Senior Compliance Manager and Senior Risk Manager
Afroditi Boura is a member of the Association of Professionals of Regulatory Compliance of Greece, a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece, and a Certified Compliance and Risk Manager from the EU. Afroditi holds a BA from University of Piraeus in Greece and certification for ISO31000:2018 as Risk Professional and as Trainer.
Afroditi has been registered as an Authorised Individual by the DFSA since 2017 and by the CMA in Kuwait since 2019 and has worked with a broad range of regulated entities in the Middle East and Europe including insurance and reinsurance, healthcare, oil and energy, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, wholesale, brokerages, financial institutions, construction, telecommunication, and automobile.
Afroditi also has wide experience at senior management level with government-owned enterprises in the GCC and Europe.
Syed Farooq Shah
Farooq is experienced in working with Commercial Banks, Investment Banks, Currency Exchange Houses, Asset Managers, Public Funds, Fintech, Real Estate, and Money Services Providers in both retail and wholesale environments, dealing at all levels including with board executives and audit committees. His wider experience includes managing relations with the Regulators including CBUAE, SCA, FSA, FSRA, CBUAE Treasury, DMCCA, and DFSA, as well as advising on Governance Risk, Conduct Risk, Financial Crime, Regulatory Permissions and Authorisation, Regulatory Risk and Correspondent Banking Risks. Farooq has worked both as an outside consultant as well as taking interim positions in firms when required. He is experienced in working as a controlled function or nominated officer.
Farooq has been registered as an Authorised Individual by the DFSA since 2011, FSRA since 2019, and CBUAE for firms across a broad spectrum and complexity of licences, including non-deposit taking credit institutions, fund and asset managers and advisory clients. Farooq is advising clients on the requirements to set up a FinTech business in both the DIFC and the ADGM, help to prepare them for meetings with the relevant regulator, and assist them with the development of their compliance framework.
Audit Committee Chairman and
Consultant - United Arab Emirates
Moderator - Sharon Ditchburn
Sharon Ditchburn is the Founder and Managing Director of Capital Advantage, a Governance Risk and Compliance advisory firm based in the UAE since 2004. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, The UK Chartered Governance Institute and CPA Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a lawyer and accountant with an MBA specialising in Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. She is a member of the ESG Committee for CPA Australia’s Centre of Excellence, and is on the Independent Oversight Committees for several public funds. She is one of the few individuals in the GCC certified by the IFC/World Bank to deliver their Director Development Programmes, and has been delivering Governance Risk and Compliance advisory and training programmes since 2005 in the Middle East, Africa and Asia for Institutes of Directors, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Sharon has worked with the full range of listed, private and government owned enterprises, stock exchanges and financial institutions. She has been registered as an Authorised Individual by the DFSA with over 30 companies since 2007.
Host - Aidan O'Mahony
Aidan is a Business Studies graduate from Bournemouth University, he started his career in recruitment straight from university, joining and then going on to lead a Financial Services Compliance desk in London for 4 years. He has come to know his market extensively and dealt and placed with project managers through to a number of C-Suite level clients across the UK. His speciality has come in the placement of large scale operational redress and remediation programmes at a number of top tier UK banks, notably in the area of KYC/CDD where Aidan has single handed resourced and screened programmes of up to 80 Consultants onsite through a Managed Service. Outside of this he has supported a number of largescale Financial Crime change projects at the majority of UK and single placement roles ranging from Head of Compliance to Analyst level. Aidan is best positioned to ensure your organisation has the personnel required to ensure your regulatory commitments are adhered to in an ever changing landscape.