Lisa Quest

Partner and Co-Head of Anti-Financial Crime EMEA
As an expert in anti-money laundering and combatting terrorist financing, Lisa works with national crime agencies and governments’ ministries of finance and justice.

A key aspect of her role is acting as a subject matter expert between governments and financial services firms at the highest levels.

It’s important for financial institutions, regulators, and governments to focus on how they can work together effectively against common threats.

For businesses, that means helping them understand and navigate the evolving landscape of financial regulations. For regulators, it means providing them with a deep understanding of how aspects of financial markets operate, assisting government watchdogs to be more effective at achieving their objectives.

Lisa knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in financial services, but at first thought that would be in investment banking. She discovered, however, that at Oliver Wyman she could specialize in financial services and work with senior influencers much earlier in her career.

I stay here because I can do really high-impact work influencing not only the course of a company but also a country, you can’t find that many places. There are interesting things for me to work on, and I work with fun, interesting people.

Outside of work, Lisa and her husband are long distance swimmers – although those distances have gotten shorter since they became parents. She takes full advantage of Oliver Wyman’s flexible working scheme, including a month-long family vacation every summer heading back home to Canada.

I have the ultimate say over when I work and for how long – I can work a Sunday instead of a Monday, for example, which as a mom is hugely important.

Lisa is co-Head of the Economic Crime Risk and Compliance platform, conducting ground-breaking research and publishing numerous white papers on the topic.  She is also helping governments across Europe to design and setup more effective national frameworks to combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, including how they can work more effectively within the public sector, leverage agile technology delivery and create high-functioning public/private partnerships to share information and reduce the flow of funds to criminal activities.