BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum
Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovation in Correspondent Banking
March 7-8, 2018
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE

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Maram Al-Jazireh
SVP, Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Ms. Maram Al-Jazireh is SV P/ Global Head of Financial Institutions at Arab Bank and is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also a member of the Financial Institutions Credit Committee. Ms. Al-Jazireh grew up in Kuwait and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, she worked at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, Cairo Amman Bank, Citibank N.A, Amman and ABN Amro Bank, Dubai. Her career spans 25 years. She represents Arab Bank in the BAFT MENA Council which was launched in late 2015, and is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Badri Ali AlKadhim
Founder & Non - Executive Director

Badri Ali AlKadhim is a senior banker with more than 25 years of banking experience worked with local and international banks, working in corporate banking, focused on transactional banking & financial institutions. He is a top-level business strategist who has a track record of driving exponential sales growth by leading professional team towards performance excellence. He built a global network of business alliances with reputed corporations in Middle East, Africa and Latin America.He is also recognized as a well-known financial institution Subject Matter Expert (SME). He was also Head of Global Transactional Banking and Financial Institutions for one of the largest banks in the region.

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Financial Market

Mr. Ijlal Ahmed Alvi has extensive experience in the financial services sector spanning over 25 years with international and middle-eastern financial institutions, with the last decade focusing on standard-setting in the Islamic Financial Services Industry as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of IIFM where he has been influential in initiating standardization of Islamic financial contracts & product templates globally. Mr. Alvi manages IIFM’s market consultations, global working groups, Shari’ah guidance and legal reforms towards developing unified Islamic standard agreements and guidance notes for specific products covering Islamic hedging, liquidity management, capital market, trade finance and corporate finance. He also manages IIFM’s market awareness programs by organizing various specialized seminars and technical workshops across the globe.Mr. Alvi has been part of several international working committees/task-forces and currently is a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) External Advisory Group on Islamic finance, Working Group Member of AAOIFI FAS on Wa’ad & Khayar, OIC Member States Stock Exchanges Forum etc.

Haseeb Ansari
Chief Compliance Officer
United Arab Bank

Mr. Haseeb Ansari is a skilled Compliance professional with over 21 years of multinational/regional banking experience. He has originally been part of Citi, managing a diverse range of functional portfolios for over a decade; followed by an extensive spell at Barclays Bank, where his last assignment was the Regional Head of Compliance for Middle East. He is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for United Arab Bank and simultaneously holds the position of General Secretary in the UAE Banks Federation Compliance Committee. Mr. Ansari’s core specialties include Regulatory Compliance & Liaison, Financial Crimes Risk Management, Compliance Enhancement/Integration Programs, Policy Framework Implementation/Management, Assurance and Training.”

Saad N. Azhari
Chairman of the Board and General Manager

Mr. Saad Azhari, born in 1961, is the Chairman of BLOM BANK S.A.L. since 2008, and prior to that, between 2001 and 2007, he was the Vice-Chairman and General Manager of BLOM BANK S.A.L. Mr. Saad AZHARI also assumes several functions on the Board of Directors of BLOM BANK Group’s entities. He is, in addition, the Vice President of the Association of Banks in Lebanon since 2001. He joined BLOM BANK SWITZERLAND S.A. in 1991, was appointed its General Manager in 1997 and its Chairman in 2001. He worked from 1986 to 1991 at PBZ (Privatbank), an affiliate of UBS Group, in Zurich- Switzerland where he was promoted to run, from Zurich, the Bank’s operations in the Middle East and in its Hong Kong office. Mr. Azhari obtained a Master Degree in Computer Engineering, and afterwards a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA), from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the United States of America.

Anas Bennani
Head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance

Mr. Anas Bennani is currently head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance at Bankmed. He began his career 14 years ago at BNP Paribas in Paris where he worked financing trade in commodities, mainly in Africa and the Middle East. In 2011 Mr. Bennani moved to Dubai to join ABN Amro as Relationship Manager, responsible of maintaining and developing a portfolio of commodity traders in the MENA and East Africa region. Most recently he was with Oman Trading International Limited, where he headed the Group Treasury department, in charge of banking relations, financing structuring and treasury operations. Mr. Bennani is a graduate from Telecom SudParis in France, with a degree in Engineering and a Master specialized in Finance.

Clement Briquetti
Finance and Group Treasury Manager
SOCAR Trading Middle East DMCC

Clement Briquetti is the Finance & Group Treasury Manager for SOCAR Trading based in Dubai. Before joining SOCAR in 2012, he held the positions of Account Officer and Relationship Manager in the Commodity Finance Department of BNP Paribas in Paris during 4 years.

Tod Burwell
President and CEO

Mr. Tod Burwell is the President & Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

Ziad Ghosn
MENA Council Co-Chair
Head Global F.I. and Transaction Banking

Mr. Ziad Ghosn joined Bankmed in 2006 and was in charge of setting up the FI & Transaction Banking Division, which he continues to lead. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Committee. Mr. Ghosn has a total banking experience of more than 22 years. He started his career in Corporate Banking in Lebanon then he joined Citibank in North Africa and the GCC where he had credit and coverage responsibilities across Corporate & Investment Banking; DCM; FIG & Transaction Banking. Mr. Ghosn is also the co-Chair of the BAFT MENA Council.

Zhao Guoqiang
Deputy General Manager
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Mr. Zhao Guoqiang is Deputy General Manager, Middle East Region and Dubai (DIFC) Branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank Limited (ICBC). He has been working for ICBC since 1990. He previously worked as Deputy General Manager of ICBC Seoul Branch for 4 years, as General Manager of its Busan Branch for 2 years, as General Manager of ICBC Almaty, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICBC in Kazakhstan, for six years, and then as a senior specialist on risk management for ICBC for seven years.

Navin Gupta
Country Head, India

Navin Gupta joined Ripple as the new country head for India following two years as Co-Founder and CEO of on-demand commercial transportation service. He has extensive experience in global transaction banking, payments and cash management, and strategy planning following nearly two decades working for HSBC and Citigroup across the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and India. During his tenure as Head of Payments and Cash Management for HSBC Japan, the business was transformed and voted the #1 Cash Management Bank in Japan by Euromoney.

Chafic Haddad
Head of EMEA FI and Correspondent Banking, Managing Director

Chafic Haddad is the Head of Financial Institutions and Foreign Correspondent Banking for the EMEA region. Based in the London, Mr. Haddad leads a diverse team responsible for managing Financial Institution relationship within Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business. Prior to joining Citi in 2010, he spent 13 years at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) both in the United Kingdom and the UAE, managing Financial Institution and Central Bank relationships across the Middle East and North Africa. He helped establish Wachovia’s representative office in Dubai and was appointed as the bank’s Chief Representative for the region in 2013.

Elias Hajj
Associate Partner
McKinsey and Company

Mr. Elias Hajj is an Associate Partner with the Middle East Office of McKinsey part of the Financial Institutions, Corporate Banking and Risk practices with 12 years of experience in consulting and banking. Mr. Hajj leads the corporate banking effort in the Middle East and has served leading and complex regional banks in the MENA region on developing and revising their corporate banking strategies including product offering, coverage and operating models, account planning approach as well as performance, organization, risk and capital management.

Laurent Hawath
Head of Transaction Banking
Commercial Bank of Dubai

Mr. Laurent Hawath is a seasoned banker with more than 25 years of experience in Trade, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance. He is currently the Head of Transaction Banking Department at the Commercial Bank of Dubai. His prior experience includes senior roles at UBAF (France) – Deputy CEO and Byblos Bank (Lebanon) – Head of International Banking. Mr. Hawath holds a Master in Civil Engineering, from St Joseph University (Lebanon) and a Master in Business Administration from ESCP Europe (France).

Khurram Hilal
Managing Director and Global Head of Islamic Product Solutions
Standard Chartered Saddiq

Mr. Khurram Hilal heads up the Global Islamic Products function for Standard Chartered Bank’s Islamic banking business (SCB Saadiq). Over his decade long association with Saadiq he and his team have conceptualized, developed and built products and business across SCB network in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America. His product building experience covers all spheres of the banking business including retail, wealth management, private banking, corporate banking, transaction banking and treasury. He is credited with several ground breaking and pioneering Islamic products including first Shariah compliant overdraft, Shariah compliant USD nostro facility, launch of the Saadiq Private bank and the ideation of the first Shariah compliant hedging product to name a few. He has been an active contributor to the Islamic banking industry and regularly provides advice to regulators and industry bodies.

Thomas Hirschi
Executive Director, Banking & Insurance
Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Mr. Thomas Hirschi joined the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in October 2016. He oversees the admission, authorization and supervision of a broad-range of banking and insurance firms and related services at FSRA. Mr. Hirschi is also responsible for spearheading and formulating the tools and techniques for a risk-based approach in the supervision of the banking insurance firms.

Shamzani Hussain
Managing Director and Head of Islamic Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking Group
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Shamzani Hussain has more than 20 years of banking and financial services experience across Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Europe. He is currently responsible for FAB SIRAJ, the Islamic Banking window of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). Mr. Hussain joined FGB (formerly known as First Gulf Bank) as Global Head of Islamic Banking, Wholesale Banking Group in February 2013 and was given the mandate to establish a world class Islamic Banking business. He launched “FGB Siraj” as a global Islamic Banking franchise and secured various industry recognitions and awards.

Anish Jain
Chief Treasury Officer (CTO)
ETG Group

Mr. Anish Jain is currently working with Export Trading Group (ETG) as Chief Treasury Officer (CTO) where he is responsible for treasury and corporate finance activities including treasury operations, working capital management, project finance, capital markets, M&A/Investment management, FX, investor relations and procurement. He is instrumental in ensuring the funding requirements of the organization are met. He is responsible to manage the debt portfolio of more than $2 bn across 45+ banking partners. Before joining ETG, Mr. Jain worked with HPCL-Mittal Energy (HMEL) and Accenture consulting. He earned his MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB) and is currently based in Dubai.

Rahul Jayakar
Head of Global Transaction Services, Products & Trade

Mr. Rahul Jayakar is an experienced banking professional having worked in large multinational and regional financial institutions in the UAE and India. He was named by Global Finance in its list of Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management in Oct 2016. Global Finance stated ‘The individuals that we honour in Global Finance’s Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management are those that have been recognized as best in their field by their peers and colleagues, and by our own Editorial Board.’ Currently, Mr. Jayakar heads Mashreq’s Global Transaction Services, Products and Trade. He has primary accountability for developing the Bank's transaction banking business. Prior to the current role, he was responsible for Mashreq’s transaction banking business outside the UAE, in 11 countries and Financial Institutions.

Ross Jones
Head of FX Payments
BNY Mellon Treasury Services

Mr. Ross Jones is based in London and is a Global Payments Product Line Manager for Treasury Services. He is currently leading a global team in the development and launch of the Bank’s upcoming major payment platform software release. This release will provide a range of enhancements to our comprehensive FX and multi-currency payments solutions. Mr. Jones is also leading the development of a replacement low value, cross border payment platform with supporting innovative user interface.

Jacek Kurantowicz
Head Cash Management
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Mr. Jacek Kurantowicz joined ADCB as Cash Management Head in May 2017 from Qatar National Bank, where he was successfully driving the cash management services proposition among QNB Group network. Cash Management has been a key business driver for ADCB Wholesale Banking, especially in the Corporate and Government sector, proved by recent awards: Best Bank for Cash Management 2017 (by Euromoney), and Best Cash Management Bank in the Middle East 2018, and Best Cash Management Bank in the UAE 2018 - by Global Finance. Mr. Kurantowicz has over 20 years of experience in Transaction Banking and cash management in different international banks across Central and Eastern Europe and in the Middle East.

Uma Kymal
Consulting Director

Ms. Uma Kymal is a Director in PwC UAE’s Financial Sector Advisory practice. Ms. Kyma’s experience covers the spectrum of banking including corporate commercial and SME banking, payments, wealth management, investment banking and retail banking. She has worked across the ecosystem of financial services – global and domestic banks, regulators, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, and development finance institutions (World Bank, DFID, AfDB). Core areas of expertise include target operating model design, customer proposition for corporate bank and SME customers, sustainable development and impact of regulation on the financial sector. Ms. Kyma has worked in nations around the world giving her the benefit of appreciating a wide cultural canvas.

Christopher Mager
Head of Global Innovation
BNY Mellon Treasury Services

Mr. Mager is the Head of Global Innovation for BNY Mellon Treasury Services. He leads a team responsible for managing the innovation process, strategic innovation projects, and digital strategy, as well as research, development, and thought leadership for emerging payment technology including blockchain exploration. Mr. Mager was a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force, and is a frequent speaker on payment modernization initiatives. He previously served in a number of other leadership roles in Product Management and Sales. His academic credentials include Cornell University (BS), University of Pittsburgh (MBA), and Harvard Business School (Leadership Program Certificate), and he is a Certified Treasury Professional.

Akhil Mahesh
Regional Head, Financial Institutions—Middle East and North Africa
Standard Chartered Bank

Mr. Akhil Mahesh is the Regional Head for Financial Institutions for MENAP, responsible for Standard Chartered Bank’s business with FI Clients in the region. The business spans transaction banking, custody solutions, capital markets, hedging and corporate finance products. Standard Chartered Bank’s Financial Institutions business coverage in MENAP covers 16 countries across GCC, Levant, Iraq, North Africa and Pakistan. It covers both conventional and Islamic clients. Mr. Mahesh joined the bank in 1992 and did a number of relationship management roles in corporate banking, eventually being appointed as the Head of Credit for UAE in 1999.

Manoj Menon
Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction Banking
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Manoj Menon is the Senior Managing Director and Group Head of Global Transaction Banking and part of Commercial and Investment Banking Management at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). He has nearly three decades of international experience in various roles covering Sales/Relationship Management, Trade Finance, Financial Institutional Banking and Corporate Banking, in India, France and the United Kingdom. Mr. Menon joined First Gulf Bank (now FAB) in 2014 to build and manage the Global Transaction Banking and Financial Institution Coverage team. Prior to that he served as Global Head of Trade Service, Innovation and Customer Proposition at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Mr. Menon maintains active involvement in several industry bodies and is a member of the World Trade Board, BAFT, Global Trade Industry Council (GTIC) and the WTO Trade Expert Panel Group. He is also part of the ICC Banking Working group that established the Trade Finance default register and was a Member of the URBPO drafting committee defining the rules governing Bank Payment Obligations (BPO).

Eric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank
MENA Bank to Bank Forum Keynote Speaker

Mr. Eric Modave is chief operating officer at Arab Bank, a position he has held since July 2014. Mr Modave has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Arab Bank, Mr Modave was chief operating officer of Barclays Africa, where he was based in Kenya and Johannesburg, covering 12 African countries. From 2006 until 2009, he was head of global payment operations at Barclays, in London. Before this, Mr Modave held various positions at Citibank, including head of consumer bank operations at Citibank EMEA from 2003 until 2006 and head of operations and technology at Citibank International Personal Banking, Europe between 2001 and 2003. He was chief financial officer of Citibank International Personal Banking from 1999 until 2001. Mr Modave graduated as a commercial engineer from HEC University of Liège in 1989 and became a certified chartered accountant in 1996. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, in 2014.

Sean Moore
Strategic Account Director – MENA Region

Mr. Sean Moore, having worked in the fintech industry for the last two decades, Sean brings unrivalled experience to banks seeking to implement digital transformational technologies that comply with global and local regulations, deliver greater efficiencies and create better client banking experiences. He joined Fenergo in 2015, working across strategic sales, partnerships and technical professional services. Prior to Fenergo, Mr Moore has worked with several large global banks such as Lloyds Bank Rabobank and HBOS plc. in a variety of senior management roles spanning IT, Risk & Compliance. Sean is responsible for strategic sales and business expansion for the MENA region for Fenergo.

Mian Muhammad Nazir
CEO, Dar Al Sharia
Dubai Islamic Bank

Mr. Muhammad Nazir Mian is a prominent Shariah expert and lawyer in his specialized field of Islamic Banking and Finance, retail, corporate, syndications, project finance, Sukuk, securitisation, Islamic investment funds, Islamic trusts, swaps and derivatives, insurance, and Islamic Finance Legislation and Regulation. He is currently a Senior Vice President of Dar Al Shariah at Dubai Islamic bank and advises the bank, as well as external clients, on product development, structuring, documentation, and Shariah governance of Islamic banking, finance, insurance products, services, and transactions. Mr Nazir is also a Shariah Advisory Board member of Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan and RAKBANK. He has previously served as a legal advisor to Dallah Al Baraka that is one of the largest Saudi firms in banking and finance. He has also been the Director of Law and Regulatory Affairs at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority where he advised the government of Pakistan in the preparation of electronic transactions ordinance.

Harry Newman
Head of Banking

Mr. Harry Newman is SWIFT’s Head of Banking with strategic responsibility for a series of key market initiatives, including SWIFT’s global payments innovation (GPI), business intelligence, corporates and reference data offers. Previously, he has been closely involved in payment system innovation and regulation in EMEA across both banking and securities systems. More recently he was SWIFT’s Programme for the development of Australia’s New Payments Platform (NPP). Mr. Newman has 20 years’ experience in financial markets and market infrastructures globally, designing and managing RTGS systems and SWIFT’s role in RTGS systems.

Onur Ozan
Head of Middle East, Turkey and North Africa

Mr. Onur Ozan is cased in Dubai. Mr. Ozan is responsible for identifying market opportunities, fostering industry education in payment automation, market practice and standards development within the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He specializes in financial messaging, middle/back-office transaction management solutions as well as project management. Prior to joining SWIFT, he worked in consulting and product management roles across the financial services industry.

Gurumurthy Palani
Head of Global Transaction Banking
Gulf International Bank

Mr. Gurumurthy Palani, is Head of Global Transaction Banking for Gulf International Bank (GIB), based in Bahrain with strong transaction banking expertise in Saudi market. Prior to GIB, Mr. Palani was the Head of Transaction Banking products for The Saudi British Bank and was instrumental in launching several structured propositions in the Saudi market such as Receivables finance, Supply Chain Finance, Virtual Accounts, Wages Protection System etc. Mr. Palani’s transaction banking journey includes 20+ years of proven transaction banking career with leading global banks.

Anirudha Panse
Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
GTB Business and Product Management
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Anirudha Panse (Ani) is Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). Mr. Panse joined FAB in Feb’ 2015 and has global responsibilities for product development and management of existing Trade Products. His team is also responsible for rolling out new products and solutions in line with market trends to suit client needs. He oversees an in-business Trade Risk and controls functions which performs enhanced due diligence on high risk and complex trade products. Prior to joining FAB, Mr. Panse has worked with Citibank in India & London and specialized in Supply Chain Finance business.

Lawrence Paramasivam
Director, Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority

Mr. Lawrence Paramasivam joined the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in 2007 and was appointed in 2014 as Director, Conduct of Business, in the Supervision Division. He is responsible for leading the supervision of conduct of business risks, including Financial Crime risks, for DFSA regulated entities in the Dubai International Financial Centre. He also leads a team responsible for the supervision of funds and licensed firms which includes fund managers, asset managers, private banks, investment managers, and firms offering Over-The-Counter Derivatives. Mr. Paramasivam has more than 20 years of legal and regulatory experience.

Asif Raza
Head of Corporate Banking
MENA, Turkey, Russia and Corporate and Investment Banking
J.P. Morgan

Mr. Asif Raza is the Head of Corporate Banking – MENA, Turkey, Russia and Corporate and Investment Banking. He has worked in three of the world’s major financial centers, New York, London, Singapore, where he managedbusinesses covering North America, Europe, Middle East, Turkey, CIS, North Africa and Asia Pacific before moving to the Middle East as the Head of Treasury & Securities Services for Middle East & North Africa. Mr. Raza provides a single point of leadership for the Corporate Banking business. His team consists of senior bankers working closely with industry and product partners in the Investment Bank, Transaction Services, Trade & Lending, Asset Management and Market & Rates group to bring firm wide expertise and solutions to the clients. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of Treasury & Securities Services for Middle East & North Africa where he lead a team consisting of senior managers covering the various business lines of our Treasury & Investor Services that include Global Custody, Securities Lending, Hedge Fund Services, Transition Management, Global Cash Management, Liquidity & Investment Management, Global Trade, Export Finance, Escrow and Depositary Receipts.

Carolina Rodrigues
Head of Cash Management Product
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Carolina joined ADCB in 2014 and currently heads the team responsible for the management and development of Cash Management products within the Bank’s Wholesale Banking Group. She oversees a portfolio of over 50 payments, collections, channels and reporting products and services designed to cater not only to the various needs of the different segments of Wholesale Banking but also to the very different levels of sophistication required within each segment.With over 19 years’ experience in Banking, Carolina has closely experienced the evolution of the Payments Area from the era before the birth of Corporate Internet Banking to SEPA, Mobile Banking and now Blockchain and open APIs.

Andre Sayegh
Deputy Group CEO
First Abu Dhabi Bank

André brings over two decades of banking and financial services experience to his role as Deputy Group CEO & Head of Corporate & Investment Banking at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). Previously, André held the position of Chief Executive Officer at FGB from 2006 to Q1’ 2017. During his tenure at FGB, and together with Abdulhamid Saeed (FAB’s CEO), André has continually delivered solid financial results, with the bank becoming one of the largest financial institutions by net profit in the UAE. He transformed the organization from a small BB+ rated bank to an A+ large diversified banking group and drove the expansion of the bank’s international business.

Ali Shafqat
Qbera Capital LLP

Mr. Ali Shafqat is CEO of investment advisory firm Qbera Capital LLP based in London. Mr. Shafqat started his career with KPMG in 1998 and joined HSBC in 2001. He worked in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Dubai during his time at HSBC and KPMG. He was Head of Commodity and Structured Trade finance for HSBC covering MENA countries based out of Dubai. Mr. Shafqat set up the CSTF function and successfully executed multibillion dollar transactions across energy, metals and soft agri commodities. He set up Qbera Capital LLP in 2017 which is a regulated UK firm active in debt, equity and investment advisory. Qbera’s focus is energy, power, agri and metals sectors.

Bhavin Shah
Partner | Financial Advisory

Bhavin Shah is a Partner in Deloitte’s Financial Services Regulatory Advisory with over a decade of management consulting experience working with banks, sovereign funds, capital markets, insurance companies, asset management companies, and regulators in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is a senior consulting professional and trusted advisor, having worked on regulatory compliance, anti-money

Surendra Shetty
Chief Information Officer
UAE Exchange

Mr. Surendra Shetty is currently the Chief Information Officer for UAE Exchange – a role that sees him lead technology innovation, risk containment, security and information technology relationship management initiatives for the organisation. With nearly 25 years of experience under his belt, Mr. Shetty focuses on the pivotal role technology plays in enabling business success, improving operational efficiency and driving an exceptional customer experience by transforming and building scalable IT solutions. He is a well-known speaker and regularly shares his knowledge on strategies for next-gen and emerging technologies at various international tech events. His achievements have seen him feted twice at the CIO 100 Awards, and conferred with the special ‘Innovative Architect’ award. He is also the recipient of the prestigious ‘IT Executive of the Year’ award at the International Business Awards 2017. Prior to commencing his journey with UAE Exchange, Mr. Shetty worked at YES Bank as Senior President and CIO. He has also served in positions of responsibility at Cashtech Solutions, Credit Lyonnais and HDFC Bank. A commerce graduate, Suren also holds a Diploma in Computer Management (DCM) and a mini-MBA in business essentials from Rutgers Business School, London.

Bhavesh Shivshanker
Senior Manager Cash & Working Capital
Etihad Airways

Mr. Bhavesh Shivshanker joined Etihad Airways in July 2016 and leads the Cash & Working Capital team. The team are responsible for management of Group Liquidity in addition to Transaction Banking infrastructure. Since joining Etihad, Mr Shivshanker’s focus has primarily been on development of liquidity management tools and the integration of a new transaction banking infrastructure which spans 46 countries.

Carla Slim
Economist MENA and Turkey, Financial Markets
Standard Chartered Bank

Carla provides on-the-ground analysis of macroeconomic and financial developments in MENA to external and internal stakeholders of the Bank, including clients and senior management. Based in Dubai, she contributes regularly to Global Research publications and interacts with global and regional media. Carla joined the Global Research team in 2013 as an economist after completing the one-year Financial Markets International Graduate program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the American University of Beirut.

Jan Willem Sudmann
Head of International Banking Group
Mashreq Group

Jan-Willem Sudmann is the Head of International Banking Group at Mashreq. He joined the organization in December 2015. Prior to this, Jan-Willem was the Managing Director for Commerzbank, Shanghai Branch since August 2013. Theprevious 4 years he served as Managing Director at Commerzbank’s Beijing Branch. Jan-Willem was the Head of International Products & Financial Institutions at Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt. He has more than 23 years of commercial and investment banking experience. In the early parts of the last decade he was heading the global relationship management for Financial Institutions in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Turkey. Before his assignments as Dresdner Bank AG in Frankfurt in the beginning of 2001, he was working in the Global Export and Finance team of Dresdner in London.

Michael Wong
Group Head of Anti Money Laundering Compliance
Emirates NBD

Mr. Michael Wong is Emirates NBD’s Group’s Head of Anti Money Laundering (AML) Compliance and is the approved Money Laundering Terrorism Financing Reporting Officer (MLTFRO) in the UAE. He is responsible for managing the Group’s AML Compliance requirements, which includes setting policy to guide the business in complying with relevant local and international regulatory regimes, promoting and embedding an AML Compliance culture through the rollout of policies, procedures, monitoring and training. He has worked in the legal and financial services industry for the last 18 years, the last 10 of which have been in AML and financial crime. Mr. Wong was previously employed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) where he was Associate Director, Head of Financial Crime. During this time, he led the DFSA’s anti-financial crime initiatives and was responsible for oversight of financial institution’s compliance with financial crime obligations; as well as conducting Enforcement activities regarding the investigation and action of reported regulatory breaches and misconduct. Prior to joining the DFSA, Mr. Wong was a Prosecutor in Australia for both the State of NSW and the Australian Securities Investments Commission.

Vineet Varma
Managing Director and Head of Transaction Banking
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Vineet Varma has been appointed as the Global Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) at National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) post the merger between First Gulf Bank and NBAD effective April 1s1 2017. He will be responsible for building FIG as one of the pillars of the Corporate and Investment Bank and the combined NBAD as a whole. Prior to the move, Mr. Varma was the Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) at NBAD and was responsible for building, strengthening and growing GTB globally for NBAD comprising of Cash Management, Trade Sales and Advisory and Custody for Wholesale and Commercial Banking clients. Mr. Varma is an International Banker having spent more than 20 years with ANZ Grindlays Bank, ABN Amro Bank, and Dubai Group.