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The Seventh Annual Forum for Heads of AML / CFT Compliance Units in Arab Banks and Financial Institutions

The Seventh Annual Forum for Heads of AML / CFT Compliance Units in Arab Banks and Financial Institutions
5 – 6 October 2017 Movenpick Hotel Beirut, Lebanon


Mr. Tarek Zahran, Special Investigation Commission, Executive Director - Head of Compliance - Lebanon.
Ltt. General Ziad Al-Jazzar, Head of Special Criminal Investigations / Directorate General of Internal Security Forces - Lebanon.
Judge Imad Qabalan, Attorney General of the Public Prosecution discriminatory  - Lebanon.
Mr. Lawrence Paramasivam,Director, Supervision, DFSA – UAE.  TBC
Mr. Mohamad Mansour, Senior AGM & Chief Compliance Officer, Commercial; Bank of Qatar.
Mr. Micheal David Cafferty–Director( Risk services)- Crowe Horwath - USA, UAE
Mr. Chahdan E. Jebeyli, General Manager, Group head legal & Compliance, Bank Audi s.a.l- Lebanon
Mr. Mohamed Wassim Araji, Manager -(Global Information Reporting), PWC - Lebanon.
Mr. Raven Groom-baker, Chief Compliance Officer / BARCLAYS Bank, Dubai/ UAE
Mr. Malek Costa, Head Of Group Compliance Division, Blom Bank Group-. Lebanon.
Mrs. Abla Adel Khairi, Chief Compliance Officer, Commercial International Bank, Egypt.
Ms. Samar Baasiry, Chief Compliance Officer, Bankmed - Lebanon.
Mrs. Karen Zabloski, Head of Compliance & Operational Risk at SGBL’s Group - Lebanon.
Mr. Rashid Al-Taksh, Special Investigation Commission - Lebanon.
Mrs. Miriam Khairallah, Special Investigation Commission - Lebanon.
Mr. Bashir Al Nakib, Managing Partner, Compliance Alert Lebanon, Qatar.
Mr. Ibrahim Al-Adawi, Senior compliance consultant - Thomson Reuters.
Dr. Mohammad Fheili, AGM, Jammal Trust Bank - Lebanon.
Mrs. Safa El-Ashry, Chief Compliance officer, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Egypt
Mr. Joseph Saab, Head of Compliance Group - BLC BANK SAL - Lebanon.

Main Topics:
 Emerging Risks & Controls.

 Regulatory updates &cooperation between anti-money laundering and terrorist financing authorities.
 Development of Concept and scope of combating financial crimes function.

 Cyber Crimes & Cyber Laundering: Strategic Risk.
 Tax Evasion, Common Reporting Standard & FATCA Law.

Alternative remittance systems:
Impact on expatriates remittances from abroad to the home country.
Impact on Banks’ Compliance with domestic and global legislations.

 The risks associated with virtual currencies (Bitcoins) and advanced technology (Block Chain, Omni Channels), and the financing of terrorism through E-Banking.

  Challenges of  implementing  BDL Intermediate Circular No. 371 .

ML/TF Case Studies.
Based Money Laundering Supervision risks & measures.
(De-Risking) and its impact on the relationship between MENA banks and correspondent banks.

In spite of all the efforts undertaken by the regulatory authorities in various countries around the world to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, these crimes are still globally recognized as organized crimes with cross border effect. They have become more complex due to the diversification and growth in the banking industry on one hand, and the proliferation of terrorism and the emergence of new terrorist organizations on the other. These crimes represent undoubtedly a major concern for the various judicial, regulatory and security authorities in the world. Therefore, all stakeholders are seeking to develop their working methods, their supervisory tools and the necessary legislation in order to reduce these crimes.

Based on our mission represented by the spreading of advanced banking culture, the Union of Arab Banks decided to organize this forum to convey the latest developments in combating money laundering and financing of terrorism, and determine how to overcome the challenges posed by this dangerous problem to reduce its implications and effects.


The forum brings together the AML / CFT Unit Heads in the Arab world to discuss the latest developments and debate the new challenges facing Arab banks and Financial institutions in the implementation of laws against money laundering and financing of terrorism, including the challenges of coping with economic sanctions, and the extent of the impact of these sanctions on the relationship with correspondent banks.

The forum will also discuss the role of financial intelligence units and regulatory authorities in issuing directives and guidance that help banks and financial institutions in complying and coping with the international directives concerning anti-money laundering and terrorism financing.

This forum will include lectures and panel discussions in order to allow the exchange of experiences and information, and develop a common approach and practical measures to deal with the issues of money laundering and terrorism financing.

Heads of Compliance Departments and their main assistants
Heads of Combating Financial Crimes Depts. (AML/CFT) and their main assistants
Heads of Internal Auditing Departments and their main assistants
Heads of Credit Departments and their main assistants

Participation Fees:
800$ for UAB Member
950$ for Non – UAB Member

For registration and more info. pls contact us:
Tel: +961 1 377800, or visit our website:

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