08:30am – 9:15am GST
Registration and Networking Breakfast
09:15am – 9:25am GST
Opening remarks from ICA President, Bill Howarth and conference chair Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association
09:25am – 10:10am GST
Panel Discussion 
Developing an ESG risk framework: Exploring the drivers and barriers to effective integration
Momentum continues to build around the Middle East’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda, with organisations throughout the region ramping up their efforts to integrate ESG goals into their core strategies, frameworks, and policies. 
In particular, climate risk has risen to the fore, with the UAE announcing its net zero by 2050 initiative, Saudi Arabia aiming to reach net zero by 2060, and Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Iraq outlining similar plans. 
Given these commitments, organisations must identify and address the drivers of, and the barriers to, effective ESG integration. What are the practical considerations necessary to integrate ESG risks into the risk appetite and risk management frameworks? Is more regulatory guidance needed for establishing ESG frameworks?
Is there a larger role for stock exchanges in improving ESG reporting?  
This session will focus on the key governance, risk and compliance (GRC) considerations and obligations for effective ESG integration.

Pekka Dare, FICA (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association
Fadi Al-Shihabi, IMPACT - ESG Leader, KPMG
Layla El-Wafi, Senior Legal Counsel Governance (Africa and Middle East), Standard Chartered
Ian Moolman, Ethics & Business Integrity Manager, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA​)
10:15am – 11:15am GST
Panel Discussion 

A FATF discussion - what is effectiveness?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as the organisation responsible for setting international standards on anti money laundering (AML) and combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT), encourages member countries to design and implement measures to mitigate these risks.

But what are these risks and what can be considered effective risk management measures? 

In this session, we will discuss the latest AML/CFT trends, typologies and initiatives in the MENA region, the expectations of the FATF, and what can be considered effective risk management measures, approaches and methodologies. How MENA countries can work together to comply with FATF standards will also be discussed. This will be an opportunity to share thinking and approaches and to generate some consensus of the definition of Effectiveness. 
Pekka Dare, FICA (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association
Muzzi Ebrahim, Partner, Head of Financial Crime & Analytics, Deloitte Middle East
Zsombor Brommer, Chief Compliance Officer, Al Hilal Bank
Eduardo RangelGlobal Head of Compliance, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
11:15am – 11:45am GST
Networking/Refreshments Break
11:45am – 12:30pm GST
Panel Discussion 

Adapting to the evolving requirements of a modern compliance function
Money laundering and terrorist financing. Bribery and corruption. Market abuse. Climate risk. ESG. Wildlife crime. Internal and external fraud. Payment risk. Sanctions risk. Conduct risk. Business continuity risk. Data privacy risk. Cybersecurity risk. Ethics and culture. The remit of compliance grows broader and more complex with each passing year. Compliance officers often need to solve multiple issues simultaneously. Amongst other things, they must react smartly to ever-changing regulatory landscapes, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their compliance activities, put data and technology to clever use, grow trusted relationships, maintain strong lines of communication, develop strong product knowledge and build positive compliance cultures.  
This session will look at the evolving requirements of the compliance function and consider what skills are now required by the modern compliance officer.
Pekka Dare (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association
Deepa Chandrasekhar, FICA, Chief Compliance Officer, United Gulf Bank BSC C
Rizwan Khan, FICA, Associate Partner, AJMS Global
Tarek Howayek, FICA, Head of Compliance Policy and Oversight, HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd
Saboor SiddiquiGlobal Head of Government Advisory Services & Director - MENA, msg Rethink Compliance
12:30pm – 1:30pm GST
Networking Lunch
1:30pm – 2:20pm GST
Panel Discussion 
Developing and maintaining a sanctions programme that is effective, flexible and agile
With constant updates to the global sanctions landscape - what does an effective sanctions programme look like?
In this session, our expert panel of speakers will discuss the latest trends and developments in global sanctions, the associated risks and the steps required to build and maintain an effective sanctions programme. 
Pekka Dare, FICA (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association
Amine Antari, Managing Director, Kroll
David Shepherd, Global Head of Strategy - Customer and Third-Party Risk, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)
Oksana Kharchenko, Business Development Specialist, YouControl
2:25pm – 3:10pm GST
Panel Discussion

The future of data privacy in the Middle East: What are the key considerations? 
Data privacy has become a boardroom level topic for organisations across the Middle East. 

As the complexities of the data privacy landscape continue to evolve throughout the region, so does the need for a proactive and considered response. To effectively evaluate data privacy risk, implement data privacy frameworks and remain compliant, organisations will need to know and understand their key obligations, which might relate to the need to appoint a Data Protection Officer, respond to a data breach, utilise cloud services, or manage cross border transfers of personal data.
The session will discuss the key data privacy related themes, trends and obligations that organisations in the region should consider.
Pekka Dare (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association  
Richard ChudzynskiPwC Legal Middle East Data Protection and Privacy Leader, PwC
Sana Buchoo, Compliance Manager , Trident Trust (UAE) Limited
Lori Baker, Vice President, Legal & Director of Data Protection, DIFC
Sumaya Al Hajeri, Technology and AI Regulation Expert
3:10pm – 3:40pm GST
Networking/Refreshments Break
3:40pm – 4:30pm GST
Panel Discussion 

How to address the evolving Virtual Assets space 
Approaches to the adoption and regulation of virtual assets diverge both at the global level, and within MENA, creating distinct challenges for both traditional financial services providers and new market entrants.  
In this session, focus will be placed on what can be done to move towards a clearer regulatory picture.
Pekka Dare (moderator), Vice President, International Compliance Association
Peter Smith, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Policy and Risk, DFSA
Mark Aruliah, Senior Policy Advisor, EMEA, Elliptic
4:35pm – 4:55pm GST
Keynote: Why good conduct matters 
Conduct has never had a higher profile. With numerous cases of poor conduct in the past and the present, the spotlight remains firmly on the future of the global financial services sector. For this reason, it is imperative that firms implement a sound conduct risk management framework, which has become more than just a necessity but a responsibility for all. Now is the time for firms to recognise that good conduct is driven by good culture and that good conduct is the builder of trust – a key ingredient to success.  
HE Maryam Buti Al Suwaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA)
4:55pm – 5:00pm GST
Closing remarks from Conference Chair Pekka Dare, Vice President, International Compliance Association

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