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

Region/Industry

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

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Moderator

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

  • Group Head of Internal Control – AML and Compliance Unit
  • IBL Bank S.A.L.

Speakers

Shawki Ahwash
  • Shawki Ahwash, CAMS

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

Bio

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

  • ECOFEL Program Manager
  • Egmont Group

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