|Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
Maj. Gen./ Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, born in 1961, is the Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. His qualification: He holds Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Mr. Mohammed Marri joined Police Training School in Dubai and obtained the diploma in Police Sciences on 24/08/1980; and on 31/10/1981 he served as Shift Duty Officer at Al Moraqabat Police Station. In February 1999, he served as the Director of Forensic Evidence Department. In 2004 he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Directorate General of Criminal Investigations Department.
In July 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, issued the decision to appoint Al-Marri, as the Director of Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department in Dubai, and promoted from Colonel to Brigadier-general. During his tenure in the 1980s, Mr. Al-Marri had taken numerous of administrative and specialized training courses in several countries such as France, Britain and Egypt, which focused on criminal investigation, crime scene, fingerprints … etc., what increased his practical experience in investigations and criminal evidence. Mr. Al-MARRI worked as a member of the project team the fingerprint database, which was a quantum leap for the Dubai Police, a move that facilitated the difficult and complex procedures, as well as in other large projects, and the successful work in major criminal and security cases.
In 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued the decision to promote His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department from Brigadier- General to Major General.
In (2011) Sheikh Mohammed's Decree was issued to appoint Mr. Al Marri as general supervisor of Naturalization Department alongside his job as General Director of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Dubai.
Mr. Al Marri was classified as one of the most powerful characters as per the Arabian Business report for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In addition to his post as Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, He is a member of the Dubai Executive Council, and chaired Community Development Committee which is one of the five sectoral committees in Dubai, where the competent of this committee are four main sectors including: Human Resources, Social, Culture and Sports Development since 2009 until now.
- Mr. Al Marri is the Chairman of the Governance Board for the Residency Sector at the Ministry of Interior since 2013 until now.
- Mr. Al Marri is the President of the Coordinating Committee for Residency Affairs, Ministry of Interior.
- Mr. Al Marri is a member of the High Committee for Labor Crisis Management.
- Mr. Al Marri is a Board member of the International Human Services City since 2011 until now.
- Mr. Al Marri is a Board member of the Marriage Fund since 2014 -until now.
Majdi Abu-Saleem is a Risk Management Manager at Emirates Transport. He has more than ten years of experience in the fields of risk management, audit and internal control. He has obtained professional qualifications in the field of audit and risk management.
Domenic is currently CRO aligning enterprise-wide risk management (ERM), project, insurance and country risk for a listed construction multinational operating in up to 64 countries. Based in Dubai UAE, Domenic specializes in bringing organizations ‘up the risk maturity curve‘. Formerly with Marsh Risk Consulting, he alternates between organization head of risk and strategic risk consulting roles in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia-Pacific. Thirty-plus year career spanning Shell strategic planning, anti-terrorism and business management consulting across many sectors. An Australian expatriate, he holds a Masters Degree and is an SIRM Specialist and qualified as a CT31000 lead trainer, PMI-RMP Risk Management Professional and Project Management Professional (PMP). He is the content author of Benchmarker™ risk maturity software available from www.stpub.com. His upcoming book is titled Risk Maturity Models: How to assess risk management effectiveness (Kogan Page London).
Melissa Aoun is the Managing Director at MENA Strategies, a risk management and strategic consultancy firm based in Lebanon with operations in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Melissa holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Risk Management from New York University's (NYU) Stern school of business and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation awarded by the Insurance Institute of America.
After graduating with academic distinction from one of the USA’s top risk management programs, at the Fox School of business of Temple University in Philadelphia, Melissa started her career at ACE USA in Wilmington, DE and then Tampa, FL where she handled ACE's foreign casualty portfolio for the state of Florida before relocating to Beirut.
Since founding MENA Strategies, Melissa assumed various risk management related roles in the MENA region with a focus on aligning corporate strategy with risk management practices; compliance and corporate governance; crisis communication, as well as setting up an enterprise risk management program for clients in various industries. Melissa currently provides academic and professional training in risk management and has launched the MENA Strategies Entrepreneurship Outreach program to promote the integration of risk-based decision-making and opportunity-driven corporate strategy in startups and family businesses.
A risk leader with 20 years of experience across audit, banking, risk and program management aimed at creating value and driving business outcomes.
Murti has worked over the last decade in Australia with major banks in roles focused at building and delivering sustainable and innovative platforms.
Murti has been a practice leader for Scenarios and Emerging risks in Australia and is currently heading the Group Operational Risk function at National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
Jacxine Fernandez is the Enterprise Risk Manager at Zain Group, a leading Middle East telecommunications service provider. In this role he is responsible for the enterprise risk management program in all eight countries that Zain operates in. With Zain’s operations in diverse, and sometimes volatile environments, he brings real world knowledge in dealing with a continuously changing risk landscape. In his previous role as Head of Security and Compliance for an African telecommunications provider with operations in 17 countries, he was responsible for compliance, information security and business continuity. Other than telecommunications, his previous experience spans various sectors like oil and gas, defence, utilities, and media communications.
Julian runs New Dawn’s Global Security Risk Division which focuses on digital and physical asset protection from a risk management and insurance perspective.
Prior to joining New Dawn, Julian consulted in the extractive and power generation sectors in Africa and the UK. Before that he served well over 20 years as an officer in the British Army, including active service in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Caucasus region in a number of different specialist roles. This varied experience has enabled him to build up considerable expertise in operational risk management.
Abdulla Al Khatib
Abdulla Al Khatib is ERM Controller at ENOC (UAE) Supply, Trading & Processing Segment. Prior to his current position he was acting Operational Risk Manager at Lloyds TSB Middle East. With 9 years of experience in managing risk with a focus on operational risk, Abdulla has helped develop the risk function within his current position at ENOC, as well to help tie in performance improvements & risk management activity at his earlier position at Lloyds TSB Bank. His current role also includes managing the insurance profile and business optimization for the company’s processing plants.
Michael Liebowitz is the Senior Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance at New York University. Since 2006, he has held responsibility for the global property and casualty insurance program, as well as the global loss control services for NYU operating sites worldwide. He is also responsible for developing and operationalizing a global ERM strategy for NYU.
Previously, Mr. Liebowitz was director of risk management, safety and security at Bridgeport Hospital & Healthcare System Inc. in Connecticut for 17 years. During his tenure at the company, which is the largest employer in Bridgeport, he single-handedly created the risk management department that supported the activities of five companies. Prior to joining Bridgeport Hospital & Healthcare System Inc., Mr. Liebowitz was an insurance specialist at New York University Medical Center. He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 1982.
Mr. Liebowitz served on the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Board of Directors, where he also served as President in 2007-2008, Vice President and Treasurer and participated on various committees and task forces at both the Society and chapter levels.
Fareed Lutfi is the Secretary General, Emirates Insurance Association, and Gulf Insurance Federation. He is currently serving as an Independent Board Member of Gulf Warranties, in Bahrain and a Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Emirates ReTakaful Company at DIFC, he is a Board member of Old Mutual M.E. at DIFC and Executive Advisor at Marsh Emirates in the UAE.
Fareed Lutfi has served as an executive, board member and on advisory committees of insurance and reinsurance entities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, at DIFC, and until recently was Group Director, Insurance Services, Dubai Holdings.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Insurance, Dubai. As well as being a Director of Alliance Insurance, Dubai, Fareed was a Board Member and advisor of Dubai International Financial Centre across the spectrum of insurance and reinsurance issues.
His career began with ARIG – Arab Insurance Group in 1981 through 1996, setting up and managing the London Contact office from 1982 to 1986.
With over 30 years of experience, Fareed continues to work tirelessly as a powerful lobbyist for the cause of insurance and correct insurance practice across the UAE and the GCC.
Walid Antoine Nehme is leading Associated Insurance Consultants (AIC) on the grounds of its mission and in charge of implementing its strategic vision.
Driven by a passion for perfection and client service, his contribution was central in developing the company business by expanding its channel distribution reach locally, regionally and on the international scale, and by providing key-support for every member of the firm. He established himself as an expert in employee benefits, risk management and risk transfer techniques besides his deep knowledge in insurance lines of business.
Benefitting from 20 years of experience in top management and leadership positions in several insurance companies, insurance associations and pools, he has also developed several successful insurance programs. His professional background was extended to providing insurance courses at prestigious universities.
Mr. Nehme holds a Diploma in Insurance Studies from St-Joseph University – Beirut; He followed mathematics studies at the Lebanese University – Beirut, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Newport University – California.
Samer M. Omar
Over 20 years’ experience in the Security, Risk Management, Consulting, Business Development, Project Management and Solution Sales in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. He has have developed an excellent understanding of the Cyber Security working with Telecommunication Providers, Financial Institutions and Public Sector (Military, Education & Government). Mr. Omar has international exposure to clients in different verticals and different geographic regions which has helped him develop excellent communications with CxO and Board Members while still being able to communicate with Consultants, Engineers and Solution Architects. Mr. Omar has combined his hands-on technical skills with management, business and entrepreneurial skills to be able to handle any complex situation. He holds a broad range of certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, etc. Mr. Omar graduated from George Mason University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Systems Engineering.
Sorana is an experienced risk management professional, focused on helping private and public organisations to make informed decisions about new market opportunities, by understanding jurisdiction-specific political, integrity and security risks to their operations. During almost a decade with Control Risks, she has specialised in designing in-house risk assessment and risk monitoring programmes, particularly around corruption, political, and policy risks, to enable clients to address market problems and opportunities in a confident, informed way. Some of the sectors of particular focus for her include pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and oil & gas.
Sorana currently leads Control Risks’ political risk practice for the Middle East and North Africa and is part of Control Risks’ regional management team in Dubai. Prior to this, she was leading our analytical and consulting output in Europe and CIS, focusing on advising clients on the intricacies of the business environment across the region.
Sorana holds an International Risk Management Certificate from the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE), both with distinction. She holds BAs in Political Science and International Economic Relations from two universities in Bucharest and also spent a year in Germany at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena as a Konrad Adenauer Fellow. She speaks Romanian, some German and French.
Senior Enterprise Risk Management Expert who built an ERM Framework that won the 2015 Global Risk Award in Building Risk Management Capabilities provided by The Institute of Risk Management and the Winner of the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Risk Manager of The Year Award with over 15 years of experience in various sectors including energy, engineering, construction and project controls. Having joined the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in January 2009, Mostafa spent the past 7 years in developing and implementing the Enterprise Risk Management framework within the organization where also he has a considerable expertise in internal and external training. Mostafa delivered many presentations as a keynote speaker and facilitated master classes at many international conferences and forums on Project Management and Enterprise Risk Management. Currently the only Certified Trainer in Abu Dhabi for the ISO Risk Management Standard (ISO 31000). Prior experience includes working for Mace International and AECOM as a Planning Manager in mega projects including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and the Hyatt Capital Gate.
Rick Roberts has worked in risk management for 27 years with experience in the financial services (Aetna), manufacturing (Ensign-Bickford) and real estate industries (both companies). He presently designs and develops risk financing programs, manages the enterprise risk management program and negotiates the employee benefits programs for Ensign-Bickford. EBI is a diversified manufacturer of explosive assemblies for aircraft, spacecraft and defense products; pet food additive products; chemical toll manufacturing and real estate management and real estate development projects. In the past he also has developed risk financing programs for lead paint and asbestos removal operations, commercial explosives manufacturing, trucking operations and products sold into the telecommunications industry. Rick has also developed a Strategic Risk Assessment model for EBI’s and its subsidiary companies that is used with the annual Strategic Planning Process of the company. He is RIMS President for 2015.
Bader Al Shumaimri
Bader Al Shumaimri is a Manager of Risk Management at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). Prior to his role at KPC he has many years of experience in industrial safety and safety engineering with KNPC. He has a Bachelors in Engineering—specializing in Industrial Engineering—and is a member of both RIMS and the Kuwait Engineers Society.
(Editor-in-Chief, Asia Insurance Review & Middle East Insurance Review)
A lawyer by training, Sivam served as a diplomat for Singapore for 10 years in New York and Geneva where he also served as an arbitrator in a celebrated trade dispute between the US and the EU. He was an Economic Correspondent with The Straits Times for two years before launching Asia Insurance Review in 1991which today is the premier professional regional insurance magazine of Asia. In 2006, he launched Middle East Insurance Review incorporating Global Takaful.
To support the industry in its march towards greater professionalism and higher standards, he has organised more than 250 technical insurance conferences in Asia and the Middle East under the AIR and MEIR banners. Under his stewardship, AIR and MEIR have scored several kudos including launching the prestigious Asia Insurance Industry Awards, Middle East Insurance Industry Awards and the Asia CEO Insurance Summit series.
Among other things, Sivam is Chairman of the Singapore International Reinsurance Conference, a member of the Geneva Association’s Communications Advisory Council, a PR consultant to the Asean Insurance Council and to the East Asian Insurance Congress, Manager of the MENA Insurance CEO Club and an Ambassador of the International Insurance Society.
Wissam Yaacoub is the senior manager for risk and internal audit at Nesma & Partners in Saudi Arabia. Wissam is also directing the information security department in his company. Wissam has been involved not only in risk assessment of several projects but also in designing and implementing the business strategy and risk appetite of the company. His educational background is in engineering in addition to an MBA in financial management, while his current focus is promoting enterprise risk management as well as corporate institutionalization.