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Monday, 7 December

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08:00 - 17:30​ Registration Hours

08:00 - 09:30 Continental Breakfast

​09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks
Join us for opening remarks from RIMS leadership.

Mary Roth, Executive Director, RIMS

09:15 - 10:15

KEYNOTE: Risk Management from a Governmental Perspective

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs

10:15 - 10:30
Coffee and Networking Break

10:15 - 12:00

WORKSHOP: MENA Insurance Market Update

Hear from a panel of risk managers and insurance representatives as they discuss the state of the market and where it is headed.

Melissa Aoun, Managing Director, MENA Strategies

Walid Nehme, CEO, Associated Insurance Consultants
Fareed Lutfi, Secretary General, Emirates Insurance Association
Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief, Middle East Insurance Review

WORKSHOP: Building the Right Capabilities with a
Risk Maturity Model

Is there too much of a focus on managing risks, and not enough on risk managing? Come learn how risk maturity models can shift an organization from simple risk reduction to forward-thinking risk management and risk exploitation.

Domenic Antonucci, CRO

12:00 - 12:15
Coffee and Tea Networking Break

12:15 - 13:45

WORKSHOP: The Energy Industry: Risks and Opportunities in 2016

A panel of risk managers from the region's most important industry weigh in on risks appearing on the horizon for energy companies (and their risk management programs).

Melissa Aoun, Managing Director, MENA Strategies 

Bader Al-Shumaimri, Manager, KPC
Abdulla Al-Khatib, Finance Controller, ENOC
Mostafa Ramzy, Senior ERM Professional, ENEC

WORKSHOP: Operational Risk Scenarios in the Financial Industry

Operational risk scenarios are a valuable—and immensely time-saving—new way for the region's financial organizations to gain a competitive edge and raise their profiles.

Murti Chirravuri, VP & Head of Group Operational Risk Management, NBAD

13:45 - 14:45 
Networking Luncheon

14:45 - 16:00 
Coffee and Tea Networking Break

16:00 - 17:30 
GENERAL SESSION: Conducting Business with an Eye on Political Instability

How should a regional or global company conduct itself in an atmosphere of political and social uncertainty? Sorana Parvulescu, the MENA practice leader for Control Risks, weighs in on this important question.

Sorana Pavulescu, Middle East and North Africa Practice Leader, Control Risks

17:30 - 19:00
Networking Reception

Tuesday, 8 December

<< See Monday

08:00 - 16:00
Registration Hours

08:00 - 09:00​
Continental Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30

GENERAL SESSION: Connecting Risk Management to Corporate Strategy

Risk management can be about much more than tracking insurance policies. At the cutting edge of the discipline, risk managers inform key strategic decisions as well as contain risk. Learn how your program can make the leap to being a valued strategic input.

Melissa Aoun, Managing Director, MENA Strategies ​

Wissam Yaacoub, Senior Manager, Risk Assessment and Internal Audit, Nesma & Partners
Jacxine Fernandez, Head of ERM, Zain Telecommunications

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee and Tea Networking Break

10:45 - 12:15
WORKSHOP: Showing the Value of a Transition to ERM

ERM not only takes risk management to the next level, it provides real value to an organization. Learn how to sell this important management technique to superiors.

Majdi Abu-Saleem, Director of Risk Management, Emirates Transportation

WORKSHOP: Global Enterprise Risk Management: How Do You Build an Effective Program?

A global ERM program is a balancing act between international standards and what is realistic given your resources on the ground. Come to this session to learn how to walk that tightrope.

Mike Liebowitz, Senior Director of Insurance and Enterprise Risk Management, New York University

12:15 - 12:45
Networking Luncheon

12:45 - 14:15

GENERAL SESSION: Cyber Risk: Turning Vulnerability into Advantage

All organizations are vulnerable to cyber breaches, and it is the customer's information that is ultimately at risk. Taking proper precautions to protect your organization and customer information can become a key competitive advantage.

Melissa Aoun, Managing Director, MENA Strategies  

Samer Omar, Director of Security Risk Management Operations, du
Julian Fuller, Managing Director of Global Security Risk, New Dawn Risk Strategies

14:15 - 14:30

CLOSING REMARKS: The Evolution of Risk Management

What is the state of the discipline at the end of 2015, and what issues should the region's risk managers be focusing on in the near future?

Rick Roberts, President, RIMS

14:30 - 14:50
Dessert Networking Break

 ​Note: This agenda is subject to change.


Thank You to Our Strategic Partner:

General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs

The GDRFA's mission is to work efficiently and effectively to enhance the quality of life for UAE society through security, transit, rehabilitation, and residency services, and to secure the safety of lives and property.