ACAMS MENA Conference

12月 5 - 12月 6, 2022
Abu Dhabi
11 ACAMS 積分

    Resilience and Reinvention: Mastering MENA’s AML Challenges

    For MENA AML and AFC professionals, 2022 presented an unprecedented series of issues and challenges -- and those complexities appear certain to grow as we head into 2023. From volatility in cryptocurrency markets to sweeping changes in sanctions regimes following the onset of the Russia-Ukraine conflict to the unstoppable rise of advanced AML technologies, clearly compliance is being reinvented in rapid fashion. 

     

    As a result, AML practitioners must reinvent themselves as well, making the ACAMS 13th Annual AML and Anti-Financial Crime Conference – MENA an essential and invaluable resource for continuing professional development. On Dec. 5-6, the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers will host MENA’s vital and growing AFC community, drawing attendees from – and leaders of – top regulatory agencies, major financial service firms and cutting-edge innovators from FinTech, crypto and IT.

     

    With content specifically addressing MENA’s most pressing issues, this live conference highlights the problems – and solutions – of special relevance to this vibrant region.

    MENA Conference by the Numbers

    230+

    Expected Attendees

    40+

    Expert Speakers

    11

    ACAMS Credits*

    2

    Days of Training and Networking

    *ACAMS members can earn 11 ACAMS Credits at the conference. These credits count towards maintaining your ACAMS Certification.

    Top Sessions

    Managing Mounting Sanctions Risks: Strategies for MENA Compliance Professionals

    On Highest Authority: Insights on Oversight —
    A MENA Regulatory Roundtable

    Managing the Risks of the Age of Innovation: Blockchain, Cryptos and FinTech

    Program

    07.45 – 17.35

    Registration Desk Open

    07.45 – 17.35

    Exhibit Hall Open

    07.45 – 08.45

    Networking Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

    GENERAL SESSIONS

    08:45 – 09.00

    Welcome Remarks

    Scott Liles, Chief Executive Officer, ACAMS

    09.00 – 09.30

    Keynote Address with Q&A

    Moderator:

    Kieran Beer, CAMS, Chief Analyst, Director of Editorial Content, ACAMS

    09.30 – 10.45

    On Highest Authority: Insights on Oversight — A MENA Regulatory Roundtable

    • Assessing recent trends including ADGM crypto exchange licensing, UAE Pass and FinTech growth to outline evolving regulatory frameworks
    • Discussing emerging blockchain-based decentralized innovations like NFTs, the metaverse and Web3 to identify regulatory challenges
    • Reviewing progress in facilitating AML investigations and addressing mutual legal assistance requests related to FATF’s increased monitoring decision

    Kieran Beer, CAMS, Chief Analyst, Director of Editorial Content, ACAMS

    10.45 – 11.15

    Networking and Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    11.15 – 12.15

    Managing the Risks of the Age of Innovation: Blockchain, Cryptos and FinTech

    • Analyzing financial crime risks of crypto including ransomware, dark web markets and terrorist financing to identify defenses such as alert response plans and blockchain forensics
    • Helping FinTech clients mitigate risks associated with pseudonymous clients and high-speed transactions with AML formal policies, dedicated staff, internal training and other controls
    • Exploring blockchain-driven innovations like DeFi, metaverses and NFTs to identify fraud risks and transactions conducted without intermediary oversight

    Moderator:

    Joby Carpenter, Global SME – Cryptoassets and Illicit Finance, ACAMS

    Presenters:

    Neil Jarman, CAMS, CAMS Audit, Financial Services Internal Auditor

    11.15 – 12.15

    Spotlight on DNFBPs: Strategies to Fortify AML/CTF in the MENA Region

    • Reviewing regulation including UAE’s circular on DNFBPs to strengthen oversight in real estate, precious metals sales and other industries and increase STR submissions
    • Analyzing potential AML issues of professionals such as lawyers and accountants to mitigate use of false identities, illicit fund transfers and abuses of shell firms
    • Maintaining robust AML at DNFBPs with regular internal risk assessments and rigorous CDD to meet expectations of regulators and banking partners

    Presenter:

    Safeya Hashim AlSafi, Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Department, UAE Ministry of Economy

    12.15 – 13.30

    Networking Lunch

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    13:30 – 14:30

    A Clean Fight: Strategies to Combat Trade-Based Money Laundering in the MENA Region

    • Outlining common TBML typologies such as free zone abuses and covert commodities trading to identify best practices in AML and KYC/CDD processes
    • Assessing institutional TBML risk related to geographic footprint, business lines and third-party exposure to detect and correct deficiencies
    • Automating trade finance controls with AI-led systems to detect red flags including invoice anomalies, unusual shipping routes and overly complex corporate structures

    Presenters:

    Shawki Ahwash, Head of AML/CFT and Sanctions Division, North Africa Commercial Bank

    Ahmed Al Falasi, Section Head – Sanction Implementation Government Sector, Executive Office for Control and Non-Proliferation (EOCN)

    13:30 – 14:30

    KNOWLEDGE SESSION Presented by Thomson Reuters

    14.30 – 15.00

    Networking and Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

    GENERAL SESSIONS

    15:00 – 16:00

    Managing Mounting Sanctions Risks: Strategies for MENA Compliance Professionals

    • Updating latest EU, UK, UN and US sanctions to assess risks for MENA operations, including identification of higher risk client bases, business lines and key areas of vulnerability
    • Analyzing global economic trends and threats, including ransomware risks, supply chain disruptions and illicit transactions involving crypto assets
    • Assessing global efforts to prevent sanctions evasion, including multilateral task force initiatives and their implications for identifying hidden wealth and closing loopholes

    Moderator:

    Dr Justine Walker, Global Head of Sanctions, Compliance and Risk, ACAMS

    16:00 – 16:30

    Special Presentation

    Moderator:

    Rick McDonell, Former Executive Secretary, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Executive Director, ACAMS

    16.30 – 16.35

    Closing Remarks

    16.35 – 17.35

    Networking Reception

    08.00 – 15:20

    Registration Desk Open

    08.00 – 15.20

    Exhibit Area Open

    08.00 – 09.00

    Networking Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area

    GENERAL SESSIONS

    09.00 – 09.05

    Opening Remarks

    09.05 – 09.35

    Keynote Address with Q&A

    Moderator:

    Rick McDonell, Former Executive Secretary, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Executive Director, ACAMS

    09.35 – 10.50

    Executive Views: An Industry Roundtable on Managing AML’s Pressing Issues

    • Analyzing shell firm abuses, DeFi and obscured beneficial owners to detail best practices for detecting and disrupting illicit activities
    • Surveying emerging innovation like FinTech and crypto to identify growing AML risks, develop institutional responses and modify controls as warranted
    • Upgrading legacy oversight models with tools AI/machine learning and formal alert resolution protocols to enhance AML effectiveness and the culture of compliance

    Moderator:

    Shilpa Arora, Senior Director - Anti-Financial Crime Portfolio Solutions, ACAMS

    Presenters:

    Rasha Mortada, Group Chief Compliance Officer, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

    Bethuel Nsibande, Global Head of AML/CTF, Qatar National Bank

    Eduardo Rangel, Managing Director, Global Head of Compliance, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

    10.50 – 11.20

    Networking and Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    11.20 – 12.20

    Tech Talk: Increasing AML Effectiveness With AI, Machine Learning and Digitalization

    • Assessing legacy AML systems to identify inefficiencies including labor-intensive manual processes and mapping strategic plan for boosting effectiveness with automated systems
    • Delineating distinct technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine suitability for meeting specific risk management objectives
    • Integrating automated systems with existing AML controls to streamline oversight, reduce false positives and generate quality data that sharpens risk analysis accuracy

    Moderator:

    Christos Christou, Group Chief Compliance Officer, Lulu Financial Holdings Limited

    Presenters:

    Osama Al Rahma, Head Of Business Development, Emirates Investment Bank

    11.20 – 12.20

    Banking on Correspondent Banking: Strategies to Overcome the Challenges

    • Charting impact of developments like increased FATF monitoring and the AMLA 2020’s directive to close correspondent accounts of institutions failing to comply with US subpoenas
    • Addressing obstacles in obtaining correspondent services such as outdated data analysis systems to meet correspondent banks’ risk management standards
    • Working with existing correspondent partners on risk assessments and staff training to strengthen relationships and constructively resolve potential conflicts

    Presenter:

    Shawki Ahwash, Head of AML/CFT and Sanctions Division, North Africa Commercial Bank

    12.20 – 13.35

    Networking Lunch

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    13.35 – 14.35

    Enhanced Due Diligence: A Tool for Revealing PEPs, UBOs and High-Risk Entities

    • Identifying entities whose profiles merit EDD reviews based on factors like high-risk domiciles, unverified or complex ownership and relationships warranting PEP screening
    • Developing risk-based EDD evaluation processes utilizing comprehensive transaction analysis, negative news searches, site visits and third-party data
    • Assembling intelligence to drive onboarding or account exiting decisions and to craft guidance on issues such as review triggering events and ongoing monitoring

    Moderator:

    George Voloshin, CAMS, CGSS, Global SME, Anti-financial Crime, ACAMS

    Presenter:

    Sarah Tariq, Specialist Advisor for AFC and Compliance, Deutsche Bank

    13.35 – 14.35

    KNOWLEDGE SESSION Presented by Moody’s Analytics

    Fighting Financial Crime with AI and Machine Learning

    • Reducing the staggering volume of false positives to enable onboarding automation
    • Deploying KYC life cycle digitalization and workflow – trends and challenges
    • Detecting, monitoring, and investigating financial crime using AI and machine learning

    Presenter:

    Mohamed Daud, Director Territory/Business Development Governance, Risk and Compliance, Moody's Analytics

    14.35 – 15.05

    Networking and Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

    GENERAL SESSIONS

    15.05 – 16.05

    Joining Forces: Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Enhance AML/CTF Effectiveness

    • Outlining client data and financial intelligence synergies between the law enforcement and financial sector to leverage resources and strengthen investigations
    • Developing PPP governance models for data protection, client privacy and communication protocols to establish mutual trust and operating efficiencies
    • Conducting post investigation reviews to assess collaboration, identify and address issues requiring attention, and develop best practices for PPPs going forward

    Presenters:

    Lori Baker, VP Legal and Director of Data Protection, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) 

    Collin D Lobo, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Financial Crime Compliance MENAT, HSBC

    Rebecca A Peters, Regional Attaché, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

    16.05 – 16.10

    Closing Remarks

    Speakers & Task Force

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    ACAMS 13th Annual AML & Anti-Financial Crime Conference - MENA
    US$1,695.00
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    Venue

    Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers 
    Corniche Rd - Al Bateen  
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  
     

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