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Michael Wittenburg

KBC Group
General Manager Financial Crime Management

Michael Wittenburg, was Group Head of Anti-Money Laundering at Raiffeisen Bank International AG (Wien – Austria) and has been appointed by the KBC Group Executive Committee as General Manager Financial Crime Unit/Group AML Compliance officer. Michael joined KBC in March 2023.
Michael will be accountable Group-wide for all ‘Financial Crime’ related issues and functionally steer all local AML Compliance Officers, heads of local Fraud units and Embargo in 2LOD. This will allow for more focus & knowledge build-up in the area of Financial Crime. Michael will report directly to the Group Chief Compliance Officer, Bartel Puelinckx.

Michael started his professional career in 1994 at Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG in the Private Banking division. In 2001 he joined Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG in the position of Senior Manager Syndications & Asset Sales. Since 2005, Michael has been working for the Raiffeisen banking group in Austria. He started as Head of Risk Quality Management (2005-2011), became Group Head of Financial Crime Management (2011-2020), and finally, Group Head of Anti-Money Laundering, his current position. During his time with Raiffeisen, he also served abroad, such as in Russia and Italy, leading strategic risk or transformation projects.

Michael holds a Master in Law (KFU University Graz, Austria), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Fachhochschule des BFI Wien, Austria), and graduated with a Master of Science in Counter-Fraud and Counter-Corruption from the University of Portsmouth and a Master of Science in Law, Governance, Risk, and Compliance from the University of Law, both in the UK. He also holds a Professional Doctorate in Economic Philosophy (Philosoph Konstantin University Nitra, Slovakia).
Michael is currently obtaining a professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime, and Security at the University of West London, where he is researching Artificial Intelligence in connection with Anti-Money Laundering. Before moving to Belgium, he has finalised his studies in Criminology at the University Hamburg and Organizational Development at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (both in Germany).

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