Engaging with multi-stakeholders to find solutions to promote leading AML/CTF practices
The FCCG – Europe Chapter, dedicated to support Arab banks operating in Europe, is a regional arm of the MENA FCCG and operates as a distinct body under the umbrella of the MENA FCCG. It sets its own priorities based on members’ feedback and updates the MENA FCCG on key activities and accomplishments while benefiting from MENA FCCG resources including its members’ expertise, its network, global alliances, and strategic partners.
Extend MENA FCCG objectives to Europe by bringing together compliance professionals of Arab banks operating in Europe to enhance financial crime literacy and support implementation of leading practices by discussing mutual challenges and sharing experiences, including developed compliance tools.
Arab Bankers’ Association
Propose opportunities for sowing collaborations with compliance activists, promote Chapter key engagements, act as an advisor and assisting the Chair in formulating key focus areas, as well as campaign for the Chapter to participate in policy initiatives.
Assist Chapter in its outreach activities, assist in diversifying publications via the experience it has attained over the years in financial crime risk management, organize and participate in events, prepare communications, and provide logistical and technical assistance.
MENA Strategic Partner
Union of Arab Banks (UAB)
Facilitate liaison with Arab Banks across the UK/EU and sow relationships with key international bodies and engagements in public relations & networking initiatives
MENA FCCG Strategic Partner
Assist it in weaving relations with industry experts, key international bodies, and regulators through their network as well as promoting the Chapter during events and seminars.
Representatives from Strategic Partners along with two members of MENA FCCG as appointed by MENA FCCG Deputy Chair.
Editor in Chief - Arab Bankers Association
Andrew Cunningham acts as the Editor in Chief of the London Arab Bankers Association (ABA), and in that capacity he produces Arab Banker magazine and other publications for the Association.
When not working for the ABA, Andrew leads his own consulting firm, Darien Analytics Ltd, that specialises in corporate governance, bank risk, and international financial regulation, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern and Shari’ah-compliant financial systems.
His work on bank risk and regulation is centred on the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) where he is a Visiting Professor. He also chairs the Editorial Board of LIBF's Centre for Governance Risk and Regulation. Andrew's governance work includes conducting Corporate Governance Assessments of banks and non-banks for clients such as the International Finance Corporation, EBRD, DEG and CDC.
Earlier in his career Andrew spent nine years with Moody's Investors' Service, rating banks in the Middle East and in western Europe; and six years with the NGO, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, where he designed and implemented technical assistance programmes to strengthen financial sector infrastructure in emerging markets.
Carel van Randwyck
Chief Growth Officer – Themis
Carel has more than 35 years broad international experience, having lived and worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe for market-leading financial services firms. He was the Global COO for various sales and trading businesses at UBS Investment Bank, Head of Change Management, Group Sales, at Deutsche Börse (the German stock exchange), financial and treasury management consultant with Price Waterhouse and auditor with Arthur Young & Co. He is a Fellow of both the ICAEW and the Association of Corporate Treasurers, holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. When at Deutsche Börse, he developed a group-wide client strategy and supporting infrastructure to drive sales and revenue growth, at UBS Investment Bank he established local market Fixed Income trading businesses in Moscow and Istanbul and developed country strategies for National Bank of Abu Dhabi. In the two years before joining Themis, Carel advised the board of a private UK company on their international expansion plans and client strategy, established the governance structure for an impact-investing VC firm and was the interim CFO/COO for a financial services technology-focussed PE firm.
Group Chief Compliance Officer
Ms. Rasha Mortada is a compliance professional, with 24 years of experience in the banking and finance industry with leading global and local institutions. Over 16 years of experience in the compliance field covering multiple roles & responsibilities including Regulatory Compliance, Anti Money Laundering/Counter Terrorist Financing, Sanctions, FATCA/Common Reporting Standard and Conduct Compliance covering Wholesale, Retail, Private, Brokerage, & Asset Management businesses. She holds a bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from the Lebanese American University, an International Diploma in Compliance from the International Compliance Association, and a Fintech qualification from Harvard.
Group Chief Compliance Officer
Mohamed Afifi is the Group Chief Compliance Officer of Banque Misr in Egypt. Mohamed has more than 40 years of Banking experience covering Retail, Operations, Audit and Compliance in conventional, Islamic, investment, wholesale, & private banking in Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kuwait, and Bahrain
Prior to joining Banque Misr, Mohamed held key compliance positions in a number of leading regional and international banks, such as BANK-ABC in Bahrain (2012 – 2018), Country Head of Compliance for Barclays Bank Egypt (2010 – 2012), MENA Regional Compliance Head Private Banking at Standard Chartered Bank (2007 – 2010), Regional Compliance Officer for National Bank of Abu Dhabi (2003 – 2006), Deputy Chief Operation Officer with Credit Agricole Indosuez (2000 – 2003) and Country Head of Audit with BNP Paribas Egypt (1997-2000).
Mohamed holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in addition to various Audit & Compliances certifications. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, and French and is a frequent speaker at major Compliance and AML forums in the MENA region.