The 9th GCCRegulators Summit

26th - 27th January 2015
St Regis Hotel, Saadiyat,
Abu Dhabi

The Middle East’s largest regulatory summit
for Governance, Risk and Compliance professionals

Register for the event

  • NBAD
  • ADGMCMYK
  • QFCRA
  • Deloitte
  • Mashreq
  • Misys
  • CCL
  • ICSA
  • Holt
  • Wavetec
  • Barclay Simpson

Khawar Ansari Corporate Governance Program Manager, IFC Advisory Services MENA
World Bank Group
Khawar has over thirty years’ professional experience advising... Read More > Khawar Ansari
Corporate Governance Program Manager, IFC Advisory Services MENA
World Bank Group

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.

Hala Bou Alwan Head of Advisory
and Educational Services
Thomson Reuters EMEA ,GOVERNANCE,
RISK, AND COMPLIANCE
Hala is Head of Advisory and educational... Read More > Hala Bou Alwan
Head of GRC Advisory and Educational Services
Thomson Reuters

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.

speakers

Under the patronage of


H.E. Abdulaziz Al Helaissi Vice Governor, Supervision
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
As Deputy Governor for Supervision since May 2013, Mr. Al Helaissi is responsible for helping to ensure a sound and efficient... Read More > H.E. Abdulaziz Al Helaissi
Vice Governor, Supervision
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

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.


Abdulrahman H. Al Sughayer Secretary General, Chief Governance, Compliance & Control Officer
Banque Saudi Fransi
Abdulrahman Al Sughayer dedicated his career since the beginning of his active... Read More > Abdulrahman H. Al Sughayer
Secretary General, Chief Governance, Compliance & Control Officer
Banque Saudi Fransi

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:

  • Internal Auditors Congress and Official Speaker.
  • International Risk Congress and Official Speaker.
  • Official speaker with Financial News about Islamic financial risk.
  • Member of institute of internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Association of certified Anti-Money laundering Specialists (ACAMS).
  • Corporate Governance and Official Speaker
  • Chairman of Audit Committee – Al Issa Industrial Group.
  • Member of Audit Committee – Takamol Holding Company (HRDF)
  • Member of institute of internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Member of Board of Directors – Banta Ltd.
  • Member of Board of Directors – Allianz Saudi Fransi
  • Member of Audit Committee - Saudi Fransi Capital
  • Member of Board of Managers – Sakan Saudi Fransi
  • Member of Audit Committee – HRDF
  • Chairman of Audit Committee – Al Issa Company
  • External Auditors Committee Member – Hassana Investment Company
Alissa Amico Manager, Middle East and North Africa, Corporate Affairs Division
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Ms. Alissa Amico (Koldertsova) is responsible for... Read More > Alissa Amico
Manager, Middle East and North Africa, Corporate Affairs Division
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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.

Vedat Akgiray Professor of Finance
Bogazici University
Vedat Akgiray is currently a Professor of Finance at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the Director... Read More > Vedat Akgiray
Professor of Finance
Bogazici University

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 Evans Director, Consultancy, Middle East
CCL
Carwyn specializes in supporting firms with their day-to-day compliance requirements, in particular, the provision... Read More > Carwyn Evans
Director, Consultancy
Middle East CCL

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.

Experience

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:

  • Authorised by the DFSA as Compliance Officer and MLRO for Asset Managers, Hedge Funds, a Corporate Finance house and a Debt Provider
  • Led a Hedge Fund through DFSA authorisation and DIFC incorporation, managing regulatory liaison and advising on Board composition, systems and controls, and prudential requirements
  • As part of a remediation programme, created Custody and Client Money procedures and a responsibility matrix for a custodian, followed by the delivery of a training programme to firm’s senior management
  • Lead member of an FSA section 166 review on the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products in one of the world’s largest banks
  • Restructured the compliance function of a global Asset Manager’s offices in the APAC region

Matt Gamble Head of AML, CTF and Sanctions Compliance
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Matt Gamble joined the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) in March 2014. His title is Head of Anti-Money Laundering... Read More > Matt Gamble
Head of AML, CTF and Sanctions Compliance
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

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.


Jean Marc Goy Counsel for International Affairs
at the Commission de Surveillance
du Secteur Financier (CSSF)
Luxemburg Supervisory Authority
Jean Marc Goy is the Counsel for International... Read More > Jean-Marc Goy
Counsel for International Affairs
at the Commission de Surveillance
du Secteur Financier (CSSF)
Luxemburg Supervisory Authority

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.

Humphry Hatton Chief Executive Officer
Deloitte
Humphry moved to Dubai full time in 2011, but has been involved in client work in the Middle East for over 20 years... Read More > Humphry Hatton
Chief Executive Officer
Deloitte

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.


Aaron Johari Managing Partner
Kubernao GRC Advisors
Aaron is managing partner of Kubernao GRC Advisors, a Saudi based governance, risk and compliance advisory firm. Read More > Aaron Omar Johari
Managing Partner
Kubernao GRC Advisors

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.


Prue Morris Director of Policy
QFC Regulatory Authority
Prue has over 20 years of extensive regulatory policy experience across all financial services sectors. Prue joined... Read More > Prue Morris
Director of Policy
QFC Regulatory Authority

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.



Lubna Qassim Group General Counsel
& Company Secretary
Emirates NBD
Lubna Qassim is the Executive Vice President, Group Company Secretary and the General... Read More > Lubna Qassim
Group General Counsel
& Company Secretary
Emirates NBD

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 Saidi President
Nasser Saidi & Associates
Dr Nasser H. Saidi is the Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates and acts as adviser to governments, central banks and regulators... Read More > Dr. Nasser Saidi
President
Nasser Saidi & Associates

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.


Jermyn BrooksChair, Business Advisory Board
Transparency International
Qualified as a chartered accountant and as a German Wirtschaftsprüfer, Jermyn left PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000... Read More > Jermyn Brooks
Chair, Business Advisory Board
Transparency International

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.


Bryan Stirewalt Managing Director Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Mr Bryan Stirewalt joined the DFSA in 2008 and has served as a Managing Director of the Supervision Division since 2010... Read More > Bryan Stirewalt
Managing Director Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority

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 Head of Operations and Delivery for the IntegraScreen business
Thomson Reuters
James Swenson is the Head of Operations and Delivery for the IntegraScreen business... Read More > James Swenson
Head of Operations and Delivery for the IntegraScreen business
Thomson Reuters

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.


Martin Woods Money Laundering Reporting Officer
Thomson Reuters
Martin serves as the Head of Financial Crime for regulated transaction businesses within Thomson Reuters. He is... Read More > Martin Woods
Money Laundering Reporting Officer
Thomson Reuters

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 Lord Mayor of London
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... Read More > Alderman Alan Yarrow
Lord Mayor of London

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.


Ali Zbeeb University Lecturer & Founder Chairman
Development Association for Nurturing Arab Leadership & Innovation (DANALI)
Ali Zbeeb is an international lawyer since 2004, and a Legal Expert listed with the United Nations... Read More > Ali Zbeeb
University Lecturer & Founder Chairman
Development Association for Nurturing Arab Leadership & Innovation (DANALI)

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.