About APG

Co-Chairs

At the APG's first Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan (March 1998) the membership established two Co-Chairs:

  • A chair held by Australia (as host of the Secretariat); and
  • A rotating chair occupied for a two-year term by another APG member.

The current Co-Chairs are Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) and Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) as follows:

Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) - appointed 2015

Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) - appointed 2015

Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close APM joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1986 and currently holds the position of Deputy Commissioner Operations.  Her current role encompasses management of more than 2600 staff, including Crime Operations, Serious and Organised Crime, and International Operations, as well as office mentor to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

Deputy Commissioner Close has held a number of different positions in the AFP during her career including working in the Sydney Office from 1986 to 1996 investigating a range of Commonwealth offences involving major frauds and serious drug importations.  She also worked in the AFP College in Canberra for six years.  In 2002, she moved to ACT (Australian Commonwealth Territory) policing in which she performed several leadership roles.  In early 2009, she was appointed as National Manager Protection and promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner. She has also held the positions of National Manager Human Resources and National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to her current role.

In 2005, Deputy Commissioner Close was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM).

Deputy Commissioner Close holds a Masters of Educational Leadership and two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education and Applied Management.  She was appointed APG Co-Chair in July 2015.

Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) - Appointed 2015

Mr Rajesh Chhana (New Zealand) - Appointed 2015

Rajesh Chhana re-joined the Ministry of Justice in February 2015 as Deputy Secretary, Policy from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), where he was Director, National Security Policy.

Rajesh Chhana has more than a decade’s experience at the Ministry. He first worked at the Ministry of Justice in 1996 when he was a legal advisor in the Legal Service Group. He has held a variety of senior advisory and management roles in both the public and private sectors including General Manager, Crime Prevention Criminal Justice (now Criminal Justice). Rajesh Chhana has previously spent two years as a public law practitioner and served as Justice Private Secretary providing legal counsel to Ministers of Justice from both major political parties. As Deputy Secretary Policy, Rajesh Chhana is responsible for all justice policy matters including New Zealand's AML/CFT commitments.

Previous Co-chairs

Previous rotating Co-Chairs have come from the following APG members:

  • Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs, 1998-2000;
  • Malaysia, Central Bank of Malaysia, 2000-2002;
  • Korea, Korea Financial Intelligence Unit, 2002-2004;
  • Japan, Japan Financial Intelligence Office, Financial Services Agency, 2004-2006;
  • Indonesia, Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, 2006-2008;
  • Singapore, Commercial Affairs Department, 2008-2010;
  • India, Directorate of Enforcement, 2010-2012;
  • China, Anti-Money Laundering Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, 2012-2014.

Incoming Co-Chair, 2016-2018:   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was formally endorsed at the APG's 16th Annual Meeting as the Co-Chair for 2016-2018. Sri Lanka has already hosted a number of APG workshops and meetings including the Annual Typologies Workshop in 2008 and will host an Annual Meeting during its two-year term as Co-Chair.

Future Co-Chair, 2018-2020:   Bangladesh

Bangladesh was formally endorsed by the APG Membership out-of-session in September 2014 as the Co-Chair for 2018-2020.  Bangladesh hosted the 13th APG Typologies Workshop in 2010 and has hosted a number of other APG workshops.  Bangladesh will host the 2016 APG Annual Meeting, and will also host an Annual Meeting during its two-year term as Co-Chair.