Day One: Pre-conference Masterclasses

Bring your knowledge and skills bang up to date with these interactive Masterclasses. These sessions are ideal for those who have completed an ICA Advanced Certificate or Diploma several years ago and are looking to refresh their knowledge.

09:30 - 12:30

Anti Money Laundering Pre-conference Masterclass

Explore the latest topics and trends impacting the AML landscape and work through case studies and practical exercises to enhance your discussion and networking opportunities. Topics covered in this immersive session include:

  • Trends in enforcement action (a global and local perspective)
  • The role of the first line in owning risk
  • Risk assessment methodology in practice
  • Understanding nature of business
  • Source of wealth and source of funds - what does good look like for corporate and retail clients?
  • Evaluating sanctions risk in CDD
  • Understanding ownership and control
  • Negative news and negative facts
  • Best practice in documenting and evidencing CDD

Tutor: Pekka Dare FICA, Director, International Compliance Association

13:30 - 16:30

Governance, Risk and Compliance Pre-conference Masterclass

In this facilitator led session, we will be exploring both some of the latest topics and trends impacting the GRC landscape, and how and why it is so important to be aware of regulatory development. Case studies and practical exercises will also be included to enhance discussion and networking opportunities.

Tutor: Jonathan Bowdler FICA, Head of Regulatory Compliance, International Compliance Association

14:40-15:00 Networking break

Networking break

Day Two: Conference
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome remarks from Conference Chair, Pekka Dare, FICA, Director, International Compliance Association

09:10 - 09:30

Keynote address H.E. Ebrahim Obaid Al Zaabi, Director General, Insurance Authority

09:30 - 10:30

The conduct agenda - how do we develop the ‘right’ behaviors?

In this presentation we will look at why conduct is now a regulatory priority, before going on to consider a practical example of how we can bring about behavioural change in a global organisation.  

Laws, rules, policy and procedures should be rational and logical.  Human beings are often not.  This is why conduct (the behaviour of organisations and the individuals within them), is rightly becoming a key focus for regulators.

The answer to the question “can I?” is not always the same as the answer to “should I?”.  This is going beyond compliance.

Jonathan Bowdler FICA, Head of Regulatory Compliance, International Compliance Association
Yeva Gazazyan, CFA, Ph.D. Head of Compliance (FCC & RC), HSBC Bank Armenia CJSC,

10:30 - 10:50

Networking break

10:50 - 11:30

Panel session - Data: your most valuable commodity?

In this session, we will explore best practice in overcoming the challenges presented by data protection laws, such as GDPR as well as information security risks.

Topics considered will include:

  • Recognizing the key areas where firms still find data protection compliance challenging
  • The benefits and pitfalls of outsourcing data processing
  • Identifying risk and resolving issues when there are skills gaps
  • Practical approaches to data governance in the digital age

Dean Rowan, Board & Compliance Training Solutions Lead, Ernst & Young (moderator)

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, Head of Information and Cyber Security at Standard Chartered Bank
Mohammed Mahmoud Embaby, LLM, Compliance and Data Protecton Expert
Richard Chudzynski, Middle East Data Protection and Privacy Legal Leader, PWC

11:30 - 11:40

Networking break

11:45 - 12:30

Navigating the murky world of Ultimate Beneficial Ownership

Are you ready for the challenges presented by the EU’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD)? This has a variety of implications when dealing with UBOs.

  • Member states must create central registers of Beneficial Owners and corporate entities must give ownership information to governments of countries where they do business
  • The receiver of the beneficial owner must verify the data: veracity and accuracy

So, how will this work in practice?

  • Firms must display more of an evidence-based risk-based approach for CDD. What is acceptable?
  • Beneficial Owner registers: How will you gather, store and digest all information systematically?

How might we deal with falsification of data by those who wish to remain ‘murky’?

Dean Rowan, FICA, Board & Compliance Training Solutions Lead, Ernst & Young
Patrick LordManaging Partner, Diligencia
Rui Vicente, FICA, CEO & Founding Partner, Dixtior

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:00 Peter Smith, Managing Director of Strategy, Policy and Risk, DFSA
14:00 - 14:40

Myth-busting Crypto

Crypto firms are facing a wave of AML regulation globally, with more traditional financial services firms paying close attention to developments in this space. Malcolm will use his vast experience to explore the evolving crypto space, guiding you through some of the opportunities and challenges and considering what the future holds for firms as the global framework and appetite for embracing alternative currencies develops.

Malcolm Wright, Chief Compliance Officer, Diginex


Networking break

15:00 - 15:45

Panel session -  In the current world of digitisation and technology, what are the opportunities and risks facing Compliance and Financial Crime Professionals?

In this panel session, we will be examining the impact of digitisation and technology on Compliance and Financial Crime risk management. What are the emerging opportunities where digitisation is bringing in efficiencies and scalability to the management of risk? What are the potential risks with digitisation initiatives and how can the function manage them? What new skills might Compliance and Financial Crime Professionals need to develop? Practical insights will be provided from those already on this journey.

Vivek Padmanabhan, FICA, Head of Compliance, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered (moderator)
Rizwan Khan, MICA, Chief Compliance Officer, AIDE
Ian Evans, Managing Director, EMEA, OneTrust

Pekka Dare FICADirector, International Compliance Association

15:45 - 16:45

Keynote address: Patrick Loots, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer

Patrick will provide an alternative look at traditional approaches and stereotypes to providing education and training with specific reference to rehabilitation of special groups for example disengaged “terrorist” from groups like Al Shabab and Boko Haram. Patrick will look into the effect of branding individuals or groups into specific categories of expectations that leave little room to provide them with a recognized position and future in society.

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks


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