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MENA Conversational AI Conference is a two-day 100% online program which will focus on all the sectors looking to transform themselves and upgrade with most of the innovative technologies in the field of AI. The overall potential effect of AI on MENA’s economic growth is estimated to accrue $320 billion by 2030. This event will be focusing on the global best practices in the field of AI covering the entire MENA region with an intention of connecting minds and transforming interactions. The event is focused on gathering a pre-qualified assembly of the top attendees like CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, COOs, VPs of IT, Heads of IT/Data Science/Automation/Analytics, Heads of Customer Experience/Digital Officers/Artificial Intelligence professionals and senior management member from BFSI, Healthcare, Telco’s, Retail, E-commerce and Government Authorities from the entre MENA regions.

The summit will host more than 25+ speakers and attract over 125+ conference delegates to exchange ideas around best practices on a variety of strategic and operational topics to have best practices in terms of adapting innovation in Conversational AI in the MENA region. Business houses in MENA are always looking forward in terms of advancing their knowledge-based economy and creating a sustainable and prosperous future for its citizens by providing ease of interactions through innovative technologies and have an approach of understanding Conversational AI better through keynote presentations, Interactive Panel Discussions along with networking sessions. This event will witness industry’s thought leaders participating and sharing their insights in identifying the upcoming solutions along with best practices in terms of implementing the Conversational AI


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Transforming Customer Experience with Conversational AI
The future of Banking in the-02
The future of Banking in the era of Conversational AI
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Key metrics that define the ROI on conversational AI
Ethical Implications-04
Ethical Implications of Conversational AI
Challenges and Limitations-05
Challenges and Limitations of Voice AI Collaborative Intelligence
Conversational AI Breakthroughs-06
Conversational AI Breakthroughs
Unlocking the Power of the-07
Unlocking the Power of the Metaverse: Exploring the Synergy of Conversational AI and Blockchain
How Conversational AI-08
How Conversational AI enables intelligent customer support


Knowledgeable Sessions

Opportunity to learn from the global leaders in the space of Artificial Intelligence on the best practices to adopt Conversational AI for seamless operation and customer experience.

Tech Driven Use-cases

With emerging technologies and new innovations learn from the Industry experts about unlocking the future of Conversational AI and various ways to engage with customers in real-time, handle inquiries and provide real time support round-the-clock.

Product Display

This unique platform is designed to help businesses and organizations to adapt upcoming technologies and solutions along with the opportunity to showcase their innovative Products/Services.

Brainstorming Discussions

Right platform to express and learn new ideas in form of panel discussion with some of the thoughtful leaders in Conversation AI category. Our panel discussions include senior leaders from renowned organizations to explore new possibilities.

One-On-One Meetings

Get involved with in-depth discussions with top-class solution providers in the Artificial Intelligence sector and share your specific business requirements along with any challenges directly with the experts.

Private Networking Lounge

One of the best options to network and consult with the experts individually without any distraction and get focus on your business pain points along with the solution requirements.


Who will attend?

● Government
● Telecom
● Healthcare
● Retail & e-Ecommerce
● Travel & Hospitality
● Utilities
● Automotive
● Education
● Conglomerates
● Media and Entertainment

Job Titles:

● Chief Executive Officers
● Chief Information Officers
● Chief Innovation Officers
● Chief Technology Officers
● Chief Operating Officers
● VP’s & GM’s of Information Technology
● Heads of Information Technology
● Heads Of Artificial Intelligence
● Heads Of Automation/Analytics
● Heads Of Data Science/Data Scientists
● Heads Of Customer Experience
● Heads Of Digital Officers
● Heads Of Digital Transformation & Strategy
● Heads Of Customer Service
● Managers Of Customer Success
● Managers Of Product
● Manager Of Solutions Delivery
● Managers Of ICT Architecture & Engineering
● Managers Of Speech Applications Research
● Managers Of Enterprise CRM Architect
● Managers Of Customer Service/Client Services
● Managers Of Operations/Call Center

Sponsor Categories:

● Artificial Intelligence
● Big Cloud/Blockchain
● Automatic Speech Recognition
● Conversational e-Commerce
● Messaging Bot Platforms
● Analytics, Test and Automation
● Bot Development Companies
● Contact Centre Management Companies
● Data Management Companies
● Customer Experience Platforms companies
● Customer Satisfaction Solution Providers
● Digital First Omnichannel Customer Service
● Digital Engagement Companies
● Customer Experience Companies
● Search Engine Optimization Companies
● Agent Platforms/Developer Tools
● NLU tools/Code LLM/Self Service Kiosks
● Adaptive workforce engagement
● Customer Communication & Media Analytics Companies
● Business Intelligence companies
● Queuing and Routing Companies


Sponsors & Partners

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Strategic Partners



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We are founded on the common intention to customize a platform for the business houses wherein they get a variety of options to choose from our wide range of Private Board Rooms, Webinars, Certified Trainings, and In-Person & Virtual Conferences and Exhibitions to choose from as per their need.

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Ajay Panandikar

Currently working as the Director, Group Integrated Intelligence and Investigations (i3) in the FCC unit, Ajay manages complex financial crime investigative projects and thematic reviews for Standard Chartered Bank. Typically these projects pertain to various FCC verticals like Anti Money Laundering, Sanctions, Anti Bribery and Corruption, Illicit Wildlife Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking etc. Ajay has 14 years of experience in FCC and 18 years of banking experience. Ajay is a Computer Science Engineer and an MBA (Banking Management) by qualification. Ajay holds CAMS and CFE certification which he attained during his professional journey. When Ajay is not fighting financial crime, he enjoys reading, playing cricket with his son and playing badminton.

Mishal Al Ismail

Mishal Al Ismail is the Head of Compliance & AML at Albilad Capital. Mr. Al Ismail has over 20 years of experience in the finance, compliance, financial crime, and corporate governance fields; he is highly qualified with a high level of education. He graduated from King Saud University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Financial Management), he graduated from the Institute Of Public Administration with a postgraduate diploma (equivalent to a master’s degree) in Marketing Management, as well as Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He holds professional degrees in regulating, compliance, Anti-Money laundering and corporate governance. In addition, he holds all CMA professional certificates. He is currently the Chairperson of the Governance Committee of the Capital Market Institutions Committee

Anirban De

Anirban currently leads the Financial Crime; Cyber-security; AML Compliance initiatives in Middle East North Africa Turkey and South Asia spanning across 28 countries. Having joined SWIFT in 2017 with over 19 years’ experience in compliance, predominantly in servicing law enforcement and correspondent banking KYC. Anirban currently leads the cybercrime awareness & solutions initiatives at SWIFT for the regions. The community typically engages with the SWIFT FCC team to drive transparency and standardisation of process, provide assurance to existing controls as well as enable business critical insights to determine market share, growth and risk.  

Prior to joining SWIFT, Anirban had worked for Dow Jones & Company, driving the Financial News and Financial Crime Initiatives across India & South Asia. He has also worked for the Economic Think-tank, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), driving economic; industrial and company data initiates in India. He has vast experience in working closely with Banking, Corporates and Government during this tenure. Anirban is an MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Calcutta.

Mohamed Ragaei Abdel Fattah Abdel Wahed

Mohamed Ragaie has a 28 year of banking experience in 6 multinational and large local banks, 14 years out of them was covering a variant range of banking departments (compliance and corporate governance, corporate, trade finance, operations and foreign transactions). His professional and personal extraordinary inspiring skills along with a very interesting ideology that gained him out of his outstanding professional thoughts, qualifications and accomplishments gave him the ability to pinpoint and solve both customers and business dilemmas as well as making sure of abiding with the international standards and local regulations. Such great business successful ventures all around the industry that have been created filled with his passion, rigor, thoughts and most importantly his endeavors made it very motivational and inspirational to present essential keys in inventing new methods of educating the bank staff on compliance with the regulators’ requirements in order to be qualified to efficiently deliver an exceptional banking services while having the confidence to embrace the creativity and ability to live deliberately and to make a difference in their career.

Mark Rayner

Mark has 19 years of experience in financial services, spanning AML compliance, AI and machine learning, and cyber security. As the Head of Partnerships for SymphonyAI Sensa-NetReveal, Mark works with financial institutions and trusted third parties across the EMEA region to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of AML programmes. Prior to this, Mark managed the consulting business at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, helping leading banks transform their operations and mitigate cyber threats. Mark is CAMS certified.

Talal Shoukat

Talal Shoukat has 15 years of experience in financial services such as Banking Operations, Compliance, financial crime, Sanctions, AML/CFT System Implementation and Training. He is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) ACAMS , a Certified Compliance Manager CCM -GCI, Certified Train the Trainer from ILLAF UK, Associate Charter Banker from Charter Banker Institute the UK and Banking Diploma IBP. He holds multiple other financial crime related certifications. He is a speaker in Global conferences. He has provided many training sessions in financial institutions & academies in the field of financial crime risk assessment, customer due diligence, trade due diligence, risk-based approach. He has in addition to the above deep knowledge in compliance system implementation. He is an Accredited Trainer from Global Compliance Institute and provides GCI Certifications training in Qatar and around the Globe. He thinks that financial crime is serious issue and one need upskill themselves to in order combat this serious crime.

Arun Ajayagosh

Arun Ajayagosh is a subject matter expert with 14 years of experience in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) and Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) areas. He is specialised in financial crime investigations, strategic and tactical intelligence analysis, ML/TF typology assessment, and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT). He has been appreciated by the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) of Uganda and The Royal Foundation – UK for providing detailed transaction analysis, patterns, networks, and footprints on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). Additionally, he has been recognised by several other law enforcement agencies and regulators around the globe for providing actionable intelligence on various typologies such as terrorism financing, drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking, wildlife smuggling/trafficking, child exploitation, sextortion, prostitution, sex trafficking, consumer fraud etc. His intel reports have assisted law enforcement agencies in identifying the perpetrators of crime and bringing them to justice. He understands the rule in financial crime investigations and is also well versed in global compliance rules, regulations and legislation on AML and various other financial crimes. He’s a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and Certified Cryptocurrency Expert (CCE).

Govil Saldanha

Govil has been managing financial crime, regulatory compliance, quality assurance divisions, and projects in the APAC and MENA areas for more than 15 years. Additionally, Govil has been in charge of extensive compliance transformation projects, policy setting, trainings, and the redesign of compliance systems. Govil worked extensively within the “Big Four” and major international banks prior to joining National Bank of Oman as Head of Compliance in the UAE. He was also in charge of transforming compliance culture, managing complex due diligence, leading major technological integration of banking systems and serving as a Key Subject Matter Expert on AML, Sanctions and KYC. Govil has a variety of compliance certificates, including a Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) and a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention (ICA)

Ibrahim Othman AlFuraih

Goal-oriented and enthusiastic professional with more than 10 years of experience in control functions, audit, and compliance, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is skilled in decision making, building teams, critical thinking and problem solving, with ability to embrace complexity, awareness and understanding of regulatory framework, and attention to detail, which are essential for advising organizational leaders and assisting them with adhering to regional and international rules and regulations.

Saiful Islam Vaidhyakkaran

Qualified Compliance Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in AML Compliance Program , AML Training, Risk Management, and Internal Audit. Strong finance professional with CAMS Certification from Association of Anti Money Laundering Specialists and CMA from Institute of Cost Accountants of India (Previously ICWAI).

Mohamed Ghozayel

Mr. Mohammed ghozayel comes with deep expertise in Laws and Regulations issued by Regulatory Authorities in Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait with a proven ability in defining compliance to regulatory requirements pertaining to day to day business transactions and business expansion plans. He has been Proficient in setting up compliance monitoring programs and compliance practices to minimize regulatory risks in the organization and Supporting business on new product rules & regulations including developing/ implementing strategic plans to minimize potential risks. His areas of expertise also includes reviewing products and identifying product specific risks from Compliance and AML/CFT perspective, reviewing business agreements to ensure provisions related to Sanctions, Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundery, Data Protection & Confidentiality, and FATCA (when applicable) are in place. 

He has consistently demonstrated knowledge in understanding of existing/proposed legislations, enforcing regulations and recommending new procedures as required, Strong analytical, problem solving & organizational abilities.

Ali Ibrahim Abdel Rahim Awartany

Mr. Ali Awartany is an experienced compliance professional with more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, currently work at Gate to Pay as Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer. He is experienced in financial crimes prevention and detection including Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Fraud and Corruption; he led many compliance and anti-financial crimes projects in many countries. He holds Masters in Finance & Investment, and he is certified in Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Financials Crimes Specialist (CFCS), Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), Certified Compliance Specialist (CCOS), Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), and Certified Compliance Manager (CCM), he has solid training and consultation skills and more than 10 years of training and consultation experience in many countries including Jordan, UAE, KSA, Iraq, Qatar, Palestine, Libya, and Turkey. 

Abbas Bou Diab

Abbas Bou Diab is an Executive Manager- Head of Compliance & AML at BLOM Bank Qatar LLC since November 2008, a bank licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and regulated by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. Abbas has 35 years working experience, among which 9 years in one of the international audit firms, Deloiite & Touche-Lebanon, in addition to 26 years in the banking sector. Abbas holds BBA Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut (July 1987) and a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University (July 1997). Abbas is also a Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist since 2006 and a professional member of the ACAMS organization. Abbas was an editor and member of the Arabic CAMS Exam Task Force who assisted in ensuring the translation quality of the CAMS Guide from English into Arabic.

Shawki Ahwash

Shawki Ahwash is a Career Banker and Anti-Financial Crime Professional based out of Beirut-Lebanon serving as Head of AML/CFT & sanctions division – MLRO (Money Laundering Reporting Officer) at a local financial institution. Alongside the current MLRO function, Shawki is a University Lecturer & Speaker at the Union of Arab Banks (UAB), ACAMS, the Romanian Banking Institute (RBI), Governance Dynamics (UAE), General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI)-Bahrain, Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies (EIBFS-UAE), and other institutions tasked with countering money laundering, terrorist financing, & proliferation finance.

George Ghaoui

As Regional Sales director for Middle East and Gulf region, George Ghaoui is in charge of developing and executing key strategies of Capital Banking Solutions that focus on client technology requirements in Financial and Regulatory requirements. He has over 25 years of experience in the Management of information systems for financial institutions and familiarity with the entire spectrum of banking and finance business where he was involved in different types of banking complex transformation programs. He is a subject matter expert in digital banking and Payment, Microfinance and lending, Wealth management, Anti-Money laundering and tax evasion supporting and maintaining high-level contacts with current & prospective customers. 

George holds an Executive MBA from ESCP-EAP Europe and Masters in Computer Science from Universite jean Moulin – Lyon.

Soltan Hassanieh

Soltan is an expert in both the “Anti-Fraud” & “Internal Audit” fields with an emphasis on fighting corruption in its corporate context. He is currently based in Dubai working for one of the biggest agricultural solution providers in the Middle East and Africa as a “Senior Internal Auditor”. Mr. Hassanieh is also an experienced EDUCATOR specializing in delivering educational pragmatic training sessions related to topics like internal audit, corruption, ethics, governance, risk management, and fraud prevention and detection. He holds a BA in Banking and Finance from Beirut Arab University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) & Certified Anti-Corruption Manager (CACM). With the aim of increasing awareness, Soltan has created an educational podcast called the ((Let’s Talk Fraud)) podcast, which highlights common scams and provides useful prevention tips to help people avoid falling victim to fraudsters. Through real-life examples, the podcast educates the public on the warning signs of fraud and how to protect themselves. Mr. Hassanieh currently serves as the “Training & Education” Director at the ACFE Lebanon Chapter.

Dr. Sebastian Hetzler

Sebastian Hetzler joined IMTF as a Co-CEO in December 2022 with the acquisition of the Siron business from FICO. At FICO, he has been a VP Product Management for FICO’s Compliance Solutions. Before the acquisition of TONBELLER AG in 2015 Sebastian has been the managing director of this company. With more than 15 years’ experience in the Anti-Financial Crime sector, he is one of the leading domain experts in this space. Previously, Sebastian worked in top-management consulting companies focused on strategy and organization for many years. Sebastian holds a doctorate in System Theory and Cybernetics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Pijush Kanti Das

Ex Banker with subject matter expertise in Treasury, Risk, Compliance & Fund Management. With the State Bank of India between for 27 years. Assignments in Singapore and Nairobi. Certified AML Specialist (CAMS). Adjunct Faculty with SP Jain University, Dubai.

Mohammed AlKhamis

Mohammed is a Senior Product Manager with 5+ years of experience in the technology sector. He has a strong focus on Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and compliance. Currently, Mohammed leads Focal platform and Focal AML, where he leads product roadmap, features, and helping clients in tackling their day-to-day challenges in AML. Previously, he led Arabic Natural Language Processing (NLP) at Mozn, securing significant grants and driving strategy execution. Mohammed’s expertise also extends to consulting, where he delivered AI and machine learning projects across multiple sectors such as finance, healthcare, and oil and gas. Mohammad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and is an active member in the Saudi Anti Fraud Association.

Nancy Hamed

8 years of working experience in compliance and risk, AML in several sectors, including banks, international companies and the payment and electronic transfer sector, in addition to experience in fraud framework work and how to implement the controls. Three approved certificates in compliance, combatting money laundering and terrorist financing.

Oways Mustafa Yousef Muti

Oways is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience in the financial sector, specializing in compliance and risk management. Currently serving as a Compliance and Risk Senior Manager and MLRO (Money Laundering Reporting Officer) at Abusheikha Exchange Jordan, Oways is recognized as an expert in combatting financial crimes, including anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CFT), fraud, and corruption. Oways holds two prominent certifications, including the Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and the Certified Compliance Manager (CCM), which attest to their expertise in the field. Oways has also provided consultation services to numerous exchange houses in Jordan, leveraging his deep understanding of compliance regulations to establish robust compliance monitoring programs and practices that minimize risks while ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations set by the Central Bank and other competent authorities.  As a trailblazer in the AML field, Oways has played a pivotal role in establishing one of the most significant AML solutions in Jordan. he has also evaluated various programs to ensure their effectiveness and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Vinod Viswanathan

17 years of experience in the Banking Industry. Started with Retail Banking Sales, and then moved into the are of Compliance which covered KYC, Sanctions, System Implementation, Model Risk Management and Investigations. Have worked with Standard Chartered, Doha Bank and HSBC.

Sarah Tariq

Sarah Tariq is a seasoned Financial Crime Compliance specialist whereby she has headed the Transaction Screening and Embargoes team at Deutsche Bank, Pakistan and is currently a Specialist Advisor for AFC & Compliance serving as the Deputy MLRO as well. She has a rich experience of 16 years in Banking and Financial Services Industry in Financial Crime Risk, CDD Advisory and Regulatory Compliance with British, German as well as big local banks in Pakistan. Sarah started her career with Relationship Management but moved into compliance later. She holds an MBA and is a certified AML Specialist from Institute of Bankers Pakistan as well as CAMS by ACAMS.

Peter Caisley

Peter is the UK/EMEA KYC/AML/Fraud lead for Aptitude Global, a specialist Data Solutions provider delivering data-driven solutions in Financial Services and other regulated industries. An ex-EY and Accenture FinCrime Consultant, Peter is a specialist in AML data & Tech, policy and process improvement and transformation. Prior to joining Aptitude, Peter has advised and led on multiple FinCrime Tech Transformation and KYC programmes for Global Tier 1 & 2 banks.

Shamim Banu

AML Specialist with 8 years of experience in KYC Process, Transaction Monitoring, Sanctions Screening, Client onboarding for Global Banking with a rich experience in Customer due diligence, Negative News, PEPs. Skilled in areas of Compliance, Risk Management and Corporate Security with focus on Fraud Prevention, Halting Financial Crime, Terrorist Financing and Quality Assurance of information and reports.

Basem Hijaz

Basem has more than 19 years of experience in the field of internal audit, all of his experiences are in public companies, he got the most popular certificates in the field like CIA, QIAL, CPA, CISA, CFE, CCSA, CRISC, CRMA. He is currently the Chief Audit & GRC Officer at BinDawood Holding Company responsible for the Internal Audit, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance activities. Basem previously worked as Chief Audit Executive at Nadec and before that was Chief Audit Executive of Qatari Investors Group.

Basem’s objectives are to be recognized as being among the best internal auditors in the region and to be recognized individually for professionalism, competence and positive attitude.

Andres Malagon

As Account Executive at Maltego, Andres focuses on consulting and partnering with Enterprise organisations to build robust solutions within the T&S space – with a wealth of experience in multiple sectors Andres conducts demonstrations and talks on multiple topics within these scopes. Heralding over 15 years of sales experience and being very much a geek – has a burning passion for security and technology.

Anicet Fantar

Anicet Fantar is a Risk and Compliance Specialist for Dow Jones in the Middle East. Anicet assists Dow Jones customers with their requirements on Sanctions screening and Third Party Due Diligence. Anicet has spoken at various conferences in the UAE,KSA and Qatar and he is a certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Global Sanctions Specialist with ACAMS.

Ibrahim Yeku

Ibrahim Yeku is a lawyer with over 13 years’ experience in private practice and in-house counsel at Amaiden Energy Nigeria Limited and currently on secondment to TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited with practice focus on Oil and Gas, litigation, transaction support and regulatory compliance and ethics advisory.  He holds LLB from Lagos State University, BL from the Nigerian Law School, LLM in Compliance and Risk Management from the prestigious Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego California, USA. He is a Fellow, Global Academy of Finance and Management (GAFM) USA, Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP-I),  Certified Governance Risk & Compliance Professional/Auditor, Due Diligence Professional (DDP), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS), Certified Policy Management Professional (CPMP) and a Certified Intelligence Analyst. He is a co-author of the book; Business Security Audit & Review Toolkit First Edition. YEKU is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Compliance Professional Magazine of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE), member Editorial Advisory Board of ACAMS Today Europe, a magazine published by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and Country Advisor of International Due Diligence Organization (IDDO). He is a seasoned international speaker on Compliance and has spoken at different conferences of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE) and shared knowledge on tropical international litigation issues at the World Litigation Forum in Dubai and UK. YEKU has published several articles on Regulatory Compliance and Ethics.

Ajai Thomas

Ajai is the Chief Financial Officer at Kuwait International Bank. He has been a member of KIB’s management team since 2014 and brings with him over 22 years of professional experience in assurance engagements and functional responsibilities in various industries and regions. He leads the financial control and planning activities along with investor relations at KIB. Ajai played a key role in elevating KIB to Boursa Kuwait’s Premier Index and with its award winning AT1 and AT2 Sukuk issuances. He spent over a decade with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touché in Kuwait, where he led multicultural teams specialized in financial services and audits, in addition to his various functional roles in Bahrain and India; prior to joining KIB. 

Ajai is a Chartered Accountant (ICAI, India), Certified Information Systems Auditor – CISA and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer – CDPSE (ISACA, US). He also holds Master’s degree in financial management and Bachelor’s (Physics major) in addition to various professional certifications.  Various Islamic finance periodicals have featured his articles. He is also regular speaker in the Kuwait banking sector.

Benjamin Anafi

With over 15 years of experience working in Governance, Risk and Compliance, Ben has worked for some of the world’s largest banks and international organisations including HSBC, Barclays, Bank of China and Deloitte. In a variety of senior roles Ben has lead and managed teams implementing change programs in risk management, regulatory policy and control mapping and the end-to-end build of compliance and AML control frameworks.  In his capacity as an MLRO Ben has expertise in all areas of financial crime including risk assessments, system implementation, reporting and strategy development at a senior management level.     

As a strategic leader with a solutions focused approach, Ben has worked as a Regulatory Director in consultancy supporting CEOs, CROs and CCOs finding solutions to complexed regulatory issues across Payment Services, Fin-Tech, Wealth Management and Conduct Risk.

Abbas Ali Muhammad Hussain

Internal Audit Professional with great success story of more than 20 years having led operational, financial, and business internal audits, conducted numerous high value fraud investigations and carried out various Bank Examinations under Central Bank regulations. Also worked with credit rating agency, banking institution, and a leasing company. Won multiple organizational excellence and performance awards for the team. Great Passion for Internal Audit transformation, and ability to build relations and partnerships that help positive contributions by internal audit in improving organizational processes.

Salaheddine ElGbouri

Experienced Director Of Compliance with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Banking, and AML Compliance. Strong finance professional with a EXCECUTIVE MBA focused in Management from Groupe ISCAE.