ICA MENA 2022 Regulatory and Financial Crime Compliance Conference Arrives in Dubai Next Week

The International Compliance Association (ICA) – the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community and part of Wilmington plc – is hosting its first MENA 2022 Regulatory and Financial Crime Compliance Conference on 23 June 2022 at the Fairmont Hotel, Dubai. Delegates will be able to join in person as well as via a live-stream from any part of the Middle East and North Africa region and the globe.

This essential one-day event will bring together thought leaders and senior compliance professionals from around the world and the MENA region to address global and local best practice in managing the changing world of financial crime and regulatory compliance.

Her Excellency Maryam Buti Al Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), Dubai, UAE, will deliver the keynote address entitled ‘Why good conduct matters’, while the opening remarks will be presented by ICA President, Bill Howarth, and conference chair Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association.

Key speakers at the conference include:

  • Deepa Chandrasekhar, Chief Compliance Officer, United Gulf Bank
  • Tarek Howayek, FICA, Head of Compliance Policy and Oversight, HSBC Bank Middle East
  • Sumit Sarkar, Senior Vice President, Head of Sanctions, Mashreq Bank
  • Lori Baker, Vice President, Legal & Director of Data Protection, Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Peter Smith, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Policy and Risk, Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Richard Chudzynski, PwC Legal Middle East Data Protection and Privacy Leader, PwC
  • Fadi Al-Shihabi, IMPACT – ESG Leader, KPMG

Key themes to come under the spotlight include ESG and its fundamentals; managing sanctions risk; data privacy; virtual assets; conduct; the role of a compliance function in 2022 and beyond; and many more.

ICA President, Bill Howarth, commented: ‘Due to its status as a renowned global financial hub and the tax-free regime in certain jurisdictions, the MENA region is at an increased risk of financial crime threats. It is therefore particularly important to keep up to date with the latest trends in regulatory compliance and financial crime prevention if the region is to maintain its status as an attractive investment and financial services destination worldwide.

He added: ‘The inaugural ICA MENA 2022 Regulatory and Financial Crime Compliance Conference will provide an ideal opportunity for the local compliance and anti money laundering community to come together, address the challenges facing the sector, and exchange best practice. I look forward to welcoming delegates to this important event where we will look ahead to the future, benchmark our thinking and approach and ensure we are equipped with all of the latest information, ideas and practical tools to tackle financial crime head on.’

ICA has operated in the Middle East and North Africa region for the last 14 years where it has worked with the public and private sector to raise the bar, upskill the local workforce and share best practices in governance, risk and compliance and financial crime prevention.

To learn more and book your place, visit: https://www.icalivemena.com/


About the International Compliance Association

The International Compliance Association (ICA) is the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community. ICA’s mission is to inspire and enable this community to conduct the right business in the right way though enhancing knowledge, skills and behaviour. Working with regulated sectors including financial services, energy, betting and gaming and telecoms as well as regulators and regional bodies, ICA is committed to helping raise standards of conduct and integrity through education.

Since 2001, ICA has trained over 160,000 professionals either through their internationally recognised portfolio of professional qualifications (awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester) or through in-company training. ICA has more than 17,000 members in over 150 countries. www.int-comp.org