Strategic Ally, MENA FCCG, Europe Chapter, and Member of the Advisory Committee
Carel has more than 35 years broad international experience, having lived and worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe for market-leading financial services firms. He was the Global COO for various sales and trading businesses at UBS Investment Bank, Head of Change Management, Group Sales, at Deutsche Börse (the German stock exchange), financial and treasury management consultant with Price Waterhouse and auditor with Arthur Young & Co. He is a Fellow of both the ICAEW and the Association of Corporate Treasurers, holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. When at Deutsche Börse, he developed a group-wide client strategy and supporting infrastructure to drive sales and revenue growth, at UBS Investment Bank he established local market Fixed Income trading businesses in Moscow and Istanbul and developed country strategies for National Bank of Abu Dhabi. In the two years before joining Themis, Carel advised the board of a private UK company on their international expansion plans and client strategy, established the governance structure for an impact-investing VC firm and was the interim CFO/COO for a financial services technology-focussed PE firm.
Andrew Cunningham acts as the Editor in Chief of the London Arab Bankers Association (ABA), and in that capacity he produces Arab Banker magazine and other publications for the Association.
When not working for the ABA, Andrew leads his own consulting firm, Darien Analytics Ltd, that specialises in corporate governance, bank risk, and international financial regulation, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern and Shari’ah-compliant financial systems.
His work on bank risk and regulation is centred on the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) where he is a Visiting Professor. He also chairs the Editorial Board of LIBF's Centre for Governance Risk and Regulation. Andrew's governance work includes conducting Corporate Governance Assessments of banks and non-banks for clients such as the International Finance Corporation, EBRD, DEG and CDC.
Earlier in his career Andrew spent nine years with Moody's Investors' Service, rating banks in the Middle East and in western Europe; and six years with the NGO, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, where he designed and implemented technical assistance programmes to strengthen financial sector infrastructure in emerging markets.
Ms. Rasha Mortada is a compliance professional, with 24 years of experience in the banking and finance industry with leading global and local institutions. Over 16 years of experience in the compliance field covering multiple roles & responsibilities including Regulatory Compliance, Anti Money Laundering/ Counter Terrorist Financing, Sanctions, FATCA/Common Reporting Standard and Conduct Compliance covering Wholesale, Retail, Private, Brokerage, & Asset Management businesses. She holds a bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from the Lebanese American University, an International Diploma in Compliance from the International Compliance Association, and a Fintech qualification from Harvard.
Founding Member: Waheed Rathore (2016-19) – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Previous Executive Vice President
Mohamed Afifi is the Group Chief Compliance Officer of Banque Misr in Egypt. Mohamed has more than 40 years of Banking experience covering Retail, Operations, Audit and Compliance in conventional, Islamic, investment, wholesale, & private banking in Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kuwait, and Bahrain
Prior to joining Banque Misr, Mohamed held key compliance positions in a number of leading regional and international banks, such as BANK-ABC in Bahrain (2012 – 2018), Country Head of Compliance for Barclays Bank Egypt (2010 – 2012), MENA Regional Compliance Head Private Banking at Standard Chartered Bank (2007 – 2010), Regional Compliance Officer for National Bank of Abu Dhabi (2003 – 2006), Deputy Chief Operation Officer with Credit Agricole Indosuez (2000 – 2003) and Country Head of Audit with BNP Paribas Egypt (1997-2000).
Mohamed holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in addition to various Audit & Compliances certifications. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, and French and is a frequent speaker at major Compliance and AML forums in the MENA region.
Over 29 years of Banking Experience in Egypt and North Africa.
Held senior positions including in multinational and public sector banks
(Credit Agricole Egypt, formerly Egyptian American Bank, Arab Bank PLC Egypt & Algeria, National Bank of Egypt (NBE)).
Headed the compliance function at Arab Bank plc, Algeria
Member of the Compliance Committee at the National Bank of Egypt (Egypt, New York, Shanghai, Dubai).
NBE FATCA Responsible Officer.
NBE South Sudan Board Member.
Ahly Leasing Company (ALC) Board Member.
National Bank of Egypt certified internal trainer & certified trainer by the Egyptian Banking Institute – Central Bank of Egypt.
Holds B.A. in Accountancy – Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University 1992, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists.
Awarded the Compliance Officer of the year 2013 by Allied Compliance Consultants "ACC"- Dubai.
Speaker at various regional and international conferences, seminars and workshops worldwide.
Deputy Chair, MENA FCCG, Europe Chapter and Member of the Advisory Committee
Nora Amin has been Head of Compliance at National Bank of Egypt (UK) Limited since 2017. Before that she worked for First Abu Dhabi Bank and China Construction Bank, in London.
Nora has previously served as a member of the Compliance Advisory Panel for the UK Association of Foreign Banks.
Nora has over 20 years’ banking experience, having worked as a regulator, a solicitor, regulatory compliance and financial crime specialist within the financial services industry both in the United Kingdom and Malaysia. She has extensive experience in Compliance Oversight Function (SMF16) and Money Laundering Reporting Function (SMF17) in high-risk banks and jurisdictions such as Africa, China and Middle East.