The APG has a permanent and a rotating Co-Chair. The permanent chair is held by Australia, as host and supporting member jurisdiction of the Secretariat, and the rotating chair is appointed for a two-year term by the membership. The current Co-Chairs are Deputy Commissioner Leanne Close (Australia) and Dr H. Amarathunga (Sri Lanka).
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 members, including Crime Operations, Organised Crime, Cyber and International Operations.
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.
Dr H. Amarathunga (Sri Lanka) - appointed 2016
Dr H. Amarathunga has been Director of Financial Intelligence Unit of Sri Lanka since 17 June 2014. Dr H. Amarathunga served as Director of Provincial Offices Monitoring Department as well as Additional Director of Management Audit Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka since 2 November 2011. He also served as an Assistant Lecturer before joining the Central Bank in 1986.
Sri Lanka hosted the APG Annual Meeting in July 2017, and has hosted a number of other APG workshops and meetings including the Annual Typologies Workshop in 2008.
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;
- New Zealand, Ministry of Justice, 2014-2016.
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 an Annual Meeting during its two-year term as Co-Chair.