Guest Speakers

  • 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 had won the CIMA Business Manager of the Year, 2004, Gold Award in Sri Lanka.

  • Mr. Anil Kumar Parimoo

    Chief Risk Officer at Bank Muscat. He has over 3 decades of banking experience having started his career with State Bank of India, the largest Indian Bank in India and then moving on to ABN AMRO (one of the then top-20 global Banks), Bank Danamon, Indonesia, 6th largest local Indonesian Bank (owned by Temasek), Techcombank, a leading private sector Bank in Vietnam, Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the first and a leading Islamic Bank globally and Top-4 Bank in the UAE before his present position. His experience spans the areas of Credit and Risk Management, Corporate/Commercial and SME Banking, Transaction Banking (sales and operations), Treasury, Retail Banking, Branch Management and Operations. He is a Science graduate with Diploma in Banking from the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

  • Mr. Arshad Nadamal

    Head of Learning & Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and learning amd development. He 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 Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Occupational Assessor from British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

  • Mr. Ashok Krishnamurthy

    Former Deputy Head – Risk Management at Bank Muscat. A seasoned banking professional with over 3 decades of experience in risk management and finance functions. He has substantial and in-depth experience in areas of Basel and regulatory guidelines, capital management, ICAAP, Enterprise-wide risk management and risk appetite framework, credit risk – wholesale and retail, operational risk, RAROC and risk rating approaches. He has presented on risk management topics in forums in the GCC region. He holds various certifications including Financial Risk Management (FRM), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Finance Manager (CFM), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA, Certified Risk and Information System Control (CRISK) and Diploma in Islamic Finance from CIMA, UK.

  • Ms. Fatma Al Rawahi

    Manager Tax Services at PWC Oman. She has almost 15 years of professional experience in handling taxation matters including tax compliance issues and tax advisory services. During her career in tax, she worked at EY Oman before joining PwC Oman. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from SQU.

  • Mr. Gaurav Kapoor

    Tax Director, Reporting and Strategy Leader for Oman at PWC Oman. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI and has over 13 years of experience serving clients on a full range of domestic and international tax matters. He is particularly skilled in advising multinational companies investing in the local market and how to structure the transactions. He specializes in representing clients before the tax authority in advance ruling and tax assessment proceedings. He also has vast expertise in IFRS.

  • Ms. Ghaya M Al Barwani

    She has over 20 years of banking experience. She was formerly Head of L and D at Ahli Bank. She is an accredited Professional Certified Coach holding 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 also completing her MSc in Psychology.

  • Ms. Jayogi Wickramesinghe

    Head of Learning and Development at Alizz Islamic Bank. She has extensive experience in training and development, soft skills and performance management. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Liverpool.

  • Ms. Jesal Shah

    Manager Indirect Tax team at PWC Oman. She has over 7 years of experience in indirect tax advisory and compliance. She has managed multiple VAT implementation engagements across the GCC and India in various sectors / industries. She is a lawyer by profession.

  • Mr. Mohammed Nabiulla

    Learning and Development Manager at National Bank of Oman. He has over 15 years of diversified banking experience across Retail Banking, Sales and Marketing, Insurance and Learning and Development functions. He specializes in Managing Learning and Development, Developing Talent Management and Leadership Programs, Running Assessment and Development Centers, Designing and Delivering Behavioral Soft Skills program Sales and Leadership programs, e-learning content development, LMS hosting, e-learning solutions specialist, Sales and Marketing Management, and Channel Management. He has previously worked with Mashreq Bank UAE, Qatar and Bahrain and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in India. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the AIMS India, Mohammed is Certified Life Coach from Achology - The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology UK, Certified Occupational Assessor from EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists Associations) UK, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance-ILM UK, DDI-Certified Leadership Facilitator USA, and a Certified Trainer Proactive Relationship Banker from Cohen Brown Management Group Inc. USA and IRDA & AMFI (India).

  • Mr. Prashant Bafna

    Head of Risk Governance & Enterprise-wide Risk Management at Bank Muscat. He is a seasoned banking professional with over 2 decades of vast experience in different areas of Banking viz. Risk Management, Fraud Risk, MIS, Trade Finance, Budgeting, Costing and Operations. His area of responsibilities includes Pillar II, Pillar III, Recovery & Resolution Planning (RRP), Policy management, Modelling, Fraud Risk Management and internal & external reporting. He has spearheaded various projects within the Bank including developing the Recovery & Resolution Planning (RRP) document, Stress testing framework including macro stress testing scenarios, Retail AIRB models, Risk Appetite framework, Reputation risk model and conducted Enterprise-wide Fraud Risk Assessment. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) from ICAI and holds various certifications including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Innovation Management – Level 2 and Certified Treasury Manager (CTM). Before working with Bank Muscat in Oman, he has worked with HSBC Bank, ICICI Bank and Reliance Communications in India.

  • Mr. Raja Sekharan S

    Deputy Head – Wholesale Banking Risk at Bank Muscat. He has over 2 decades of all round banking experience in India, Singapore and Oman covering Retail Banking, Treasury, Operations as well as system implementations. Mr. Rajasekharan has been instrumental in the implementation of treasury/ Core Banking Systems such as Kondor +, T 24 and Murex. He holds FRM and MBA in Banking in Finance.

  • Mr. Salim Al Mushaifri

    Head of Anti-Fraud Unit at Bank Dhofar. He has over 16 years of experience in combating financial crimes, conducting fraud investigations, and practicing management, banking, internal auditing. In addition, He has over 18 years of experience in IT project management, system design, development, and architecting. He holds a MBA and BSC in Business and Economics from SQU. He also holds various professionals’ certifications, International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from ICA, UK, Certified Compliance Professional (CCP) from IABFM, Hong Kong, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from ACFE, USA, Certified in Financial Crimes (CFC) from GAFM, USA and Certified Risk-based Auditor (CRBA) from London School of Business & Finance, UK.

  • Mr. Shihab Al Yarubi

    SITS specialist at Military Technological College. 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 project management.

  • Mr. Venugopal V

    Head - Market, FI & Liquidity Risk at Bank Muscat. He has over 3 decades of all-round banking experience in India and Oman covering Corporate, Retail, Treasury and Investments Banking apart from Risk Management. He established the Market and Liquidity risk management units at Bank Muscat. He headed the CBO - appointed group of banks for the adaptation and implementation of Basel III in Oman. He also spearheaded the implementation of various market related international regulations in the Bank. He holds FRM, ERM certifications, undergone Mentor Management course from The Harvard Business School and holds a master’s degree in Financial Management.

  • Mr. Venu Krishnan

    He has 39 years of banking experience across Operations, Finance, Branch Management, Trade Finance, Business Intelligence, Micro Finance, and Retail & Investment Banking. He retired from Bank Muscat in 2017 with the last position as Chief Manager heading the units of Business Intelligence & Strategic Initiatives, Retail Marketing and MSME. He had been part of the task force of all the mergers & acquisitions of Bank Muscat. He has been living in Oman since 1983. He holds professional certifications including CAIIB, Certificate in Retail Banking Conduct of Business (LIBF, UK), and Certificates in Investment & Securities, Asset Servicing and Operational risk from CISI UK. He is an Associate Member of CISI, UK and a member of LIBF, UK. He is also a Qualified Member of Multi Dollar Round Table (MDRT), USA. He is currently studying for Doctorate Program from UCAM University, Spain, and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) from CFP Board, USA. He has also done extensive participation in the Individual, Team and Executive Coaching programs of International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA). He is a Licensed Insurance and Mutual Fund Adviser certified by the respective regulators in India. He is currently practicing as an Independent Financial Adviser.

  • Ms. Zahra Al Lawati

    Senior Specialist at Sohar International Academy at Sohar International Bank. She has over 16 years of diversified banking experience across Retail Banking, Operations, Customer Experience, Wealth Management and Learning and Development functions. She has previously worked with HSBC Oman Bank and has a Diploma degree in Human Recourses from CBFS in association with Pearson UK, Vocational Cambridge international Diploma in I.T. Skills. She is a: Certified Psychometric Assessor by Psytech International, Certified Trainer by New Metrics Training Institute, Certified Bank Branch Manager degree holder by CBFS.