Karen O’Brien is the founder and managing Director of GCS Advisory in the Cayman Islands. As a professional consultant, Karen specializes in providing consulting and training to the financial services industry in anti-money laundering, counter financing terrorism (AML/CFT), and fraud. Karen is currently the President of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Compliance Specialist and deemed an Expert Witness in AML matters by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the founder of the International Association of Certified Compliance Specialists (IACCS).
Karen spent 17 years as a police officer with the Toronto Police Service and spent the last five years as a Detective in the Fraud & Forgery Squad. She was seconded to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to work in the Financial Crime Unit for 2 years with a focus on multi-national financial crime and money laundering investigations.