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The 7th Annual Risk Management Forum


The 7th Annual Risk Management Forum
18 - 19 May 2017   Coral Beach Hotel, Beirut - Lebanon


In response to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) introduced a comprehensive and wide-ranging strengthening of global bank standards, most notably through the Basel III framework.

The ultimate objective of this framework is to ensure minimum standards of resilience so that financial firms are less likely to fail, and to reduce the impact on the financial system and the economy in case they do.

Most Supervisory authorities in the Arab region have taken significant actions to adopted Basel III, and other actions are still to be taken. So, what remains of the regulatory reform agenda in the Arab region? And what more can be done toward achieving the objectives of post crisis reform.

The 7th  meeting of Chief Risk Officers and Risk managers in the Arab region will discuss current priorities of Risk Management for Arab banks and will provide a platform for professional dialogue among Risk practitioners.

Who should attend this Forum:

Bank Regulators.
Chief Risk Officers (CROs) & Risk Managers in Banks.
Internal Auditors in Banks.
Financial Officers in Banks.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

In order to acquire the maximum benefit from this Forum, participants should possess fundamental knowledge in subjects related to the existing Basel II framework.  
Participants should also be familiar with the mechanics of the Basel II – Pillar I & Pillar II Requirements.
Profound English is a must.


Highlight the objectives, causes and principles to the review of Risk Weighted Assets.

Describe the revised proposals of Basel Committee to the Standardized approach for Credit Risk and the underlying rational for these proposals.

Understand the Key Challenges and Practical Considerations of IFRS 9

Discuss the new changes to the Standardized approach for Market Risk and Operational Risk.

Understand the new methodology for Interest Rate Risk measurement and review.

Highlight on Recovery Planning and Capital planning


Basel Committee’s outstanding post-crisis reforms and current works to enhance the risk sensitivity and robustness of Standardized approaches for measuring risks.

ECL calculation and how should local “specificities” be taken into account when implementing IFRS 9

LGD estimation _ Key challenges and practical considerations.

Risk Governance responsibilities and how to align Risk appetite to business strategy and Risk limits.

Fundamental reviews of the Trading Book and latest amendments to the Standardized approach for Market Risk.

Systemically important banks framework - Key challenges in the implementation of the standard.

Capital planning and Recovery Planning - preparing the stress.

The Elite group of speakers that will cover this forum includes the following:

Mr. Jamal Najem, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Egypt.
Mr. Marc Farag, member of Basel Committee Secretariat, Bank of International Settlements, Basel- Switzerland
Mr. Rabih Nehme, Head of risk assessment Unit at BCCL - Lebanon
Dr. Amine Awad, Group General Manager at BLOM BANK Group - Lebanon
Mr. Mohamad Amaireh, Executive Director, Financial Stability dept.- Central Bank of Jordan - Jordan
Mr. Prasanna Seshachellam, CEO & Lead Consultant, THEJAS Consulting LLC, Dubai, U.A.E.
Mr. Gerard Rizk, Chief Risk Officer CRO - Blom Bank - Lebanon
Mr. Samir Moawad, Chief Risk Officer CRO - Bank Med Lebanon
Mrs. Nada Rizkallah, Chief Risk Officer CRO - Credit Libanais Group - Lebanon
Mr. Joseph Al Fadel Partner, Director of Beirut Office, Deloitte & Touche - Lebanon
Mrs. Sahar El-Damaty, Deputy Managing Director & Board member, Chief Risk Officer (CRO) - Emirates NBD Bank - Egypt
Mr. Mohamad El Khalil, Associate Director, Banking Supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority - UAE
Mr. Brian Belcher, CRO / Abou Dhabi Islamic Bank -Abou Dhabi UAE
Dr. Dimitrios Papanastasiou, Director, Solutions Specialist Moody’s Analytics - UK
Mr. Hanna Sarraf, Head of Risk Strategy, Bank of Ireland, Group Risk - Ireland  
Dr. Ayman al-Rais, Associate professor at the University of Tunis and a Polytechnique school in Tunisia, and Advisor in World Bank -Tunis
Mr. Elias Abu Suleiman, Head of Credit Risk Management Group Bank Audi - Lebanon
Mrs. Pascale Dahrouge Maksoud, Head of Financial Risk Management and Operational Risk – Byblos Bank Group - Lebanon
Mr. Tauqir Aslam, Associate Director - S&P Global - Risk Solutions 
Mr. Massimo Pedròni, Partner Head of International Business Practice Prometeia
Mr. Antoine Meouchi, Group Head Risk integration & Analytics, Bank Audi – Lebanon

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