They are our clients, our friends, good contacts or just people we met in the crypto-community. They have new vision, they are running great projects, they are developing new services or they just want to share their story. Havas Blockchain is interviewing key people of the blockchain ecosystem.
We are today with Hourad Afsar, Founder & CEO UGR Consulting :
- Could you introduce yourself and your interest for blockchain?
I am the Founder of UGR Consulting based in New York City. I am a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Compliance Expert with many years domestic and international experience advising Financial Services, Corporates and FinTechs on their regulatory compliance requirements across many jurisdictions. I am also deeply passionate about innovation, Next-Generation Technologies and amazing people that make it happen. I have no doubt when I say that Blockchain’s disruptive technology will change our lives as well as many business models in industries including but not limited to banking, healthcare, logistics or the food & beverages industry. We may experience a wave comparable to the industrial revolution, who knows how far this will go. Blockchain’s distributed ledger does more than cryptocurrency which is its most well-known application. I like to name the virtues of the fantastic four: Traceability, transparency, data security and speed all of which of course at a reduce costs.
2. Could you introduce your company?
UGR Consulting is a disruptive Subject Matter Expert (SME) advisory and Next-Generation Regulatory technology solutions provider that mitigates AML/KYC/Compliance & Financial Crime risk exposure for FinTechs/Blockchain by customizing solutions, combining automated technologies and analytical expertise tailored to specific needs. Our platform connects companies with SME advisory and top-tier technologies to cover the full compliance risk spectrum. So far, we have worked with many successful FinTechs (Online lenders, payment providers, money transfer businesses), Crypto Exchanges, ICO/STOs as well as with Blockchain companies. We also have helped Financial Services and the corporate sector. We give our clients access to the best SMEs in the industry, experts on matters intersecting compliance, blockchain, and technical implementation and provide Regtech solutions carefully vetted.
3. What are the compliance tasks for you and your clients?
We really offer the full spectrum of compliance and our engagement are flexible in terms of length, time and can be remotely conducted anywhere in the world at the most competitive pricing. We have helped our clients conduct overall risk assessments, designed robust AML & Compliance programs, as well as implemented in-depth AML/KYC, measure specific for Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies. I am always fascinated to see these companies grow and UGR’s role is to set the right standards for hassle-free compliance knowing that tighter regulations are to be expected and financial crime turns digital.