the UK Government. In 1989/90 this work culminated in a personal appointment to undertake a review of the financial services sector in Anguilla, Cayman, BVI, TCI and Montserrat for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The report was published by HMSO and laid before Parliament in January 1990. In October of that year Mr Gallagher was appointed as the Financial Services Adviser to the Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, based at the British High Commission, Bridgetown, Barbados. Mr Gallagher resigned from the London partnership of Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers, in 1995.
Over the last twelve years a number of major assignments have been completed, including the clean-up of the offshore sector in Montserrat and Anguilla, the reform of the offshore insurance sector in BVI, and the development of anti-money laundering and anti-fraud initiatives in a number of Caribbean states, including Antigua, Grenada, St Lucia and Belize. Between 1992-4 Mr Gallagher played a key role in the formation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), whose Secretariat is now based in Trinidad, and was responsible for the initial feasibility study and drafting the Kingston Declaration. Mr Gallagher has been closely involved with a number of important, international law enforcement operations in the region, addressing the threat from both Colombian and Russian organized crime and helped establish the joint US-UK White Collar Crime Investigation Team (WCCIT), serving as a member of the WCCIT Oversight Committee from its inception. During 2001 Mr Gallagher was the sole Commissioner on a Commission of Inquiry into public corruption related to the provision of telecommunications at the new airport terminal in the BVI.
In June 1998 Mr Gallagher was awarded an OBE for services to HMG in the Caribbean and retired from service with the UK Government in December 2001. In March 2002 Mr Gallagher was appointed as the External Commissioner on the board of the newly formed Financial Services Commission, British Virgin Islands.