MENA Regulatory Update: FATF Mutual Evaluations, Ongoing Compliance Expectations and New Requirements

  • When: April 30, 2018
  • Time: 7PM – 8PM GST
  • Level: All

Keeping up with regulatory changes as well as the ever-growing sophistication of money launderers and funders of terrorism is critical for financial institutions everywhere, no less in the Middle East and North Africa region. This webinar previews changes arising out of recent developments in the region with an emphasis on presenting concrete strategies for retooling existing compliance infrastructure and beefing up current compliance functions that are required to meet evolving regulatory expectations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying MENA regulatory initiatives, directives and trends to proactively develop and implement strategies for compliance and mitigating financial crime
  • Examining how precious metals and stones from West Africa, especially diamonds, are used to launder the proceeds of crime
  • Reviewing FATF’s Mutual Evaluations findings and recommendations to identify your financial institution’s risks and how they can be addressed while meeting the needs of business lines

Who Should Attend

  • Risk Assessment Managers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Compliance Officers
  • FCC Professionals


  • Middle East / Africa
  • Global
  • Bank/Financial Sector
  • MSB

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Imad Habre
  • Imad Habre, CAMS-Audit, CAMS-FCI

  • Head Of Internal Control Unit
  • IBL Bank S.A.L.


A Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS-Audit and CAMS-FCI), with a double major in Economics, Banking & Finance and an MBA in Finance.

Having over 13 years of experience in the fields of risk management, AML and compliance, with expertise in AML, Compliance, Operational risk, FATCA, CRS, GDPR, Sanctions and Terrorism financing.

Speaker and trainer with the ACAMS, Bureau van Dijk(A Moody’s Analytics company) and other organizations on topics related to Compliance, AML, Sanctions, FATCA, CRS, GDPR and risk management.

Currently heads the Group Internal Control function in the AML & Compliance department at IBL Bank Lebanon.


Shawki Ahwash
  • Shawki Ahwash, CAMS

  • Head of AML/CFT Division, (MLRO), Money Laundering Reporting Officer
  • North Africa Commercial Bank


Mr. Shawki Ahwash is a career banker and the designated Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) heading the AML/CFT and Sanctions Division at North Africa Commercial Bank sal, Beirut-Lebanon. On the academic level, Mr. Ahwash holds a Master’s Degree from AUB and on the professional level he is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and holder of Combating Financial Crime (CFC) certificate from CISI-London. In Parallel, he is a lecturer at Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) teaching white-collar and anti-financial crime courses. Besides, Shawki is a seasoned speaker and trainer with Union of Arab Banks (UAB), ACAMS, and other institutions tasked with countering money laundering. He has also participated as AML/CFT trainer in several MENA compliance and corporate governance workshops aimed at building and strengthening capacities to counter illicit financial flows and mitigate financial crime risks.

Liat Shetret
  • Liat Shetret, CAMS

  • Senior Advisor – Crypto Policy & Regulation
  • Elliptic


Liat Shetret is a Senior Advisor for Crypto-Policy and Regulation at Elliptic and an international strategic adviser for security and financial integrity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led global capacity-building and technical assistance programs on anti–money laundering (AML), countering the financing of terrorism (CFT), financial inclusion, and countering violent extremism. She has formerly worked at the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, Citigroup Bank, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee for Homeland Security. She has extensive experience implementing capacity-building assistance programs particularly in emerging markets and developing countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Liat holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)and a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

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