GCC Regulator Summit


H.E. Abdulla Al Turifi H.E. Abdulla Al Turifi
Chief Executive Officer
Securities and Commodities Authority

H.E. Al Turifi has held leading and prominent positions in the last two decades in the field of banking, private sector, as well as in the Federal and Municipal government.

Currently, he is the CEO of ESCA at the rank of Under-Secretary and an ESCA Board Member as well. The securities markets continue to witness, under his return as CEO of ESCA, remarkable development in the areas of legislation, supervision and investment-friendly environment, which enabled the securities sector to perform creditably in boosting the national economic stability.

He is also the First Secretary General, unanimously elected for three consecutive tenures, of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities based in UAE. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of ESCA since 2003.

It's worth mentioning here that he has occupied several prominent governmental positions. He was the Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Economy & Trade in 1999, where he was fully responsible for all international economic relationships between UAE and foreign countries world-wide. Moreover, he was the head of UAE delegation involved in handling World Trade Organization WTO talks. He also served as a Board Member of the Emirates Industrial Bank.

During his career development, Mr. Al Turifi was attached to General Directorate of the Gulf Cooperation Country Council (GCC) in Riyadh in his capacity as an Investment Department Director. He was appointed as the Director of Hamriyah Free Zone Project in Sharjah for the period from 1996 till 1999.

His banking career includes positions in National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Citibank Dubai and a prominent post in the capacity of the Regional Manager of the Gulf Islamic Investment Company for the GCC from 1986 to 1992.

Qualifications & Training Courses:

Mr. Al Turifi has Bachelor's degree in Policy & Business Administration and a Diploma in Banking.

Jane Diplock Jane Diplock, AO
Chairman, Securities Commission, New Zealand
Chairperson, IOSCO Executive Committee

Jane Diplock was appointed Chairman of the New Zealand Securities Commission in September 2001, and reappointed in 2006 for a further five-year term, which ends in September 2011.

Before this appointment, Jane was the National Director, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning, and New South Wales Regional Commissioner with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She has also held senior executive positions with Westpac Banking Corporation, and was Managing Director of the New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission. She has chaired and been a member of a number of boards and committees in the public and private sectors.

Jane is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She was elected in 2004 and re-elected for a third term in May 2008.

Jane is a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group set up in December 2008 by the International Accounting Standards Board and the United States Financial Accounting Standards Board. It examines financial reporting issues arising from the global financial crisis. She is also a member of the Trans-Tasman Leadership Forum.

Jane has recently been appointed to the Steering Committee being set up by, among others, HRH The Prince of Wales to establish an International Integrated Reporting Committee. This body will develop a financial reporting model to support the information needs of long-term investors and sustainable investment.

Jane was appointed an officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia in January 2003 for "service to business and commerce, to public administration, particularly in the areas of education and training, and to the community through a range of social justice, health, educational and cultural organisations".

Jane holds degrees in arts and law, a Diploma of Education from Sydney University and a Diploma of International Law, International Economics and International Relations from the Australian National University. She was a Chevening Research Fellow at the London School of Economics.

She is also:

  • a barrister and solicitor of the ACT Supreme Court and High Court of Australia
  • a barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court
  • a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Inc
  • a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Abdul Rahman Al Baker Abdul Rahman Al Baker
Executive Director, Financial Institutions Supervision
Central Bank of Bahrain

Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Baker currently holds the position of Executive Director of Financial Institutions Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain since January 2006. Over the past 22 years, he was gradually promoted to several positions at the Central Bank of Bahrain, the last being Director of Financial Institutions Directorate.

Mr. Al Baker, who holds an Accounting Degree from Gulf Polytechnic (University of Bahrain) in 1987, is also a graduate of the Gulf Executive Program, which was conducted by the University of Virginia in 1999 and has attended the Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Inspection courses, Schools 1, 2 and 3 and 4. Born in 1965 and married with 3 children.

Samer Abdelhaq Samer Abdelhaq
General Counsel & Head of Legal Department
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Samer Abdelhaq joined National Bank of Abu Dhabi in June 2008 as Deputy General Counsel, subsequently being appointed as General Counsel and Head of Legal Department in January 2010.

He holds an LLB from the University of Jordan, an LLM in International Banking and Finance Law from Boston University and a post graduate diploma in law from Nottingham Trent University.

Prior to joining National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Mr. Abdelhaq practiced banking and finance law with Allen & Overy and Simmons & Simmons.

Mr. Abdelhaq is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales

Vanessa Abernethy Vanessa Abernethy
Simmons & Simmons

Vanessa is a partner in the Corporate department at Simmons & Simmons, based in the Dubai office. Vanessa specialises in securities law, IPOs, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, joint ventures, private equity and general company and commercial law (including financial services and regulatory matters).

Vanessa's experience includes advising listed companies and investment banks in relation to a range of equity and debt security issues and funds and dealing frequently with regulators. Her regulatory background includes spending two and a half years working for the New Zealand Stock Exchange, giving her an unrivalled understanding of capital markets and how they are regulated.

Vanessa has been working in the Middle East for 5 1/2 years and as a recognised leader in regulation is also a member of the NASDAQ Dubai Practitioners' Committee. In addition to her Bachelor of Laws degree, Vanessa has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Stock Exchange diploma (in financial markets) from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Abdullah Al-AbdulGader Abdullah Al-AbdulGader
Founding Executive Director, GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI)
Board Member, The Gulf International Bank (GIB)

Dr Al-Abdul-Gader is the founding executive director of GCC Board Directors Institute. He is also an adviser at the Ministry of Higher Education and a board member of the Gulf International Bank, a leading regional bank.

He joined the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, where he has been teaching, researching and consulting in the area of management information systems ever since. He was the vice rector of graduate studies and scientific research and the chairman of the Department of Accounting and MIS. Additionally, he worked as the manager of the administrative applications department in the university's Information Technology Centre.

Dr Al-Abdul-Gader recently completed a five-year term (2004-2009) at the Saudi Capital Market Authority, where he participated as a commissioner in its founding board. His main responsibilities included the enactment and enforcement of the Capital Market Law implementing regulations, where he developed the corporate governance code and brought about the successful implementation of information technology in market trading and supervision.

Dr Al-Abdul-Gader has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, US (1988), a MBA from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (1983) and a BSc in Business Administration.

Dr Al-Abdul-Gader's extensive experience includes his position as a board member in major public companies and professional associations in Saudi Arabia, such as the Saudi Computer Society, the Saudi Organisation for Certified Public Accountants and Saudi Telecom, where he served as a board member from 1998 to 2003. Besides his board member assignments at Saudi Telecom, Dr Al-Abdul-Gader served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the board, where as the first privatisation venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, STC set for itself ambitious growth and service level goals in the Kingdom's telecommunications.

For six years, Dr Al-Abdul-Gader has been a member of the Accounting Standards Committee in the Saudi Organisation for Certified Public Accountants, where the committee develops accounting standards and provides professional opinions and advisory services.

Throughout his career, Dr Al-Abdul-Gader's has been involved in speaking at numerous conferences and attending executive training programmes at renowned institutions such as Harvard Business School (US) and the University of Bath (UK).

 Rashed Al Baloushi Rashed Al Baloushi
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Rashed Al Baloushi joined Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in April 2000 where he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the market in November 2000.

Al-Baloushi started his career at ADX as Manager of the Clearing, Settlement, Depositary & Registry (CSD) Department.

Prior to joining ADX, Al-Baloushi was Head of Registrar & Depository at the Abu Dhabi Free Zone Authority.

Al-Baloushi has an MBA from UAE University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.

H.E Mohammed Al Hadari H.E Mohammed Al Hadari
Deputy CEO for Organizational & Supporting Services
Securities & Commodities Authority

H.E. Mohamed Al Hadari has been the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority's deputy chief executive for organisational services and support since November 2008. Previously, H.E. Mr. Al Hadari occupied the position of human resources and financial affairs department director for four years. Prior to joining SCA, H.E. Mr. Al Hadari worked at the Department of Economic Development in Sharjah for 10 years.

H.E. Mr. Al Hadari accomplished his Master's Degree in Business Administration (Marketing Major) from the Lincolnshire and Humberside British University in December 2000, following a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the UAE University.

H.E. Mr. Al Hadari has a record of fast promotions at all the organisations and governmental bodies he has joined and has been awarded several times for his outstanding accomplishments.

 Jamal Al Jasmi Jamal Al Jasmi
General Manager
Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies

Over the past 16 years, Jamal Al Jasmi has had strategic and operational responsibilities spanning training and development, educational programmes, research, organisational development and implementing UAE government national policy in human resources in the banking and financial sector.

Jamal Al Jasmi is currently managing the strategic and operational function at the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, covering areas from designing and delivering training programmes to bankers, teaching educational programmes, and development planning for key resources required by the EIBFS to reach its strategic goals.

Jamal Al Jasmi has also worked for the UAE federal government's Institute of Administrative Development which focuses on developing human resources in the civil administration. He was actively involved in the training and research function and designed, developed and facilitated training programmes for civil servants. He has also been involved in several research initiatives, which included the assessment of training needs and evaluation of training programmes.

Jamal Al Jasmi chairs the Technical & Academic Committee at EIBFS, he is also a member of the UAE Bank Advisory Committee, Academic Council, Institute of Administrative Development, Special Gulf Regional Committee for the promotion of training institutions in the region and HRD Committee in the Banking Sector.

Ashraf Nabhan Al Nabhani Ashraf Nabhan Al Nabhani
College of Banking and Financial Studies, Oman

Dr. Ashraf Al Nabhani started his career as an economic researcher in 1986 at the Ministry of Finance & Economy in the Sultanate of Oman. He was then appointed as the Director of Economic Research Department in 1989. During the period while he was working in the Ministry of Finance and Economy, he was appointed in several committees representing the ministry. In 1988, he was appointed as member of the Gulf Co-operation Council Commercial Delegation Negotiating with the European Union, Japan and USA. He was also appointed during the period 1990-1993 as the Alternate Director of the Board of Directors of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), representing the Ministry of Finance & Economy and member of PDO's Tender Board in his capacity as representative of the Ministry of Finance & Economy.

In 1993, he joined the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) as the Executive Vice President. In 1998, he was appointed as the Acting Executive President of MSM with a main objective to establish the Capital Market Authority and then was appointed as the Acting Executive President of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), until mid 1999.

In 1999, he travelled to pursue his PHD studies in the topic of Financial Markets at the University of Cambridge, and upon completion by end of 2003, he resumed his work at the Capital Market Authority as an advisor to the Executive President, and then was appointed as the Executive Vice President for Research and Development.

In mid 2006, he joined the College of Banking and Financial Studies as the Dean of the College.

Dr. Nabhani received his BSc in Economics, from the American University in Cairo in 1986 and his PhD in Financial Markets in 2004, from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Hassan Abdulrahman Al Serkal Hassan Abdulrahman Al Serkal
COO, Head of Market Operations Division
Dubai Financial Market

2000 – To date: Director of Operation (Market Control and Information Technology ) — Dubai Financial Market

Since the creation of Dubai Financial Market, Hassan AbdulRahman Al Serkal has worked as head of market control and information technology reporting to the general manager and has been responsible for the formulation and implementation of market control policies and IT strategy. He is primarily responsible for market control, company listing, monitoring trading, surveillance, providing IT support to the DFM and the traders. He coordinates with senior managers to review and formulate new market control policies from time to time. He also initiates regular and continuous improvement of market control procedures, responsible for coordination between all the GCC stock exchanges and coordination with companies that desire to have their stocks listed. He visits foreign stock exchanges to study and understand their market control operations and support infrastructure and receives and coordinates visits by national and foreign dignitaries to DFM. He also stands in as acting general manager in the absence of the general manager.

1993 – 1999: Head of Information Technology — Department of Economic Development, Dubai.

Hassan AbdulRahman Al Serkal worked at the Economic Department from its creation as head of information technology reporting to the finance director. He was responsible for formulating and implementing IT strategies and coordinating the smooth transition of application systems from the Dubai Municipality to the Department of Economic Development. He played a key role in evaluating vendors for supply, implementation and training for a client server-based application and ensured successful implementation of systems for DED. He also coordinated with various departments within DED to evaluate requirements, conduct feasibility studies, implementation and ensuring high level of user satisfaction. He developed and implemented an ad-hoc system for DED to complement the main systems.

1988 – 1993: Computer System Analyst at Etisalat.

Hassan AbdulRahman Al Serkal started as a graduate trainee then as a programmer and finally as a system analyst at Etisalat. His responsibilities included developing, enhancing and maintaining the service application processing system, which is a multitude of systems (local area network system, rate system and exchange system).The system was running at all Etisalat branches and remote offices in the UAE. This system was crucial because it processed all services applied by subscribers and it programmed the exchanges for the services requested.

H.E Maryam Al Suwaidi H.E Maryam Al Suwaidi
Deputy CEO for legal affairs, Issuance and Research
Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

Maryam Al Suwaidi joined the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority in 2002 as the principal legal adviser. Currently, she is the acting deputy chief executive for legal affairs, issuance and research; she reports to the chief executive of SCA. Mrs. Al Suwaidi is the holder of a Masters Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Wales in the UK. She is currently concluding her PhD studies at the London School of Economics with a doctoral dissertation covering selected aspects of securities regulations. She has broad experience covering diverse environments, including contributions to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and serves as a lecturer at the Institute of Training & Judicial Studies - Abu Dhabi.

Mrs. Al Suwaidi is responsible for reviewing applications for the incorporation of public joint stock companies and the conversion of private joint stock and limited liability companies to public joint stock companies. She has participated in many committees and teams, including the Stock Companies Joint Committee between the Ministry of Economy and the SCA chaired by the Minister of Economy; the SCA Review Committee of Laws and Regulations; the SCA Leadership Team; and the UAE negotiation team for the free trade agreement with the United States. She has also been a featured speaker at a number of events.

H.E Ebrahim Al Zaabi H.E Ebrahim Al Zaabi
Deputy CEO for Licensing, Supervision and Enforcement
Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

H.E.Ebrahim Al Zaabi is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Licensing, Supervision and Enforcement at Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA) at the rank of Assistant Under Secretary. In this role, he oversees the development of the securities markets in UAE through licensing firms and ensures their compliance through oversight and enforcement functions.

H.E.Al Zaabi joined SCA in 2002 as Director of Inspection & Follow-Up Department and has also been the Director of Supervision and Commodities Departments before being elevated to his current position. He also acts as the Rapporteur to Board of Directors at SCA.

H.E. Al Zaabi is involved with the regulation of the Insurance Sector in UAE as a Board Member of the Insurance Regulatory Authority. He is a member of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee and represents the UAE as a Board Member in the GCC Accounting & Auditing Organization. He is also a member of various coordination committees between SCA, the Ministry of Economy and the Central Bank of UAE.

Before joining SCA, he was a Fund Manager in charge of Commodities portfolio at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which gave him a deep appreciation of the functioning of the global capital markets. During his experience as a Fund Manager and later as a regulator of financial sector he has developed a sharp insight of a skillful market participant matched with a committed regulator.

H.E.Al Zaabi is a graduate from California State University and has further enhanced his academics through various overseas and local courses, trainings and seminars.

Obaid Al Zaabi Obaid Al Zaabi
Director of Research & Awareness
Securities & Commodities Authority

Dr Obaid S. Al Zaabi, Research Adviser, Director of Research and Development, Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority.

Dr Obaid S. Al Zaabi holds a PhD in Banking & Finance from Durham University, UK, an MBA from (AASTM- ALO) and a BSc. in Business and Accounting from the United Arab Emirates University. He holds full membership of the Australian Institute of CMA and the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (CIPA). He also represents the Gulf Regulatory Authorities in the International Federation of Accountants as a member of the Consultative Advisory Groups of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board) and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants since September, 2009.

He has gained experience mainly in banking and finance from leading UAE regulatory organisations and financial institutions such as the UAE Central Bank, the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority, Dubai Islamic Bank and AMLAK Mortgage Finance. In addition, he has delivered a series of academic lectures and courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at a number of higher educational institutions in the UAE, such as Sharjah University, The British University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi University.

Dr. Mohamad Nedal Alchaar Mohamad Nedal Alchaar
Secretary – General
Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions, AAOIFI

Dr. Mohamad Nedal Alchaar is the Secretary – General of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions which is an international organization consisting of over 200 members from over 45 countries. Dr Alchaar has a vast working experience in financial markets and institutions in addition to his central banking experience in developing countries. He was Director of Market Performance Analysis at Fannie Mae, and previously Vice President at Johnson & Higgins in Washington D.C. Dr. Alchaar also taught for several years at The George Washington University, where he received his Ph.D. Degree in Monetary Economics. He has also published several well-recognized books in the field of banking and financial markets, such as "Financial Markets", "Economic Inquiries" and "Fundamentals of Banking Operations", in addition to other scientific articles in the field of monetary policy and exchange rates analysis.

Dr. Alchaar has been included in The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2009, a publication by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan and The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA. He has also been listed in the 8th position in The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs and the 13th position in The Bahrain Power List by the Arabian Business magazine, and top position in the Who’s Who in the Middle East list by CNBC Europe.

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)

Ijlal Alvi has over twenty years experience in the financial services industry; specifically in the areas of Foreign Exchange, Money Market, Fixed Income Securities and Asset Management. He has extensive hands on experience in setting up new Treasury functions, Mutual & Special purpose funds, banks restructuring/formation and strategic planning/policy making. Prior to moving to the Gulf, he spent 10 years with international and regional financial institutions. Since 1997, he has served at senior positions in the areas of Treasury & Capital Markets with a number of Middle East based financial institutions.

Mr. Alvi is the Chief Executive of IIFM since mid 2005 where he has been instrumental in initiating global standardization of documentation, products and processes in Islamic Capital & Money Market (ICMM).

Mr. Alvi has been involved in several working committees at international level such as the Islamic Financial Services Industry (IFSI) 10 year Framework, Islamic Money Market Task Force and Islamic Financial Sector Development Working Group. He currently manages a number of IIFM’s Global Working Groups focused towards developing unified approach in documentation and products covering liquidity management, hedging and other ICMM related issues. In 2008, he oversaw the launch of IFSI’s first universally standardized documentation in the form of IIFM Master Agreements for Treasury Placement (MATP).

Mark Beer Mark Beer
DIFC Courts

Mark Beer has been Registrar at the DIFC Courts since 2008. In this role, Mark undertakes judicial functions and other duties prescribed in Article 17 of the DIFC Courts Law No. 10 of 2004. He is also charged with administrating the DIFC Courts office and staff.

During Mark’s tenure he has lead various initiatives to promote access to justice and to create a world class, efficient, transparent and fair judicial system. This has included overseeing the implementation of a world leading, electronic case management system to enhance the efficiency of the Courts’ operations. Mark has been instrumental in the DIFC Court’s adaptation of a Code of Professional Conduct and he has supported the development of the DIFC Courts’ pro-bono programme, both of which are firsts of their kind in the Middle East.

To increase understanding of the DIFC Courts within the UAE’s legal community Mark has worked to establish a DIFC Courts Legal Practitioners’ Series, in the shape of quarterly seminars and lectures on matters that concern the DIFC Courts working practices and related issues.

Mark has played a key role in developing formal working relationships between the DIFC Courts and the other courts in the UAE and internationally. In Dubai he has been involved with formalising agreements covering enforcement and joint initiatives to promote training with the federal courts.

The DIFC Courts are a critical component of the DIFC’s international business offering and accordingly Mark has represented the Courts, working to increase awareness and understanding of the system on a global scale. He encourages and regularly welcomes international dignitaries and delegations on behalf of the Courts, raising awareness of the DIFC’s world class judicial framework.

Mark joined the DIFC Courts after five years working at MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he had served as the company’s Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across the same region. Previously, Mark worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in private practice both in the UK and the UAE.

In December 2009, Mark was appointed Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. The tribunal was established by the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to handle various matters pertaining to the settlement of the financial position of Dubai World and its subsidiaries.

Philippe Carrel Philippe Carrel
Executive Vice President, Risk Management
Thomson Reuters

Philippe Carrel is Executive Vice President, Risk Management, at Thomson Reuters, based in Geneva Switzerland, currently specializing in aspects of “Implementing Risk Management as a Corporate Culture” at banks and asset management companies around the world. In his special assignment to define “Post Crisis Risk Management” with key financial institutions and regulators he helps risk executives and senior managers dealing with the constraints and uncertainties of the financial markets through a new concept he identifies as “Risk Intelligence”.

Specialist of financial derivatives, valuations and regulatory compliance, he was previously Head of Alternative Investments Strategies at Reuters in New York and Director of Risk and Trade Management at Reuters head office in London. Until joining Reuters, Philippe directed advisory services for banks and securities companies on derivatives risk measurement, hedging and trading strategies, which followed a career dealing securities and derivatives in Europe and Asia. Philippe also advised regulatory authorities, professional associations and exchanges in emerging markets across Asia and directed a financial training institute for many years.

A strong advocate of change in risk management methodologies, he had warned about systemic risk since 2005 and authored the New Handbook of Risk Management, published in 2010, to lay out a detailed methodology for firms and regulators to redefine risk information workflows in the aftermaths of the global financial crisis. He contributed to a project of the World Economic Forum for “Re-thinking Risk management” in 2009.

Philippe is also an active member of the Global Association of Risk professionals (GARP), of which he co-directs the Geneva Chapter. Author of countless articles and white papers, he regularly lectures at high profile seminars, conventions and universities around the world on risk management, hedge fund strategies, and regulatory compliance. His blogs and papers on the changing faces of risk management are publicly available at www.valuationrisk.net and other Thomson Reuters sites He holds diploma from the ESC Marseille, a member of the French Grandes Ecoles network.

Simon Charlton Simon Charlton
Managing Director, Forensic and Dispute Services Middle East region

Simon Charlton is a Managing Director with Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited and is responsible for Forensic and Dispute Services in the Middle East. Simon has been with Deloitte member firms for over 20 years and has worked with member firms in Europe, United States and the Caribbean. He focuses on resolution of complex problems and investigations for clients. He has extensive experience with financial, fraud and anti corruption investigations and compliance related activities including fraud risk management. Simon has assisted corporate clients, family owned businesses and individuals in the resolution of some of the largest disputes globally and asset recovery assignments. He has worked throughout the Middle East, Europe, North and South America, Asia Pacific and most of the World’s offshore financial centres.

Most recently before the UAE Simon was a principal with the US firm of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP where he was responsible for delivery of all advisory services to the Investment Management industry. In addition, he assisted clients with large scale anti-corruption, AML and fraud investigations. Prior to the United States Simon spent most of his time working with Creditors Committees and or court appointed fiduciaries on asset recovery efforts and the controlled management of companies in liquidation including finance companies, hedge funds and financial institutions. In addition, he has assisted clients with compliance readiness and control assurance, most recently in the area of operational due diligence, corporate governance reviews, fraud risk assessments and in conducting FCPA and AML related investigations and compliance assessments. Simon also has assisted clients in responding to regulatory enquiries and enforcement actions.

Anwar Chbaita Anwar Chbaita
Compliance Manager, Asset Management Group
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Anwar Joined the Asset Management Group, in April 2007, as the Head of Investment Relations, after holding a Relationship Management position with NBAD Investment Banking Division for over two years. In 2009, Anwar was appointed as the Compliance Manager for the Asset Management Group.

Anwar started his professional career in the U.S as a Certified Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors where he advised clients in the areas of portfolio management and retirement planning. He then gained an extensive experience in the U.S Equity Markets as a registered broker with E*trade Financial Corp. USA. In 2002, Anwar moved to the UAE and further enhanced his financial career through senior investment and brokerage roles with Citibank N.A. and Emirates Equities.

Anwar holds a BBA in Finance from Georgia State University, USA and an International Compliance Officer Certificate from CCL.

Anwar is a subject matter expert on the regulation of ETFs in the UAE.

Simon Copleston Simon Copleston
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Board Secretary
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Since 2008, Mr. Copleston has been general counsel and board secretary at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC. He is a solicitor of Courts of England & Wales. After obtaining a degree from Durham University, Mr. Copleston practised corporate law in the City of London for eight years. In January 2006, he joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority where, among other things, he acted as lawyer to the Emerging Markets Department and their strategic investment and infrastructure teams. He has more than 12 years' experience in practising banking, finance and corporate law.

During Mr. Copleston’s time at ADCB, the bank has achieved the following accolades for its corporate governance practices: Hawkamah — Best Bank in UAE (2009); World Finance (Best Company in UAE — 2010); and Hawkamah/TNI (Best Bank in GCC — 2008). In addition, ADCB’s governance practices have been regularly lauded and ADCB has been used as a turnaround study by the World Bank, IFC and others.

Mr. Copleston was appointed as a board director in Damas International Limited in April 2010.

Tania Fabiani Tania Fabiani
President, ACFE UAE Chapter - Head of Antifraud Programs
Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority ADAA

Tania is the President of the Certified Fraud Examiners United Arab Emirates Chapter; she is also Head of Antifraud Program at the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA). ADAA is an independent body mandated to oversee transparency and accountability across the Government of Abu Dhabi with oversight over 420 entities. Tania has more than 15 years Forensic Experience on assignments worldwide. Tania Fabiani has experience in fraud and corruption risk management, litigation, due diligence, investigative and advisory forensic experience, specializing in investigations and compliance related to:

  • Fraud Risk Management
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML), including USA PATRIOT Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and
  • Financial investigations.

Prior to joining ADAA, Tania established the Forensic Practice for Deloitte in the Middle East Region. She spent most of her career with KPMG’s Forensic and Litigation Practices in the New York office at KPMG where she was involved in due diligence, investigative and compliance projects on behalf of US entities, the World Bank and government agencies, working in more than 60 countries with extensive experience in Latin America and Europe. These services included interviewing personnel in several languages, detailed review and analysis of financial records and transactions, reconstruction of financial information, analysis of impact on financial statements, the identification of persons involved and reporting to boards, audit committees and regulatory institutions.

She has served as the product leader for AML services and also conducted multi-faceted investigations relating to FCPA bribery allegations as well as investigative due diligence, asset tracing, and money laundering, addressing complex matters involving economic damages, white-collar crime, fraud and embezzlement for groups operating in the US and Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East-Africa and Europe.

Tania earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance and Economics and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama. She is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). She has also been awarded The Wall street Journal Award as the Finance Student of the Year.

John Garrett John Garrett
General Manager & Group Chief Compliance Officer
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. John Garrett joined the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) as General Manager & Chief Audit & Compliance Officer in October 2005.

Mr. Garrett has 35 years banking experience with a number of International and Middle Eastern Banks. For the last 20 years has been responsible for the Internal Audit function in a UK Investment Bank and two Middle East banks (National Bank of Oman Muscat and Saudi Hollandi Bank – Riyadh) before joining NBAD in 2005.

He is a member of the Associate of the Chartered Instituted of Bankers (UK) and a Certified Informational System Auditor.

He holds a degree from Durham University in the UK.

Chris Gibson-Smith Chris Gibson-Smith
London Stock Exchange

Chris has been Chairman of the London Stock Exchange since 2003. The Exchange administers the largest equities market in Europe with a market capitalisation of £3.9 trillion and annual trading turnover of £4.8 trillion.

Chris became Chairman of The British Land Company PLC in January 2007. British Land is the UK’s second largest property group by market cap and invests in prime commercial property.

He was made a Business Ambassador of the UK in 2009, is a Director of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, and a governor of the London Business School. Chris was Chairman of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) from 2001 – 2005, Group Managing Director of BP from 1997-2001, a Director of Lloyds TSB from 1999 – 2005, and Director of Powergen from 2001-2002.

Gregory Golden Gregory Golden
Partner, Corporate
Baker Botts

Greg Golden has broad experience representing public and private companies in connection with a variety of domestic and international transactional and compliance matters, including stock and asset acquisitions, business combinations, securities issuances, joint venture arrangements and venture financing.

Mr. Golden represents clients in such diverse areas as oil and gas exploration and production, alternative energy, information technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, aircraft sales and airport services, the Internet and merchant banking. He has counseled start-up ventures in various industries on organizational, intellectual property and financing issues. In international matters, Mr. Golden has represented clients confronting legal issues in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, France and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Golden has represented companies and individuals in connection with internal investigations, corporate crisis situations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the NYSE and FINRA (formerly the NASD)

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Golden worked on Capitol Hill and for federal political campaign committees and his practice includes advising clients with respect to corporate political activity.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Golden served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Simon Gray Simon Gray
Director, Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)

Simon Gray joined the DFSA in 2006 as Director, Supervision covering asset management, private banking and funds. His remit includes the supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions as well as conventional Firms offering Islamic Windows. Simon has spent much of his working life in the private sector with senior roles including Baring Asset Management, New Star Asset Management and, most recently, as Head of Asset Management Compliance at Barclays Wealth. He has previously worked at IMRO, a predecessor organisation of the UK Financial Services Authority and on the successful BCCI investigation for the Serious Fraud Office.

Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services.

Humphry Hatton Humphry Hatton
Partner in Charge Forensic & Dispute Services UK and EMEA Region

Humphry is a board member of Deloitte LLP and has headed up the Forensic & Dispute Services practice for Deloitte in the UK since 2000. He is leader of Deloitte forensic practices in the wider Europe, Africa and Middle East region and is also a member of the Deloitte member firms' global executive committees for forensic services and all financial advisory services. He is also currently a member of the audit committee for Deloitte LLP.

Humphry has been a full time forensic practitioner for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in leading major investigations, litigation and other assignments, frequently of a cross-border nature. He has given numerous witness statements in support of litigation and arbitration proceedings and in connection with asset tracing and recovery matters. He has worked extensively with numerous law firms and companies in many countries around the world, including the UAE.

Bill Howarth Bill Howarth
Chief Executive Officer
International Compliance Association

Bill Howarth is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Compliance Association (ICA), responsible for global policy and initiatives in the field of Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Crime Prevention, Education, Training and Research in over 30 countries.

With a background of over 35 years in Legal and University teaching, he speaks extensively at International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. He is a prolific writer in the field of trusts, international cross border issues and compliance education and training and is the general editor of the ICA’s training course texts and training materials.

Bill Howarth has held numerous academic, teaching and directorial posts at a number of leading Universities and has been the principal of a legal training college. Prior to joining the ICA Bill wrote and designed the education system and training programme for the global Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) qualification and contributed and taught on the MBA for Wealth Managers at the University of Manchester Business School.

Sarah Ingram Sarah Ingram
Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer
Essdar Capital

Sarah Ingram is a reputed name in the capital and commodity markets compliance industry, with over 17 years of experience. Sarah is the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Board Director of Essdar Capital Limited and Essdar Capital Managers Limited, two DFSA regulated entities. Prior to this Sarah was CCO and Risk Advisor to the Board of Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited, set up in 2006 to establish the first sour crude benchmark within an international regulated exchange environment. During this position Sarah was shortlisted for the prestigious Complinet award of International Compliance Professional of the year.

From 2001 to 2006, Sarah worked in London, at Standard Bank Plc, where she had full oversight of global asset management and private client services businesses. One of the projects executed when at Standard Bank was MiFID project where she was a member of the UK MiFID steering committee. Earlier she had oversight of resource banking (trading, financing and advisory), Russia, China and offshore entities, at which time she liaised with all global commodity exchanges and clearing houses. Sarah won the coveted Complinet award of Compliance Trainer of the year in 2005.

From 1994 to 2001, Sarah worked at the London Metal Exchange (LME) as well as the Japan Metal Centre, London.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and is frequently requested to present on both Compliance and Corporate Governance at International Conferences. In addition Sarah is also a committee member of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Compliance Officers Networking Group and a board director of Tawasol Financial Services Association.

May Khamis May Khamis
Deputy Division Chief of the GCC Countries Division
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

May Khamis is the deputy division chief of the GCC Countries Division in the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund, which she joined in 2009. Prior to this, Ms. Khamis worked in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF and was extensively involved in financial sector issues, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. She also served as an adviser to the governor of the Central Bank of Jordan during 2002-04. Ms. Khamis holds a Master's Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Paul Johns Paul Johns
Chief Marketing Officer
Thomson Reuters

Paul leads the Marketing and External Communications function for the Governance, Risk & Compliance business of Thomson Reuters. He was formerly Chief Marketing Officer of Complinet, a company acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010.

Paul, educated in London and Saudi Arabia, has served as Chief Marketing Officer for a variety of young technology startups, bringing them public by defining company strategy and developing advocacy, as well as growing each business through product development, channel marketing, partnerships and acquisitions. He takes a commercial approach to marketing activity that is tied into generating revenue. Paul specializes in securing funding to bring each company he works for through to acquisition.

Prior to joining Complinet, Paul held various VP marketing positions at successful companies that include Orchestria, Axiom Systems, GenesysLabs and Broadbase Software (now Kana). His journey has taken him from continent to continent where he has spent the past many years focusing on marketing enterprise compliance solutions that involve cutting edge technology, and solve the issues raised due to the ever changing fluctuations in the market. Paul reacts to business and the market with a sensible, creative and practical approach – and delivers impressive and successful results.

Mr. Philip Jolowicz Philip JolowicZ
Head of Financial Services
Hadef & Partners

Philip is responsible for Hadef & Partners' Financial Services practice which caters to the needs of clients who have exposure to regional financial regulation. Since qualifying as a solicitor with a ‘Magic Circle’ London law firm, Philip has occupied very senior legal and compliance positions within the financial services industry including with Smith New Court PLC and Merrill Lynch International. Additionally, for a number of years, he practised as an investment banker and corporate broker with a leading European bank.

Through his industry experience, Philip obtained in-depth knowledge of international financial markets – both mature and emerging. A core aspect of his in-house responsibility included providing legal services and compliance oversight to market-leading businesses offering financial services across a range of products in many jurisdictions.

During the time he spent in-house, Philip acquired the skills and experience necessary to deliver hands-on legal guidance to clients in the continuously evolving and complex legal and regulatory landscape of the financial services sector.

Philip is a law graduate of Manchester University and the London College of Law. Outside of the office, his passion has been to write – his first novel, a thriller, was translated into fourteen languages.

Nasser Ali Khasawneh Nasser Ali Khasawneh
Managing Partner
Khasawneh & Associates

Nasser is Managing Partner of the firm and head of the Corporate & Commercial team and the Banking & Finance team.

Before founding Khasawneh & Associates, Nasser worked as an in-house Corporate Attorney for Microsoft Corporation for four years. Prior to that, he worked as an in-house Legal Counsel for Procter and Gamble, and before that, worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission which was set up to adjudicate the compensation claims arising out of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.

Nasser was Vice President of the Business Software Alliance, the leading international association in the field of software rights, from 1999 to 2003 and has been a Domain Name Panelist with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Geneva since 2003. Nasser has been a guest lecturer at over a hundred conferences organized by the Business Software Alliance, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and various other organisations in the Middle East and Europe.

Ryan Lemand Ryan Lemand
Economic Advisor, Head of Risk Management
Securities & Commodities Authority

Dr Ryan Lemand is the economic adviser and the head of risk management at the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority. Dr Lemand holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from the École normale supérieure, France. Previously, Dr Lemand worked as a senior fund manager at Fortis Investments in London and Paris, as well as taught financial econometrics courses at the Paris II-Assas University and Paris IX-Dauphine University. Dr Lemand is the author of two books on financial contagion and a number of research articles on financial correlation.

James MacPherson James MacPherson
Chief Executive Officer

James MacPherson is CEO of the BCDR-AAA, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution in partnership with world leaders in ADR, the American Arbitration Association. James has over seventeen years experience in alternative dispute resolution and has advised government agencies and businesses in the Middle East and North America on ADR systems, design and training. James has extensive experience in the Middle East having served as Bahrain Country Director with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, focusing on judicial and legal reform programs within the Ministry of Justice and delivering training programs to judges and lawyers in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Syria. James is an expert mediator and has assisted in resolving hundreds of disputes including numerous banking, insurance and other commercial disputes. James holds a BA in history and political science from Bishop’s, University of Toronto and an LLB from the University of Edinburgh.

Michael Matossian Michael Matossian
EVP and Global Head of Group Regulatory Compliance
Arab bank plc

Michael Matossian Joined Arab Bank plc in November 2005 as EVP and Global Head of Group Regulatory Compliance. Mr. Matossian has more than 25 years of experience in regulatory risk management, anti-money laundering, and compliance. Over the past 15 years his roles have included serving as Chief Compliance Officer, as well as SVP and Director of Regulatory Risk Management, Director of Anti-Money Laundering, BSA Officer, and General Auditor at three different leading U.S. financial institutions; he spent 10 years working for a "Big Four" public accounting firm, and two years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Mr. Matossian participates on several national and international task forces addressing anti-money laundering and compliance matters. He holds the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Risk Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Robert McMillan Robert McMillan
Head of Regulatory Risk and Compliance, Middle East and Africa and Country Lead Risk Manager
RBS Global Banking and Markets

Robert McMillan is currently head of regulatory risk and compliance, Middle East and Africa, for RBS NV and PLC presence in the MEA region. He is also the country lead risk manager for the UAE, which is the hub for the MEA.

Previously, Mr. McMillan was with ABN AMRO Bank NV as regional coordinator of Middle East and CIS countries. He joined the group in 2004 as director regional compliance training, Asia Pacific, (wholesale banking) based in Hong Kong. In 2005 he took on a role as group regional head of anti-money laundering advisory, Asia Pacific, followed by another role as regional head of client acceptance and anti-money laundering, Asia Pacific, in 2006.

In 2007 Mr. McMillan moved from Hong Kong to Dubai where he was group head of compliance for the Middle East and Sub Continent (India and Pakistan). Prior to joining the group, he worked in a forensic consultancy role and, previously, as a case manager and legal counsel for Kroll Associates in Asia where he was involved in cross-border corporate investigations in the Asia Pacific region. He has also worked as an in-house legal counsel, specialising in the field of derivatives and capital markets for leading financial institutions in Asia and the United Kingdom. Prior to this, he started his career in the UK in law enforcement.

Mr. McMillan has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Westminster in London. He is also a non-practicing barrister at laws (England and Wales) Middle Temple in London.

Garry muriwai Garry Muriwai
Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance

An experienced Director and CEO, Mr. Muriwai has a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy and Marketing, a Masters degree in Management Science and Information Systems and is a Chartered Accountant. He combines a vocational interest and international experience in learning and education with excellent credentials in leadership and management in the corporate sector.

Prior joining BIBF, Mr. Muriwai served as a Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand (ICANZ) and was the Chairman of the Global Accounting Alliance.

He also served as the Head of the School of Business of AUT University, New Zealand’s most contemporary University.

Derek Oliver Derek Oliver
General Counsel
Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority

A graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge [M.A. (Law)], Mr. Oliver was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in April 1979. He has gained professional experience in a variety of capacities, including a period of three years working for the Official Receiver’s Office of the Hong Kong Government from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Oliver has worked in the financial services field since 1986 with the majority of his experience in the capacity of Director of Legal and Regulatory Compliance at two of the derivative exchanges in London, during which time he gained significant exposure to the evolution of the regulation of exchanges and markets and clearing houses, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Oliver has worked for the QFC Regulatory Authority since March 2008.

Sarah Casey Otte Sarah Casey Otte
Member of Secretariat
Financial Stability Board, Bank for International Settlements

Sarah Casey Otte joined the secretariat of the Financial Stability Board in November 2009. Her portfolio includes development and coordination of regulation concerning over-the-counter derivatives and commodity markets; credit rating agencies; and hedge funds. She is currently on leave from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she served as counsel to commissioner Luis Aguilar, covering market regulation and enforcement issues. She previously served as senior counsel in the Office of International Affairs. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Otte worked as an international business and securities lawyer in private practice in New York, London and Frankfurt. She holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a member of the New York bar.

Nigel Pasea Nigel Pasea

Nigel Pasea brings to the firm over 30 years experience as an advisor, regulator and practitioner specialising in compliance and corporate governance in the financial services industry.

Nigel joined CCL from UBS where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the MENA region since 2006 and responsible, inter alia, for the setting up of the firm’s offices in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the development of the firm’s compliance and control infrastructure. Prior to moving to Dubai, Nigel was the Head of Compliance for UBS Investment Bank in Switzerland and Deputy Head of Compliance for the EMEA Region. Prior to UBS Nigel was the European Head of Compliance at Bear Stearns International and the Global Head of Compliance and COO of General Re Financial Products.

In addition Nigel worked for 6 years at the UK regulator, the Securities and Investments Board (now the Financial Services Authority) as Head of the regulator’s Authorisation and Compliance Department. Nigel started his career at Deloitte and Touche where he spent 8 years, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1982.

Nigel’s experience covers investment banking and capital markets, wealth management and asset management. The nature of his previous roles has meant that he has worked in all major financial centres across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Nigel graduated from the London School of Economics in 1979, was awarded an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School in 1993 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

George Pickering George Pickering
Managing Director, Policy & Enforcement
Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority
Jean-Pierre Pinatton Jean-Pierre Pinatton
Member of the Board
Autorite´ Des Marches´ Financiers

Jean-Pierre Pinatton is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Oddo & Cie Group, with which the Pinatton Group merged in 2000. Oddo is today the largest privately-owned full service investment bank in France.

After 10 years in the Corporate Finance Department at Smith Barney in New York and Paris, Mr. Pinatton joined Gilbert Thorp (member of the Paris Stock Exchange) in 1981, succeeded as general partner in 1984 and led the brokerage company and the eponymous group.

Mr. Pinatton is also a member of the board of the Autorité des marchés financiers, the French securities market regulator, and honorary chairman of the board of the Association Française des marchés financiers, the French financial markets professional association.

He is a graduate in Economy of the Ecole supérieure des sciences economiques et commerciales, he holds a Master's in Law from the Paris University Law School and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Michael Ryan Michael Ryan
Deputy CEO
Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority

Michael Ryan is deputy chief executive of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority and managing director responsible for legal and policy affairs. Mr. Ryan joined the QFC Regulatory Authority from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served in a number of senior management positions in London and Dublin, including chief executive of Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited and country executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Ireland. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Ryan was vice president at Credit Suisse Financial Products in New York and an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, specialising in banking, securities and corporate law.

Mr. Ryan has served on the Irish Prime Minister’s advisory committee on financial services and has held a number of senior industry positions, including president of the Irish Banking Federation, member of the board of directors of the European Banking Federation, and chairman of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland.

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi Nasser H. Saidi
Chief Economist, Head of External Relations, DIFC Authority
Executive Director, Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi is the Chief Economist and Head of External Relations at the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA) and Executive Director of the Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). 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 served as the Data Protection Commissioner of DIFC from January to August 2007. Dr. Saidi was recently appointed as the Head of External Relations Department at DIFC, leading the external links with governments, central banks, financial centre counterparts as well as international organisations. In 2010, he was named among the 50 most influential Arabs in the World by The Middle East magazine, for the second year.

He was the Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon between 1998 and 2000. He was the First 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 has written a number of books and publications addressing macroeconomic, capital market development and international economic issues in Lebanon and the region and is the author of a book, “Corporate Governance in the MENA countries: Improving Transparency & Disclosure”. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial market development, payment systems and international economic policy, 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 U.S.A, a M.Sc. from University College, London University and a B.A. from the American University of Beirut.

Rushdi Siddiqui Rushdi Siddiqui
Global Head, Islamic Finance
Thomson Reuters

Rushdi Siddiqui is the Global Head of Islamic Finance and OIC Countries at Thomson Reuters (TR). In this role, Mr. Siddiqui mandate is to address the pre-trade work flow information for variety of Islamic asset classes, build-out the Islamic Treasury and Transaction platform for multiple price discovery and liquidity, undertake initiatives for Islamic fixings and benchmarks. He works closely with Islamic finance stakeholders, Halal industry, and the OIC countries.

The Islamic finance team successfully launched the Islamic Finance Gateway (IFG), the world’s first platform that addresses the work flow in IF across multiple asset classes. The IFG won the International Islamic Finance Forum (IIFF, May 2010) Award for ‘Contribution to Innovation in Islamic Finance.’ The IFG won the Markets Award of Excellence at Thomson Reuters. Rushdi recently received an award at the 2nd Sri Lanka Islamic Banking & Finance Conference for Contribution to Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka (2010).

Mr. Siddiqui joined Thomson Reuters from Dow Jones, where he was global director for their Islamic Market Indices. Over his 10 years there, Mr. Siddiqui led the entry and expansion of the Dow Jones Indexes into Islamic finance, resulting in numerous awards from leading finance organizations and media outlets. Mr. Siddiqui has considerable experience in the financial markets, having worked at a Wall Street investment bank and commercial bank in the 1990s.

Mr. Siddiqui has authored a number of white papers and articles on Islamic indexes for publications including WIEF, ABANA Review, CPI Financial, the Chicago Journal of International Law, Euromoney, writes fortnightly for Gulf News, and is a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by Harvard, Columbia Business School, London Business School, Oxford, the Economist, Islamic Development Bank, Bahrain’s BIBF, Malaysia’s MIFC, IIRME (Dubai), and more.

Mr. Siddiqui holds a JD from Albany Law School of Union University, an MBA in international business from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from New York University.

Jeffrey Singer Jeffrey Singer
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Singer became Chief Executive Officer in July 2008. He was previously Senior Vice President and Head of International, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Mr. Singer was responsible for NASDAQ's global business development with a primary role of managing international relationships with companies outside of the Americas. Prior to this Mr. Singer was maintaining NASDAQ's leading market position on the East Coast, Canada, Bermuda, Latin and South America. He led a team of directors responsible for attracting new business, client retention, and assisting issuers with their fiduciary duties of being publicly listed. In addition, he was responsible for the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk which provides company executives with real-time access to detailed information regarding their stocks' trading activity. Mr. Singer joined NASDAQ from 4R Systems where he served as President and CEO. He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a BS in International Finance from Brigham Young University and is also a certified SAP forecasting and production-planning consultant.

Bryan Stirewalt Bryan Stirewalt
Managing Director
Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)

Bryan Stirewalt joined the DFSA in 2008 as a Director in the Supervision Division, responsible for commercial banking and insurance activities as well as co-ordinating the DFSA's efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

In September 2010, Bryan was appointed Managing Director of the DFSA's Supervision Division. The Supervision Division includes front-line oversight of a variety of financial service providers, including commercial banks, investment banks, reinsurance companies, fund managers and fund administrators. Additionally, Bryan oversees the DFSA's regulatory role with various ancillary service providers such as lawyers, accountants and auditors. As Managing Director, Bryan continues to be active in the DFSA’s efforts to fight methods of illicit finance, including co-operation with a variety of local, regional and international counterparts.

Bryan has spent most of his working life in the financial regulatory sphere, in both public and private sector roles. From 1985 to 1996, Bryan worked for the US 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, Bryan worked for a US consulting and advisory firm. During his consulting career, Bryan focused his attention on Emerging Markets, including management of large-scale and multi-faceted development 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.

Phillip Thorpe Phillip Thorpe
Chief Executive Officer
Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority

Chairman and Chief Executive Phillip Thorpe is a New Zealander. He first practiced as a barrister and solicitor in Wellington. He moved in 1981 to Hong Kong, where he held various senior posts with the Hong Kong Securities Commission. Following the market crash in October 1987 he was appointed as CEO of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange.

Phillip Thorpe moved to the United Kingdom in 1989 as CEO of the Association of Futures Brokers and Dealers, later becoming an Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Authority. In 1991 he was seconded to the London Commodity Exchange ("London Fox") as CEO. He subsequently assisted the Securities and Investments Board in a review of the UK regulatory system. In 1993 Phillip Thorpe was appointed Chief Executive of IMRO, the organisation responsible for the regulation of the investment management industry in the United Kingdom. Following the 1997 general election Phillip Thorpe was appointed as a Managing Director of the newly formed Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA is responsible for the regulation of all insurance, banking, securities and investment business in the United Kingdom.

In August 2001 Phillip Thorpe took up a new appointment as President of the Futures Industry Institute, based in Washington, D.C. The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation providing a wide range of data services, statements of best practice and training and examination services to the financial services industry.

In August 2002 Phillip Thorpe was recruited to establish a new regulatory body in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Phillip Thorpe put together a team of regulators to take this work forward. He oversaw the construction of the legal framework and the regulatory processes leading to the launch of the Dubai Financial Services Authority in October 2004.

In March 2005 Phillip Thorpe took up the post of Chairman and Chief Executive of the QFC Regulatory Authority. The Authority provides an integrated regulatory regime for Qatar's new centre for financial services. The Qatar Financial Centre evidences global best practices and provides facilities for businesses to participate in the rapidly growing Qatari economy.

Eddy Wymeersch Eddy Wymeersch
Former Chairman
Committee of European Securities regulators (CESR)

Eddy Wymeersch has been Chairman of the Committee of European Securities regulators (CESR) (February 2007- July 2010) and of the European Regional Committee of IOSCO. He was Chairman of the Belgian Commission Bancaire, Financière et des Assurances (CBFA) (chief executive 2001-2007 and chairman of the supervisory board 2007-2010).

Before joining the CBFA, Mr Wymeersch has held several public functions in Belgium (“regent” of the National Bank of Belgium from 1992, member of the legislative branch of the Council of State. Between 1990 and 2001, he was a member of the board of several Belgian companies, and from 1998 the Chairman of the Brussels airport. Mr Wymeersch has been an academic at the Ghent Law School where he founded the “Financial Law Institute”, and has participated in several committees advising the Belgian government, esp. on financial supervision or corporate governance. In addition, he has acted as an adviser to the European Commission, a consultant to the World Bank and IFC and an advisor to several European financial institutions and stock exchanges. He has published extensively on company law, corporate governance and financial regulations ( see: ssrn. and http://www.law.ugent.be/fli) He is member of the European Corporate Governance Forum and of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He studied law at Ghent University and Harvard Law School.

Atif Yusuf Atif Yusuf
Director, Financial Services Regulatory Practice

Atif is a Director with Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited with over ten years of Assurance and Advisory experience. Prior to his move to the Middle East, Atif was with Deloitte UK’s London Office where he specialised in the Banking & Capital Markets industry. Atif is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and a Fellow at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK.

Key experience

  • Atif has assisted with regulatory license applications, setting up Anti Money Laundering and Compliance functions for banks, compliance due diligence for transaction support, compliance with Economic Sanctions, and advising on financial crime management.
  • Atif was lead project manager on the global firm’s Islamic Finance initiative and has extensive experience of working with Sharia’a compliant financial institutions.
  • Atif has spent a considerable amount of time working in the MENA region with local and global financial institutions. He is the author of a publication which includes detailed analysis of regulatory requirements for banks and other financial institutions in the United Kingdom, Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, China and Canada.
  • Atif has gained experience in large restructuring projects in the Middle East, financial and commercial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, securitisation transactions, accounting advice for complex financial instruments under UK, US and International accounting standards.


Abdul Rahman Al Baker

Abdul Rahman Al Baker

Executive Director, Financial Institutions Supervision
Central Bank of Bahrain

H.E Maryam Al Suwaidi

H.E Maryam Al Suwaidi

Deputy CEO for legal affairs, Issuance and Research
Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)

H.E. Abdulla Al Turifi

H.E. Abdulla Al Turifi

Chief Executive Officer
Securities and Commodities Authority

Jane Diplock

Jane Diplock, AO

Chairman, Securities Commission, New Zealand
Chairperson, IOSCO Executive Committee

 Vanessa Abernethy

Vanessa Abernethy

Simmons & Simmons

Obaid Al Zaabi

Obaid Al Zaabi

Director of Research & Awareness
Securities & Commodities Authority

Ebrahim Al Zaabi

H.E Ebrahim Al Zaabi

Deputy CEO for Licensing, Supervision and Enforcement
Securities & Commodities Authority

Mohammed Al Hadari

H.E Mohammed Al Hadari

Deputy CEO for Organizational & Supporting Services
Securities & Commodities Authority

Dr. Mohamad Nedal Alchaar

Mohamad Nedal Alchaar

Secretary – General
Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions, AAOIFI

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi

Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)

Simon Charlton

Simon Charlton

Managing Director,
Forensic & Dispute Services
Middle East region

John Garrett

John Garrett

General Manager & Group Chief Compliance Officer
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Jean-Pierre Pinatton

Jean-Pierre Pinatton

Member of the Board
Autorite´ Des Marches´ Financiers

Nasser H. Saidi

Nasser H. Saidi

Chief Economist, Head of External Relations, DIFC Authority
Executive Director, Hawkamah-Institute for Corporate Governance

Phillip Thorpe

Phillip Thorpe

Chief Executive Officer
Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority

Eddy Wymeersch

Eddy Wymeersch

Former Chairman
Committee of European Securities regulators (CESR)

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