Guest Speakers

  • Mr. Aadil Al Saadi

    Strategist, Executive Management and Digital Transformation professional with 17 years of regional and international experience in Canada, UAE and Oman in strategic delivery and tangible value-addition. He was the first Omani to graduate from the Sloan Fellowship Program from London Business School in Leadership & Strategy. He has led multiple national strategies in payments, business continuity & digital transformation for regulatory & public-private initiatives. He planned, designed and managed the execution of Oman First Data-Bank (Oman Credit & Financial Information Centre: Mala’a) strategy covering legal, ownership, financial, technical, governance and operational streams from concept to live operations. His areas of training expertise are strategic/project management, business continuity, corporate governance, organizational behavior and Fintech.

  • Mr. Aditya Jitani

    Head - Risk Management (Credit Risk) in Bank Muscat. He has developed various credit risk methodologies and rating models for corporate, SME and retail portfolio in 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 from ICAI, he has over 20 years of experience in banking and credit risk.

  • Ms. Afaf Al Naemi

    Tax Manager with PwC’s Tax and Legal team in the Middle East. She has over 7 years of experience in Tax Compliance Services. Prior to joining PwC, she worked in the tax team of another audit firm in Muscat. She has a strong understanding of Oman’s income tax regulations, and the rules and regulations governing commercial companies. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Technology and Applied Sciences.

  • Mr. Andrew Cunningham

    Director of the LIBF Centre for Governance, Risk and Regulation. He has been a consultant to the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Corporate Governance Programme in the Middle East. He has conducted numerous credit ratings, corporate governance assessments of companies and advised on financial market infrastructure for financial institutions in the Middle East. He has delivered training for the IFC’s Director Certification Programmes in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and the GCC. He has also conducted corporate governance assessments for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, CDC (the British overseas development agency) and DEG (the German overseas development agency). He speaks Arabic.

  • Mr. Anil Kumar Parimoo

    Chief Risk Officer at Bank Muscat. He has over 3 decades of banking experience having started his career with SBI, 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 IIBF, India.

  • Mr. Devesh Sharma

    Senior Manager (Head)- Internal Audit in Oman Refreshment Co reporting to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), CRMA (Certified Risk Management Assurance) with more than 19 years of post-qualification experience in Internal Audit and Finance Control. He was earlier working as Senior Manager of Compliance and Manager of Internal Audit in SABMiller (the Second Largest beer manufacturing company in the world). He is a past Board Member of IIA, Oman Chapter.

  • Mr. Emmanuel Rondeau

    Director Centre for Sustainable Finance at LIBF and Senior Advisor for Banking Studies for LIBF MENA. He is the Lead Director (NED) at La Banque Postale in France (where he chairs the Board Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee), the first European bank to have its decarbonisation pathway recognised by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTI). He has been active in banking for 35 years in Paris and London, with senior roles in a number of leading banks, such as Crédit Agricole Group, France, ING Bank, Netherlands, Royal Bank of Scotland – Natwest Group, UK.A member of the EDHEC Financial Economics Advisory Board, he is a regular trainer and keynote speaker for banks boards – most recently in Bahrain, Geneva, Tunis, Vienna, Washington – specialising in ethics, risk and governance.

  • Dr. Fatin Al Zadjali

    Head-Learning and Development at Bank Dhofar. She began her career as a banker and worked in two major banks in Oman. She subsequently joined CBFS and evolved into the role of academic and training faculty. She has done her Bachelor’s in Business from Australia, Diploma in Banking from IBFS, MBA from University of Strathclyde – UK and PhD in Islamic Finance from INCEIF- Malaysia. She also has various training related Certifications such as Certified Training Professional (CTP), Creative Train the Trainer and Certified Islamic Banker. Her areas of training expertise are behavioral skills and Islamic banking.

  • Ms. Ghadeer Al Wardi

    Senior consultant with PwC Tax practice in Oman, with over 5 years of professional experience. Her experience includes assisting clients in compliance of corporate and withholding tax returns in Oman and further includes assisting clients in dispute resolutions. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Technology and Applied Sciences.

  • Mr. Haitham Al Raisi

    Associate Vice President Fraud Risk Management at Sohar International and Board Member of ACFE- Oman Chapter. He has over 15 years of experience. His last line assignment was as Manager Investigation - Financial Crime Threat Mitigation, HSBC. He holds M.Sc. in Finance and Management. He has also completed various professional certifications such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Diploma in Islamic Finance (CIMA), and Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance and Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention (ICA, UK). He has also attended Leadership and Management programs conducted by Queen›s Smith School of Business, Canada and ISB, India. He conducts training in fraud risk management, compliance and financial crimes investigation.

  • Mr. Jose Chacko

    Partner - Forensic and Technology Services, Crowe Global, Oman. He is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti Money Laundering Expert, Certified Forensic Investigation Professional, Certified Forensic Accounting Professional, ISO PECB Certified Anti-Corruption and Anti Bribery Expert and Certified Data Analyst with ACL and KNIME. He is the Past President and Advisor to the current board of ACFE Oman Chapter and listed guest lecturer with ACFE Global.

  • Mr. Kanval Ashar

    Senior Manager in PwC Oman’s Indirect Tax team. He has over 12 years of experience in indirect tax advisory and compliance. He has managed multiple VAT implementation projects and ongoing VAT advisory and compliance engagements across the GCC and India in various sectors/industries. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

  • Mr. Mohammed Anwar Al Balushi

    Senior Specialist in Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) at Sohar International. He was a Unit Head of Assessment Center and Deputy Head Learning and Capability Development at Sohar International. He is a certified trainer with more than 25 years of banking experience. He holds an MBA from Bedfordshire University, UK and is a member of CIPD, UK. He is a member of Curriculum Advising Committee (CAC) at Oman College of Management and Technology. He also holds a Psytech Testing Certificate. He is certified Korn Ferry – Assessment of Leadership Potential. He holds a banking diploma from CBFS. He has experience in internal audit and bank branch operations. He is a columnist for various local newspapers.

  • Dr. Mohamed Damak

    Senior Director/Sector Lead Financial Institutions & Global Head of Islamic Finance S&P Global Ratings (SPGR) in the Emerging EMEA region. He also co-heads the Emerging Market Global Industry Focused Team and is a member of several senior forums and research labs including the Digitalization of the Markets Research Lab. Prior to joining SPGR, He worked as a Principal Credit Risk Officer for the African Development Bank in Tunis. From 2006 to 2010, he worked for SPGR covering conventional and Islamic financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region. He holds a PhD in Finance and Master in Money, Banking and Finance from University of Paris 2, Pantheon Assas and a Master’s degree in Financial Institutions Management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Tunis. His areas of expertise include emerging markets financial institutions, the digitalization of the financial services industry (including cryptocurrencies, stable coins, tokenization, and digital bonds) and Islamic finance.

  • Mr. Muhammed Rizwan Khan

    Senior Partner and Global Compliance Head at AJMS Global, leading its GRC vertical. He has delivered many training courses in the area of AML/CFT compliance to the banking and financial sector. He has also accomplished International Cyber Certified Professional certificate from CYBINT USA. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a member of the International Compliance Association (ICA).

  • Mr. Murahari Naik

    Head Trade Finance Ops Transformation at National Bank of Oman. He has over 3 decades of experience in almost all key areas of banking with leading commercial banks in India and Oman. He has done MBA in Banking and Finance and holds CAIIB and CDCS Certifications.

  • Mr. Prashant Bafna

    Head of Risk Governance and Enterprise-wide Risk Management at Bank Muscat. He has over 2 decades of 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 and Resolution Planning (RRP), Policy management, Modelling, Fraud Risk Management and internal and 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). He has previously worked with HSBC, ICICI Bank and Reliance Communications in India.

  • Mr. Ratheesh Sudhakaran Nair

    Banking Development Executive with the Regulation Directorate at Central Bank of Oman. Before joining CBO, he held management positions in one of the leading commercial banks in India, with over 11 years’ experience in Treasury, Cash Management Services, Corporate and Retail Banking. He also has over five-years’ experience in Risk Management at one of the leading Stock Broking players in India. He holds a Masters in Commerce and also in Business Administration. He is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and has certifications from National Institute of Securities Market (NISM) & National Stock Exchange (NSE) on several modules such as Derivatives, Capital Market, Commodities Market, Depository Operations and Mutual Funds.

  • Dr. Riyad Mustafa Abushehadeh

    Banking expert at Central Bank of Oman. He has 28 years of central banking experience. He is also enrolled at the IMF roster as an expert in the field of Financial Stability and Banking Supervision. He started his career at the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) in 1996, where he held the posts of The Director of the Banking Supervision Department, Assistant Governor for Financial Stability and the Deputy Governor. He joined the CBO in 2020. He completed his Ph.D in Risk Management from Nagpur University- India under a prestigious ICCR scholarship. He also completed his Master’s Degree in Finance, Regulation and Risk Management from ICMA Center -University of Reading – in UK under the prestigious Chevenings scholarships.He also holds Master›s degree in Banking and Business Finance from the University of Baroda, India and B.Com with distinction’ from Nagpur University, India. He represented PMA as a board member in several organizations and committees notably Deputy Governor at the Arab Monetary Fund, Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA), the National Committee for Combating Money Laundering &Tourist Financing, UN Resolutions Implementation Committee,Palestine Banking Institute and the Council of Auditing Profession, the Palestinian Social Security Institution, the Board of the Higher Education Insitutions, the IMF Middle East Tecnical Asistane Center (METAC)- Beruit- Lebanon.He also represented PMA on the Arab Committee on Banking Supervision (ACBS) and the Arab Financial Stability Team affiliated to the Council of Governors› for the Arab Central Banks and Monetary Agencies, the Arab Monetary Fund.

  • Mr. Sachin Sawrikar

    Co-Founder and CEO of Radiant Capital Investment Managers Limited and Radiant Capital FZCO, a provider of professional consulting and financial advisory services to clients, that is, fund management to innovative financing solutions. He was formerly Head of Private Markets at Bank Muscat. He has over 27 years of investment management experience in India and GCC region with leading investment firms with a proven track record of managing funds in different asset classes - equity, debt, balanced, sectoral, money market, private credit, REITs, private equity, etc. He holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, MBA (XLRI, India) and MSc in Real Estate Investment & Finance (Univ of Reading, UK). He is a CFA charter holder and Member of RICS. He is the President of CFA Oman Chapter.

  • Ms. Salha Al Zadjali

    Banking Development Analyst with the Regulation Directorate at Central Bank of Oman. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from CBFS. In addition to being certified by Harvard Business School in Management Essentials, she has attended a number of courses in compliance, corporate governance and risk management, financial stability, financial inclusion policies and education strategies, and the future of SMEs. In addition, she is a member of several CBO task forces.

  • Ms. Samiha Al Dughaishi

    Senior Associate with PwC Oman’s in the indirect tax line of services for over 5 years of experience. Prior to joining the Indirect Tax, she had 3 years’ experience in Assurance services. She has built experience in VAT implementation and developed a comprehensive understanding of the indirect tax regime in the GCC. She has been responsible for VAT compliance and advisory services for several clients. She has also been involved in due diligence projects which expanded her knowledge.

  • Mr. Sanjeeb Biswas

    Head - Interbank FX/MM and Asset Liability Management at National Bank of Oman. He has over two decades of experience in treasury management and had earlier worked with 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 from IIBF, India.

  • Mr. Shihab Al Yarobi

    Head of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Department at Military Technological College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from SQU and an MBA in IT from the Coventry University, UK. He has worked for several companies, including Integrated System Company, MB Petroleum Company and CBFS. He conducts training on MS Office applications, information security, and project management.

  • Mr. Shujaat Khan

    Former member of the IIA Oman Board of Directors. His professional experience includes auditing, risk management assurance, finance, and accounting. Besides being a member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), he is also a member of the CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and the CRMA (Certified Risk Management Assurance). In addition, he holds a master’s degree in economics and has 11 years of experience in the field. His expertise lies in Organizational Governance, Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Accounting principles, and Internal Controls.

  • Mr. Tariq Faqiry

    Head, HRD at Bank Muscat. A seasoned HR professional with over 2 decades of experience in banking and learning and development. He has worked in Citibank, NBO and Bank Muscat. He holds professional certifications such as Certified Management Accountant from ICMA, USA, Certificate in Training Practice (CTP) from CIPD, Certification in Occupational Assessment (Level A & B) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking & Insurance from the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (IIBI), UK.

  • Mr. Usama Al Farsi

    Head-Career and Skills Planning at Bank Dhofar. He holds an MBA and has over 15 years of blended experience in multiple sectors in Oman. He is a certified interviewer and trainer, specialized in soft skills, Emotional Intelligence (EI) training, assessing and practicing.

  • Mr. Venugopal V

    Head of Risk – Wholesale Banking, Risk Governance & ERM at Bank Muscat. He has close to 4 decades of all-round banking experience 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 spearheaded the implementation of various market risk related international regulations in the bank. He holds FRM, ERM certifications, has undergone Mentor Management course from Harvard Business School. He holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management.

  • Mr. Venu Krishnan

    Former Chief Manager heading the units of Business Intelligence & Strategic Initiatives, Retail Marketing and MSME at Bank Muscat. He has 39 years of banking experience across Operations, Finance, Branch Management, Trade Finance, Business Intelligence, Micro Finance, and Retail & Investment Banking. He had been part of the task force of all the mergers & acquisitions of Bank Muscat. 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 (CISI, 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. Vyana Sharma

    Head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the Chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC) and serves as the principal liaison between Trinidad and Tobago on both the FATF and Caribbean FATF. As the Co-Chair for the Americas Joint Group, she is part of the FATF ICRG Review process and leads on exchange of information for tax transparency for Trinidad and Tobago. She is a Certified AntiMoney Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a member of the International Compliance Association (ICA). She is an Attorney at Law of 18 years in Trinidad and Tobago, also a Solicitor of England & Wales and Scotland, and holds a LLM (Merit) in International and Comparative Commercial Law.

  • H.H. Sayyida Wisam Jaifer Salim Al Said

    Head of Marketing, Communications, and Sustainability at Bank Nizwa. She has 16 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional and previously headed the corporate affairs department at Oman Oil Marketing Company. She has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from the American University of Paris with a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Cardiff University, UK. She also holds a specialized certificate in Direct Marketing. She trained with UNESCO’s Public Bureau of Information and the International Chamber of Commerce based in Paris, France. She is the winner of Al Mar’a Excellence Award in 2014, 2021, 2022 and Woman of the Year in Marketing award in 2019. Listed in the Omani most influential women in Islamic business and finance in the region.