FATF Presidency

FATF President

The FATF President is a senior official appointed by the FATF Plenary from among its members (see also FATF Presidencies since 1989). In April 2019, the revised Mandate extended the terms of the FATF Presidency to a two-year period.

The term of the President begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June two years after assuming office. The President convenes and chairs the meetings of the FATF Plenary and the Steering Group, and he/she oversees the FATF Secretariat. The President is the principal spokesperson for the FATF and represents the FATF externally.


Dr. Marcus Pleyer of Germany assumed the position of President of the FATF on 1 July 2020. He succeeded Xiangmin Liu of the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Marcus Pleyer serves as Deputy Director General in Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance with responsibilities for policy development and international engagement pertaining International Financial Markets (including FSB, G7, G20 matters), Anti- Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT), Financial Sanctions Policy, Digital Finance including Payment Services and Cyber Security and national and international development banks. As representative of the Federal Republic, he is currently a member of the board of governors of the Development Bank for Agribusiness and of the Foundation for Financing the Disposal of Nuclear Waste. He is regularly invited as an expert on AML/CFT and took part in a number of international AML/CFT-missions. Before he assumed the position of President on 1 July 2020, he served as Vice-President of the FATF (July 2019–June 2020), and as the Head of the German delegation (2016–July 2019). Dr. Pleyer has also been serving in the Steering Committee of that same organisation since 2016.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Pleyer headed the Division for International Financial Markets from 2014 to 2015. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Head of Cabinet of Federal Finance Minister Schaeuble. From 2006 to 2011, he worked in the Federal Chancellery as senior adviser for Economic Law, International Financial Markets, Eurozone and G8/G20-Affairs and was part of a special team of Chancellor Merkel for the stabilization of the financial sector in 2009. Prior to that, he held positions as adviser in the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) after he had worked as a researcher in the field of public and capital markets law at the University of Dresden and as lecturer in criminal law at the University of Heidelberg.

With support of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Marcus studied law at the National University of Singapore and the University of Heidelberg from which he graduated in law in 1995 before he qualified for the position of a judge in 1997. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and a Ph.D. from the University of Dresden. He has also passed the admission exam as a stockbroker.

Speeches and articles:

Remarks at Second G20 Finance Ministrs and Central Bank Governors Meeting, 7 April 2021

Remarks at the 1st Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers Meeting of the Italian G20 Presidency, 26 February 2021

Opening remarks by FATF President Dr Marcus Pleyer on the launch of the FATF-Egmont Group Report on Trade-Based Money Laundering, 9 December 2020

Speech by FATF President at annual Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority (IMPA) Conference, 1 December 2020

G2O Riyadh Summit - "Lead by Example", November 2020

G20 Leaders support the FATF’s work to address money laundering and terrorist financing risks, 22 November 2020

Remarks by FATF President to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, 20 November 2020

FATF President's remarks to G20 Anti-Corruption Ministerial, 22 October 2020

Remarks by FATF President at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, 14 October 2020

FATF President's Opening Remarks at ACAMS WWF Webinar, 18 September 2020

Speech by FATF President at 2020 Chairmanship OSCE-Wide Counter-Terrorism Conference, 15 September 2020




Dr. Marcus Pleyer (Germany)

FATF President 2020-2022



see also FATF Presidents since 1989

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 FATF Vice-President 

The FATF Vice-President, is appointed by the Plenary from among its members. The Vice-President assists the President in carrying out his/her responsibilities and stands in for the President when necessary.


Elisa de Anda Madrazo of Mexico assumed her role as Vice-President of the FATF on 1 July 2020. She has been re-appointed for a second term as Vice-President of the FATF, from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023.

Ms. De Anda currently serves as Director General in Mexico’s Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Previously, she served as Attaché to the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC (2015-2019). In addition, in 2016, Ms. De Anda was designated by the Mexican Government as Coordinator of the Mexican Mutual Evaluation Process by the FATF – in collaboration with the IMF. In this capacity she served as the representative and point of contact between the IMF assessment team and the Mexican authorities.

Within the FATF, Elisa De Anda has served as the head of the Mexican delegation, as Co-Chair of the Global Network and Co-ordination Group (GNCG), as member of the Steering Group and as Co-chair of the Contact Group on Malaysia’s Membership.

Before joining the Mexican government, Elisa practiced law as associate in law firms. She received her law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and has a Master degree in Law (LLM, 2011) from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Administration (MPA, 2015) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.



Elisa de Anda Madrazo (Mexico)

FATF Vice President 2020-2021