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  • Charity Abdi
    Charity Abdi is Associate Director of Enterprise Risk Management at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Ms. Abdi is responsible in her current role for leading the University's Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) functions and for providing ongoing direction in the development and execution of the institution's Internal Audit work plan. She has been charged to set the roadmap for institutionalising a best combined assurance framework that is designed to protect the University’s strategic and operational goals through the intersections of ERM and Internal Audit. Prior to joining NYUAD, Ms. Abdi's professional experience spans 12 years in health care compliance in risk areas of data privacy, fraud and abuse, medical quality assurance, governance and conflicts of interest. She also has worked as an attorney providing direct legal services in the areas of immigration and domestic law. Ms. Abdi holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Religion and Women's Studies from Rutgers University - New Brunswick.
  • Omer Ahmed
    Mr. Omer Ahmed is Risk Manager of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Being the founding member of the ERM team at NYUAD, Mr. Ahmed has over the last 4 years played a key role in successfully embedding risk management into the cultural fabric of the University by institutionalizing a robust ERM program that supports and guides Senior Leadership to carry out risk-based decision-making. As part of this program, Mr. Ahmed initiated the implementation of a Combined Assurance framework by putting into action an integrated strategic planning and reporting process, sharing of information to align activities of departments and coordinating activities with Internal Audit to facilitate risk-based integrated audits. Before joining NYUAD, Mr. Ahmed spent nearly 8 years in a variety of strategic planning roles within the Financial Services industry where he developed and executed strategic frameworks and action plans as well as financial models to produce forecasts of a variety of business, industry and economic conditions and delivered defensible assessments for use in making investment decisions. Mr. Ahmed holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of London (England) as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Management Studies from York University (Toronto).
  • Ali Al-Muwaijei
    Ali Al Muwaijei, Senior Vice President - Corporate Support at Dubai South, is responsible for overseeing and directing the development, efficient operation, enhancement and implementation of the corporate support strategy. Prior to his current position, Ali was the Executive Director, Support Shared Services at Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Ajman, UAE. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors, Internal Audit Association (IIA), UAE and a certified auditor at the Ministry of Economy and a Witness Expert at Dubai Courts. In a remarkable career that spans over a decade, Ali has made significant strides and achieved impressive milestones. He began his career as an Internal Auditor at the Financial Audit Department in the Government of Dubai where he was responsible for the government audit, forensic accounting, internal audit and risk management before being promoted to the Head of Quality and Development in the Financial Audit Department. Ali, next pursued his opportunity with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management where he was responsible for the establishment of Enterprise Risk Management, building a risk culture and use of technology in Risk Management along with the formalization of Business Continuity Management. Following his successful venture at DEWA, Ali took the position as Executive Director, Support Shared Services, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Ajman, before moving to Dubai South. A graduate of Mohammed Bin Rashid Leadership Program, Ali has a double Master’s degree in Applied Finance and Banking, as well as Forensic Accounting. In addition, he is a certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) professional by the IIA, and currently is pursuing his PHD in Corporate Governance. In recognition of his diligent work and experience Ali was awarded for the implementation of best Risk Management Practice in 2014 by the Institute of Risk Management at the Global Risk Awards in London, UK.
  • Iman Al-Gharabally
    Iman H. Al-Gharabally is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management program at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries since April 2004. She is the Team Leader / Coordinator and project manager for the ERM program and its strategic implementation across the Kuwait oil sector. Her responsibilities include project managing the multi-organizational risk management teams that designed and embedded the ERM Framework in 2004, set the Policy and Risk Governance structure across KPC and all of its subsidiaries in 2006. As part of this major transformation initiative she is responsible for: • Overseeing the implementation of the ERM 2030 Strategic Initiatives for the Kuwait Oil Sector that includes reviewing and monitoring the tasks and deliverables through internal initiatives as well as through the external international consultants. At present, this extremely challenging and complex program is focused on delivering appropriate risk-adjusted metrics for capital projects evaluation and capital allocation. • Coordinated the development and delivered the ERM 2030 Vision, Strategy and High Level Implementation Plan for the Kuwait Oil Sector. The task involved the establishment of an in-house task force of senior risk management professionals drawn from across the oil sector, supervising and ensuring the timely achievement of all the project milestones, and ensuring senior management involvement at all stages of the project. • Led the effort to automate the ERM reporting process across KPC and all of its subsidiaries through the acquisition and customization of an ERM Information System (Avanon). The task involved a review of the reporting functionality, vendor evaluation, mapping of risk management processes and extensive user training for risk management professionals across the KPC organization over a 2 year period. • Initiated the sponsorship of the annual ERM conferences in Kuwait as a part of building up KPC’s eminence as the leading practitioner of ERM in the energy industry. Conceptualized and launched the first-ever ERM Conference in Kuwait in 2012 and 2014 that was attended by risk management practitioners from various countries. • It is expected that this major initiative will lead to the implementation of risk management best practices, and help in bringing about a closer integration of risk management with the strategic decision making process in all of KPC’s business areas. Iman program managed the ERM activities that ensured Kuwait Petroleum Corporation ten year journey of ERM transformation from being a fragmented risk practitioner in 2002, to achieving strategic ERM capability and maturity in 2014 while constantly benchmarking its ERM initiatives and linking them to its Strategic business models, vision and growth aspirations over the past decade of implementation has been a tried and tested methodology which other National oil Companies are now trying to mimic.
  • Scott Davies
    Scott Davies is the Associate Director, Financial and Professional Services Group, with AON (DIFC) Gulf Ltd. Scott specialises in the placement of Financial & Professional lines products and has an in-depth understanding of specialist solutions for Privacy and Network Security (Cyber), Intellectual Property, Professional Indemnity, and Management Liability risks. Scott’s responsibilities include understanding clients’ specific insurance requirements, structuring complex insurance programmes, coordinating the placement of insurance and development of policy wordings tailored to suit their needs. Clients range from Financial Institutions to Healthcare Organisations, Technology Companies to Logistics firms, Real Estate Developers to Retail Outlets, and more. Scott has a vast knowledge and strong relationships with all international insurance and reinsurance companies having spent time in London, Boston and the Middle East. He has been in the Middle East region for five years. Scott’s qualifications include a BA (honours) degree in Business Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII).
  • Mani Dhesi
    Mani Dhesi, BA MSc CBCI, is a Senior Consultant of Cyber Risk Consulting at Aon Risk Solutions. Mani is an Information Security and Resilience professional who holds an MSc in Advanced Management Practice. Mani has extensive experience developing Risk Programmes for large multinational organisations. His Cyber expertise includes Cybersecurity assessments, IT Disaster Recovery, Risk Modelling and implementing Business Continuity plans for a range of aviation, engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunications companies. He has supported clients with the implementation of cyber security frameworks such as NIST, NSA, and CIS Critical Controls. Mani has also designed and rolled-out risk management learning modules on Cyber, Business Continuity, and Incident Response. Mani has received auditor training in ISO 27001, GIAC Critical Controls Certification, and ISO 22301.
  • Michael Ducker
    Michael is a Senior Associate in the Insurance and Dispute Resolution group in Clyde & Co's Dubai office. He has over 6 years' experience, advising and defending insurers, reinsurers and their insured's on complex liability and coverage disputes, with a particular focus on litigation, investigations and claims arising out of Property and Casualty classes of insurance. Michael also has experience advising insurers and reinsurers on subrogated recovery actions in the Middle East, as well as in other jurisdictions. Michael has advised insurers and reinsurers on the property and business interruption losses arising from a high profile fire at a landmark hotel in Dubai on New Years' Eve. This included advising on all of the complex legal aspects arising from the loss, in relation to policy coverage, decennial liability and subrogated recoveries. In the UK, he was regularly advising large international insurers and their insured's in the High Court on a wide range of liability and quantum issues arising from high value catastrophic injury claims.
  • Jacxine Fernandez
    Jacxine Fernandez is the Enterprise Risk Manager at Zain Group, a leading Middle East telecommunications service provider. In this role, and reporting to the Chief Risk Officer, 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, defense, utilities, and media communications. He is also a member of the International Committee at RIMS since 2016 and an invited speaker at multiple risk management events in the region.
  • Joana Nogueira
    Joana Nogueira is a Complex Casuality and Financial Lines Claims Adjuster at AIG since February of 2015. In this role, she manages key claims handling equity, coverage determination, quantum analysis, and legal liability assessment. She also handles bodily injury, third party property damage, product recall, medical malpractice, BBB, PI, FI, EPLI, D&O, and Cyber Crime claims. She has experience in negotiating on intermediate to high complex claims and knowledge and experience in mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in Middle East. She previously held this role for AIG in Madrid Spain, and worked as an Independent Legal Consultant at Peritotal in Portugal for two years.
  • Porus Pavri
    Porus Pavri, CA, CIA, CRMA, is the founder and CEO of Logoss Management Consultants, an Assurance, Advisory and Training consultancy based out of Dubai, UAE. Prior to starting his own consultancy, he has worked with Ernst & Young a Big 4 Assurance and Advisory firm, where he was responsible for signing off more than a hundred client audit opinions annually, and thereafter as Group CFO with a $500 million FMCG entity in the private sector. Porus has a unique combination of skills and experience encompassing Internal Audit and Risk Management, External Audit, IFRS, development and deployment of ERP applications, and Leadership Development and Training. Over the course of his professional career spanning 20+ years, Porus has clocked extensive training in Assurance, Risk Management, Governance, IFRS and ERP deployment and change management. Of late, he has developed and delivered several training workshops covering Continuous Auditing and COSO-based Auditing. His extensive knowledge and practical audit skills gained through personal experience enable him to address current issues facing the Assurance profession in today’s rapidly changing and challenging environment. Throughout his career, Porus played instrumental roles in several transformational initiatives at the organizations he worked with. This included the design and implementation of new audit methodologies in both external and internal audit, shaping and deploying Middle East-wide ERP applications, reviewing and re-scoping entire ERP applications that were missing key organizational objectives, and setting up an internal audit department with continuous assurance initiatives. He is a member of the ICAI, ICMAI and IIA, and has also served on the Construction, Media & Entertainment, and Risk Management working groups of the IIA UAE.
  • Liz Scott
    Dr. Liz Scott, Principal / CEO of Organizational Solutions Inc. is an accomplished leader and Disability Management Professional recognized for award winning cost reduction results, “best practice” program designs, and ability to solve a complex variety of internal and external risk, workers’ compensation, and disability concerns. Liz enthusiastically runs a vibrant growing disability management company that has an established reputation for effectively introducing change and cost effective programs, by demonstrating to employees and management the benefits of improved performance. Clients are from all industry sectors and consistently experience positive results. Liz was recently appointed to the International Labour Office (ILO) Global Business & Disability Network, in Geneva, as a resource person on mental health in the workplace. Additionally, Liz currently teaches at the University of Guelph and McGill University, playing an instrumental role in program development and previously taught for 11 years at Ryerson University and Sheridan College. In addition, she also participates on committees with the Institute for Work and Health, SNIS and McMaster University assisting in the identification and pursuit of research priorities and knowledge transfer. Her education further complements her career experience with a PhD in Industrial Psychology, a Masters of Engineering in advanced design for manufacturing from University of Western Ontario, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Science in Community Health and Education and Certification in Nursing, Safety, and Disability Management. Liz has spoken at a variety of forums and publishes often on topics surrounding OSI’s areas of expertise. She has been a guest on the CBC morning show, interviewed by the Globe of Mail and has authored a textbook on Comprehensive Disability Management.
  • Horst Simon
    Horst Simon is the Risk Culture Builder and Chief Operations Officer at the Dubai Centre for Risk Management at the British University in Dubai. Horst started his career in 1981 with the Standard Bank Group of South Africa and worked in Namibia, South-Africa and Lesotho. As Head of Operational Risk, Stanbic Africa he was tasked with building the operational risk framework for all the banking group’s operations in Africa. He was head-hunted in 2003 to join Barclays Bank plc as Head of ORM Policy & Governance for Africa. In 2005 he moved to Dubai where he had positions with Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, Horwath MAK and lately with Moody’s Analytics. Horst supports the Dubai Centre for Risk Management on a volunteer basis. The DCRM is a centre of excellence and research for risk management in the UAE and offers a Doctorate program in Risk Management in the British University in Dubai.Horst started his career in 1981 with the Standard Bank Group of South Africa and worked in Namibia, South-Africa and Lesotho. As Head of Operational Risk, Stanbic Africa he was tasked with building the operational risk framework for all the banking group’s operations in Africa. He later joined Barclays Bank plc as Head of ORM Policy & Governance for Africa. In 2005 he moved to Dubai where he had positions with Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank, Horwath MAK and lately with Moody’s Analytics. Horst supports the British University in Dubai as an Advisor in the Risk Centre.
  • Ron Smith
    Ron Smith is currently the Vice President, Global Risk Management of Kerzner International. Kerzner is a global developer, owner and manager of luxury resorts. This includes Atlantis, The Palm (Dubai), Mazagan Beach Resort (Morocco) and the One&Only brand with resorts in Mexico, Bahamas, Dubai, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa and Australia. As risk manager for Kerzner, Ron Smith is responsible for the traditional risk management functions – safety, loss control, risk financing (insurance) and claims management. His career with Kerzner International started in 2008 in Miami when Kerzner was the owner and manager of Atlantis, Paradise Island (Bahamas). Once Kerzner sold Atlantis, Mr. Smith moved to Dubai in January 2016. Prior to Kerzner, he was Director of Risk Manager at Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line. He spent several years as a risk manager in the marine and energy industry with BHP Petroleum (Hawaii) and Seabulk International. He received my BS in Finance from Indiana University, an MBA from Chaminade University and hold the professional designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM).
  • David Todd
    David Todd is the Director and Chartered Loss Adjuster at John Kidd Loss Adjusters. His expertise is in industrial property, business interruption, and public and products liability. Prior to John Kidd Loss Adjusters, he was the General Manager at W. Gallagher Bassett, and then a Chartered Loss Adjuster for 13 years at Crawford and Company. His qualifications include Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, Chartered Insurance Practioner, and European Loss Adjusting Expert.
  • Sam Wakerley
    Sam Wakerly, Partner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, heads up the MENA Insurance and reinsurance practice. He has been based in Holman Fenwick Willan's Dubai office since 2005. Sam handles a wide range of disputes work with a particular specialisation in insurance and reinsurance claims. He has advised on some of the region's largest energy, marine, property, construction, FI and health and life insurance/reinsurance claims. Sam also advises on shareholder, JV and other commercial disputes. His work involves general advisory work, supervising local court litigation, DIFC court work, English High Court work, arbitration and mediation. Sam is consistently recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. In Chambers 2016 a clients describes Sam Wakerley as "a highly knowledgeable and extremely skilled legal professional who understands not only the legal aspects of insurance claims but also the intricacies of the commercial applications in real-life cases."
  • Paul Wordley
    Paul Wordley, Partner at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, is based in London and leads HFW's international insurance and reinsurance claims practice, working closely with HFW's Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne/Sydney and São Paulo offices. His practice is geared towards advisory, complex claims, dispute resolution and coverage issues in the international insurance and reinsurance markets, acting for insureds, insurers, brokers, intermediaries and reinsurers. His particular areas of expertise are in the oil, gas, mining, marine, construction and TMT sectors. Paul has been involved in a number of high-profile international insurance and reinsurance claims in recent years and has also advised on a number of recent major oil, gas and mining claims. His experience incorporates CBI claims and the legal management of BI claims. Paul also has significant mediation experience, having represented clients in several successful multi-million dollar mediations. As recorded in Chambers UK 2017 Paul is noted by sources for his "very expansive practice" and for being "very easy to deal with". Paul Wordley has an insurance and reinsurance practice covering professional negligence, environmental, energy and mining matters.' In addition, Paul is listed as a 'Leading Individual' in Legal 500 UK 2012 for Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation; he is also recommended for International Arbitration. Clients consider him to be 'friendly, courteous, efficient and calm' in his provision of a 'first-class service', according to Chambers UK 2012. One source states from Chambers UK 2014: "Under Paul's leadership, the practice has become a thought leader in the mining insurance world." Paul is a founder member and director of the Mining Insurance Group.
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