Corporate Training

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. A.V. Arunkumar

    Deputy Head of Risk Management at Ahli Bank. Prior to that, he was Head of Risk Management at Oman International Bank (presently HSBC Bank Oman). Earlier, he held senior management positions at leading commercial banks in India. He has more than 20 years of experience in banking industry, across areas like project and corporate financing, SMEs, retail banking and micro lending, risk management, credit administration, compliance. He has M.Phil. and PhD in Economics apart from completing a certificate course in management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He had also worked as member of various committees, participated in various task forces concerning banking and development issues.

  • Mr. Aadil Al Saadi

    He has over 13 years of international and regional experience in in the areas of Program/Project Management, Business Development and Consulting in UK, Canada, UAE and Oman. Mr. Aadil is currently heading the Banking Credit & Statistical Data Department at CBO. He was previously the Head of Projects Management and Business Continuity Department at CBO handling both IT and Business strategies. He has completed his Sloan fellowship in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School (the first Omani to do so) and is also the winner of Oman Ambassador to the UK award, and has been featured in the London Business School official portal. He has delivered training in the areas of project management, financial technology and business continuity besides being a regular speaker at various banking strategy forums.

  • Mr. Aditya Vikram Jitani

    A specialist in credit rating methodology, Aditya heads the Risk Analytics unit of Bank Muscat. He has been instrumental in developing various rating models for Corporate, SME and Retail Portfolio that is used at the Bank. His core competencies lie in the areas of credit risk evaluation, risk quantification methodologies, implementation of advanced approaches of Basel and IFRS 9 in the Bank. A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Aditya has over 15 years of experience in Banking and Credit Risk.

  • Mr. Ajantha Madurapperuma

    Chief examiner at CBO. He has previously held senior positions in charge of risk management and corporate banking functions in commercial banking and as CEO of a primary dealer subsidiary dealing in government securities in Sri Lanka. He is an MBA and holds CFA and CIMA certifications, besides being a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL). He has scored the highest marks in the subject “Strategic Financial Management” at the global level in the CIMA final examination and won the prize for Monetary Theory and Practice subject of the examinations of IBSL and the prize for Business Communications subject at the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He had won the CIMA Business Manager of the Year, 2004, Gold Award presented by CIMA, Sri Lanka Division. He has also held various industry level leadership positions.

  • Ms. Aita Khanmy

    Founder of Khanmy Forensics in Switzerland. She specializes in consulting and training on document examination, fingerprint detection and forensic ultra-structural analysis. She worked previously as a senior forensic advisor for the Government of Oman and lectured at the School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She was also an invited professor to conduct training for the national advanced fingerprint expert course at the German Federal Police Office. She holds a MSc in Forensic Science and is a member of the Swiss Chamber of Technical and Scientific Forensic Experts and of the German Association for Forensic Handwriting Experts. In addition, she was for several years, associate editor for the Journal of Forensic Science International, edited by Elsevier, Ireland.

  • Mr. Arshad Nadamal

    Head – Learning & Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 20 years of experience in retail banking and learning & development. He has previously worked with Bank Muscat in Oman and HDFC Bank and Indian Bank in India. He has done his Master’s in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and has many professional certifications including Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Occupational Assessor Levels A & B from British Psychological Society (BPS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from ACFE.

  • Mr. Avadh Kishore

    Director- Finance of OTE Group. Graduated with honors in Commerce from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary. His career spans over two large organizations- the British multinational ICI for twelve years and then OTE in Oman for nineteen years. He was a faculty member for modular training programs for qualified company secretaries conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is attached to various international professional bodies and is an international associate of AICPA and an associate of ICMA, Australia. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, London. He holds a certificate in Business Ethics from University of New Mexico, USA. He is a member of the Institute of Global Ethics, USA and of the Institute of Business Ethics, UK. He is the former Chairman of the Muscat Chapter of ICAI.

  • Mr. Damian O’Riordan

    DGM Internal Audit at Bank Muscat. He is a CIMA qualified professional and has over 14 years audit and compliance experience both in Ireland and internationally. He has successfully completed the following qualifications; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), Certificate in International Treasury Management (CITM), CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and International Diploma in Compliance. He has extensive experience in business development, project management, corporate governance, internal audit, regulatory risk, compliance and anti-money laundering across various regulated environments.

  • Ms. Deepthika Gooneratne

    Head of Trade Business Development at Oman Arab Bank. A banking professional with 3 decades of banking experience and over 2 decades of trade finance experience. She has 26 years of experience with HSBC in Sri Lanka, Oman and Canada. Formerly the Head of Trade at HSBC Bank Oman and National Bank of Oman. She has been an in-house trade finance trainer in HSBC, NBO, Oman Arab Bank and guest speaker at the Oman Chamber of Commerce. She is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers (AIB) and currently working on obtaining her Fellowship with the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka (ISBL)

  • Mr. Ehab Gadallah Eid

    Manager - Learning and Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 19 years of professional experience in Egypt and Oman. He has extensive knowledge & experience gained through assignment in different areas in banking such as branches, credit, trade finance, collection and remedial, audit, compliance and learning & development. He has a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance (MBA). He holds various professional certifications including Certified Expert in SME Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Omega Credit Skills Development, Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) and Fundamentals of Financial Services from CISI, UK. He is also certified PPA Practitioner from Thomas Assessment International, UK.

  • Ms. Ghaya M Al Barwani

    Head – Training and Development at Ahli Bank. She has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the banking sector. Her experience spans retail, premium and private banking from sales and service to product and service development, corporate communications and international operations, reviewing the investment opportunities of a bank. Her key forte is the establishment of departments from developing the strategic objectives and policies to developing and implementing the systems and controls required to run the department. Her entry into training and development was a way to consolidate all the technical experience and polish her passion for enhancing people’s growth. She holds MBA (Finance) from Leicester University and BA (Hon) in Town Planning from Newcastle University. She has completed Bank Muscat’s Executive Development Program and Accelerated Management Program with ISB, Hyderabad. She is currently working on enhancing her skills through developing her Coaching Qualifications.

  • Ms. Jamila Al Balushi

    Senior Manager Fraud and Investigation Unit in the Internal Audit Dept. at Bank Nizwa. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of banking and especially in Compliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and Diploma in Compliance from International Compliance Association. She has worked in several banks in Oman.

  • Ms. Jayogi Wickramesinghe

    Head of Learning & Development at Alizz Islamic Bank. She has extensive experience in training programme development and facilitating soft skill development in line with management and leadership programmes while specializing in performance management. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Liverpool.

  • Mr. Jose Chacko

    Partner-Forensic Technology Services, Crowe Horwath Oman. He is also a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Investigation Professional, Certified Forensic Accounting Professional, ISO PECB Certified Anti-Corruption and Anti Bribery Expert and Certified ACL Data Analyst. A seasoned forensic accounting expert who has taken leading roles in many economic crime investigation cases in GCC, India and East African countries. He is an accredited trainer in Internal Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Data Analysis and Anti-Corruption domains. Presently he is the Vice President of ACFE Oman.

  • Mr. Keith Rickman

    An independent consultant. He has over 40 year’s practical experience working in more than 20 different countries, for global banks including National Westminster Bank, American Express Bank, Raiffeissen Zentrale Bank, Qatar National Bank and National Bank of Oman. He has held senior and board positions. He has extensive experience in banking systems, and processes having been a member of teams who originated many of the practices used by banks today. He gained his training qualifications in Australia where he went on to teach both banking and Australian Government department staff in both hard and soft skills. He also taught courses as a member of staff at NBO. He is a guest lecturer at the faculty of Banking in Easter Mediterranean University at Cyprus. He has a BA(Hons) in Business Studies from Sheffield UK, an MSc and DIC in Management Science and Operations Research from Imperial College London and an AIB from the Institute of Financial Services in UK.

  • Mr. Mohammed Anwar Noor Al Balushi

    Chief Manager Training at Bank Sohar. He is a certified trainer with more than 20 years of banking experience. He has an MBA from Bedfordshire University, UK and a member of CIPD, UK. He holds a banking diploma from CBFS. He has experience in internal audit and bank branch operations and is a columnist and book reviewer for Oman Daily Observer newspaper.

  • Mr. Mohammed Nabiulla

    Learning & Development Manager at National Bank of Oman. He has over 13 years of experience in managing Insurance, Retail Banking and Learning and Development functions which includes developing graduate programs, facilitating behavior soft skills program, Leadership Programs, e-learning content development, LMS hosting, e-learning solutions and running assessment & development centers. He has previously worked with Mashreq Bank UAE, Qatar and Bahrain & ICICI Prudential Life Insurance co Ltd India. He has a Master of Business Administration M.B.A in Finance & Marketing from AIMS India and has many professional certifications which includes Certified Occupational Assessor Level 1 & 2 from European Federation of Psychological Association (EFPA) UK, ILM Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance- ILM UK, Certified Trainer “Proactive Relationship Banker” By Cohen Brown management group Inc. USA and IRDA & AMFI Certified (India).

  • Mr. Murahari Naik

    Head-Trade Finance at Ahli Bank. A seasoned banking professional with over 3 decades of experience in general banking operations, corporate banking, credit risk, transaction banking sales and operations with leading commercial banks in India and Oman. He has done MBA (Banking and Finance), and holds CAIIB and CDCS Certifications. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) and has conducted many training sessions, seminars and workshops on banking and international trade finance in India and Oman.

  • Mr. Nabil Al Raisi

    Head of Retail Risk & Industry Studies at Bank Sohar. Having more than 27 years of experience. He started his career as an IT specialist in SQU. Later he joined NBO as a bank operations auditor and IS auditor. In 2006, he moved to NBO’s training division as a banking operations and financial products trainer, besides MS-Office applications. In 2007, he joined Bank Sohar as Deputy Head of Training and later became Head of Training. His educational background includes Diploma in Computer Science and BTEC in Science from Monkwearmouth College - UK, HND ‘Computer Studies’ from Southampton University - UK, Associate Diploma of the Canadian Institute of Bankers and MBA from University of Strathclyde, UK. He has also completed the Certified Training professional (CTP) certification of CIPD, UK.

  • Ms. Naheel Lababidi

    An independent consultant based in Bahrain. She has a career background which includes more than 23 years’ work experience in treasury trading and management with banks in Bahrain, Kuwait & London. She holds a B. Com (Accountancy), ACI Dealing Certificate and ACI Diploma (with Distinction). In recent years, she was a Senior Lecturer at the BIBF, teaching a wide range of subjects such as treasury products, risk management, capital markets and courses leading to the ACI Dealing Certificate, ACI Operations Certificate and ACI Diploma.

  • Ms. Olivia Al Farsi

    Deputy General Manager - Head of Learning and Talent Development at HSBC Bank Oman, responsible for supporting implementation of people strategy, facilitating learning and development, talent management and succession planning. She is also President of the Board of British Council’s Oman UK Alumni Network. She started her career in the UK in the top 0.9% of applicants developed for a pool of senior Civil Service managers through structured postings on a 3-year Management Development program and has progressed to lead teams responsible for implementing UK Government policies for education at the Department for Education and Employment. In Oman she has headed Recruitment, Learning and Development and Procurement at Shell Oman Marketing SAOG, headed Business Strategy, Sales Support and Logistics then Own Stores Channel at Nawras, headed Customer Experience at NBO and provided thought leadership in the remediation of customer bases for NBO and HSBC Bank Oman. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sussex in Chemistry and is licensed by the Springboard Consultancy to deliver the award-winning Spring Forward Career Development and Springboard Women’s Development programmes.

  • Mr. Prashant Bafna

    Head – Risk MIS & Basel Reporting at Bank Muscat. He is responsible for Pillar II, Pillar III, recovery & resolution planning (RRP), modelling, policies and reporting. He has a vast experience in different areas of Banking viz. risk management, MIS, financial planning, costing and banking operations. He has post-qualification experience of over 16 years out of which 14 years are in banking industry. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) from ICAI and holds FRM and CFA certifications.

  • Mr. R. Shankaranarayana

    Head of Recovery & Legal Operations at United Finance Company. He has three and a half decades of experience covering all areas of banking in leading banks in India and Oman. He has done M.A in Economics, MBA in Banking and Finance, CAIIB, P.G. Diploma in Business Management.

  • Mr. Sanjeeb Biswas

    Head – Interbank FX/MM & Asset Liability Management at National Bank of Oman. He has over two decades of experience in treasury management in banks. He is associated with NBO treasury since 2008 and had earlier worked in Treasury Divisions of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Oriental Bank of Commerce in India. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, A Diploma in Treasury, Investment and Risk Management and CAIIB. He has extensive experience in foreign exchange & money market dealing, derivatives and other specialized treasury functions like ALM and liquidity management.

  • Mr. Shahnawaz Khan

    Partner, Grant Thornton Oman. He is a chartered accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce. He has over 15 years of professional experience. He has worked in London financial services market and lead audit teams on banks, insurance companies and funds listed in UK, US and Bermuda. He has also worked in North Sea energy market. Besides leading the audit of large clients’ groups, his experience includes compliance and regulatory reviews, due diligence projects on control and governance framework, operational controls, Basel and SOX compliance. In Middle east, he has been leading diversified portfolios and specializing in family business and financial services. He has also been part of learning and development teams in the region and in Europe and facilitated the numbers of internal and external trainings on IFRS, insurance, banking, industry trends and best practices. He previously worked with Deloitte in Bahrain and also with other big four audit firms in India, UAE, Kuwait, KSA, Malta and UK.

  • Mr. Shihab Al Yarubi

    He has a bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from SQU and MBA in IT from Coventry University, UK. He earlier worked in Integrated System Company, MB Petroleum Company and CBFS before joining Military Technological College. He conducts training on MS Office applications, Information Security and also on leveraging of technology for projects and activities management.

  • Mr. Thomas Totton

    General Manager – Chief Risk Officer at Bank Muscat. A seasoned banking professional with over 3 decades of experience in a variety of roles with a number of financial services organisations. He is a qualified banker, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a graduate from University of Ulster. He has substantial experience in branch banking, finance, leasing, treasury, international consultancy and internal audit having earlier operated at a senior level in AIB Group, Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Ltd. Mr. Totton has undertaken key roles in Ireland, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Slovenia before arriving in Oman. He is the President of ACFE – Oman Chapter and former President of IIA Oman Chapter. He holds various certifications including CIA, ACFE and Diploma in Islamic Finance of CIMA. He was earlier Chief Internal Auditor at Bank Muscat.

  • Mr. Venugopal V

    Head – Market Risk at Bank Muscat. He has over 25 years of diversified banking experience including more than 13 years in treasury and investment banking in India and Oman. He heads the market and liquidity risk functions at Bank Muscat and has been instrumental in establishing the unit. He is an expert in financial instruments including derivatives, with experience in both front office and support functions. He holds CAIIB and FRM certifications and a Masters Financial Management. He has delivered lectures at various universities and training institutes in India as a guest faculty.