Executive Secretary, Middle East & North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF)
Mr. Adel Al Qulish joined the MENAFATF as its Executive Secretary at the end of 2004. He is currently leading the MENAFATF Secretariat, which is located in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with many responsibilities. Among these are the responsibility for coordinating member countries' efforts in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, the oversight of the process of mutual evaluation of member countries, and oversight of the training and typologies efforts with member countries with the aim of promoting international AML/CFT standards.
During his tenure, MENAFATF became an associate member of the Financial Action Task Force, as it has managed to accomplish remarkable achievements. A number of member countries were evaluated in the AML/CFT context (17 countries), having the recognition and appreciation of the quality of the evaluation reports. He also led the efforts of the World Bank, IMF, AMF and UN to provide member countries with their TA needs. Joint assessors training and other training events were successfully undertaken in cooperation with international bodies, including the FATF, World Bank and the IMF.
Mr. Al Qulish began his career in the private sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and later joined the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency with the responsibility for onsite supervision of banking institutions to ensure their compliance with the KSA AML/CFT law and other requirements before he was nominated in 2004 to his current post by the Saudi government.
Mr. Al Qulish holds a Master’s degree in International Financial Management from the UK.
Abdulrahman Al Sughayer
Secretary General, Chief Governance, Compliance & Control Officer, Banque Saudi Fransi Read bio
Secretary General, Chief Governance, Compliance & Control Officer, Banque Saudi Fransi
Abdulrahman Al Sughayer has dedicated his career exclusively to the banking industry. He joined Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) in February 2013. In addition to his position as Secretary General and Chief Governance, Compliance and Control Officer, he also covers the responsibilities of Board Secretary. After completing his studies and related training courses locally and abroad, he joined Arab National Bank, starting in Information Security before moving on to Service Quality and Business Risks Management.
Looking forward to exploring other challenging opportunities, he joined Al Bilad Bank as Head of Operational Risk & Compliance and Chief Risk Officer, Chief Audit Executive & Secretary of Audit Committee till February 2013.
He holds the following certificates:
Certified Global leadership (CGLS) – Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University - (USA)
Certified Risk Analyst (CRA) - American Academy of Financial Management
Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA) - The Institute of Internal Control
Certified Operational And Market Risk Analyst (CORM)
Bachelor of Information system - King Saud University - (Riyadh)
Master’s Degree (Finance) - Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University - (USA)
In addition to several & various training courses certificates covering the Banking Industry in KSA and USA, 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
Managing Director, Economic and Corporate Governance Center Read bio
Managing Director, Economic and Corporate Governance Center
Alissa Amico is the Managing Director of GOVERN, which works alongside public and corporate leaders in advancing on corporate governance and economic governance in the Middle East and North Africa and other emerging markets through rigorous research. A unique policy and advisory entity, Govern provides expertise and technical assistance to policymakers and support to leading private and sovereign entities in the region, deploying internationally recognised practitioners and renowned academics in teams of targeted, complementary expertise.
Until 2015, Alissa was responsible for overseeing OECD’s work on financial markets and corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa. Alissa joined the OECD in 2005 to establish a regional programme on private sector development in the MENA region with the relevant Ministers in the region. In 2008, she launched a regional project on financial markets and corporate governance. In this capacity, Alissa provided technical expertise to a number of governments in the design of regulatory initiatives and institution building, including in particular to stock exchanges, securities regulators, central banks, ministries of finance and economy as well as corporate governance centers.
Alissa was involved in the formulation of corporate and capital market laws and regulations in Egypt, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and other countries of the region. She has also provided policy advice to governments on broader economic policy challenges such as through a recent initiative to establish an economic advisory council to the President of Egypt. Over the past decade, she has accompanied executives and boards of leading companies in the region on a range of governance reforms.
Alissa has authored a number of publications including Recommendations on Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), The Role of MENA Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance (2012), State-Owned Enterprises: Engines of Development and Competitiveness? (2013), Corporate Governance Enforcement in the Middle East and North Africa (2014), The Role of Institutional Investors in MENA Capital Markets (2015). Her contributions have included articles in academic journals, regional and international newspapers and she has been interviewed by television and online media. She is a regular contributor to key fora in the region (GCC Regulators Summit, Capital Markets Forum, Euromoney, etc.)
Alissa holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada) and a Masters degree in Political Economy with a specialisation in the Middle East from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She is a member of the French Institute of Directors’ International Commission. Alissa was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence in 2011 and was recognised by Columbia Law School as the Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2014. She is trilingual in English, French, and Russian and speaks basic Arabic.
Advisor, Supervision, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Read bio
Advisor, Supervision, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA)
Altaf Dossa is an Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) in the Supervision Department and assisting the team within the Banking and Insurance sectors. His professional career started in Washington DC with United Stated Information Services and has 17 years of experience in the advisory space. His experience spans the areas of fraud management, financial crime compliance reviews, and information security working at KPMG UK, Luxembourg and the Saudi Arabia. In addition to working in Europe and the Middle East, he has worked in various African countries.
He is currently leading the transformation project for the Banking and Insurance Supervision Department at SAMA consisting of enhancing the current supervisory framework, development of supervisory policy and framework, updating the risk model and associated work programmes for the off-site and on-site activities of the supervisors and inspectors.
He is also part of the team working towards preparing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their accession to full FATF membership - advising in the space of compliance, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing, fraud and cybercrime – along with other special projects.
His recent achievements include:
Successfully setting up a Forensic Services team in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with an international accreditation received.
Lead person for regulatory compliance work on FS regulatory inspection work –Compliance, AML and Fraud
Investigated allegations for fraud and misconduct across a number of industry sectors in many countries – including Saudi Arabia.
Created the IT Risk Management team with specialism in Information Protection, Business Resilience and IT auditing.
EMA lead on Detection Solution (Fraud and AML) and Expert Witness for KPMG UK (on AML and Fraud issues).
Regulatory Compliance – assisted institutions in Europe and Saudi Arabia to address their regulatory requirements in respect to local and international regulation and legislation – AML, Compliance and Fraud. This includes – FSA (UK), SAMA (Saudi Arabia) and CMA (Saudi Arabia) requirements, US FCPA rules, UK Bribery Act, Saudi Bribery and Corruption related Royal Decrees, pre-FACTA implementation guidelines;
Fraud Risk Management – delivered fraud awareness training, developed fraud office operating models and designed fraud management information reporting dashboard;
Fraud Detection Technology – assisted banks in the UK and Saudi Arabia in the specification and selection of anti-fraud solution – technology and process oriented;
Other Risk and Compliance Technology – assisted organisation selecting and acquiring anti-fraud / financial crime solutions (e.g., compliance and AML related), conducted analysis of transactional and corporate data to prevent, detect and respond to e-crime;
Financial Misconduct Investigations – assisted clients to quickly respond to incidents by securing documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and suspects and using technology to extract relevant information;
Fraud, Bribery and Corruption – assisted a number of clients, including in the identification, assessment and investigation of risks and allegations;
Business process analysis and control enhancement – critically analyzed activities for process and procedures enhancements. Design of process controls in respect to operational risks (e.g., fraud, abuse, errors, information security);
Information Security Auditing for major financial services institutions – including investment companies and banking clients.
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 have been the principal focus of his practice.
Humphry has worked closely with many multi-national organizations to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption as well as 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; this is in addition to 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.
Senior Advisor Capital Markets, Thomas Murray Read bio
Thomas Krantz serves as senior advisor to Thomas Murray, the London firm specialized in custody and financial markets ratings and information. He is also ambassador for Integrated Reporting, the global initiative developing a new approach to corporate reporting that demonstrates the linkages between an organization’s strategy, governance and financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates.
From 2001-2012, Thomas Krantz served as Secretary General of the World Federation of Exchanges, the Paris-based trade association for the regulated exchange industry. He was with the Federation as Deputy Secretary General from 1997-2001.
In support of better quality financial reporting, in his capacity as WFE Secretary General he served on the International Federation of Accountants’ IAASB Consultative Advisory Group from 2002-2011. In conjunction with his work on financial information for public listed companies, Mr. Krantz served a term as Chairman of the Advisory Board for XBRL International.
Before coming to WFE, Mr. Krantz worked as an institutional investment advisor and head of the sales team at the Banque de Gestion Privée / Crédit Agricole group in Paris, and prior to that headed equity sales and trading at Dresdner Bank’s Paris office. He also worked at Arthur Young in Paris as an auditor in the financial services sector. From 1986-88, Mr. Krantz managed central bank reserves deposited at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, along with the bank’s own capital invested in multi-currency treasury instruments. Mr. Krantz began his career in the credit training program at the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1979, working successively in New York and Paris in country risk evaluation and in corporate banking for trading and commodity companies.
Mr. Krantz earned an A.B. degree with high honors in history from the University of California at Berkeley; an A.M. degree in Russian studies from Harvard University; and an M.Litt. degree in politics from Oxford University, upon defence of a thesis on Soviet foreign policy.
Mr. Krantz is married and has two children. His non-professional community support goes to Healing Hands, a micro-foundation in Poona, India, devoted to sanitation and nutrition in a girls’ school.
Eugene C. McQuaid
Senior Macroeconomist, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Read bio
Senior Macroeconomist, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)
Eugene C. McQuaid is a senior macroeconomist currently engaged with the Saudi Arabian Government and IDI with responsibility for strategic investment planning, public fiscal and financial management, public debt management, private sector development, and economic diversification.
Eugene is also a PFM Advisor and economist with the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (METAC) and is widely recognized in the GCC as a pedigree source of technical and analytical intellect for strategic national development and public financial and fiscal management reform initiatives. This experience extends to macroeconomic and the economic diversification development initiatives as the GCC region transforms from the hydrocarbon, oil and LNG sector influence, to private sector development and SME.
Eugene is the co-founder of Economic Impact and Energy Advisory LLC (EIEA) a Qatar/UAE/Irish-based advisory firm, which focuses on services and products tailored to public financial management, fiscal and budgetary reform, PEFA and PFMA assessment and reporting, public investment planning, private sector development & economic diversification, infrastructure development and natural resource management.
Eugene has 23 years international experience engaged as a macroeconomist and advisor to CEOs, Ministers, heads’ of Government and has counseled international stakeholders including the IMF, World Bank, the United Nations and the European Commission. He specializes in pubic financial & fiscal management, private sector development and natural resource & hydrocarbon energy management.
Eugene recently held the position of the senior economist with the Ministry for Economic Development Planning and Statistics in Qatar and was seconded into a catalogue of principal roles in the Qatari Government – spanning a seven-year period, they include: the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (formerly Business & Trade), the Ministry of Finance, Qatar Central Bank, Enterprise Qatar (Qatar Development Bank), and the General Secretariat for Development Planning.
Eugene hold a Masters Degree in Economic Science from University College Dublin and also qualified in advanced computer science and statistics during that tenure. Eugene's résumé is rich in international practice with assignments compassing the GCC, MENA, Bangladesh, Singapore, Eastern Europe, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Dr. Nasser Saidi
Founder and President, Nasser Saidi & Associates Read bio
Dr. Nasser Saidi is the Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates and acts as an advisor to governments, central banks, regulators, multinationals, and regional companies. He is a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA, and Co-Chair of the OECD’s MENA Corporate Governance Working Group.
Some of his former posts include Minister of Economy and Trade of Lebanon, Minister of Industry of Lebanon, Chief Economist for Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, and Member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP).
In 2013, he was named among the 50 most Influential 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.
He the author of numerous articles and has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market developments, and international economic issues in the MENA region, GCC countries and Lebanon.
Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Thomson Reuters Read bio
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 often looks for new ways to launder money in order to close out the vulnerability before the bad guys exploit it. His mantra is: to defeat the money launderer, you must think like the money launderer.
In addition, he is a high profile whistleblower, who has 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. Commentators often call upon him to provide valuable insight into whistleblowing, corporate conduct, and emerging financial crime threats and trends.
Most recently Martin 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 behavior 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.
The 8th Compliance and
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
May 9th & 10th, 2016 | Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia