H.E. Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Assistant Governor for Monetary Policy and Financial Stability, Central Bank of the UAE
H.E Saif Al Shamshi is the assistant governor of the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates, with responsibilities over monetary policy and financial stability. He has been with the Central Bank of the UAE since 1981, and has held senior management roles in the banking operations, banking supervision and treasury departments. Prior to his 2011 appointment as assistant governor, he was the senior executive director of the central bank’s treasury department. He is a member of several committees both internationally and within the central bank itself, and his most recent publication was a 2013 BIS research paper on foreign exchange intervention by emerging market economies.
Hans Eichel, Co-founder of the G20 & former Finance Minister, Germany
The second longest serving finance minister of Germany since WWII reconstruction, Hans Eichel had an instrumental role in two landmark reforms - the far reaching reform of Germany’s economy (also known as Agenda 2010) and the creation of the G-20 to reflect the rebalancing of world power. Agenda 2010 helped turn Germany from the ‘sick man of Europe’ into the best performing major Western economy during the global financial crisis and is regarded as the most successful economic reforms in any G-7 country in the last 30 years. As chairman of the G-7, Eichel together with then US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Canadian prime minister Paul Martin founded the G-20 in 1999 to allow greater voice to the emerging world. He hosted the inaugural G-20 meeting in Berlin in 1999, and served as G-20 chairman in 2004, when he pressed for reforming the international financial architecture and establishing a code of conduct for preventing financial crises. Eichel currently leads the expert group on sustainable structural development for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the world’s oldest and largest political foundation.
Christian Hunt, former prudential Chief Operating Officer, Bank of England
Until September 2014, Christian led the organisation of the Bank of England's resources to support its bank supervisory activities. Previously, he had been responsible for the supervision of international custody banks and investment banks at the Bank of England. Before joining the UK regulator in 2011, he was a principal at the private investment firm Vasari Global and a director of corporate finance at Deutsche Bank, and the assistant secretary of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, a regulatory body charged with the administration of London's code for takeovers and mergers.
Gilbert Kohnke, former Group Chief Risk Officer, OCBC Bank
Gilbert was CRO of OCBC from 2005 to 2014. At OCBC, he covered a full spectrum of risk, including credit, information security, liquidity, market and operational risk management, and led the change in redefining the risk management approaches. During his tenure, OCBC was named the strongest bank in the world by leading financial publications and he won The Asian Banker's CRO of the Year award for 2012-13. Previously, he was Asia head of risk management and head of European portfolio management at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
Luciano Jannelli, Chief Investment Strategist, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Luciano is responsible for research and asset allocation at ADCB. He started his career as an economist at the World Bank. Over the last 16 years he has held various senior research and asset management positions at UBS Group, Bank Julius Bär and Swissquote Bank. He is a frequent speaker at international economic- and investment conferences, as well as a regular guest at CNBC and other prime financial channels. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, and is a CFA Charter Holder.
Said Al Shaikh, Group Chief Economist, The National Commercial Bank
Dr. Al-Shaikh has been the Group Chief Economist at The National Commercial Bank since 2011. Before joining NCB in 1998, Dr. Al-Shaikh served as an assistant professor of Finance and Economics in the College of Industrial Management at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. In 2009, he was appointed member of the Majlis Ashoura Council by His Royal Highness, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. He has a PhD in economics from Cornell University, and has published extensively on energy, demographic change, foreign trade, foreign directs as well as structural changes and global integration in Saudi Arabia.
Dean Rowan, Chief Risk, Compliance and AML Officer, Gulf One Investment Bank, Bahrain
A specialist in the restructure and transformation of financial institutions, Dean integrates technical and sophisticated risk methodologies and tools with corporate governance, business strategy, and market understanding to drive, manage, and maximise the value of global risk portfolios. With 20 years of leadership experience, his background includes the management of global portfolios in excess of US$300B and oversight of change management programs for financial institutions in distress. He was head of risk at Westpac and head of operational risk and Basel II at National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia, and was appointed chairman of GCC Compliance and AML in 2011.
Waheed Rathore, EVP & Head, Compliance & AML, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Waheed chairs the UAE Banks Federation Compliance Committee, and comes to ADCB after 20 years with global financial institutions including Citigroup and ABN AMRO. He has extensive experience in senior management positions involving Regulatory Compliance, Anti Money Laundering/ Counter Terrorist Financing in Corporate & Investment Banking, Asset Management, Private Clients, Consumer (Retail) Business and Islamic Finance, and has also led projects of strategic importance for the Board of Directors and Regional/ Global Management including remedial enforcement actions and due diligence of bank acquisitions.
Nasser A. Paracha, Group Head, Audit, Fraud and Compliance, Mashreqbank
Nasser has over 20 years of banking experience covering corporate banking, internal audit and compliance in the United Kingdom, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. He joined Mashreqbank in 1995 and rose to his current position of group head over all audit, fraud and compliance functions in the UAE’s largest private sector bank. He completed the general management program from Harvard Business School and obtained his bachelors degree in operational research and computing from the University of Leeds.
Gordian Gaeta has advised and served many of the leading financial services organisations across Asia and close to half of the top 100 banks worldwide in the past 30 years. Editor of ‘Frontiers of Credit Risk’, published by John Wiley, Gordian specialises in developing and implementing analytical solutions for complex strategic issues in financial services-related industries undergoing significant change or being exposed to intricate risk issues.

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