UAE corporate governance

18 January 2011

Six key people overseeing corporate governance and risk management in the UAE: Khalid Deeb, Tania Fabiani, Nasser Saidi, Lara Arab, Bryan Stirewalt and Jahangir Khan

Khalid Deeb

Position Director general, Abu Dhabi Centre for Corporate Governance (ADCCG)

Biography Khalid Deeb is director general of ADCCG, an initiative by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) to promote corporate governance. Deeb has more than 15 years of experience working in the UAE and Jordan as a public accountant, where he provided external auditing and consulting services for different industries. He worked as an external auditor at accountancy firms, KPMG and PwC. Prior to joining ADCCG, Deeb was manager of the internal audit office at ADCCI. In this role, he looked after financial and compliance audits, applied risk-based audits, administered corporate governance assessments and supervised implementation. Deeb is a certified public accountant, internal auditor and fraud examiner. He graduated with a degree in business administration from Jordan’s Yarmouk University in 1988.

Contact Tel: (+971) 2 639 9207

Tania Fabiani

Position Head of anti-fraud programme, Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA)

Biography Tania Fabiani is head of the anti-fraud programme at the ADAA, an independent body mandated to oversee transparency and accountability across 420 entities within the Abu Dhabi government. She is also president of the Certified Fraud Examiners in the UAE. Before joining ADAA, Fabiani established the forensic practice for US-headquartered accountancy firm Deloitte in the Middle East. Prior to this, Fabiani worked with KPMG’s forensic and litigation practices in its New York office. She was involved in due diligence, investigative and compliance projects on behalf of US entities, the World Bank and government agencies, working across more than 60 countries. Fabiani graduated with a degree in finance and economics from the University of Alabama in the US. She is a certified anti-money laundering specialist and a certified fraud examiner.

Contact Tel: (+971) 2 639 2200

Nasser Saidi

Position Executive director, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance

Biography Nasser Saidi is the executive director of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Hawkamah was set up in 2005 to promote corporate sector reform and good governance in the region. Saidi is also the chief economist and head of external relations at the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, an independent financial services regulator for the DIFC. Saidi is a member of the International Monetary Fund’s regional advisory group for Middle East and North Africa. He is also co-chair of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Middle East and North Africa corporate governance working group. Saidi was Lebanon’s minister of economy and trade and minister of industry between 1998 and 2000. He was the first vice-governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon from 1993 until 2003.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 362 2551

Lara Arab

Position Programme manager, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance

Biography Lara Arab is programme manager at the Dubai-headquartered Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance. She develops and manages programmes for banks, financial institutions and family-owned enterprises. Arab is also responsible for identifying strategic partners for the institute, developing market incentives to promote good corporate governance and developing sector and/or function-specific capacity building programmes. She is currently leading two Mena taskforces on corporate governance for the insurance and the private equity sectors. Prior to joining Hawkamah, Arab worked as a business development manager for Dubai-based CMCS, a subsidiary of the US’ Primavera Systems. As part of her role, she headed up the training and consultancy department. Arab graduated from the American University of Beirut with a degree in economics.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 362 2551

Bryan Stirewalt

Position Managing director of supervision, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)

Biography Bryan Stirewalt was appointed managing director of supervision at DFSA, the regulatory body for the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), in September 2010. He primarily supervises banks and insurance firms. He also coordinates the DFSA’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing within DIFC. This work involves close cooperation with local, regional and international counterparts. Stirewalt has spent most of his working life in the financial regulatory sector, in both public and private sector roles. He worked for 11 years at the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a national bank examiner, where he specialised in policy development and implementation, problem bank rehabilitation and banking fraud initiatives. He later worked for 12 years as a management consultant in the US, focusing on emerging markets.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 362 1500

Jahangir Khan

Position Director of risk and compliance, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA)

Biography Jahangir Khan is director of risk and compliance at the DIFCA. Khan also holds statutory positions, such as anti-money laundering commissioner and data protection commissioner within the DIFCA. Previously, Khan held various compliance and risk management positions across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) and Latin America regions. He advised and oversaw compliance efforts across different financial products. Khan developed and implemented corporate governance structures and was involved in investigation and policymaking with regulators from jurisdictions in Asia Pacific and Emea. Khan served as head of the legal and compliance department for the UK’s Travelex Group and assisted in the build-out of equity and equity derivative businesses in Asia for US investment bank JP Morgan.

Contact Tel: (+971) 4 362 2222

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