26th - 27th January 2015St Regis Hotel, Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
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Khawar has over thirty years’ professional experience advising boards and senior management teams in large financial institutions and publicly traded companies based in emerging and developed markets. In his role in IFC, Khawar has managed numerous corporate governance assessments of companies and banks across the MENA region. He has led project teams in analyzing the companies’ current corporate governance practices, developing recommendations for improvement, and defining plans for implementation. He has also advised various regulators to develop Corporate Governance laws and codes across the MENA region. He has also conducted training for more than 250 board directors and executives on these subjects in MENA. Khawar has been chairman, CEO and non-executive director on boards of companies in Europe and MENA. During his tenure as a board member he has overseen acquisitions and mergers, an IPO on the FTSE, transformation of a microfinance organization into a microfinance bank, organic growth of companies into international markets including, Europe, USA and Japan and transformation and HR committees. He has developed and implemented strategic plans for global business lines across Europe, USA and the Far East. As a management consultant he has conducted board evaluations, board training, corporate restructuring, HR and management reviews, strategic planning, management training.
Katherine (Kate) Bauer serves as the U.S. Treasury Financial Attaché for the Gulf, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Kate previously served as Assistant Director in Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on illicit finance in the Middle East, Africa and the Western Hemisphere. She also headed the U.S. delegation to the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENA FATF). Prior to that position, she served as Treasury’s Financial Attaché in Jerusalem from 2009 to 2011. Kate joined the Treasury Department in 2006 as an Iran analyst.
Prior to joining Treasury, she worked on non-proliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy and as a journalist in Beirut, Lebanon.
Kate has a master’s degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree in History from Macalester College in Minnesota. She also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
Hala is Head of Advisory and educational services at Thomson Reuters GRC EMEA. Hala manages a diversified professional team of Advisors, trainers, and business Development managers covering the Governance, Risk and compliance field.
Hala has been a speaker in more than 100 conferences, where she covered Banking, auditing, financial, Stock exchange, Insurance, Governmental, regulatory conferences...etc. She wrote plenty of GRC articles and conducted several Webinars.
Before joining Thomson Reuters GRC, Hala worked with TSME as a compliance consultant and at the DFSA as a Senior Manager Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting officer. Before joining TSME, Hala was the Head of the AML/Compliance Department at BLOM Bank France.
As a lawyer, Hala worked in a legal firm in Lebanon for more than six years, where she handled different cases, including GRC breaches and financial crimes. Prior to this Hala was part of UNDP project where she was an IP compliance officer at the ministry of economy and Trade in beirut.
Hala is a member of the Lebanese Lawyer’s Bar Association. She holds a Master’s Degree in Data Processing Law & Artificial Intelligence – Legal Informatics (IT and Law) from the Sagesse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Lebanese University.
Eng. Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates since February 2008, has previously been Minister of communication and Minister of Development for the Government Sector.
A multifaceted personality respected for his insightful mind and sharp analytical thinking, Eng Sultan serves as Chairman of several high-profile public and private corporations as well as national initiatives including the General Civil Aviation Authority, Securities and Commodities Authority, Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection and Standing Committee for Economic Affairs of the Supreme Committee for National Security. Eng Sultan is also Vice Chairman of the Emirates Competitive Council and member of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Committee of Finance and Economy, Federal Council on Population Composition and board of directors of Emirates Investment.
Earlier, Eng sultan was Chairman of National Bureau of Statistics, and Aman (Dubai Islamic Insurance Company) and Vice Chairman of Dubai Islamic Bank.
Eng Sultan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, Arizona State University / USA and a diploma in Computer System Analysis, Institute of Computer Technology, Los Angeles, California / USA.
Rashed Abdul Kareem Al Balooshi joined Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in April 2000 where he played an instrumental role in establishing the exchange in November of the year 2000. Mr. Al Balooshi started his career with ADX as Manager of the Clearing, Settlement, Depositary, & Registry (CSD) department. In 2007, Al Balooshi became Deputy Chief Executive, and manager of operations of ADX. He was promoted to Chief Executive in 2012.
Prior to joining ADX, Al Balooshi was Head of Registrar & Depository at the Sadiyat Free Zone Authority.
Mr. Al Balooshi holds an MBA from The UAE University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.
As Deputy Governor for Supervision since May 2013, Mr. Al Helaissi is responsible for helping to ensure a sound and efficient financial system through effective regulation of the banking industry, the insurance industry and the newly-regulated finance companies (mortgage, leasing, and other non-bank lenders).
He is also responsible for the protection of individuals and small
businesses as consumers of financial services and for working towards increasing the level of their trust in the financial system as a whole and in its component financial institutions.
Mr. Al Helaissi was JPMorgan Chase Saudi Arabia’s Senior Country Officer and Managing Director as well as JPMorgan Chase’s Head of Global Corporate Banking (Middle East and Northern Africa) between September 2010 and May 2013. Prior to that he was, for three years, SABB Bank’s Central Province Area General Manager, covering all the key lines of business, including corporate and retail.
He had started his work career in 1989 as a corporate relationship officer in Saudi Hollandi Bank and rose through the ranks to become a Division Manager in the Corporate Banking Group. In 1996 he joined Arab National Bank where, over the next eleven years, progressed from a Corporate Banking Team leader to become the Head of Merchant Banking.
Mr. Al Helaissi received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989.
Ahmed Al Sayegh is the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Global Market.
With a career that spans over three decades, Mr. Al Sayegh has held a number of prominent positions across various private and public sector institutions in Abu Dhabi; including Vice Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Vice Chairman of Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF), Board member of Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC) and Dolphin Energy Limited.
Mr. Al Sayegh holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.
Abdulrahman Al Sughayer dedicated his career since the beginning of his active life exclusively to the Banking Industry. He has been appointed in BSF (Feb. 2013), in addition to his position, as Chief Governance, Compliance and Control Officer, Secretary General covering, amongst others, the responsibilities of Board Secretary.
After completing his studies and related training courses locally & abroad, he joined Arab National Bank passing through Information Security to Services Quality & Business Risks Management.
Then after some time, he was looking forward to exploring other challenging opportunities by joining Al Bilad Bank and handling the responsibilities of Head of Operational Risk & Compliance and Chief Risk Officer, Chief Audit Executive & Secretary of Audit Committee till February 2013.
He is member in the following organizations:
Dr. Obaid S. Al Zaabi holds a PhD in Banking & Finance from Durham University in 2006, MBA from (AASTM- ALO) in 2000 with distinction and BSc. in Business and Accounting in 1989 from UAE University. He holds full membership of Australian Institute of CMA, Auditing & Accounting Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (CIPA) and UAE Auditors and Accountants Association. He represents the Gulf Financial Markets Regulatory Authorities in The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) as member of the Consultative Advisory Groups of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), he also member of the board of directors of GCC Accounting and Auditing Association.
Ms. Alissa Amico (Koldertsova) is responsible for managing the OECD's work on improving corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa region. Since joining the OECD in 2005 to establish OECD’s work in the MENA region, Ms. Amico has been working on a number of regional priorities, most recently with government and private sector representatives on advancing national and regional corporate governance priorities though capacity building activities, research and policy roundtables. She has provided technical assistance to a number of governments in the region in design of regulatory initiatives and institution building, as well as to regional institutes of directors and corporate governance centers on their work with directors and managers of the region's largest companies.
Ms. Amico has authored and co-authored a number of publications including Private Sector Development in the Middle East and North Africa (2008), Policy Brief on Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), The Role of MENA Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance (2012), Towards Better Arrangements for State Ownership (2012), State-Owned Enterprises: Engines of Development and Competitiveness? (2013), as well as articles in academic journals, regional and international magazines and other media. In recent years, her work has focused on improving corporate governance of listed companies and state-owned enterprises in the MENA region.
Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Amico focused primarily on risk management and restructuring issues in the Canadian banking sector, first within the TD Bank Financial Group and subsequently at Deloitte and Touche in Toronto. Ms. Amico holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada) and a Masters degree in Political Economy from the London School of Economics (UK). She is a member of the French Institute of Directors (IFA) and has in 2011 been named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence. She has also been recognised by the Columbia Law School’s Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership as a Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2014.
Mustafa Adil is the Head of Research & Product Development for Islamic Finance in Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for leading the development of Islamic finance knowledge solutions to support the continued growth and increasing depth of the Islamic finance industry. He works in collaboration with government entities, multilateral organizations and leading financial institutions to develop products and services that meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of the industry across markets.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Mustafa was a leading consultant in the Islamic Financial Services team at Ernst & Young, providing advisory services to some of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the GCC and globally.
Mustafa is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Imperial College in London.
Mr Basheer Ahmad is a Senior Manager in the Markets Division at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and joined the Division in May 2008. He is part of the team responsible for the regulation of primary market operations with specific emphasis on managing wholesale securities transaction approvals. His particular expertise is in the review of Sukuk and other Islamic finance products and is a member of the Islamic Finance expert group of the DFSA.
Mr Ahmad has over 17 years of experience in financial services regulation. Prior to joining the DFSA, he worked at the Securities Commission of Malaysia where he gained significant experience for developing and implementing primary market policy and regulation. Other professional experience in Islamic and other financial services include being a trustee in the Labuan offshore financial market in Malaysia and as a deputy prosecutor with the International Advisory Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia.
Mr Ahmad holds an LLB degree from the UK and he is admitted as a Barrister-at-Law with the Lincoln’s Inn, UK. He also holds an ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering.
Vedat Akgiray is currently a Professor of Finance at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the Director of the Center for Research in Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance (CCG) at the same university. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Millstein Center at Columbia University in New York, and also IIRC's ambassador in Turkey. After receiving his high‐school diploma from the American Robert College in Istanbul in 1976, he received B.A. in Management from Bogazici University in 1980, M.B.A. from the School of Management in 1982, M.A. in Economics from the Maxwell School in 1985, and Ph.D. in Finance in 1985, all at Syracuse University in New York. Between 1985 and 1990, he taught at various universities in the U.S.A. and was promoted to Associate Professor at the Clarkson Institute of Technology in 1990. He carried out several research and consulting projects for the Bank of Canada and various financial institutions in New York. During the period 1991 ‐ 2009, he served as a professor of finance at Bogazici University, where he designed and directed the doctoral program in finance from 1992 to 2009, was promoted to Professor in 2000, founded the M.S. Program in Financial Engineering in 2002 and also held various administrative positions. During his academic career, he has advised more than seventy graduate students, published and presented more than one hundred academic papers.
In March 2009, he was sworn in as the Chairman of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, where he served until December 2012. He was the leader of the team designing and writing the new Capital Markets Law, which was enacted in 2012. He initiated several new joint projects with international institutions such as the OECD, the IFSB, the World Bank, and co‐designed the national strategy on financial literacy. Between 2010 and the end of his tenure at the CMB, he also served as the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Committee of IOSCO, vice‐Chairman of the IOSCO Board, member of the Financial Stability Board of G20, member of the Monitoring Board of the IFRS Foundation, member of the IIRC, and member of the IOSCO Expert Group on Financial Benchmarks. In these positions, he actively participated in work streams on re‐designing the international regulatory architecture in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008‐2010.
In addition to his life‐time interest in mathematical finance, his current priority in research is in financial regulation and corporate governance as an integral part of "good" regulation. This includes building models of the relation between corporate governance and informational efficiency of financial markets, aiming to demonstrate the critical contribution of "economic‐value‐based" corporate governance to the sustainable growth of capital markets and hence to economic development globally.
Carwyn specializes in supporting firms with their day-to-day compliance requirements, in particular, the provision of outsourced compliance officer and MLRO services to DFSA authorised Firms. Carwyn has also helped Firms attain DFSA licences over the past year. Carwyn’s experience covers investment banking, wealth management, asset management, and full-service banking operations.
Prior to joining CCL in 2013, Carwyn was a Senior Manager with Deloitte. In this role, he advised financial services organisations on a variety of regulatory risk areas. Carwyn has led work with investment banks, broker-dealers and asset managers in assessing the effectiveness of their compliance function and implementing his recommendations to strengthen compliance controls.
Carwyn also worked with the UK FSA (now FCA) where he was a Banking Supervisor for an international bank. In addition to his day-to-day supervision activities, Carwyn led the end to end authorisation process for a full offering bank, with focus on governance, liquidity, risk management, and IT outsourcing oversight. Carwyn has also led an in-house Compliance function, where he was the European Compliance Director, controlling a team of 180 staff across the UK, Ireland, Argentina and the Philippines. In this role, Carwyn developed the compliance framework to provide assurance to senior management and clients.
Carwyn has held senior Compliance roles in firms in the UK and Dubai. He also has extensive experience of operating with Board-level senior management in organisations across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.
Recent work includes:
Stephen has 26 years’ experience in enforcement and compliance supervision. He is currently the Director of Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime at the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. Prior to this position, Stephen worked for AUSTRAC, Australia’s Financial Intelligence Unit and AML/CTF regulator as a Director of Supervision.
Stephen, has worked for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as a Senior Manager, both in compliance and enforcement roles. Furthermore, Stephen worked as a Prudential Supervisor with the NSW Financial Institutions Commission (FINCOM) and as a Police Officer and Detective for over ten years with the NSW Police Force.
Stephen holds a number of degrees including an Executive MBA, Graduate Certificate in Management, a Bachelors of Policing (Investigations) and International Diploma in AML/CFT.
Malak Fares is a business news anchor and talk show host at Sky News Arabia since April 2012. Previously Malak was the head of unit of counterparty credit risk management in Bank Audi, a senior risk underwriter at Euler Hermes, and a bank supervisor in the Banking Control Commission of the Central Bank of Lebanon.
Malak holds an MBA from the American University of Beirut and is a CFA Charter holder. She also has experience in panel moderating and financial and credit analysis coaching.
Matt Gamble joined the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) in March 2014. His title is Head of Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorist Financing and Sanctions Compliance. In his role, Matt is responsible for the Financial Crime function including fraud investigations for the Group. NBAD has one of the largest networks in the UAE with an expanding network of 125 branches and cash offices and more than 585 ATMs across the country. NBAD’s growing international network consists of about 60 branches and offices in 18 countries stretching across five continents from the Far East to the Americas, giving it the largest global network among all UAE banks.
For eight years prior to his current position, Matt worked for the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in Supervision and was promoted to Director in June 2012 as Head of Anti-Money Laundering. He was also the head of the Division’s Special Surveillance Unit (SSU) which included leading the DFSA’s efforts on Anti-Money Laundering (AML).
The SSU also coordinated and led the Supervision Division’s resources in relation to supervision of variety of regulated entities as well the supervision of Registered Auditors, Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions as well as Representative and Family Offices.
Matt has over thirteen years of regulatory experience, having also worked for the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority and prior to that the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority as a lawyer. Before becoming a regulator, Matt conducted his own legal practice for ten years, specialising in corporate and commercial law.
Between 1980 and 1990 Matt held various senior accounting roles in Australia.
Matt has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) and Masters in Management from Wollongong University, a law degree from Macquarie University, a Masters in Law (majoring in dispute management) from the University of Queensland, the Islamic Finance Qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering (distinction) from the International Compliance Association in association with The University of Manchester.
John has 40 years banking experience with a number of International and Middle Eastern Banks, for the last 20 years responsible for the Internal Audit function in a UK Investment Bank and three Middle East banks before moving to Compliance in 2010. He is an Associate of the Chartered Instituted of Bankers (UK) and Certified Informational Systems Auditor.
Mandy is a Director with Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services practice, based in the Dubai office. Mandy specializes in financial crime and related regulatory compliance matters.
Over the last 15 years Mandy has worked with Deloitte in the Middle East, Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions, advising clients on a variety of regulatory matters including anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and trade sanctions.
Prior to joining Deloitte’s Middle East practice, Mandy eight years based in the United Kingdom with Deloitte’s Forensic practice where she was involved in conducting some of the world’s largest and most complex regulatory investigations.
Since basing herself in the Middle East in early 2010, Mandy has worked closely with a variety of local and international clients to manage the bribery and corruption risks associated with working in the region.
Mandy is a Chartered Accountant. She is an experienced trainer and has presented on a number of regulatory related topics.
Jean Marc Goy is the Counsel for International Affairs of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority of the Financial Sector.
His task is to ensure the communication and relations with the foreign Supervisory Authorities in particular in relation to investment funds established in Luxembourg.
He is representing the CSSF within a number of international forums, such as the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Investment Management Standing Committee and its Sub Groups, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the Enlarged Contact Group (ECG) and the Institut Francophone de la Régulation Financière (IFREFI).
He has also represented Luxembourg in meetings of the working groups of Financial Attachés to the European Council active in the field of drafting the UCITS III and UCITS IV directives and he represented the CSSF in 2 of the 4 Task Forces set up by the ESMA Investment Management Standing Committee to deal with subjects related to the AIFMD level 2 rules.
He lectures in regulation of the financial sector at the University of Luxembourg.
Before joining the CSSF in 1998, Jean Marc worked a couple of years as an attorney at law for a Luxembourg law firm.
He has studied law at the University of Montpellier (France), where he earned a Master of Laws degree and a postgraduate degree in intellectual property law.
Besides Luxembourgish, which is his mother tongue, he speaks French, German, English and Spanish.
Chris Harran focuses his practice on investment funds, corporate and structured finance matters and tax and structure planning.
His experience includes advising clients in relation to investment funds, private equity and investment structures and portfolio company transactions, including advising promoters and investors in the structuring, establishment, operation and promotion of investment funds and investment structures. He also advises on asset management and investment advisory relationships and on financial services regulation throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
He is recommended for investment funds in The Legal 500 EMEA 2014, where he is described as "a very experienced lawyer and extremely effective negotiator".
Humphry moved to Dubai full time in 2011, but has been involved in client work in the Middle East for over 20 years.
Humphry has experience working across a broad range of industries including public sector, manufacturing and TMT, however his principal focus has been on the financial services industry where he has worked extensively with clients in the banking, insurance and broking sectors. His experience in this sector includes not only fraud and asset tracing and recovery work but regulatory investigations and complex compliance issues, which in recent years has been the principal focus of his practice.
Humphry has worked closely with many multi-national organisations to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption and to investigate reasons for poor financial performance, both locally and internationally. He has also been appointed to lead local and cross-border investigations involving employees and third parties; as well as boardroom disputes where allegations of serious misconduct have been made.
He has been instructed on many major asset tracing and recovery assignments, providing evidence to enable funds to be frozen as well as preparing and presenting funding and tracing analyses for courts. He has investigated and quantified funds misappropriated in a wide variety of situations including by a former acting Head of State and has negotiated with commercial and government representatives and others in support of the settlement of these issues.
Pawan is Managing Director, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) for Thomson Reuters business in Middle East, Africa & Russia/CIS (MAR), responsible for driving GRC growth and across the region. Prior to being appointed to this role in May 2013, Pawan was Global Head of Strategy and Business Development for GRC, based in London.
Pawan joined Thomson Reuters in 2006 through the Management Associate Programme (MAP) in the United States. He has held positions in both the UK and US, in Finance, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to his role as Global Head of Strategy and Business Development for GRC, Pawan was Finance Director for Strategic Markets, a role that introduced him to the world of Developing Economies.
He holds an MBA from Georgia State University in the United States and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Aaron is managing partner of Kubernao GRC Advisors, a Saudi based governance, risk and compliance advisory firm.
Aaron has worked in the Kingdom since 2009 where, prior to establishing Kubernao GRC, he was Head of Compliance at NCB Capital. In this role he led the compliance and AML functions and acted as adviser to senior management and board committees.
Prior to coming to Saudi Arabia, Aaron spent 16 years at Lehman Brothers in London, where he was Managing Director and Head of Legal for the Investment Banking Division. In this role Aaron was responsible for legal and compliance matters relating to M&A, Equity & Debt Capital Markets and Corporate Derivatives and was a member of the executive management team for the Legal, Compliance and Audit Division in Europe.
Aaron also served as Deputy Chair for Lehman Brothers’ Commitment Committee for European Equity Capital Markets transactions, responsible for the review and approval of market risk, credit risk, legal and reputational issues for all commitments in this area.
Following the insolvency of Lehman Brothers, Aaron remained with the London based Lehman entity where he headed the in-house legal function for the Trust Property function which was responsible for the collection and return of client assets and client money.
Aaron is a graduate of University College London, where he earned a bachelor of laws (LL.B) and has passed the New York Bar.
Shahzad is Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance for the Mubadala Group, and Secretary to the Mubadala Investment Committee.
He is a Barrister (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn) and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, as well as a Certified Compliance Officer and a contributor to several international and regional governance symposiums. Additionally, he is a member of the Conference Board’s Council of Governance.
Prior to joining Mubadala, Shahzad worked at the London office of Allen & Overy and for the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary General in New York, having read Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.
Pradeep Kumar is Vice President & Manager - Fraud Prevention & Detection, at Mashreq Bank. He has 16 plus years of experience in Banking and Retail Finance Industry, where he spent over 11 plus years in specialized function of Fraud Risk Management (Both Retail and Corporate). A Start up specialist, he has worked as Senior Anti Fraud professional in key retail start up initiatives in the Indian Financial Sector such as ICICI and TATA group. He is one of the early Certified Fraud Examiners in the financial industry.
Dr Ryan Lemand is the Senior Economic Advisor and the Head of Risk Management at the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority. Dr Lemand holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from the École Normale Supérieure, France. Previously, Dr Lemand worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Fortis Investments in London and Paris, as well as taught financial econometrics courses at the Paris II-Assas University and Paris IX-Dauphine University. Dr Lemand is the author of two books on financial contagion and a number of research articles on financial correlation. Dr Lemand is the first expert to receive the XBRL official certification in the GCC.
Prue has over 20 years of extensive regulatory policy experience across all financial services sectors. Prue joined the QFC Regulatory Authority in 2006, from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in Australia.
The Policy Department at the QFC Regulatory Authority is responsible for the policy development and drafting of rules relating to the QFC regulatory regime, international cooperation and coordination with the Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Financial Markets Authority to address regulatory policy initiatives of mutual interest. Prue has been appointed to serve on several joint regulator committees in Qatar to assist in various regulatory and legal state policy matters and policy coordination. She is keen to ensure Qatari citizens have the opportunity to be exposed to, and develop, policy-making and legislative skills. The Policy Department hosts many local law and finance interns and graduates.
Prue was a senior policy officer at APRA and involved in all aspects of prudential policy work in the banking, insurance and superannuation (pension) industries and liaised extensively with APRA’s supervision divisions in the development and implementation of policy proposals. During this time, she was also responsible for all legislative work and coordination with the Commonwealth Treasury and Attorney-General’s Department on APRA’s policy issues.
Prior to her position with APRA, she was involved in Australia’s energy policy development as Manager, Coal Competitiveness at the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources. This role contributed to progressing Australia’s coal- related energy policy through high-level APEC forums, and building bi-lateral relationships with Asian countries to address market access issues and expand Australian coal exports.
Prue’s career commenced in APRA’s predecessor organisation, the Insurance and Superannuation Commission, where she worked on insurance and superannuation policy, legislative and market conduct issues. Prue holds two degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Law (Honours) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (accounting major) from Bond University in Australia.
Nadim was appointed Thomson Reuters Managing Director for GGO Middle East and North Africa in June 2014. Prior to this appointment, Nadim was Interim Managing Director for Middle East, Africa & Russia/CIS and prior to that led the Intellectual Property & Science business for the same region.
He joined Thomson Reuters in 1993 and has worked across the business in technical, sales, operations and business management, roles including: Global Head of Business Planning and Operations, Rapidly Developing Economies (2010 – 2012), Managing Director, East Mediterranean & North Africa (2006-2010), and Business Manager, East Mediterranean (2001-2006).
Nadim started his career with IBM’s regional partner in Lebanon and holds a Bachelor of Computer & Communications Engineering from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic and English and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mr Lawrence Paramasivam joined the DFSA in 2007 and was appointed as Director, Conduct of Business, in the Supervision Division in September 2014.
Mr Paramasivam is responsible for the supervision of conduct of business risks (including AML/CFT/Sanctions risks) for DFSA regulated entities in the Dubai International Financial Centre. He leads a team responsible for the supervision of licensed firms which includes fund managers, asset managers, investment advisors and investment managers.
Mr Paramasivam has 18 years of legal and regulatory experience. He has held roles within the Policy team, Legal team and Supervision Division of the DFSA. Prior to joining the DFSA, he held senior positions at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission within the Compliance and Enforcement Division. He has led multi-disciplinary supervisory and investigative teams with a conduct of business focus. He has also practiced in various roles as an in-house Counsel, in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Ernst Pienaar is current Global Head of Research for Financial Crime and Reputational Risk activities of GRC at Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for the management of the 5 global Research centres (Santiago, Washington DC, Cape Town, Singapore and Penang) tasked with the creation and update of the World-Check and related risk databases for over 240 countries and territories in over 60 local languages. He assumed responsibility for managing the World-Check global research team in 2009. Mr Pienaar joined World-Check from the Sanlam Life Group where, over a nine year period, he was most recently Head of Forensic Investigations and Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Previously he was a Senior State Advocate with South Africa's Office for Serious Economic Offences (OSEO/IDSEO), and began his career as a State Prosecutor in Johannesburg. He holds a Masters Degree in Constitutional Law, and LL.B and B.lur law degrees.
Lubna Qassim is the Executive Vice President, Group Company Secretary and the General Counsel of Emirates NBD Bank (PJSC). She is also, at present, the first female EXCO member of Emirates NBD. Previously, Ms Qassim has held positions as Director of the Department of Economic Legislations at the UAE Ministry of Economy and the Executive Director of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department at Dubai Economic Council; and was solely responsible of establishing the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department at both these institutions. Prior to that, Ms Qassim was at both the Dubai and London offices of Clifford Chance.
With an advisory role, Ms Qassim has worked with the local and federal Government on numerous local and federal economic legislations and has worked on institutional policies and policies to promote entrepreneurship in the UAE.
In 2012 she was nominated to sit on the UAE US Economic Policy Dialogue Committee and be a Board member of the UAE Competitiveness Council. In 2008 she was elected by the Dubai Executive Council to be a member of the UAE Company Law Reform Committee and sat on the Strategic Steering Committee of the Ministry of Economy. Ms Qassim is a fellow at Dubai School of Government and also sits on the Global Economic Symposium Fellows Advisory Committee of the Kiel University of the World Economy. In 2011 she was elected to sit on the Boards of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Injaz UAE Foundation. Ms Qassim was also the first national to sit on the Committee of the British Business Group in Dubai and Northern Emirates in 2009 and in 2013 the British Business Group of Abu Dhabi as the UAE Alliances Director.
Dr Nasser H. Saidi is the Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates and acts as adviser to governments, central banks and regulators. He is adviser and board member to multi-national and regional companies. He is Deputy Chairman of Eureeca Capital, a crowd-investing platform. He is the former Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) from 2006 to September 2012, where as an executive he helped build & promote the centre and its strategic development and developed the links with governments, central banks, international organisations, international banks & financial institutions and international financial centres. Dr Saidi is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Hawkamah- Institute for Corporate Governance and the Mudara Institute of Directors, 2006-2012.
Dr Saidi is Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council, promoting clean energy solutions and policies in the MENA countries. He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA and Co-Chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) MENA Corporate Governance Working Group. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, an institution of the World Bank driving global corporate governance reforms.
In 2013, he was named among the 50 most I nfluential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the fourth consecutive year and named among the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business for the second consecutive year.
Dr Saidi was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the F irst Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two successive mandates, 1993-1998 and 1998-2003. He was a Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) for two mandates over the period 2000-2006, a position to which he was appointed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his personal capacity.
He the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in the MENA region, the GCC countries and Lebanon. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial market development, payment systems and international economic policy, corporate governance, clean energy and information and communication technology (ICT).
Dr Saidi was a private banker and served as an economic adviser and director to a number of central banks and financial institutions in Arab countries, Europe and Central and Latin America.
Prior to his public career, Dr Saidi pursued a career as an academic, serving as a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in the University of Chicago, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, CH), and the Université de Genève. He also served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Université St. Joseph in Beirut.
Dr Saidi holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in the USA, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.
Compliance professional with over 19 years of banking experience with a post graduate degree in Business Management and Finance. Through these years he has worked for large multinational and regional banking corporations at Senior level
Compliance/AML positions adding value in fortifying Compliance/Regulatory Risk for the organizations, Formulating Policies and Procedures to mitigate Compliance/ Financial Crime/ Operational Risks inculcating strong "Regulatory Compliance Culture”.
Jonathan Brewer is currently the financial expert on the UN Panel on Iran created pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010). He is also a visiting Professor at King’s College in London, researching the role of the private sector in support of sanctions. He was previously a member of the UK Diplomatic Service for 28 years, during which he enjoyed substantive postings to Luanda, Mexico City and Moscow. He holds a PhD in Geophysics from Cornell University, New York, USA.
Qualified as a chartered accountant and as a German Wirtschaftsprüfer, Jermyn left PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 after a long career which had seen him serve in many countries in W Europe and the Middle East and reach the final position of Global Managing Partner based in London.
A continuing activity since retirement has been with the anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International. He first assumed responsibility for its finances and administration, then served on its international Board from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2014. The main focus of Jermyn's work and representation for TI lay with the private sector where he led a team which developed a range of tools to assist business to counter corruption. His work also covered support for the World Economic Forum’s PACI programme, membership of the Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering initiative and chairmanship of the UNGC’s Anti-Corruption working group. He now chairs the TI Business Advisory Board.
His other activities have spanned Board positions for the student movement AIESEC, the democracy promoting intergovernmental organization International IDEA, the UK’s largest privately owned engineering company Mott McDonald, the non-financial standards setting organization Accountability, the peace mediation NGO Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and from 2011 to 2014 chaired the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative which developed principles covering corporate responsibility towards freedom of expression and privacy on the internet.
He acts also as a reviewer and advisor on the CSR and sustainability reporting of several large MNCs and is a frequent speaker on sustainability and business ethics issues.
Sharon is presently Group Compliance Officer for ABC, a Bahrain headquartered bank operating across MENA, Europe and the Americas. She has experience across private and public sectors, managing diverse teams across developed and emerging market jurisdictions, with expertise in multiple product lines including financial markets, corporate banking, consumer banking, wealth management, and financial crime compliance. She has worked as a financial services regulator with the Singapore central bank, with a US investment bank in a range of legal and compliance roles specializing in treasury and derivatives products, and with an Asian and European commercial bank building legal, compliance and financial crime capability across Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific.
Sharon read law on scholarship at Cambridge University, UK, and topped the English Bar in the law of Evidence. She is qualified in England and Wales, the State of New York and the Republic of Singapore. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations, and was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the Singapore IBF (Institute of Banking and Finance) Academy.
Mr Bryan Stirewalt joined the DFSA in 2008 and has served as a Managing Director of the Supervision Division since 2010. The Supervision Division includes prudential- and conduct-oriented oversight of a variety of financial service providers, including: commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, wealth managers, and a variety of advisory services. The Supervision Division also oversees the DFSA's role with auditors and credit rating agencies. Mr Stirewalt is active in the DFSA’s efforts to fight methods of illicit finance with respect to the entities mentioned above, as well as with other designated non-financial businesses and professions.
Mr Stirewalt has extensive experience in the financial regulatory sphere, in both public and private sector roles. From 1985 to 1996, he worked for the US Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a National Bank Examiner, where he specialised in policy development and implementation, problem bank rehabilitation and banking fraud initiatives.
From 1996 to 2008, he worked for an international consulting and advisory firm, focusing his attention on emerging markets development programmes, including management of large-scale and multi-faceted projects in Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus and Kazakhstan. These projects related to a wide array of topics including financial sector development, risk management policies and practices, anti-money laundering systems and controls and methods of supervising complex financial conglomerates.
Mr Stirewalt serves as the Co-Chair of the Basel Consultative Group (BCG) which provides a forum for deepening the Basel Committee's engagement with supervisors around the world on banking supervisory issues. The BCG facilitates broad supervisory dialogue with non-member countries on new Basel Committee initiatives early in the process by gathering senior representatives from various countries, international institutions and regional groups of banking supervisors that are not members of the Committee.
James Swenson is the Head of Operations and Delivery for the IntegraScreen business, a division of Thomson Reuters responsible for proving Enhanced Due Diligence services to clients worldwide. James oversees the day-to-day operations of the business including research, productivity analysis, workflow efficiency, knowledge gathering, case management and product delivery. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has substantial experience designing due diligence programs complying with FCPA, UK Bribery Act, AML, and other compliance programs.
James originally joined IntegraScreen in 2006 as a case manager based in Hong Kong. In 2009, he relocated to London to oversee IntegraScreen’s expansion in the European market after the company was acquired by World-Check. During this period, James was responsible for substantial growth in the region. Following Thomson Reuters’ acquisition of World-Check in 2011, James assumed his new role managing the division on a global scale.
Prior to joining IntegraScreen, James worked as a political risk consultant in Washington D.C, advising clients on political and security risks across Latin America and the Caribbean. He is originally from Virginia, USA, but has lived and worked in Mexico, Panama, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. James is currently based in London.
Andrew Torchia is Economics Editor for the Middle East and North Africa at Thomson Reuters, covering the region from Dubai. He graduated from Yale University in 1986 with a degree in Economics and Political Science and then spent more than 20 years in Asia, first teaching English in Beijing in 1986-87, then working for media organisations including Reuters in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Shanghai. He was London-based Economics Editor for the EMEA region in 2009-2011, overseeing coverage of the start of the euro zone debt crisis. He is from a family of journalists (his father, now retired, worked for the Associated Press and his younger brother currently works for the AP in South Africa).
Michael Webb is a Member of the Board of the Financial Markets Authority, New Zealand. The Financial Markets Authority was established in 2011 to regulate New Zealand's financial markets.
Michael also practices as a specialist commercial barrister, providing independent advice and representation internationally on corporate, financial market, AML/CFT, governmental, insolvency, regulatory, and securities matters. Throughout his career his practice has had a focus on financial markets, regulation, law reform and the interface between law and public policy.
Michael commenced practice at the Bar as an independent barrister in 1995. Before that for many years he was a partner in a major New Zealand law firm.
From 2005 to 2009 he was Managing Director, Financial Sector Development and Policy at the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. Other appointments have included as Chair of the Ministerial Task Force on Financial Intermediaries in New Zealand, as a non-executive director of major New Zealand and Australian companies, and as a non-executive adviser to the Board of Deloitte New Zealand.
Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences on financial markets, corporate governance, banking, insolvency, and regulation.
Martin serves as the Head of Financial Crime for regulated transaction businesses within Thomson Reuters. He is an anti-money laundering subject matter expert. As a former detective in the National Crime Squad, Martin investigated and arrested money launderers, now within the financial services industry he applies his knowledge and learning to deter and detect money launderers. He is an innovator in financial crime and anti-money laundering systems and controls. He is often looking for new ways to launder money, in order to close out the vulnerability before it is exploited by the bad guys. His mantra is to defeat the money launderer, you must think like the money launderer.
In addition, he is a high profile whistleblower, who previously testified against the bank he worked for, in relation to the laundering of billions of USD, which were the proceeds of drug trafficking. For taking a stance, doing the right thing and confronting this conduct, he was highly commended by regulators. He is often called upon by commentators to provide a valued insight into whistleblowing, corporate conduct, as well as emerging financial crime threats and trends.
Most recently he has advised upon the drafting of the Global Policy and Standards for the Accelus Org ID KYC Managed Service. He is an expert witness and has previously been engaged by a number of parties, including the United Nations to advise upon and support investigation and litigation strategies. He was called by the UK Parliament to submit evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in respect of the conduct and behaviour of bankers.
He is a supporter of efforts to drive increased transparency within business, in particular improved beneficial ownership information and the abolition of bearer shares.
Alderman Alan Yarrow took office as the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London on Friday 7th November. He was born in Malaysia and educated at Harrow before joining Grieveson Grant, stockbrokers in 1972 and being elected a member of the Stock Exchange in 1978.
He studied International Corporate Finance at Manchester Business School 1981 and on his return was made a partner of his firm the same year. Following the merger of Grieveson Grant and Kleinwort Benson, Alan became Head of UK Institutional Sales in 1989, Head of Global Distribution in 1992, and Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities in 1994. He was appointed to the Kleinwort Benson Group Board in 1995.
Alan left Dresdner Kleinwort in December 2009, after 37 years with the group, latterly as Group Vice Chairman and Chairman of the UK Bank. On Kleinwort Benson’s merger with RHJI, Alan was appointed Chairman of the Kleinwort Benson Holdings Board until recently stepping down to become Senior Advisor to the Group.
Alderman Yarrow is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is also a Non-executive Director of Turquoise Global Holdings Limited (subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange) and Fixnetix Limited (low latency data communications). He is also a Trustee of the Police Foundation.
He has served as Chairman of the London Investment Banking Association, a member of the Take-over Panel, Vice-Chairman of the Financial Services Authority Practitioner Panel, and Vice President of the British Bankers’ Association.
Banking professional with diversified experience of over two decades in areas of Shariah Governance, Corporate Banking, Credit Risk Management, Audit and Finance. His experience encompass working with reputed organizations like Mashreq, Al Faysal Investment Bank Ltd., and PwC. Mubeen was one of the founding members of Mashreq Al Islami and was instrumental in setting up the Islamic Banking Division and also spearheaded the set-up of Shariah Audit Function for Mashreq. He is a Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries, an MBA in Finance and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking. He also holds various professional certifications in Islamic Finance, Risk & Audit.
Ali Zbeeb is an international lawyer since 2004, and a Legal Expert listed with the United Nations (ESCWA). He has been an international arbitrator and a university lecturer in law and business since 2006. Ali is currently the Founder Chairman of (DANALI) "Development Association for Nurturing Arab Leadership & Innovation" and Managing Partner at “Zbeeb Law & Associates” (regional law firm).
Ali is a professional training expert who provides technical assistance and advocacy to a wide-range of entities in the MENA Region. He is also the VP of International Relations Committee at the Beirut Bar Association and sits on the Banking Affairs and Oil & Water Committees. Ali was the Director of International Legal Affairs at the Union of Arab Banks for half a decade, and acted as the International Legal Adviser for the Lebanese Minister of Labor. He served as legal adviser to over 40 MNEs and governments, deploying his specialties in legal and regulatory fields.
Ali represented Lebanese Ministries worldwide, gaining a wide network of global connections. He has many journal publications, writes for international journals and awaits the publication of his first book “Introductory Islamic Banking & Finance Handbook”. Ali holds a BA “License in Law” from Lebanese University, an LLM (Master of Laws) in Banking & Finance, an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) and a PhD in Law Researcher at Queen Mary University of London. He currently resides in Beirut and rotates regularly between Dubai and London.
Responsible for Governance, Risk and Compliance product and solutions consulting for Financial, Banking and insurance sectors for Middle-East, Africa and Russia.
20 years intensive experience in the Banking and Finance sector in the US, Europe & Middle-East. Mohamed has been as pre-cursor for AML and Compliance in the ME for more than a decade ago. Active participations in numerous GRC solutions architecture including KYC, AML and FATCA best approach for technology.
Strong technical and solution expertise in integrated eGRC Solution by converging Compliance, Risk, Audit and Internal Control processes in an unique platform that support Regulatory requirements.
Extensive experience in consulting engagements and Professional Services delivery for Finance marketplace in the Middle-East, bringing wide experience in the various domains of banking from front, middle to back office including strategy consulting, business operations, solutions architectures and business transformation.
Imelda Dunlop is the Executive Director of the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent, not-for-profit, by-business for-business organisation working to influence and improve corporate accountability, governance and transparency in the Gulf Region. She has lived in Dubai since 2002.
Imelda is a former Director of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland where she worked with business executives to progress issues of social importance and business relevance with government, civil society and academia. She also spent much of her career at the global corporate strategy consulting firm Monitor Company.
Imelda’s first degree is a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD in France.
Alp Eroglu, who works as a Senior Policy Advisor at IOSCO, has 15 years of experience in securities regulation and 5 years in private law practice. He is involved in IOSCO's policy work on financial benchmarks, price reporting agencies, long term financing and commodity derivatives. He also advises IOSCO's Growth and Emerging Markets Committee on different areas of market development, including SME financing, corporate bond markets and mutual funds. Additionally, Alp contributes to IOSCO's work on financial inclusion, Joint Forum related matters and conducts regulatory workshops and IOSCO’s corporate bond markets outreach program. Alp gained extensive experience in financial regulation in both commodity and securities markets at the Capital Markets Board (CMB) of Turkey, where he served as a chief advisor. He also coordinated the EU project on harmonization of the Turkish capital markets regulation with the EU acquis and has broad experience on EU securities regulation. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Ankara Law School, and postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton Business School.