Vice Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA)
He earned his BS and MS in accounting from the US with an honor degree in 1981 and 1983 respectively.
He was licensed in 1987 in the states as a certified public accountant.
Joined two leading global accounting firms in 1985 and 1987 in California, USA and London, UK in their audit and consulting practices. He led the audit services in a leading accounting firm in Saudi Arabia where he was the partner in charge for blue chip audit engagements and his contribution spanned over more than 10 years.
He joined the banking sector in 2003 and assumed various leading roles until he became the Deputy Chief Executive officer in Riyad Bank. He is a Board member of Saudi Electricity Company and the Chairman of its Audit Committee.
He has various professional contributions in the field of accounting and is a member of various professional committees.
He led the first quality assurance reviews for accounting firms in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Fahad Aldossari
Director General, The Institute of Finance Read bio
Fahad Aldossari is a Senior Economist combining in-depth knowledge and experience of the Saudi Arabian and GCC regions. In November 2013, he was assigned as the Director General of the Institute of Finance, the strategic training arm for the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) in Riyadh. He since led the effort to redefine the strategy and mission of the Institute. In 2014, the Institute adopted a new mission and a new operational model. The new mission is to develop professionals in financial sector by setting competency standards, awarding certifications and providing high quality solutions to develop professional capabilities.
Before joining the Institute, Dr. Aldossari was the Director of the International Relations Department at SAMA and the Director of the Economic Research Department. He also worked at SAMA as the Director General of the Research and Statistics Department for a number of years, after heading the division of Money & banking – Research and Statistics Department at SAMA, and his earlier work as an Economic Specialist in the same department. Dr. Aldossari represented SAMA in many international gatherings and meetings.
Dr. Aldossari holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Leeds, UK.
Nadim Najjar is the Managing Director of Thomson Reuters in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) since December 2013. He oversees the Thomson Reuters businesses including Financial & Risk, Tax & Accounting, Intellectual Property & Science, and Legal across MENA markets. Since assuming this managerial position, Nadim has rolled out an enterprise transformation program to reposition the business from a data provider towards becoming a provider of solutions to customers. This strategic transition contributed to increasing customer value, achieving growth and creating a unique diversity across the Thomson Reuters businesses.
Nadim started his career at the IBM regional partner in Lebanon responsible for designing platforms and providing state-of-the-art technical solutions to buy side clients in the Middle East. He joined Thomson Reuters as Chief Engineer in 1993 and introduced the first of its kind two way satellite communication system in Istanbul, Athens, and Beirut. Under his leadership, the business bandwidth significantly increased allowing the Reuters dealing system to exponentially grow servicing Blue Chip corporations within the financial community in the Middle East.
Nadim has been on the cutting edge of the information industry for more than three decades. With a programming and computer engineering background, he was responsible for the technology development of new products and setting the architectural direction for Thomson Reuters platforms in the Levant region during the 90s.
In 1997, Nadim assumed a new role as Technical & Project Business Manager and launched the first mobile information product in the Levant markets. He was promoted to Business Manager of Thomson Reuters in 1999 leading the firm’s business operations including sales, client training & technical support across the Levant & North African markets.
Nadim also served as Managing Director, East Mediterranean & North Africa, Thomson Reuters in 2006. Under his management, the business expanded in new frontier markets including Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Sudan. In 2010, he was appointed as Global Head of Business Planning & Operations at Thomson Reuters Rapidly Developing Economies, driving strategic growth initiatives in emerging economies such as China, Russia, India, Latin America, Middle East & Africa.
In 2012, Nadim assumed a new executive role as Managing Director, Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS, Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S). He played a pivotal role in developing the business and building the operations to provide comprehensive solutions for corporations, academia, publishers, governments and law firms. Today, the Thomson Reuters IP&S business powers the lifecycle of innovation for several governments across 80 markets, enabling them to discover, protect and commercialize ideas across the invention cycle.
Chief Executive Officer, Tamkeen Technologies Read bio
Over 22nd years of business experience, had performed in several senior positions leading international company’s teams as well as government
teams in achieving successful planned business objectives .
Since Jun 2014, CEO of Tamkeen Technology (Startup Company) working in different dimensions of Business transformation. First, build the internal capabilities. Second, build the company's structure, vision, and mission, implementing the strategy, building business processes procedure and Governance aligning with WW trends. Third, meet MOL plus needs and demand of all IT service.
Oct 2011, (HRDF - CTO promoted to DDG IT) leading all functional of informational technology and was part of the business decision- making leaders, contributing in various initiatives of business transformation and mega strategic project among MOL plus.
April2008, JoinedCiscotohandleterritoryofbusinessinSaudi,handling strategic accounts with mega deals, responsible for leading part of Cisco business in education strategic accounts ,In this role, over achieved to secure Cisco business goals ,obtaining the sales champion awards twice in arrow and Chairmen club as well.
April 2006, Started the journey in private sector at Microsoft, handling Education Sector Manager, as well as Partner-in-Learning Program Manager. During this time, was also handling Community Affairs Program Manager as well. over achieved the targets in both roles and got highest recognition in Microsoft Contribution Based Incentive awarding.
1997, at Ministry of Education as Supervisor of ICT played a major role on the other side of the business cycle. Was a member of the Awarding Committee, Evaluation Committee, and Technical Prerequisites Committee to evaluate and participate in buying the right IT-solution for the Ministry of Education, contribute on managing IT infrastructure for over 30K public Schools around the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed Said Al-Abri
Director General of Issues and Disclosures, Capital Market Authority, Oman Read bio
Director General of Issues and Disclosures, Capital Market Authority, Oman
Mohammed Said Al-Abri has over 18 years of experience in the capital market and financial services industry, ranging from asset and portfolio management in the private sector to capital market regulation and policy development for the Government.
He is currently the Director General of Issues & Disclosures of the Capital Market Authority, Oman (the capital market regulator) and Secretary to its Board. His responsibilities include the development, regulation and supervision of new issues of shares (IPO and secondary issues), bonds, Sukuks, investment funds and restructures, and also regulatory supervision and compliance of publicly listed companies and investment funds.
He is a member of Technical Committee constituted under the National Committee for AML & CFT in the Sultanate of Oman, which involves all the key stakeholders in the country and also performs as a think tank. He is also a board member of the Oman Sovereign Sukuk company Muscat Clearing and Depository SAOC, and Chairman of the Oman National Mining Foundation committee. He is also a key technical and policy advisor to a number of other national level committees and programmes.
Mohammed is a graduate of Economics from the Yarmouk University of Jordan and a Master Degree holder in Banking & Finance Law (LLM) from the University of London.
Director – Global Supply Chain Strategic Sourcing will be representing SABIC
Mosa Al-Bargi is a supply chain leader with over 15 years track record of delivery in professional and leadership positions in Inbound Logistics and Supply Chain strategic sourcing, Global Procurement Center of Excellence and Mega Projects Logistics ; Project Management, Leading People, Strategy Formulation and Implementation, Business Processes Improvement, plus a very broad academic background : Diploma in Business (Honor), B.S in IT, and MBA (Honor) obtained along my career and experience journey.
Salim T.J. Al Dabbag
Acting Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Financial Crime, Al Rajhi Bank Read bio
Acting Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Financial Crime, Al Rajhi Bank
Salim is currently the Acting Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Financial Crime at one of the biggest Islamic banks (Al Rajhi Bank). Salim has over 23 years of experience in various banking fields Banking Operations, Risk Management, Internal Audit, and mainly within Compliance, and has held various progressive Compliance & AML/CTF roles throughout his career. Salim worked in several Saudi and International Banks where he held the posts of the Head of AML/CTF and Before that, he was the Head of Compliance for an International Brank based in Riyadh, and Global Sanction officer at a local banking covering 4 jurisdictions. He carries a post graduate certificate in Advanced Management for Bankers from the University of Wales. He is a certified anti-money laundry Specialist and a certified Compliance officer.
He has undergone several Banking and Management Development trainings through the Institute of Banking (KSA), The Institute for International Research (UAE), Ashridge Business School (UK), the Academy of Financial Management and many more. Salim speaks, Arabic, English fluently with a little French.
Salim also Conducts training on Anti-Money Laundering and CTF / Compliance & CAMS related to Financial Institutions.
H.E. Abdulaziz A. Al-Helaissi
Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (GIB) Read bio
Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (GIB)
Mr. Al-Helaissi has 26 years of banking experience primarily in Saudi Arabia and served on a number of boards including Tadawul (Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange).
Prior to joining GIB in February 2016, Mr. Al-Helaissi held the position of Deputy Governor for Supervision at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency “SAMA” having started there in May, 2013. At SAMA, his responsibilities included the oversight of the Banking and Insurance sectors as well as Finance company regulations (mortgage, leasing, and other non-bank finance agreements). He was additionally responsible for consumer protection.
Prior to his post at SAMA, Mr. Al-Helaissi was Senior Country Officer and Managing Director, Saudi Arabia for JP Morgan Chase as well as Head of Global Corporate Banking for the Middle East and North Africa between September 2010 and May 2013. Earlier in his career, he was the Saudi British Bank’s “SABB”, an affiliate of HSBC, Central Province Area General Manager, covering all key lines of business, including corporate and consumer banking.
Mr. Al-Helaissi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA.
Turki Al- Majhad
Head of Anti-Money Laundering, Capital Market Authority, KSA Read bio
Head of Anti-Money Laundering, Capital Market Authority, KSA
Turki has fifteen years of extensive and progressive experience in compliance & anti-money laundering. Currently, Turki is heading the anti-money laundering division a the capital market authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (CMA). Turki's main responsibility is ensuring that the Kingdom's financial institutions are in compliance with the CMA's policies and procedures
Turki is a member of the Anti-Money Laundering of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Chief Compliance Officer, Al-Rajhi Capital Read bio
Mohammed Al-Monajam has more than 15 years of professional experience in a senior compliance and control function, with a specific interest in compliance and anti-money laundering (AML). He currently oversees the Compliance & AML functions at Al-Rajhi Capital, and has been in the role since 2009. Prior to Al-Rajhi Capital, Mohammed worked at a number of respected financial institutions, including Riyadh Capital and SAMBA Financial Group.
Mohammed has participated in several compliance and AML seminars and trainings. Most recently, he was a speaker on behalf of the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) at a MENA Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF) Working Group Workshop held in Sudan.
Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science degree from King Saud University, and a Diploma in International Compliance from the International Compliance Association.
Chief Compliance Officer, Saudi British Bank (SABB) Read bio
Chief Compliance Officer, Saudi British Bank (SABB)
Sami Jadaan Al-Muhaid, Chief Compliance Officer of Saudi British Bank, is a versatile banker and associated with the banking industry for over 15 years. Before the assumption of his current position, Sami has been the Deputy Head of Compliance of SABB since 2013. Prior to joining SABB, he has served as the Head of AML at Al-Rajhi Banking Corporation.
Sami has worked in different banking streams including Corporate Banking in SABB and other local banks. Parallel to his active banking career, Sami also serves as Chairman of Anti-Financial Crime & Money Laundering Committee at SAMA since 2014. He is invited as a guest speaker in several AML forums in Saudi Arabia, beside raising the awareness of AML in various government organisations and universities.
Chief Compliance Officer, Saudi Hollandi Bank Read bio
Mr. Al-Oraini is currently the Chief Compliance Officer in Saudi Hollandi Bank with the responsibilities of managing and monitoring Compliance and AML activities throughout the Bank and core member of several high-level Committees. Mr. Al-Oraini Graduated from University of Northern Colorado, USA. He has more than 17 years of extensive experience comprising various fields in Banking such as Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Banking, Private Banking, Operations, etc.
Mr. Al-Oraini has a strong personal commitment to the development of Compliance Governance and Ethics. He has contributed a great deal to the AML and Compliance fields in Saudi Arabia.
Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Finance of Terrorism, Saudi British Bank (SABB) Read bio
Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Finance of Terrorism, Saudi British Bank (SABB)
Ali Al-Qahtani, is the Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Terrorist Financing for the Saudi British Bank-SABB, and carries 15 years of banking experience. In his current role he is responsible to improving and managing the AML, Sanctions & Compliance structures including framework, systems, controls & training. During his career he has contributed to the development of the AML awareness among the Saudi community members, and has participated in several forums involving financial crimes and terrorism financing, he has also played a key role in establishing a library of all SAMA circulars issued to the banking industries over the last 25 years.
He is also a member of the Anti-Financial Crimes Committee at SAMA and represents SABB in several sub-committees formed for specific reviews in AML & Compliance fields.
Adel Al Qulish
Executive Secretary, Middle East & North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF) Read bio
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.
Senior Vice President, Head of Information Security, Riyad Bank 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.
Mr Ali Baalawi joined DFSA in September 2009 as part of the Tomorrow Regulatory Leaders Programme. He is currently a Senior Manager in the Supervision Division Conduct Risk which is responsible for the supervision of licensed firms such as fund managers, asset managers, investment advisors and investment managers including Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs). His particular focus is advancing DFSA’s ongoing Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism initiatives. Prior to his current role, he worked with different teams within the Supervision department where he was responsible for the supervision of a portfolio of licensed firms conducting a variety of activities. Prior to completing his military service, he represented the DFSA in the UAE National Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
Mr Baalawi has a Bachelor of Information Technology and Business Information Systems from Middlesex University, UK. He also holds the Islamic Finance Qualification and Risk in Financial Services certificate from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering from International Compliance Association and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Chair, Business Advisory Board, Transparency International Read bio
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.
Senior Counsel and Head of Compliance, Saudi Aramco Read bio
Senior Counsel and Head of Compliance, Saudi Aramco
David R. Cherrington is Senior Counsel and Head of Compliance & Litigation at Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Company), the world’s largest integrated oil and gas producing company. In this capacity, he oversees a team of world-class professionals who are responsible for the strategic transformation of Saudi Aramco's global compliance and regulatory framework.
Mr. Cherrington leads Saudi Aramco’s compliance activities and is responsible to manage the international litigation docket in all countries where Saudi Aramco and its subsidiaries do business. He provides strategic direction to Saudi Aramco in the avoidance of legal, regulatory, and reputational risks posed in the areas of anti-corruption, bribery, and ethics; antitrust and competition law; export control and trade sanctions; data privacy and security; and environmental law. He also supports Saudi Aramco’s Information Technology department in cyber-security matters, as well as provides legal counsel in the areas of labor, contracting, and public relations. He serves on the Saudi Aramco Expatriate School Board, and the Conference Board’s Compliance and Ethics Council.
Prior to joining Saudi Aramco in 2001, Mr. Cherrington practiced law with the firms of Seyfarth Shaw in Houston, Texas and Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University where he served on the B.Y.U. Law Review. Mr. Cherrington is an Eagle Scout.
Senior Manager, Assurance, FIDS, Ernst & Young Read bio
Jennifer has 15 years experience within law enforcement, intelligence, and defense industries. Her extensive forensic collection, analysis, and instructor experience has enabled her to lead complex investigations and implement large scale worldclass forensic labs.
Some of Jennifer's digital forensics include:
Provided incident response and forensic analysis of a major sea port network in MENA that suffered simultaneous attacks impacting IT operations and end user availability of data
Led a team of incident responders to a family owned GCC energy company that was hacked and had their email intercepted and altered bank account information in an attempt to redirect large payment transactions to a fraudulent account
Led a team of geographically dispersed computer forensic examiners providing simultaneous investigative support to multiple locations within Asia for a global financial clearing house based in Hong Kong
Provided forensic expertise analyzing digital media on numerous e-discovery and counterterrorism cases performing password cracking, deleted file recovery, header carving in unallocated space, registry file analysis, steganography detection, file hash analysis, metadata retrieval, email, chat and other communication medium analysis. Findings were correlated to existing data sets and reported to generate operational leads and technical trend analysis
Enhanced mobile device forensic capabilities by developing standard operating procedures, creating enhanced data extractions scripts and performing static and dynamic analysis to assist the US Federal Trade Commission with their ongoing cases relating to mobile applications and consumer privacy
Managed quality assurance for a federal law enforcement lab to enable digital forensic examiners to use of cutting edge technology yet ensured compliance with industry best practices and federal rules of procedure to ensure court admissibility in all aspects of digital media and mobile device forensics
Provided investigative support, incident response, and forensics analysis in support of criminal and civil matters for numerous US government clients
Designed and implemented a full service digital forensics lab including the selection and procurement of hardware, software, physical security, and standard operating procedures for our unique environment servicing corporate and core federal customers in a shared space
Jennifer was an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University in Washington, DC teaching IT forensics to graduate level students. She instructed the official Guidance Software EnCase Computer Forensics I and Computer Forensics II curriculum as a certified Guidance Software Authorized Training Partner to clients in China and Mexico.
Managing Director, Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) Read bio
Patrice has over 39 years of experience in banking industry. He has been appointed as Managing Director of Banque Saudi Fransi in September 2011.
Banque Saudi Fransi is a universal bank ranked 5th in terms of Total Assets (49 Billion USD) and Net Income (910MM USD) in Saudi Arabia. BSF has a network of 85 branches and 2,800 employees. He is a Board Member and Chairman of Executive Committee of Banque Saudi Fransi. He is a Board Member and Chairman of Saudi Fransi Capital International (Dubai), and also Chairman of Saudi Fransi Capital International (Dubai). He is a Board Member of Allianz Saudi Fransi.
After starting his career at the French Ministry of Equipment and Transportation, Patrice joined the Corporate Banking Department of Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur in 1975. In 1984 he joined Banque Indosuez as a Senior Banker and was promoted to Deputy Head of Large French Corporate Department in 1989. Patrice was then appointed as Regional Head Corporate Banking of Crédit Agricole Indosuez for Asia Pacific in 1996 based in Singapore. In 2000 he became Country Head of Crédit Agricole Indosuez in South Korea. Then in 2005 he became Country Head of Calyon (renamed Crédit Agricole CIB) in Japan and their all Crédit Agricole subsidiaries (Insurance and Asset Management). In 2008 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Asia based in Hong Kong covering 13 countries from India to China.
He was the Chairman of the French Korean Chamber of Commerce (2001-2005) and Board Member of the Japanese French Chamber of Commerce (2007-2008). Since 2001 he is the Advisor to the French Trade Commission in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and to Saudi Arabia since 2011.
He holds a PHD in Economic Science from Paris I University.
He was awarded Officer of l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2012, Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2002 and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 1993. He also received Industrial Service Medal from the Government of South Korea in 2005.
Andrew Critchlow is an award winning business journalist with Reuters Breakingviews. In his current role as a Breakingviews associate editor he writes business commentary on commodities and energy issues, with a special focus on Middle East business and the politics of oil.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Andrew was commodities editor at the Telegraph, the UK's largest broadsheet newspaper.
He was previously Australia and New Zealand bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and Middle East managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires in Dubai, where he expanded coverage in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. In addition, Andrew directed ground-breaking reporting of corporate corruption that won his team a William R. Clabby Award in 2009.
He worked for 3 years with Bloomberg as the news agency’s Gulf OPEC correspondent and deputy Dubai bureau chief.
Andrew began his career as a staff writer for Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) in London before being appointed senior Persian Gulf correspondent. He covered the war in Iraq in 2003 and was part of the editorial team that won the UK’s PPA International Business Magazine of the Year award in 2003. In the following year, he was named Emap Business Journalist of the Year for his reporting from Baghdad.
Before journalism, Andrew served in the Grenadier Guards, completing tours in Northern Ireland and Africa. He has also represented Great Britain as a racing cyclist at under-18 level. He is currently making a comeback to competitive bike racing.
Andrew was educated at Barnard Castle School and Durham University, where he read a Masters in Middle East politics.
Managing Director, The Saudi British Bank (SABB) Read bio
David Dew was appointed as the Managing Director of SABB (The Saudi British Bank) in May 2010. He has been a member of the SABB Board since December 2009 and is also a member of the Board of HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited.
David has been with the HSBC Group since 1977 and is a Group General Manager. Before moving to SABB, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Amanah and Chief of Administration, Global Banking and Markets, Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that David served as Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Bank USA and the Chief Auditor for HSBC North America. He has also held senior positions with HSBC as Deputy Chief Executive Singapore and Chief Executive Officer Italy.
David gained his first experience in Saudi Arabia when he worked as Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of SABB from 2001-2004. David received his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and holds the ACIB professional banking qualification. He is married with two daughters.
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.
Dr. Badr El Banna
Regional Advisor, Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism, MENA, International Monetary Fund Read bio
Regional Advisor, Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, International Monetary Fund
Dr. Badr El Banna is the IMF Regional Advisor in Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Dr. El Banna started his career at the national level with the Lebanese Special Investigation Commission before joining the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna as an anti-corruption criminal justice officer.
Dr. El Banna holds a number of degrees, including a PhD in international law from Sorbonne University, a Master in Islamic Financial Management from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires and an Executive Master in finance from Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). He is also the author of several publications on economic and financial crimes.
Farah Foustok is the Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Gulf Ltd. based in Dubai. She began working in the investment field in 1994. Prior to joining Lazard in 2014, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Middle East from 2008.
Previously, she was the Head of Asset Management at NBD Investment Bank. Farah was a senior fund manager at EFG-Hermes prior to NBD IB, responsible for managing GCC and MENA funds and portfolios. Farah spent five years at Deutsche Bank in London, in Equity Strategy. She has also worked at Morgan Stanley within Equity Sales, followed by three years in commercial real estate advisory in Europe.
Farah also has Private Equity exposure through a private venture in Argentina and an internetstart-up in the UK. In 2010, Farah was selected to participate on an advisory panel for the Dubai Financial Services Authority. In 2012 Farah was elected as the chairperson of the board for the UAE Financial Services Association. In December 2013, Farah was one of four founding members of the first non-profit female mentoring program in the DIFC, Reach. April 2014 Farah completed her accreditation with Mudara, Institute of Directors, to become the 4th female certified board director in the UAE. In 2015 Farah co-founded and chairs the Steering Committee for the GCC chapter of the 30% club to develop & promote female leadership in the region.
Farah holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BSc Hons in Mathematics from King’s College, London.
Head of Debt Capital Markets, GIB Capital Read bio
Rod is head of the Debt Capital Markets team at GIB having joined the Investment Bank in 2010. He has over 16 years of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets experience and has advised on, arranged, placed and financed over US$50 billion of internationally syndicated debt capital markets issuances and syndications for major international companies, GCC sovereigns, supranationals and corporate borrowers. Prior to joining GIB he worked in Bahrain at Arab Banking Corporation in Debt Capital Markets and Acquisition Finance.
Before moving to Bahrain, Rod worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, London, for over 5 years as Vice President covering Capital Markets, Acquisition Finance and Structured Finance. Rod also worked for KPMG, London, in the Corporate Finance Debt Advisory team, providing independent advice on structuring and raising financing including bank financing, capital markets bond & private placement, securitization, leveraged finance and restructuring.
Rod has a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Durham, UK.
Originally from Australia, Raven has over 16 years of experience in the banking and finance industry including retail banking, private banking, wealth management, capital markets, corporate and commercial banking, and international banking (trade and project finance).
Raven Groom-Baker is currently the Chief Compliance Adviser for Al Rajhi Bank, based in Saudi Arabia.
Prior to this Raven was the Head of Legal and Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank, UAE, based in Dubai.
Prior to this Raven was the Head of Compliance, UAE for HSBC Bank Middle East and the MENA Regional Compliance Head for Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Commercial Banking for HSBC Bank, based in Dubai.
He has also previously held positions as a Compliance Manager, Lawyer and a Branch Manager in Sydney, Australia.
Raven also teaches the Diploma of Governance Risk and Compliance and the Diploma of Financial Crime for the International Compliance Association, accredited through the University of Manchester Business School.
Raven holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from the University of Queensland and is a qualified Australian lawyer from the Legal Profession Admission Board, through the University of Sydney.
He is a Certified Compliance professional through the Australasian Compliance Institute.
He also holds a Diploma in Project Management (Australian Institute of Management), a Partial Diploma in Financial Services and a Graduate Diploma Applied Finance qualifications (Kaplan).
Head of Financial Institutions, MENA, Thomson Reuters Read bio
Head of Financial Institutions, MENA, Thomson Reuters
Vikas is currently the Head of Financial Institutions for GGO in Middle East and North Africa, driving growth for Thomson Reuters by partnering with leading banks and financial institutions. He was appointed in January 2016.
Prior to this, Vikas was Head of Operations for MENA, having moved to Dubai from the New York office where he was Head of Business Development. In this role, Vikas successfully led acquisition of multiple companies and assets for Thomson Reuters. Before that, he was Senior Manager for F&R Strategy in Bangalore, India. He joined Thomson Reuters in 2006, bringing with him a wealth of experience from various sales and strategy roles in leading multi-nationals such as IBM and SAP.
Vikas has a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from MNIT, Jaipur in India in 2001.
General Manager, Group Head Legal & Compliance, Bank Audi s.a.l Read bio
General Manager, Group Head Legal & Compliance, Bank Audi s.a.l
Mr. Jebeyli is the Group Head for legal and compliance, covering all Group Audi entities. He is a General Manager, member of the Group Executive Committee, Chairman of the Compliance Officers Committee of the Association of Banks in Lebanon and President of Compliance Officers Committee at the World Union of Arab Bankers.
Prior to joining Bank Audi in 1997, he was the Managing Director for Legal & Compliance at Citibank - Middle East & North Africa. Before Citibank, was in private legal practice in the USA with focus on commercial and banking matters.
He is a former Lebanese Judge and a member of the N.Y. and American Bar associations. He has an LLM in International Banking from Boston University, School of Law
Solution Specialist, Audit and Risk, Thomson Reuters Read bio
Solution Specialist, Audit and Risk, Thomson Reuters
Mohamed Khamis is a Senior GRC Workflow Solutions Specialist for the MENA Region at Thomson Reuters. Mohamed recently joined the presales team from KPMG Lower Gulf and brings with him 7 years of Risk Consulting experience where he lead Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, and Corporate Governance Engagements. His client portfolio included a multitude of sectors and clients in the region. His client base included Real Estate, SWF, Family Owned Groups, Financial Services and Government entities. Mohamed is a Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double concentration of Accounting & Finance from the American University of Sharjah.
Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance, Mubadala Read bio
Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance, Mubadala
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.
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.
Olivier Merlan is the Deputy General Manager of LOGOS ITS - the Luxembourg-based company that distributes iDETECT®, the nextgen solution for the global risk management applied to financial institutions.
With over 20 years’ experience in technologies, Mr. Merlan is a recognized expert in the crime analytics field and he is passionate about continuous innovation in the domain.
Mr. Merlan is a former member of the Europol Serious Crime unit and Financial Crime Expert who worked for technology leaders in banking, insurance companies, law firms, accounting firms and other financial regulated services.
Mr. Merlan work at Europol has been recognized by the law enforcement community and has been a speaker at numerous industry/client events and conferences.
Chairman of Insurance Executive Committee, Saudi Arabia and CEO of Arabian Shield Cooperative Insurance Company Read bio
Geopolitical Risk Analysis, Strategy & Security, Author, Senior Appointments at UK Ministry of Defence
Chris Parry has an international reputation for his analysis and articulation of a wide range of geopolitical, strategic and security themes. He is one of the UK's top strategic thinkers and forecasters, whose assessments about the future have consistently proved extremely accurate and are considered amongst the best in the field by governments, the City, the academic world and a variety of national and international institutions.
After reading Modern History at Jesus College Oxford, Chris Parry spent 36 enjoyable, rewarding years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer. He commanded the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER, the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS, the UK's Amphibious Task Group and the Maritime Warfare Centre. He also had five senior Joint and UK Ministry of Defence appointments with responsibility for operational and developmental issues relating to all three Services.
As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he was mentioned in dispatches for his part in rescuing 16 SAS from a glacier in South Georgia and the detection and disabling of the submarine SANTA FE. As a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for determining the future strategic context for operations and leading the conceptual development of all three armed forces out to 2030.
Nowadays, he runs his own strategic forecasting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about strategic issues, high-level leadership and systemic risk. As well as working with Thomson Reuters, he helps generate competitive advantage with major companies through the forecasting of future geopolitical developments, emerging trends and investment opportunities. In particular, he is an internationally recognized authority on existing and emerging aspects of the marine and maritime environment. From 2009, he was the founding Chair of the UK's Marine Management Organization.
A regular broadcaster and commentator in UK national newspapers and magazines, he is an active author, most recently with the best selling 'Down South - a Falklands War Diary', published in February 2012, and 'Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century', published in May 2014. He is also President of a Rugby League Club.
Matthew P. Pelligrino
Financial Attaché to the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, U.S. Department of the Treasury Read bio
Financial Attaché to the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Matthew P. Pelligrino is the United States Department of the Treasury Financial Attaché to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen and is based at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Matt began his tenure as Financial Attaché in early May 2015 after serving nine years in the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Matt has led the Treasury’s efforts in his area of responsibility to work with governments and the private sector to counter illicit financial, particularly money laundering and countering of terrorist financing. Matt has extensive experience within the Treasury and among key United States government policymakers, having advised the President and others on a range of Middle East finance and illicit finance matters. He is highly respected in DC as a thought leader on combatting terrorist finance. Matt completed undergraduate and graduate studies in international affairs and security policy at American University in Washington, DC.
Head of Proposition, EMEA for Customer & Third Party Risk, Thomson Reuters Read bio
Head of Proposition, EMEA for Customer & Third Party Risk, Thomson Reuters
Howard is currently Head of Proposition, EMEA for Customer & Third Party Risk at Thomson Reuters where he has worked in Risk Management Solutions since 2013. His prior role saw him oversee the global market launch of Thomson Reuter’s flagship screening product ‘World-Check One’. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked in the information industry for over 10 years across various roles for Factiva & Dow Jones, latterly leading the Product & Operations divisions within Risk & Compliance. Howard graduated from the University of Wales with a B.A. in Modern Languages with Computer Science and went on to study Project Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Outside of work Howard is a keen traveller and avid windsurfer!
Head of Operations and Delivery for the IntegraScreen business, Thomson Reuters Read bio
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.
Advisor to the Governor and Director, Consumer Protection Department, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency Read bio
Advisor to the Governor and Director, Consumer Protection Department, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
Hesham Tashkandi is the Advisor to the Governor of SAMA since January 2013, and the Director of the Consumer Protection Department since November 2015.
The Consumer Protection Department in SAMA develops policies governing the conduct of the regulated financial institutions, especially conduct vis-à-vis the customer, and monitors compliance with these policies. They also receive and resolve complaints escalated to them against financial institutions. Their third mandate is to lead SAMA’s work on Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy.
Mr. Tashkandi has an MBA from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and has worked in the financial sector in Saudi Arabia over the past 35 years, in commercial banking, investments, SME development, insurance and now at SAMA, the central bank and regulator.
Mr. Tashkandi is a UK Certified Director and has experience over more than 15 years at the board level of companies in investment management, insurance, banking, manufacturing and retailing.
The 8th Compliance and
Anti-Money Laundering Seminar
May 9th & 10th, 2016 | Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia