Bernd Schlenther

Bernd Schlenther is a Subject Matter Expert at CT Strategies. Our firm provides strategic consulting services to clients seeking insight and innovative approaches to current border management and supply chain challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

Distinguished Service

Technical Advisor, African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) 

Risk Management, Anti-Money Laundering, and Revenue Advisor,  International Monetary Fund (IMF) 

Senior Manager, Lead Compliance Risk Management Division, South African Revenue Service (SARS)

Manager, Financial Intelligence Centre 

Mr. Schlenther’s expertise lies from his more than 20 years of operational and management experience at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), where he served in diverse fields, including taxation, customs, enforcement and compliance, anti-money laundering, risk management, and intelligence. While with SARS, Mr. Schlenther participated extensively in outreach and capacity building initiatives that dealt with regional and global topical issues. 

Mr. Schlenther has and continues to work in Africa, Asia, and South America with various international institutions, including the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Customs Organization (WCO), as a subject matter expert on customs risk management, tax policy and procedures, as well as on initiatives aimed at countering wildlife trafficking.    

Mr. Schlenther holds a Ph.D. in Tax Policy from the African Tax Institute (ATI) of the University of Pretoria, where he also lectures. He has authored and co-authored several journal papers and book chapters on the impact of corruption and money laundering on customs administrations, the value of inter-agency cooperation and good governance to combat illicit financial flows (IFFs), and the linkage between COVID-19 and IFFs. 

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