Speaker Profiles

International Keynote Speaker: Sanjay Sharma, Chief Risk Officer, Global Arbitrage and Trading, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS (USA)

Sanjay Sharma is the Chief Risk Officer of Global Arbitrage and Trading at RBC Capital Markets. He oversees risk and performance measurement for this proprietary platform with 12 underlying master strategies and 45 strategies with diverse instruments and geographies spanning credit, mortgages, equities, convertible bonds, rates, volatility and their respective derivatives. His responsibilities include quantification of risk parameters and analytics, performance measurement, and providing communication interface to senior management. Previously, he was the Chief Credit Officer of Natixis Capital Markets for five years. Prior to his tenure at Natixis he held risk management and investment banking positions at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, and Citigroup.

At Merrill Lynch he headed the ratings advisory practice for the Americas and also advised the firm’s clients on issues related to liability and risk management, and capital structure. His principal focus was on conceptualizing and instituting an eclectic approach for determining optimal capital structure of industrial and financial firms.

At Goldman he was a credit officer and also advised the firm’s clients on issues related to capital structure, risk and ratings in several industries including telecommunications, transportation, finance, aerospace, and technology, as well as sub-sovereign issuers. At Moody’s he covered commercial, consumer and aircraft finance companies as an Analyst, and was also involved in rating several structured finance transactions. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, he worked as a marine engineer with Asian and European shipping companies on cargo ships and supertankers, and received the Chief Engineer’s certificate of competency.

He holds a Ph.D. in Finance and International Business from New York University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Marine Engineering from St. Stephen’s College (Delhi University) and Marine Engineering College respectively. He holds the CFA charter and has served on the Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors for UPS Capital (a wholly owned subsidiary of United Parcel Service) for over five years. He is also the Founder and Board Member of Green Point Technology Services – a technology, legal and business process outsourcing firm with operations in the US, Israel and India, and of Tomorrow’s Genius – a provider of online education.


Dr. Mohamad Nedal Alchaar is the Secretary – General of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions which is an international organization consisting of over 200 members from over 40 countries. Dr Alchaar has a vast working experience in financial markets and institutions in addition to his central banking experience in developing countries. He was Director of Market Performance Analysis at Fannie Mae, and previously Vice President at Johnson & Higgins in Washington D.C. Dr. Alchaar also taught for several years at The George Washington University, where he received his Ph.D. Degree in Monetary Economics. He has also published several well-recognized books in the field of banking and financial markets, such as “Financial Markets”, “Economic Inquiries” and “Fundamentals of Banking Operations”, in addition to other scientific articles in the field of monetary policy and exchange rates analysis.

Dr. Alchaar has been included in The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2009, a publication by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan and The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA. He has also been listed earlier in The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arabs and The Bahrain Power List by the Arabian Business magazine.

Regulatory Address: Sarkis Yoghourtdjian, Assistant Director of the Board of Governors, FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD (USA)

Mr. Yoghourtdjian is an Assistant Director at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation. In addition to his official responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Board, Mr. Yoghourtdjian serves, from time to time, as an Advisor to the IMF and a Consultant to the World Bank by taking part in technical assistance and advisory missions to a wide-range of economies around the world. Mr. Yoghourtdjian also served as Advisor to the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Financial Stability Institute during its formative years. He is a member of the Advisory Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Financial Regulators’ Initiative as well as member of the Consultative Group of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Regulators’ Initiative which is part of the U.S. Government’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. From 1985 to the end of 1989, Mr. Yoghourtdjian was a senior Commissioned Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago responsible for the assessment of safety and soundness of banks and bank holding companies. He joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in late 1989 and served in various capacities in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation before his official appointment as Advisor in January of 2006. Mr. Yoghourtdjian worked at Bank One in Wisconsin prior to joining the Federal Reserve. He has taught at Gateway College in Wisconsin. Mr. Yoghourtdjian is the recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award as well as the recipient of the Federal Reserve Board’s Special Achievement Award. Mr. Yoghourtdjian has been a speaker in a number of international seminars and conferences around the world on bank supervisory and regulatory issues.


Mr. Abbas joined LMC upon LMC’s inception in 2003 contributing to LMC over 15 years of extensive treasury and capital markets experience.

Prior to joining LMC, Mr. Abbas was Head of Proprietary Investments – Treasury & Marketable Securities - at Arab Banking Corporation, Bahrain. He also worked at the National Bank of Bahrain as Portfolio Manager in the Investment Unit of the Treasury & Capital Markets Division. Throughout his working career, Mr. Abbas has developed a number of conventional and Islamic market products from the wealth of his market knowledge.

Mr. Abbas is a Bahrain national and holds a BSc in Business Administration, University of Bahrain. He holds an ISMA (International Securities Market Association) professional qualification in addition to various certificates in professional courses.

Inuwa Affa, Compliance Officer, KUWAIT FINANCE HOUSE

Inuwa Affa is an seasoned experienced banker for over 16 years and was a banking trainer on Compliance and AML for over 3 years; having worked at various positions with many banks in Nigeria and Bahrain in areas of retail banking, internal control and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. He is the first Nigerian Certified Islamic Professional Accountant (CIPA) and a Specialist in Anti-Money Laundering (CAMS). Currently he is an Assistant Manager Compliance and AML at Kuwait Finance House Bahrain.

Mr. Affa's core specialization and expertise are in bank internal control, AML, compliance and public presentations. He is a certified/associate fellow of various professional bodies in his career - CAMS; CIPA; FIIBI; ACE; ACFE; ICA

Dr. Ali Masaad Al Amari, Senior Director of Banking Supervision, QATAR FINANCIAL CENTRE REGULATORY AUTHORITY

Dr. Ali Al Amari is currently a Senior Director of Supervision and Authorization at Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) mainly responsible for all supervisory requirements and risk management including Anti- Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.

Dr. Al Amari brings two decades of regulatory experience to the QFC Regulatory Authority, covering a range of financial services disciplines including risk management, supervision and authorization, Islamic banking, anti money laundering and corporate governance.
Before joining the Regulatory Authority Dr Al Amari was Chief Risk Officer (CRO) in Barwa Bank where he was in charge of all elements of risk management framework including policy, procedures and risk analysis. In addition to his risk management responsibilities, he successfully implemented Capital adequacy requirements as well as operational risk models, credit rating and scoring models for both corporate and retail banking.

Dr. Al Amari has spent more than 18 years in Qatar Central Bank as Asst. Director for Banking Supervision (QCB). Dr Al Amari was responsible for the supervision and licensing of financial institutions as well as leading the implementation of Basel II. He has held a number of senior committee positions working to develop regulation and financial services in the State of Qatar including: Chairman of the founding committee of the Qatar Credit Bureau, President of the National Banks Committee for the implementation of Basel II, QCB official member in the GCC Committee and Arab Committee of supervision, and QCB representative and member of the negotiating team to the national committee for Qatar’s membership in the WTO.
Dr. Al Amari holds a PhD in credit evaluation process and the role of credit scoring from University College Dublin (Ireland). MBA in finance and accounting and international business from Regis University (USA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Qatar University.

Marc Bonnassieux, Director of Risk Management, ARCAPITA

Marc Bonnassieux heads the Risk Management function at Arcapita. Prior to joining Arcapita, Marc worked for five years at Investcorp as Risk Manager. Marc has more than 15 years experience in investment banking, having worked as an interest rate swaps and option dealer at Société Générale and Paribas in Paris, IBJI in London, and as Risk Controller at UBS in Zurich. Marc is an S.F.A. Registered Dealing Representative and a member of the International Actuarial Association.

Torsten Kleine Buening, Head of Group Economic Capital & Risk Strategy, EMIRATES NBD

Mr. Kleine Buening is in charge of Emirates NBD’s group-wide Risk and Economic Capital quantification, including the ICAAP, and the Group’s Risk Strategy as well as is the Group’s Basel II Program Director.

Mr. Kleine Buening is responsible for the Group’s Integrated Stress Testing Framework, covering Capitalization, Funding and Financial Performance, and oversees the Group’s Risk Model Governance and Validation (Credit and Market Risk). Furthermore, Mr. Kleine Buening coordinates a Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates sponsored working group on the development of a standardized ICAAP.

Mr. Kleine Buening started his banking career as Group Project-Manager of the Basel II IRB implementation for Oesterreichische Volksbank AG in Austria and Central Eastern Europe. As part of this, Mr. Kleine Buening established amongst others a group-wide Risk / Basel II Architecture and headed the communication with the different regulatory authorities.

Before joining Emirates NBD, Mr. Kleine Buening was at Samba Financial Group / Saudi Arabia where he, as Assistant General Manager of Risk Management Group, successfully led the development of Risk Models for Retail and Consumer Business and the set-up of a group-wide ICAAP. He was instrumental in the definition and application of Economic Capital.

Mr. Kleine Buening is a graduate from University of Muenster / Germany, with a master’s degree on Information Science. Before working in the banking sector, Mr. Kleine Buening worked as a consultant for Risk Management, amongst other on the Operational Risk Model Validation for Dresdner Bank / Germany.

Majdi Chaabouni, Group Head of Risk Architecture and Operational Risk, THE NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK (NCB)

Currently, Group Head of Risk Architecture & Operational Risk, Majdi Chaabouni is in charge of developing the operational risk management capabilities as well as defining, developing and maintaining the “Enterprise-Wide-Risk Management” throughout the NCB Group.

Previously a Paris based consultant and Head of Risk Practice at Headstrong (a US Strategy Consulting Firm). Majdi Chaabouni advised around 20 Banks across Europe and designed the “Enterprise-Wide-Risk Management” solutions for Top Tier 1 Banks in the Euro-Zone. Majdi Chaabouni used to work for Moody’s Analytics Division in Paris.
Prior to this, Majdi Chaabouni was based in Spain (Madrid) where he acted as M&A Investment services consultant for Top Tier 1 Spanish Banks.

Author of more than 30 publications in Finance & Risk Management in most finance periodicals, international specialized magazines and referenced in many academic libraries (Japan, France, Spain, etc.); He is also speaker in international events.

Majdi Chaabouni is a visiting professor of Asset & Liability Management and academic tutor in risk modeling. He is one of the Regional Directors for PRMIA Risk Association.

Majdi Chaabouni holds an MSc in Finance from King William College-London (University of Greenwich) and BSc in Bank Management and is pursing his MBA from Warwick Business School-UK. Majdi Chaabouni completed the Private Equity Programme at Oxford University.

Deepa Chandrasekhar, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, UNITED GULF BANK

Deepa Chandrasekhar has over 20 years' experience in the areas of risk management, treasury, operations, internal audit and compliance. She started her career with Citibank as a foreign exchange dealer, and since then has worked extensively in the Middle East in Bahrain, Lebanon and the U.A.E. She is currently Chief Compliance Officer of United Gulf Bank, Bahrain. Prior to this, she headed risk management for RAKBANK, where she was actively involved in implementing Basel II with a special emphasis on operational risk. Some of her significant achievements have been designing and implementing the operational risk database, and designing dashboards and key risk indicators as tools to proactively manage risk. Chandrasekhar holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. She is also CAMS and CFE certified, and has recently been given the Islamic Finance Qualification by the Securities and Investment Institute of the UK. She is a frequent speaker at forums on risk management, anti money laundering, compliance and corporate governance, and has written articles in each of these areas.

Hassan Chehime, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Risk Management, INVESTCORP

Hassan Chehime is a Managing Director and head of Corporate Risk Management at Investcorp in Bahrain. He joined Investcorp in January 2007 from New York based Millennium Partners hedge Fund where he was part of the executive committee for Strategic Asset Allocation. Prior to that Hassan headed Quantitative Risk Management at Société Générale and spent several years at Merrill Lynch working in Equity Derivatives Risk Management. Hassan holds a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics and a Masters in Quantitative Finance, both from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA.

Luciano de Jesus, Head of Risk, NCB CAPITAL

Luciano has 17 years of international experience in Risk Management within Investment Banking and Asset Management, covering Developed and Emerging Markets and various asset classes. He started his career in Brazil and subsequently spent 13 years in Europe, where he held different positions in Risk Management covering the different risk types such as market, liquidity, credit and operational risk. For the last 2 years, he has been in the Gulf Region acting as Head of Risk for one of the leading Investment Banks in Saudi Arabia.

Khalid Hamad, Executive Director of Banking Supervision, CENTRAL BANK OF BAHRAIN

Mr. Khalid Hamad was born in 1963 in Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Hamad graduated with Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from University of Portland, USA, December 1986, majoring in Business Computer Systems (Computer & Accounting). He is holder of Strategic Leadership and Executive Management Certificate from University of Columbia, New York – 1996.

Mr. Hamad has held several senior posts at the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), previously called the Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA).

His current responsibilities include supervision of all banking institutions, including Islamic banks, licensed by the CBB, as well as inspection of all financial institutions, comprising banks, financing companies, insurance companies, investment firms, securities brokers, and other financial services providers. Mr. Hamad has also served as Director, Banking Supervision, from 1992 till 2003 and Acting Director, Inspection from 1989 till 1992.

Mr. Hamad began his career in 1987 with the then BMA. In 2003 he joined Ernst & Young in Bahrain, serving as Senior Manager and then as Executive Manager, Risk Management & Regulatory Services. He rejoined the BMA, now called the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) as Executive Director – Banking Supervision in February 2006.

Mr. Hamad is Chairman of the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), member of the Technical Committee of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), Chairman of the Waqf Fund for Research, Education and Training in Islamic finance and an Associate Member of Toronto Strategic Leadership. Mr. Hamad is the Deputy Chairman of the Bahrain Auditors Affairs Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Committee at the Central Bank of Bahrain.

He has also served on a number of national and regional committees, including the GCC Banking Supervision Committee, Arab Banking Supervision Committee, Offshore Group of Banking Supervisors. Mr. Khalid Hamad is married with 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl.

Hesham Hamdy, General Manager, Chief Compliance Executive Officer, ALEXBANK

Hesham, Joined Bank of Alexandria as member of the new senior management team responsible for reengineering, modernizing and privatizing the bank, with the task of bringing together the strands of risk management. He is leading a team of experts in the fields of credit, operational and market risk. He is responsible for Risk Management, Central Credit Administration and, Central Investigation & Information.

Hesham is also a member of the Board of Directors in two distinguished companies:
- Egyptian Banks’ Credit Bureau
- Egyptian Iron and Steel Company

Hesham has more than 30 years experience in Internal Audit, Credit Examination and Risk Management in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He has held senior positions in esteemed banks, such as Bahrain Islamic Bank as the Manager of Inspection and Internal Audit Department where he designed Inspectors’ Manual as a book of reference to assist all members of the Inspection Department staff to carry out their duties as efficiently as possible. He was managing the credit examination in Riyad Bank as Head of Credit Inspectors undertaking a large number of audit assignments to review the bank’s overall lending activities to ensure that they are being conducted in a safe & desirable manner, through reviews and quality assessments of credit facilities at all branches of the bank including international branches. He worked as the Work-Out & Recovery Officer at the American Express Bank responsible for monitoring all criticized and classified problem credits. He was a member of the Quality Assurance Team at the Egyptian American Bank. He joined National Bank of Abu-Dhabi as Credit Officer, with main responsibility of managing borrowing relationships with corporate customers.

Tarek is a Principal at Siraj Capital. Since joining Siraj Tarek has focused on early stage investing and has lead 2 new acquisitions for the firm along with a number of regional exits. Tarek has over 9 years of regional experience. Prior to joining Siraj, he was part of the M&A team with Deutsche Bank in London and later Dubai where he completed M&A deals worth over US$ 2bn during his time there. Before moving into investment banking, Tarek worked as a management consultant for 4 years with Booz and Co based out of Dubai where he focused on the TMT and Industrials sectors.

Chidambaram Krishnan, Senior Head-Enterprise Risk Management, GULF BANK, KUWAIT

Chidambaram Krishnan is a senior banking professional with over 30 years of banking experience, including over 15 years in credit and risk management. He currently heads the enterprise risk management function at Gulf Bank, Kuwait. His prior experience includes 23 years at the ANZ Banking Group in India and Australia, stints at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd as Head of Risk Management in the Banking and Financial Services Division, Arab National Bank, Saudi Arabia and AUB, Bahrain and Qatar. Mr. Kirshnan has a very good understanding of banking and risk management practices in the GCC.

Feroz Noorani, Chief Risk Officer, AL-HILAL BANK


Simon Padgett, Group Risk and Internal Audit Manager, AL FAHIM GROUP

Simon Padgett is British and a Fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, an Associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a member of the Institute of Risk Managers and a member of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).
Simon is currently the Head of Group Risk and Internal Audit for a large UAE Group. Prior to this he has worked for the big 4 Accountancy firms including the previous 6 years at Ernst & Young in South Africa. His experience crosses the spectrum of Accounting, Auditing, Risk Management, Forensic Accounting, Corporate Governance and more. Simon has held positions of Head of Internal Audit, Risk Management and Forensic Services for large Public Companies. His career for the last 20 years has had a focus on Forensic Accounting and Fraud and Corruption Investigations. He is a renowned specialist in anti-Money Laundering and has trained Government Departments challenged with monitoring anti-Money Laundering.

Simon has carried out Fraud Presentations and Training events throughout his career and has noticed a huge demand for this mechanism of transferring huge amounts of knowledge, experience and benchmarking. Simon has performed training events and conference presentations in over 30 countries and has been involved in training trainers and other Accountants in Accountancy and Forensic Accounting issues through the Accountancy bodies who have accredited this training in terms of Continued Professional Development credits.

Mr. Syed Reza is a certified public accountant from USA and Certified Internal Auditor with vast experience in the field of corporate management from finance department to tax department, internal audit department to risk management department. He has worked in South Asia, Middle East and North America. His experience includes working with big fours Price Waterhouse and Ernst and Young.

Ola Radhi, Global Head of Front Office Treasury and Risk Support, ARAB BANKING CORPORATION

Ola Radhi completed her MSc degree in Computer Science at Birkbeck College, University of London and studied for an MBA at Richmond the American University in London. She for a year at ABC Technical services in London, before moving back to Bahrain where she has worked at Arab Banking Corporation for the last 13 years. Ola works at the Global Information Technology department at ABC Head Office in Bahrain and heads up the Front Office Treasury and Risk (Technical & Business) Support in IT.

Syed Reza, Chief Audit Executive, SAUDI INDUSTRIAL SERVICES CO

Mr. Syed Reza is a certified public accountant from USA and Certified Internal Auditor with vast experience in the field of corporate management from finance department to tax department, internal audit department to risk management department. He has worked in South Asia, Middle East and North America. His experience includes working with big fours Price Waterhouse and Ernst and Young.

Dean Rowan, Chief Risk Officer, GULF ONE INVESTMENT BANK

Dean’s primary skill is to assist management create shareholder value. This is achieved by adopting a holistic approach to risk management through the linking of business strategy to risk strategy and achieved in combination with effective and efficient frameworks, processes and tools.

Currently he has the following responsibilities:

  • Chief Risk Officer of Gulf One Investment Bank
  • Chairman of the Bahrain Compliance Professionals
  • Steering Committee Member of PRMIA, Bahrain
  • Member of the Australian Company Directors.
  • Dean is a regular international speaker and has been well received in global forums.

Prior roles have included:

  • National Commercial Bank - Establishing the Basle II and Operational Risk disciplines
  • Barclays Bank PLC - Director, Group Risk, and a member of the Group’s Credit Committee
  • Westpac Banking Corporation - Head of Credit
  • Citibank - 10 Years

Dr. Sunando Roy, Adviser, Inspection Directorate, CENTRAL BANK OF BAHRAIN and Global Board Member, PRMIA

A Ph.D in Economics from India and a post doctoral fellow (Financial Risk Modeling) at the University of California, Irvine, USA, Dr. Sunando Roy is presently Adviser in the Inspection Directorate of the Central Bank of Bahrain. Previously Dr. Roy served as Director, Financial Risk Management , KPMG- Bahrain and Qatar and also in the Reserve Bank of India. He has over 20 years of global experience in research and practice in the financial sector.

Sunando is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA - www.prmia.org), a major global association of risk professionals with more than 70,000 members. He was a Regional Director of the Mumbai chapter of PRMIA, a member of the PRMIA Regional Director Support and Standards Committee and a mentor for new Regional Directors globally. In 2009, Sunando was honored by PRMIA in recognition to his outstanding contribution in promoting the risk profession globally.

Horst Simon, Director of Operational Risk Management, HOWARTH MAK

Prior to joining Horwath MAK, Horst has been in the banking industry for over 28 years. As Head of Risk Technology in Mashreq Bank, he pioneered the concept of Risk Technology Management; defined as the collaboration of Processing Systems, Workflow Management Systems, Risk Management Systems and the required interfaces between these and the related business processes to achieve active risk management capability, support good risk governance and ensure sustainable competitive advantage.

Horst started his work in the Middle East in 2005 as Head of Operational Risk at Emirates Bank Group, where he was tasked with building an Operational Risk Management function for the Group from scratch. He held previous operational risk positions with Barclays Bank plc, Africa Regional Office and with the Standard Bank Group of South-Africa Ltd, Stanbic Africa Head-Office. Horst has designed and implemented Operational Risk Management policies, frameworks and governance standards in these diverse banking groups. His special interest is in the field of People Risk and he has delivered presentations at international conferences on the Mitigation of People Risk and other operational risk topics, including; Electronic Banking Risk, Operational Risk Management in Islamic Banking and Business Continuity Management.

He has also facilitated Operational Risk Management training workshops for banks and banking supervisors in Africa, Middle East and Asia and actively supports the capacity building program of the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI).Horst is the Co-Regional Director of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), UAE Chapter and a member of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA).

Vijay Srivastava, Group Chief Credit & Risk Officer, ARAB BANKING CORPORATION

A Chartered Accountant from India, Vijay joined HSBC in 1984. After 8 years of Operations and Corporate Banking with HSBC in India, Vijay moved to ABN AMRO Bank Dubai in 1992 and worked for 6 years in the Corporate Bank – of which the last two years as the Head of the Corporate Bank.

In 1998 he moved to the Risk Management Division located at the Headquarters of ABN Amro Bank NV in Amsterdam. He has been associated with credit teams covering Asia, the Americas and subsequently - on an industry basis - Integrated Energy, before moving to help set up the dedicated risk function for Transaction Banking (now called GTS – Global Transaction Services). As CRO for GTS at ABN Amro Bank N.V. he helped roll out this strategic new integrated risk function in 2004. His 5 year stint in GTS also involved designing and implementing award winning risk technology. Vijay has also been a teacher at the ABN Amro Academy in Amsterdam.

In September 2009 Vijay joined the Credit & Risk Group at Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.) where he is currently the Group Chief Credit and Risk Officer.

Tat Thong Tan, Director, Head of Risk Management, VENTURE CAPITAL BANK

With more than 19 years of banking/financial sector experience - of which 15 years are in Risk Management and Compliance - Tat Thong is currently Director, Head of Risk Management at Venture Capital Bank Bahrain. He was also previously Head of Risk Management in another investment bank in the GCC.

Prior coming to the GCC, he served in the Far East as COO of an investment management company, and headed up the Risk Management & Compliance functions for an insurance firm and a commercial bank. His career began in research, product development and Treasury. He obtained the FRM designation from GARP in 2003 and holds a CFP license.

Dr. Christian Thun, Senior Director - Practice Leader Risk Consulting EMEA, MOODY’S ANALYTICS

Dr. Christian Thun is a Senior Director responsible for Moody’s Analytics Risk Management Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Over the years, he held several roles in Moody’s from product development, sales, head of strategic planning and head of consulting services in which he worked with numerous financial institutions on Basel II, risk management and portfolio advisory projects. Before joining Moody’s in 2002 Christian was a team leader for the German risk consulting firms Baetge & Partner (an Oliver, Wyman affiliate) and worked in the investment banking and retail division of Dresdner Bank. Christian holds a PhD in Finance and has been a lecturer at the universities of Augsburg (Germany) and St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Dr. Wichai Turongpun, Head of Economics and Research, ARAB PETROLEUM INVESTMENTS CORPORATION (APICORP)

Dr. Wichai Turongpun is Manager and Senior Economist at Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a financial institution located in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, wholly owned by ten member states of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), with its specialization in energy investments. At APICORP, he is responsible for a wide range of economic and investment research, spanning energy investment, macroeconomics, and country’s risk assessment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Prior to joining APICORP, Dr. Wichai was the United Nations and World Bank economist, business strategy and finance consultant, and economics faculty at the Graduate School of Development Economics, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand, where he served as director of the doctoral program in economics. Dr. Wichai was a King Anandamahidol scholar, holding his B.S. with First Class Honors and a Gold Medal of Science from Kasetsart University in Thailand, Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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