Alan S. Abel

Alan S. Abel is Executive and Global Leader of Crowe Horwath LLP’s Anti-Money Laundering Practice, and served similar roles at PwC and Coopers & Lybrand. Abel has assisted numerous global and regional financial institutions including the Bretton Woods and other multinational enterprises to help them improve their governance, business processes and controls. Abel has worked with thirty-five foreign governments to help them strengthen their legal and regulatory regimes, including the privatization process of Latvia following the fall of the Iron Curtain, the accountancy profession in Jordan, and assisting the transition of the Panama Canal Zone from the U.S. to Panama under the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. 

Abel represents the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) to the Treasury Department for developing U.S. anti-money laundering guidance, and to the International Federation of Accountants for the accountancy profession globally. At the request of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Abel participated in a Task Force for developing guidance on providing financial services to foreign “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEPs). Abel is formerly the CFO and Information Technology Director for the Jewish Social Services Agency of Greater Washington, one of the country’s largest community services and health care agencies, and was the only staff in the Agency’s 100-year history to be appointed to its Board. Abel has testified before Congress as a private industry expert on financial crime, has made live appearances on the CNN “SquawkBox” and CNBC “Maverick of the Morning,” and has written numerous articles. He speaks often in professional venues and is quoted frequently by the press. Abel is a CPA who is also certified in Financial Forensics. He is licensed in the District of Columbia and Florida, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner as well. Abel holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. Accounting from Georgetown University. He is also the Executive Sponsor of Crowe’s Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) People Resource Network (PRN).