Thelesklaf, Daniel

Project Director

  • Daniel Thelesklaf

    Research Interests

    • Human trafficking
    • International finance
    • International financial institutions
    • Modern Slavery

    Biographical Statement

    Daniel Thelesklaf is the Project Director of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, a project based at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

    A lawyer by profession, Mr Thelesklaf has nearly 30 years of experience in financial regulation (anti-money laundering and anti-corruption) policy and practice. After a career in private sector finance, he worked as a consultant in various capacity-building projects and technical assistance missions in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. In 2005, he joined the OECD Anti-Corruption Network, which he chaired for 10 years. From 2008-2011, he worked as Co-Executive Director of the Basel Institute on Governance and supervised the activities of the International Centre for Asset Recovery.

    From 2012 – 2019, he was the Director of the Liechtenstein Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and served two terms as Chairman of Moneyval, the European anti-money laundering monitoring body. He was a member of the Financial Sector Commission on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, which laid the foundations for FAST. In 2019, he became the Director of the Swiss FIU and was appointed Co-Chair of the FATF Risk, Trends and Methods Working Group.