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Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy

Chairman and Director General - AMF Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy, a Saudi National, born in 1960, holds a ph.D in Economics from the University of Oregon, U.S.A. since1991. Before serving as Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), in March 2014, H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy, was Vice Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) for the period 2009-2013. H.E. Dr. Al Hamidy has also served as Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs at SAMA as well as Director General at Economic Research and Statistics and earlier as Director of Training, Research and Information, at the Institute of Banking. He has earlier taught Economics at the King Saud University. Dr. Al Hamidy has also been a member of the Board of Executive Directors in the Arab Monetary Fund for the period 2003-2013, as well as other organizations, namely, Saudi Industrial Development Fund; Saudi Development Fund; Saudi Real Estate Development Fund; Saudi Post Corporation; Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority; The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance; Saudi Stock Exchange Co. (Tadawul); The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) Dr. Al Hamidy has participated in international meetings such as G20, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB), as well as meetings of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Financial Stability Board (FSB), and Council of Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). In addition, with his appointment as Director General Chairman of the Board of the Arab Monetary Fund, Dr. Al Hamidy also holds the position of Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Arab Trade Financing Program (ATFP).

Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), 2016. Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi has over 25 years of work experience in financial legislation, accounting, banking, finance and investment, and shari'ah-compliant finance from many leading financial institutions in the United Arab Emirates, such as the UAE Central Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Amlak Finance, and the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA).

H.E. Abdullatif Al Othman

H.E. Eng. Abdullatif A. Al-Othman served as the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) after his appointment from May 2012 till April 2016. He brings over 35 years of experience of planning and managing oil and gas projects, Corporate Finance, Investment, Business Development and International Business Relations. H.E. Al-Othman began his career in 1979 with Saudi Arabian Bechtel, then joined Saudi Aramco in 1981 as an Engineer in Engineering and Project Management. During his tenure, he worked on the Gas Gathering Project, the Ras Tanura Refinery Modernization Project, the Qasim Refinery Project, and the Southwest Refinery Project, amongst others. In June 2001, he was named the Executive Director of Saudi Aramco Aairs before being appointed Vice President of Saudi Aramco Aairs in September 2001. He later served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Saudi Aramco. His last post at Saudi Aramco was Senior Vice President Engineering and Project Management. Eng. Al-Othman also served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Investment Company for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, as well as the Sadara Chemical Company. He is currently also the founding chairman of the Board for the Saudi Industrial Investment Company. Eng. Al-Othman earned a B.A. in Civil Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1979 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow in 1998.

Jalil Tarif

Jalil Tarif currently serves as the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities (UASA). Tarif started his career in the Central Bank of Jordan and held the positions of Executive Director and Deputy Director General in Amman Financial Market between 1992 and 1999, where he oversaw Jordan&S217;s entire capital market. Through his role as Deputy Director General, Tarif assisted in writing the new securities law that implemented the three separate entities that make up Jordan&S217;s Capital Market today. In 1999, Jalil Tarif was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of Amman Stock Exchange. He left his position as CEO in December 2012 to become the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities located in Dubai. Some of the roles Tarif has held during his career include: President, NSC-Unix user group, Atos-Euro Next Market Solutions; Chairman of IOSCO Self-Regulatory Organization Consultative Committee; Member, OECD Corporate Governance Working Group, MENA region; Chairman of FIAS. In addition, he participated in meetings with the IMF, IBRD, IOSCO, WFE, FEAS, COMCEC and UNCTAD.

Dr. Abdullah Al Abdulgader

Professor Alabdulgader is Chairman of the Board of Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and serves as Director at Saudi Arabian Investment Company (Sanabil), Gulf International Bank (GIB), Suadi Arabian Railroads Company (SAR), Al Faisaliah Group, and Saudi Company for Development and Technology Investment (Taqnia). He also chairs the Regulatory and Policy Oversight Committee at Tadawul, and the Professional Quality Monitoring Committee at the Saudi Organization of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to this, he was Professor of Business Administration at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; and a Commissioner at the CMA, where he led development of the Kingdom’s corporate governance code. As a Founding Executive Director of the GCC Board Directors Institute, he continued to promote corporate governance in the region. Professor Alabdulgader holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA; and MBA and BSc degrees in Business Administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Ziyad F. Omar

Ziyad F. Omar is a board member and the CEO of Gulf One, the Investment Bank he co-founded in 2006, with its headquarters in Bahrain, after successfully raising US$100 million in capital from regional institutional and high net worth investors. Gulf One is the culmination of over 20 years of experience for Ziyad gained in regional and international finance and banking sector. As a precursor to Gulf One, he founded the independent Compass Consulting in Bahrain, providing financial, management consulting and business advisory to corporations across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. During his tenure as Country Head of the Corporate Banking Group (CBG) at National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Saudi Arabia, Ziyad successfully reengineered NCB’s multi-billion dollar corporate banking portfolio significantly improving the bank’s risk/reward profile. Prior to NCB, Mr Omar applied his expertise to AI Faisaliah Group where as Chief Financial Officer, he created the Group Finance and installed a Corporate Treasury. Earlier on in his career, Mr Omar held various senior positions in Corporate Banking and Structured Finance at the Saudi American Bank (Citibank’s subsidiary then) in Jeddah, where he co-pioneered the first securitisation transaction in Saudi Arabia. Prior to returning to the Gulf, Mr. Omar spent a number of years working with Equitable Financial Companies in California. Mr Omar is a member of the board of directors of several corporations in the GCC, Europe, and Asia. In addition to Gulf One Investment Bank in Bahrain, he is a board member of Gulf One Capital in KSA, Moya Holding Asia (listed on SGX) and Moya Holding in Bahrain, Afex Global Limited (AFEX), Montajat Pharmaceuticals Company, Alpha Aircraft Leasing Ltd., Intelligent Software Services Arabia and NCTE AG and Belte AG.

Salman Mohammed Jishi

Boards of directors of government and semi-government: - Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Eastern Province from the date (01/01/1423 e) previously. - Chairman of the Industrial Committee in Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Eastern Province previously. - Vice-President of the Commission of the National Industrial Council Chamber of Commerce Arabia previously. - Member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (MODON) previously. Boards of Directors: - President and Owner Salman Group. - Board Member in Universe Investment Co., Kuwait - Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Gas and Industrialization Co. (GASCO) and Chairman of the Executive Committee. - Former Board Member of East Gas Company Ltd. - Former Board Member of National Industrial Gases Company - Former Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Shifa Medical Syringes - Former Board Member Al Walaa Insurance and member of the Audit Committee - Former member of the Audit Committee at Bank Aljazira - Member of the Board of Directors and a member of the investment committee previously "in Venture Capital Bank, Bahrain. - Former Member of the Board of Directors in Eastern Agricultural Company. Volunteer work: - Former President of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation - Member of the Board of Directors of the Prince Sultan Fund for Women Development. - Member of the board of directors of the Saudi Society for cancer. - Former Member of the Board of Directors of Saudi Organ Donor Foundation. - Member of the Board of Directors of Takaful Charity Foundation. - Member of the Board of Directors of Saudi Food Bank - ITA'AM.

Jane Valls

Jane Valls is the Executive Director of GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI), based in Dubai. GCC BDI is a not for profit company founded in 2007 with the Mission to improve corporate governance and professional directorship in the GCC. The founding fathers &S211; Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Investcorp, Emirates NBD, McKinsey, PwC, Heidrick & Struggles and Allen & Overy, continue to support GCC BDI today and form the Board of Governors. GCC BDI runs open and tailored workshops for board directors, conducts board evaluations and corporate governance assessments as well helping companies to implement their corporate governance and board effectiveness frameworks. GCC BDI now has over 700 senior board directors who have been through its workshops and board evaluations and this group is probably one of the most influential networks in the GCC. Jane has over 15 years of international experience in corporate governance and working with board of directors. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and is an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer. From 2010 to 2015, Jane was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. Before joining the MIOD, Jane has held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors with leading companies including British Airways, Air Mauritius, Sun International and The Rogers Group, amongst others, as well as running her own management and training consultancy. Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for services to business, women&S217;s empowerment and social justice and she was recently decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.

Sami N. Saliba

Appointed as Executive Board Member of the newly established Capital Markets Authority of Lebanon since July 2012. Prior to this position, I have enjoyed over 20 years of experience as Chief Financial Officer for 2 major Lebanese banks, Chief Investment Officer of one of the largest infrastructure projects with the Lebanese Government. Served as Division Chief/Investments at the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi for about 8 years. Started my career with Merrill Lynch International in New York and Dubai as a Registered Representative Seies 7 and 63 as well as Licensed in foreign exchange options at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Holder of a Master Degree in International Finance from Western New England College. United States

Chris Pierce

Chris Pierce is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Governance Services Ltd. based in London and the Director of Education in the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the US and South America. Chris has been involved in developing executive and non-executive directors in some of the largest listed companies, family controlled businesses, State Owned Enterprises, National Investment Authorities, Sovereign Wealth Funds. His most recent publications include “Corporate Governance in the Gulf” (2012), “Corporate Governance in the UK” (2013) and “A Guide to Corporate Governance Practices in the European Union” (2015). Chris has a PhD. In 2014, he was awarded the Bertin Medal in Sweden by the International Academy of Quality for his contribution to corporate governance globally over the last decade. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Caux Round Table and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ezzeddine Bizri

Ezzeddine is currently the Company Secretary of National Bank of Oman (NBO) – Muscat, Oman since March 2013. He graduated from the Lebanese University of Beirut – Faculty of Law - in 1998, passed his BAR exam in 1999 and completed his internship in 2000. He has more than 18 years of experience in the legal, banking, corporate finance, maritime, mortgage law, Islamic finance and corporate governance fields. He worked with Bakri Group of Companies in Jeddah – KSA as their Senior Legal Advisor for Corporate Affairs, Finance and Maritime affairs from 2000 to 2003. He then joined The Saudi Investment Bank in Riyadh – KSA as a Senior Legal Advisor, Member of the Compliance Committee and Deputy Head of Credit Administration from 2004 to July 2010. And was with Saudi Home Loans in Riyadh – KSA as the Head of Legal Department and Company Secretary from Aug. 2010 to Feb. 2013. Ezzeddine likes to attend many training conferences to keep up to date with the latest trends in the legal, banking and corporate governance sectors and is also a speaker at international conferences and forums.

Rami Al Nsour

Advisor in the Securities & Commodities Authority. He is Specialized in Corporate Governance, Disclosure , Compliance. Certified Compliance Officer from ICA England. He holds an MBA in Banking and Financial Sciences majoring in Financial Markets with a degree of excellence from the Arab Academy for Financial and Banking Sciences in Jordan. Previously Rami Al-Nsour worked as a Research and Development Manager in the Assets Management Investment Banking Division at National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Also he worked as Portfolio & Investment Manager at Juma Al Majid Group. In Jordan he worked for 9 years at Amman Bourse and Jordan Securities Commission. Rami Al-Nsour also taught Banking and business subjects in the Arab Academy for Financial and Banking Sciences for to BS and Master's level students. The author of the book titled "Corporate Governance - principles and the general framework" 2016. Rami Al-Nsour has written many articles in banking, Islamic banking and economics in several newspapers in Jordan and in UAE. Also, Rami Al-Nsour regularly appears on TV on awareness programs for financial market investors in the GCC area to discuss the disclosure and corporate governance in the UAE.

Olivier Panis

Olivier Panis is a Senior Credit Officer in the EMEA Financial Institutions Group based in Dubai. He covers a portfolio of banks and financial companies in the GCC region and North Africa. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2013, he was heading the Portfolio Management team for Emerging Markets at Barclays. He started his career as a financial analyst at the French Ministry of Finance in Paris. Olivier Panis holds a MSc in Economics from the Université PARIS I (Sorbonne).

Alissa Amico

Alissa Amico is the Managing Director of GOVERN, which works alongside public and corporate leaders in advancing on corporate governance and economic governance in the Middle East and North Africa and other emerging markets through rigorous research. A unique policy and advisory entity, Govern provides expertise and technical assistance to policymakers and support to leading private and sovereign entities in the region, deploying internationally recognised practitioners and renowned academics in teams of targeted, complementary expertise. Until 2015, Alissa was responsible for overseeing OECD’s work on financial markets and corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa. Alissa joined the OECD in 2005 to establish a regional programme on private sector development in the MENA region with the relevant Ministers in the region. In 2008, she launched a regional project on financial markets and corporate governance. In this capacity, Alissa provided technical expertise to a number of governments in the design of regulatory initiatives and institution building, including in particular to stock exchanges, securities regulators, central banks, ministries of finance and economy as well as corporate governance centers. Alissa was involved in the formulation of corporate and capital market laws and regulations in Egypt, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and other countries of the region. She has also provided policy advice to governments on broader economic policy challenges such as through a recent initiative to establish an economic advisory council to the President of Egypt. Over the past decade, she has accompanied executives and boards of leading companies in the region on a range of governance reforms. Alissa has authored a number of publications including Recommendations on Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), The Role of MENA Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance (2012), State-Owned Enterprises: Engines of Development and Competitiveness? (2013), Corporate Governance Enforcement in the Middle East and North Africa (2014), The Role of Institutional Investors in MENA Capital Markets (2015). Her contributions have included articles in academic journals, regional and international newspapers and she has been interviewed by television and online media. She is a regular contributor to key fora in the region (GCC Regulators Summit, Capital Markets Forum, Euromoney, etc.) Alissa holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada) and a Masters degree in Political Economy with a specialisation in the Middle East from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She is a member of the French Institute of Directors’ International Commission. Alissa was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence in 2011 and was recognised by Columbia Law School as the Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2014. She is trilingual in English, French, and Russian and speaks basic Arabic.

Lawrence Paramisivam

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. Mr Paramasivam 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-CounterDerivatives. Mr Paramasivam has more than 20 years of legal and regulatory experience. He has held roles within the Policy team, Legal team and Supervision Division of the DFSA. Prior to joining the DFSA, he held senior roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission within the Compliance and Enforcement Division. He has led multi-disciplinary supervisory and investigative teams with a conduct of business focus. He has also practiced in various roles as an in-house Counsel, in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Michael Morcos

Michael Morcos is the managing partner of the firm’s Middle East & North Africa Practice. He is based in our Dubai office, where he is also a member of the Financial Services, Private Equity, Energy, Natural Resources and Global Technology & Services practices. Fluent in Arabic, Michael is a governor of the Gulf Cooperation Council Board of Directors’ Institute. With more than 15 years in international management consulting, recruiting and executive search, Michael has brought his expertise to clients in the Middle East and North Africa on key issues such as board alignment, leadership development, leadership assessment and executive search. Michael’s clients in the Middle East and North Africa include ruling families, governments, government holdings, industrial conglomerates and financial institutions. Before joining the executive search profession, Michael worked with McKinsey & Company in their Middle East office, where he played a leadership role in the global energy, industrial and basic metals practices. Michael also headed McKinsey’s graduate and undergraduate recruitment in the United Kingdom. Previously Michael spent more than a decade in international operational and management roles in the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger and Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO). Michael holds a MSc in aerospace engineering from Stanford University, Paolo Alto, California. He also holds a B. Eng in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London.

Farah Foustok

Farah Foustok is the Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Gulf Ltd. based in Dubai. She began working in the investment field in 1994. Prior to joining Lazard in 2014, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Middle East from 2008. Previously, she was the Head of Asset Management at NBD Investment Bank. Farah was a senior fund manager at EFG-Hermes prior to NBD IB, responsible for managing GCC and MENA funds and portfolios. Farah spent five years at Deutsche Bank in London, in Equity Strategy. She has also worked at Morgan Stanley within Equity Sales, followed by three years in commercial real estate advisory in Europe. Farah also has Private Equity exposure through a private venture in Argentina and an internet start-up in the UK. In 2010, Farah was selected to participate on an advisory panel for the Dubai Financial Services Authority. In 2012 Farah was elected as the chairperson of the board for the UAE Financial Services Association. In December 2013, Farah was one of four founding members of the first non-profit female mentoring program in the DIFC, Reach. April 2014 Farah completed her accreditation with Mudara, Institute of Directors, to become the 4th female certified board director in the UAE. In 2015 Farah co-founded and chairs the Steering Committee for the GCC chapter of the 30% club to develop & promote female leadership in the region. Farah holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BSc Hons in Mathematics from King’s College, London.

Mohammed Al Barashdi

Mohammed joined the OCGS in January of 2016 as a governance specialist . He was granted a masters degree in accounting and finance from University of Leeds, and a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the London Metropolitan University, UK. Prior to joining the center, Mohamed worked as an accountant in Tanzania, a financial systems analyst at Omantel, and later as a corporate governance specialist in Capital Market Authority in Oman.

Mazen Wathaifi

Mr. Wathaifi joined the Amman Financial Market (AFM) in1984 and became the Director of the Research and Studies Department at the AFM in 1997. He was appointed as the Director of the Research and International Affairs Department at the Jordan Securities Commission (JSC) in 1999. Among his main responsibilities were conducting researches on matters related to capital market regulation and activities, and following up the JSC's relations with related international organizations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Union of Arab of Securities Authorities (UASA), and International securities regulators. He took part in internal committees that drafted the Securities Law and legislations governing various activities in the national capital market. He headed the committee that drafted the Corporate Governance Code for Shareholding Companies Listed on Amman Stock Exchange. He is a member in several local, Arab, and international working groups and task forces. Mr. Wathaifi was appointed as the Executive Director of the JSC in July 2013. In July 2014 he was appointed by the Jordanian Council of Ministers as a commissioner on the JSC's Board of Commissioners. He also acts as the Secretary General of the JSC. He holds the BA in Business and Economics in addition to High Diploma in banking studies and the Master's degree in finance/ financial markets. He received training in a number of international institutions and institutes including the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the British Financial Services Authority (FSA), the American University, and the Capital Market Research Center at the George Town University in Washington. He participated, and represented the JSC in several conferences and seminars on Arab and international levels.

Dr. Waddah Al Hashmi

Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem Al Hashmi graduated from the University of Wales College Cardiff, School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Honors) in Environmental Engineering. Waddah Ghanem is currently the Executive Director of EHSSQ & Corporate Affairs at the ENOC Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In his capacity, Waddah is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of best practices and standards for EHS, Business Excellence & Quality, Sustainability, Security and Risk Management as well as Wellness and Social Affairs and advocates the continued improvement of the company’s EHSSQ culture through his leadership of the company’s EHSSQ regional team. Waddah also oversees the Group’s Legal Affairs as well as the development and implementation of the ENOC Group Communication Strategy to support commercial growth and strategic positioning. Waddah has spent the last 17 years moving from EHS Supervisor at the refinery to assistant EHS Advisor in the Group, later to grow the EHS Compliance function until he become Director, EHSQ Compliance in 2010. He was recently in 2015 promoted to Executive Director, EHSSQ & Corporate Affairs. Waddah is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Director of Dubai Carbon in which ENOC Group is an active shareholder. Waddah is an experienced engineering professional with in-depth expertise in environment, health and safety, risk management and sustainability issues. Trained as an environmental engineer who became a consultant early on in his career, he then diversified his career by moving into the energy industry by joining ENOC Processing Company. He is also the Chairman of the ENOC Wellness and Social Activities Program Committee for the ENOC Group. In addition, Waddah chairs and is a member of various organizational committees such as the Energy and Resource Management Technical Committee and the Marine EHS Committee. Waddah holds two Diplomas in Environmental Management and Safety Management from the United Kingdom, an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the UAE University, an Executive MBA from University of Bradford in the UK. His Doctoral research focused on Corporate Governance and Leadership was also completed through the University of Bradford in the UK. He has published (co-authored) several technical and theological books and papers in the past 5 years including 4 books relating to Safety Management (2010), Reflective Learning (2014), Operational Excellence (2015); The Opening of the Quran (2016) respectively. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the United Kingdom. He is a Board Member of the Emirates Environment Group (EEG) and Dubai (UAE) based NGO and the not-for-profit Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), an organisation which is the voice for safety and environmental protection in O&G Marine Activities international. He was born and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is married and blessed with 5 children.

Zaid Al Mufarih

Zaid is the Head of Corporate Governance Department at the Capital Market Authority (the “CMA”) in Saudi Arabia, Zaid joined the CMA in 2007 and has since held a number of senior managerial roles. Zaid was previously Head of Mutual Funds Department at the CMA supervising all type of collective investment scheme offered in Saudi Arabia. He built on over 15 years of experience in the financial market across regulatory and private sector. Zaid has master’s degree from New Your State University at Buffalo and B.S. degree from Chubu University in Japan.

Daniel Blume

Daniel Blume is a Senior Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Corporate Affairs Division, and is responsible for a range of corporate governance initiatives. This includes development of the OECD Corporate Governance Factbook, comparing corporate governance policies and frameworks across all OECD and G20 member countries; developing corporate governance reviews for candidate countries during their accession processes to become OECD members (Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania); and managing the Latin American Roundtable on Corporate Governance and the Latin American Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises. He has also been involved in corporate governance country reviews of Brazil, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland. He has worked at the OECD since 1994, including as an adviser on economic development issues in the cabinet of the Secretary General, and previously on public governance and management issues. He worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1991-1994) and as a newspaper reporter (1984-89) in California, and received his master’s degree in public policy from Duke University (1991). 

Shahzad Khan

Shahzad is Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance for the Mubadala Group, and Secretary to the Mubadala Investment Committee.

He is a Barrister (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn) and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, as well as a Certified Compliance Officer and a contributor to several international and regional governance symposiums. Additionally, he is a member of the Conference Board’s Council of Governance.

Prior to joining Mubadala, Shahzad worked at the London office of Allen & Overy and for the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary General in New York, having read Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.

Thomas Hirschi

Thomas joined the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in October 2016. He oversees the admission, authorisation and supervision of a broad-range of banking and insurance firms and related services at FSRA. He is also responsible for spearheading and formulating the tools and techniques for a risk-based approach in the supervision of the banking and insurance firms. Thomas is responsible for aligning FSRA’s banking and insurance regulatory framework and standards with global best practices.

Prior to ADGM, Thomas was with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA holding several senior positions since 2004. In 2014, he was appointed as the Head of Risk Management (Department of Banks) and was responsible for the continued implementation of Basel III in Switzerland. In his career, Thomas was seconded to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for a period of 9 months in 2007/2008. Prior to joining FINMA, he was part of the Business Risk Management team at J.P Morgan Chase in Geneva.

Thomas holds Masters in International Relations and European Studies from the universities of Geneva and Vienna, respectively. 

Dr. Soumia Lotfi

► Is a Senior Economist at the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF). She has joined AMF in 2016.
► Dr. Soumia was a Regional Director with Ernst & Young (Big 4 (E&Y)) in the Financial Industry Services for the Middle East North Africa.
► Soumia has held various senior executive positions in Belgium within the Financial Services and Banking industry. She has also been a Global Director of Consulting & Research at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) from 2005 to 2010.
► She is Strategic-minded with extensive 13-year international background, proven track record in best practice Financial Services, Enterprise Risk Management, Regulatory Requirements, Governance, Strategic Frameworks, Policies and Procedures, Ratings/Scorecards, Predictive Analytics, recovery and resolution plan.
► She holds a PhD in Statistics, Post-doc in Applied Economics
► Soumia has authored various publications and published a Book-part “Statistical Modeling and Analysis for Complex Data” Springer, Canada, 2004.

Claire Duce


Claire is a Risk Assurance Partner in PwC’s Dubai office. She has been with the firm for over 25 years, initially in the UK but in the UAE for over 9 years.

Claire leads our Middle East Business Controls & Enterprise Risk Group, which focusses on all aspects of business controls to mitigate risks e.g. Governance, Policies & Procedures, Strategic Risk Management, Third Party Assurance and Regulatory Risk.

In overseeing our Business Policies & Procedures Improvement team, Claire brings her extensive experience of assurance over control environments, external audits and third party controls assurance knowledge together in helping clients improve their processes, controls and procedures.

Claire works with clients in providing clients with third party controls assurance (ISAE 3402, SSSAE 16) and assurance over non-financial data (e.g. sustainability reporting).

Claire leads the Controls Assurance practice across the Middle East, ensuring our audit teams benefit from the extensive IT and business process controls knowledge and can leverage the wide range of tools of the firm.

Claire also has significant external audit experience, through her previous roles as engagement leader for some of our global audit clients and is the Middle East Assurance Lead for Global Inbounds.

During her time in the Middle East, Claire has also been our Middle East Audit Methodology Leader, has led our growing UAE CIPS (Consumer and Industrial Products and Services) Assurance practice, the regional Assurance L&E function and developed our Assurance graduate development programme.

Key project experience
Specific assignments Claire has been responsible for include; services industry, financial due diligences for manufacturing and industrial projects. Claire has significant experience in leading and supporting large global audits and before joining PwC Dubai in 2007, was with PwC in the UK for many years.
Claire’s focus is ensuring that we coordinate well with the group and other teams to bring a one team approach globally. 

Steffen Schubert

Mr. Schubert the CEO of ANAPIX Capital Ltd. He consults companies and capital markets on strategy and specifically on corporate governance matters. He also serves as non executive director on company boards.
Previously he was CEO of the Dubai International Financial Exchange (now Nasdaq-Dubai), before the CEO of the Pan-European Stock Exchange EASDAQ, which he transitioned into NASDAQ-Europe. Preceding EASDAQ he was MD of the Bavarian Stock Exchange in Munich, Germany.
Before managing exchanges Mr. Schubert held various senior positions in companies providing systems and services for the banking and exchange industry worldwide.
Over the past twenty-two years he served on over a dozen boards in the Middle East, Europe and the US in private and in public, regulated and unregulated companies in various industry sectors ranging from I/T and engineering to media and Islamic finance.

He publicly supported the introduction of modern governance in capital market listing rules and in companies since his first tenor as a stock exchange CEO.
He is a trained banker from Germany and he read engineering, business and administration at the universities of Darmstadt and Frankfurt in Germany. He is fluent in English and German and lives in the UAE.
He is also a member of various corporate director institutions and holds a Chartered Director Diploma of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the UK.

Khalid Jian

Mr. Khalid Jian is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Administrative and Financial Affairs department at the Palestine Securities Exchange. He also currently serves as the Secretary of the company’s Board of Directors and chairs the PEX Employees’ Provident Fund. Mr. Jian is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, management, and the financial services industry.

Mr. Jian joined the Palestine Securities Exchange in February 1996 from Birzeit University where he was responsible for the Accounting department. During his career at the PEX, Mr. Jian held positions of increasing scope and responsibility and led many functions including the Administrative and Financial Affairs department, the Clearing Depositary and Settlements department, along with other leadership responsibilities. Furthermore, Mr. Jian was the acting Chief Executive Officer, chaired various executive committees and lectured at many training courses offered by the PEX. Additionally, he represented the PEX in local and international events. He also was the editorial manager for the Palestinian Capital Market Journal, a specialized economic publication issued by the Palestine Securities Exchange.

Mr. Jian earned a master’s degree in Tax Disputes from An-Najah National University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Birzeit University-Palestine.


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