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MENA Risk Management Forum

MENA Risk Management Forum

Industry: Finance
Date: 21-22 October 2014 Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai - Dubai, UAE
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Event Introduction

Risk is an ever-present threat in our life. Most of the industries struggle with specific ones to their field and aim to reduce the negative impacts or avoid them altogether. The financial institutions have their fair share of risks as well and since their operation revolves around money on a daily basis, risk management is of utmost importance and leaves no room for play.In the last few years Islamic banking has gained more and more attention due to the Shari’ah law that regulates the everyday operations which is quite different from conventional banking. Today even the Western World is beginning to discover the benefits of Middle East Banking and they consider implementing such measures in order to broaden their perspective and customer circle.

At the MENA Risk Management Forum the participants will have the possibility to get familiar with the regulatory changes on a global and also on a regional level, meanwhile the most significant topics of Credit and Operational Risk Management, Risk appetite, Reputational Risk and Anti Money-Laundering will be covered during this two-day conference. Our goal is to provide practical solutions and methods to integrate risk management more efficiently into day-to-day procedures and give the opportunity for financial professionals to share innovative ideas and enjoy networking at the this highly expected event.
Key Takeaways

  • Gain knowledge about the newest worldwide and regional regulatory changes
  • Examine the advance of Shari’ah Banking into the Western World
  • Discuss the significance of the IFSA 2013
  • Learn about the emerging focus on Risk Culture in the Middle East
  • Put theory into practice when it comes to dealing with Risk Appetite
  • Understand the importance of IRS and its relevance for the Islamic Finance
  • SMEs as the key growth driver of the UAE economy
  • Get insight to the operation for SMEs of the region
  • Black Swans of Enterprise Risk Management and their solutions
  • Going beyond Middle Eastern Credit risk – the most critical type of risk in ME
  • Future outlook of new regulations from new organs 
  • Why market and credit risk are boundled together in Islamic Finance
  • Uncover the main challenges and sources of Liquidity Risk
  • Core concern: Shari’ah Compliance in banking operation
  • Hear about the expectations of Shari’ah regulators towards Operational Risk Management systems
  • Debate: Strong state control – lack of dynamism?
  • Reach more efficient risk management with Stress Testing and Scenario Analysis
  • Anti Money-Laundering: Why the Middle East needs to take a more proactive approach towards reducing is vulnerability to financial crime?
  • Develop quantifiable metrics for Reputational Risk
Speaker Panel

Dr Rajesh Shah 
Head of Market Risk 
The Saudi Investment Bank 
Saudi Arabia

Oliver Schwartzhaupt
Group Chief Risk Officer 
Al Khaliji Bank 

Venkatesh Kallur
Vice President and Head of Risk Strategy & Architecture
Bank AlJazira 
Saudi Arabia
Deepa Chandrasekhar
Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer 
United Gulf Bank

Tahir Rao
Head of SME Operational Risk & Services 
Arab National Bank 
Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Al Siddiqui
Executive Vice President & Head Product Development & Shariah Compliance 
Meezan Bank 

Mohammad Haris
Head of Islamic Banking 
Bank Sohar 
Sayantan Banerjee 
Head, Risk Management 
United Arab Emirates

Tariqullah Khan
Professor of Islamic Finance and Board Member
International Assiociation for Islamic Economics 
Geoff McAlister
Head of Market Risk Oversight, Wholesale Global Markets & Group Treasury Risk 
National Bank of Abu Dhabi 
United Arab Emirates

Suresh Bajpai
Head of Retail Banking 
Doha Bank
Sadegh Bakhtiari
Professor of Islamic Finance 
Islamic Azad University 

Dr Wael Eid 
Head of Risk Management 
Saudi Arabia
Çetin Ali Dönmez Ph.D.
Executive Vice President 
Borsa Istanbul 

Mahmoud Yassin
Manager -Data Center 
National Bank of Abu Dhabi 
United Arab Emirates
Prasant Sarkar (Panelist) 
Chief Risk Officer 
National Bank of Fujairah 
United Arab Emirates
Ashraf Abdelazim
Director, Sales and BD – MEA
Kaspersky Lab
United Arab Emirates

Who Should Attend

-        Chief Executive Officers (CEO)
-        Chief Financial Officers (CFO)
-        Chief Risk Officers (CRO)
-        Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents
-        Managing Directors, Heads & Directors
-        General Managers, Senior Managers & Managers


  • Risk Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Modelling
  • Interest Rate Risk
  • Treasury
  • Compliance Officers
  • Asset & Liability Management
  • Balance Sheet Management
  • Portfolio Strategy
  • Prudential Policy Division
  • Supervision/Regulation
  • Funds Transfer Pricing
  • Capital Management
  • Liquidity & Liquidity Risk
  • Market Risk
  • Credit Risk
  • Retail Business Development
  • Credit Research
  • Quantitative Analysis

Venue Information
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  • Burj Khalifa Tower
  • Parks/Miracle Garden
  • Creek
  • Gold souk and Global Village
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