Mr. Rathore has 23 years of experience in banking with leading global financial institutions including Citigroup and ABN AMRO N.V.
He has held senior management positions for over 17 years involving Regulatory Compliance, Anti – Money Laundering / Counter Terrorist Financing in Corporate, Consumer & Investment Banking, Asset Management, Private Clients and Islamic Finance.
He leads projects of strategic importance for the Board of Directors and Regional / Global Executive Management teams including remedial enforcement actions and due diligence for bank acquisitions. Mr. Rathore maintains extensive engagements with financial services regulators across US, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Sub-continent. He is Chairman of UAE Banks Federation Compliance Committee and is a speaker at various international Compliance forums.
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Mr. Qutub Yousafali is a banking professional with more than 35 years of experience in finance and banking who joined AlBaraka Banking Group in January 2012. Prior to that Mr. Yousafali worked with Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.) in Bahrain, for nearly 18 years in a number of roles, including Group Head of Compliance. In this role he was responsible for overseeing and coordinating compliance functions and activities, including regulatory compliance, corporate governance, anti-money laundering and international sanctions across the network of offices worldwide. Prior to this appointment in 2009, Mr. Yousafali had held a number of senior positions in the Arab World Division & Universal Banking in Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), to which he transferred in 1995 from an affiliate bank where he had held a number of senior positions, including Head of Internal Audit and Finance.
Mr. Yousafali commenced his professional career with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), London. During his long working career, Mr. Yousafali has gained varied experience in compliance, business & expansion strategies, investment analysis, feasibility studies, financial accounting and auditing. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, UK.
Joined Arab Bank in December 2002 as Director of Group Regulatory Compliance, Mr. Dabbour has more than 21 years of experience in Regulatory Compliance Risk Management, Combatting Financial Crimes, Anti Money Laundering, Sanctions and Embargo Programs, and Audit and Compliance. He spent 7 years working for a “Big Four” public accounting firm. Mr. Dabbour participated as a speaker in several national and international conferences and workshops on Regulatory Compliance, Combatting Financial Crimes, Anti Money Laundering, Combatting Terrorism Financing, and Corporate Governance. Mr. Dabbour is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Sharon is presently Group Compliance Officer for Bank ABC, a bank headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and operating across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Asia. She has experience in both the public sector and the private sector, and in managing diverse teams across both developed markets and emerging markets jurisdictions, with specialist expertise in multiple product lines including financial markets, corporate banking, consumer banking, wealth management and financial crime compliance. Sharon has worked as a financial services regulator with the Singapore central bank, with a US investment bank in a range of legal and Compliance roles specialising in treasury and derivative products, and with an Asian and European commercial bank building legal, regulatory compliance and financial crime compliance capability across Asia Pacific
Sharon read law at Cambridge University and topped the English bar in the law of Evidence. She is a qualified lawyer in three international financial centres, England and Wales, the State of New York and the Republic of Singapore. She holds designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Certified Anti-Money laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has passed professional qualifications in information security and information technology (ISACA). The Singapore Minister of Finance has appointed her as Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance in recognition of her contribution to the financial services industry.
Mr. Jebeyli is the Group Head for legal and compliance, covering all Group Audi entities. He is a General Manager, member of the Group Executive Committee, Chairman of the Compliance Officers Committee of the Association of Banks in Lebanon and President of Compliance Officers Committee at the World Union of Arab Bankers.
Prior to joining Bank Audi in 1997, he was the Managing Director for Legal & Compliance at Citibank – Middle East & North Africa. Before Citibank, he was in private legal practice in the USA with focus on commercial and banking matters.
Mr. Jebeyli is a former Lebanese Judge and a member of the N.Y. and American Bar associations. He has an LLM in International Banking from Boston University, School of Law.
Damian O’Riordan is a qualified accountant currently employed as Deputy General Manager, Compliance, at Bank Muscat. He has 20 years financial services audit and compliance experience both in Ireland and internationally. He is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), achieved a Certificate in International Treasury Management (Cert ITM) from the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK and holds the CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF). He is a qualified compliance professional with an International Diploma in Compliance from the International Compliance Association. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School having completed their General Management Programme in 2015. He has extensive experience in business development, project management, corporate governance, internal audit, regulatory risk, compliance and anti-money laundering across various regulated environments.
With more than 20 years of banking experience in Kuwait, Mr. Safa is currently the Head of Compliance Department at Boubyan Bank ( Islamic Banking arm – National Bank of Kuwait ) since 2011. In this capacity he is in charge of preparing the AML & CFT policies & procedures on a risk based approach and has implemented three AML and CFT software for monitoring customers and internal accounts. Mr. Safa is also in charge of regulatory compliance, FATCA & CRS reporting and all disclosure matters.
Before joining Boubyan Bank, Mr. Safa served for 7 years as Head of Compliance at Commercial Bank of Kuwait, 9 years at the Banking Supervision Department at Central Bank of Kuwait, 8 years with Arthur Andersen & Co & with Grant Thornton in Lebanon.
Mr. Safa is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) since 2007.
Mr. Mansour has more than 16 years of experience in the Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering field. A founding member of Lebanon’s Financial Information Unit – also known as “The Special investigation Commission”, where he led numerous money laundering and terrorism financing investigations as senior investigator and research analyst with regional and international counterparts, as well as conducted banks’ examinations on anti-money laundering programs.
He started his career in the USA in the field of finance and management before joining the Central Bank of Lebanon in 1997 as a Senior Officer at the Treasury Bills Department.
Mr. Mansour is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2003, & Certified Compliance Officer, actively involved with local and international regulators on enhancing the AML/CFT implementation, raising awareness, and introducing the latest AML & CFT information technology solutions.
Mr. Mansour is also an advisor to the Union of Arab Banks on AML & Compliance matters and expert trainer / frequent speaker at regional and international conferences.
Mr. Matafonov has 30 years of international experience in the finance industry including Australasia, Europe, Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. An Accounting and Economics graduate, he started his career with Coopers and Lybrand in Melbourne prior to moving to ANZ Bank in Melbourne and ANZ Grindlays Bank in London. During his time in London he joined Standard Chartered Bank and has worked 10 of those years in the Dubai regional office.
His experience has been in the audit, risk and compliance areas. This includes more than 17 years in compliance / financial crime risk both at group (global) and regional levels (covering 27 countries across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa).
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Nasser A. Paracha
Head of Audit, Fraud & Compliance Group; Member of Executive Committee, Audit & Compliance Committee and Information Security Committee, Mashreqbank psc.
Mr. Nasser A. Paracha serves as the Head of Audit, Fraud and Compliance Group at Mashreq Bank. Mr. Paracha first joined Mashreq Bank in 1995 and holds over 20 years of banking experience covering corporate banking, internal audit and compliance in the UK, Pakistan and UAE.
Mr. Paracha is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (USA) having completed the General Management Program at Harvard and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Operational Research with Computing from The University of Leeds, UK.
KHALID ABDULLA, SHAIKH
Head of Compliance & Bank MLRO – Mashreq
Compliance professional with over 20+ years of banking experience with a post graduate degree in Business Management and Finance. Through these years he has worked for large multinational and regional banking corporations at Senior level Compliance/AML positions adding value in fortifying Compliance/Regulatory Risk for the organizations, formulating Policies and Procedures to mitigate Compliance/ Financial Crime/ Operational Risks inculcating a strong “Regulatory Compliance Culture”.
Mr. Walid Gamal El Din El Seyoufi is currently Deputy General Manager for Group Risk Management and Compliance at National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Board Member in NBK-Egypt. He holds 20+ years of strong and sound experience in banking and consulting sectors, mainly in the fields of Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Compliance, Accounting and Auditing.
Before joining NBK Group, Mr. El Seyoufi worked for Arthur Andersen in the field of External Audit and Consulting. During his professional career in NBK Group, he made significant contributions in developing the Risk Management and Compliance framework across all branches and subsidiaries by following worldwide best practices in the Banking industry.
Furthermore, he has contributed in ensuring adequate compliance with all regulatory and statutory requirements pertaining to all countries in which NBK Group operates.
Mr. El Seyoufi possesses a distinct experience in Capital Adequacy planning as per BASEL international standards, stress testing scenarios and monitoring key risk indicators. He also has vast experience in international law related to sound governance, disclosure and transparency as well as protecting shareholders’ rights.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (BA) from Helwan University, Egypt; a Master’s degree of Science in Risk Management (Msc) from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the American University in Beirut.
He has other professional qualifications from USA which include; Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Secretary General, MENA Financial Crime and Compliance Group
Thomson Reuters is the Strategic Partner for the MENA FCCG Group. They are represented by David Shepherd, who is the General Secretary of the MENA FCCG Group. David is also the Market Development Lead – Risk (Middle East & North Africa) at Thomson Reuters, who is responsible for the market strategy for the Thomson Reuters Risk Division in MENA.
He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), who also holds a Diploma in Financial Crime and Compliance and brings over 10 years experience in Risk, specialising in areas such as Ultimate Beneficial Ownership, Adverse Media, Sanctions and Watch List Data as well as legislation including FCPA, UK Bribery Act and global AML and KYC standards.
David has extensive market experience having worked with prominent Financial Institutions, Governments and Multinational Companies both in Europe and across the Middle East and North Africa. He has been based in MENA in the Dubai Head Office since joining Thomson Reuters in 2013.