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This year, our half-day event will allow more time for audience interaction.

Jersey Finance’s Global Head of Business Development, Allan Wood, will deliver an opening address, swiftly followed by brief updates from each member of our global business development team.

Attendees will also hear from Tom le Feuvre, Director of Global Markets & International Agreements at the Government of Jersey, Tom will deliver a virtual keynote address on the work being done to strengthen Jersey’s links with countries including political, commercial, cultural, and educational cooperation.

After a brief networking coffee break, attendees will have a 45-minute Q&A session with all members of our business development team. Attendees can submit questions in advance via Slido on the code #DGOT23 or ask them live on the day.

There will be an opportunity to speak and meet with our business development team directly after the Q&A session.

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Faizal Bhana › Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
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Faizal is a UK qualified lawyer and for many years has worked and advised, and is a trusted advisor to institutions, corporates and families across the Middle East, Africa and India. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised corporates, family offices and families including on their international investment and holding structures.

Faizal is responsible for developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in Africa, the Middle East and India. He is focussed on his key markets, regularly travelling to all these countries, liaising and working with key stakeholders, including public and private institutions, corporates and families, building long-term mutually beneficial relationships.

An Kelles › Director – GCC, Jersey Finance
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An joined Jersey Finance in May 2016 as the Business Development Director for Asia and is now based in our Middle East Regional Hub office, in the DIFC in Dubai.

An studied law in Belgium at the University of Leuven including one Erasmus exchange year at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London. She subsequently did an LLM in international business law at Trinity College Dublin.

An qualified as a lawyer in Belgium before moving to Dublin to work in the international business team of the law firm Matheson. In 2009, she went to work for ATC Corporate Services in Luxembourg as a corporate lawyer and later as a business unit manager. After a shareholding change in 2013, ATC Corporate Services merged with the Intertrust Group. An joined the Intertrust Hong Kong office in 2014 as a business unit director for the European and the Private Equity team.

Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa › Market Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
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Based in Johannesburg, Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa’s primary focus is developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in the South African market. She also plays a vital role in supporting the organisation’s wider activity across the continent.

Dr Nyakatawa is a multifaceted business consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services, specifically wealth management in large financial services companies in South Africa and across Africa. She joined Jersey Finance in 2021 and is responsible for market development in Africa, currently with a primary focus on South Africa.

An international speaker and thought leader, Dr Nyakatawa has been interviewed on various platforms including the BBC, CNBC, ENCA and various publications. She champions women’s issues as an Advisory Board Member of Women in Tech (SA Chapter) and an International Campaign Advisor for the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board, among others. She was recently elected by members to the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa(FPI), she is a Non-Executive Director at Masthead and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), CFA member and SAVCA member. She holds an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Maria McDermott › Market Development Consultant – Asia, Jersey Finance
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Maria is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an associate member of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Born in Jersey, she has over twenty years’ experience working in the international finance industry and is experienced in investment funds, private wealth, compliance, risk management and project management.

She has been based in Asia for the last ten years having transferred to Hong Kong from Ogier Fiduciary Services Jersey to develop the fiduciary services business in Hong Kong. During her time in Asia she has also worked for various listed entities and financial service providers in Singapore and Shanghai, and is now based full time in Shanghai.

Prior to her time in Asia she spent over ten years working for a number of law firms and fiduciary service providers in Jersey.


Yiow Chong Tan › Market Development Director – South East Asia
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Yiow Chong Tan joined Jersey Finance in September 2022 as our dedicated Market Development Director in Singapore, with his remit also covering the surrounding South East Asia region.

Yiow has extensive business and corporate finance experience in the Asian markets where he has been consistently involved in the origination, marketing, structuring, negotiation, due diligence and execution of private equity, stock exchange listings and M&A deals across Singapore and Malaysia. In a previous role, he identified and built close working relationships with Chinese high-net worth clients and institutional investors to secure and raise funds for mandated clients.

Most recently, he was the Corporate Finance Director and Board Secretary of a Chinese Family Office which has investments in Chinese data centres and UK commercial properties. Prior to that, he held director and consultant positions with various Singapore-based business consultancy firms working out of Shanghai in mainland China.

A Singaporean, he has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Accounting Degree with First Class Honours from the University of Leeds and is fluent in English and Chinese Mandarin.

Tom Le Feuvre

Tom Le Feuvre Director, Global Markets and International Agreements, Government of Jersey

Tom was born and educated in Jersey, where his family has always lived. He joined the British diplomatic service in 2008 and was deployed to Qatar, Jordan and Lebanon – where he served as First Secretary in the UK’s Syria Office in Beirut from 2012-2014. He was then promoted to Head of East Africa in London, with responsibility for Kenya. Returning to Jersey and as Director of External Relations, he leads a team responsible for building the Government of Jersey’s relationships with high-growth markets and maintaining Jersey’s compliance with international standards on tax and sanctions. He is the Co-Chair of the OECD working group on country-by-country reporting.

Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.

Elliot’s role is to help define Jersey’s product offering for funds as well as to oversee the strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Alternative Investment Managers and their funds.

Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.

Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group and the Digital Asset Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association, the BVCA Channel Islands working group and the islands Funds’ Innovation Committee.

Philip A. Pirecki › Jersey Finance Lead in the Americas
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Philip joined Jersey Finance to oversee business development in the Americas. Born in Jersey but based in New York, Philip has more than 20 years of professional experience in investment banking, investment management, consulting, auditing and accounting.

Philip is a financial industry and asset management executive, strategist and innovator, with more than 20 years of professional experience that includes investment banking, investment management, consulting, auditing and accounting.

Prior to joining Jersey Finance, Philip was a Partner and Director of Silver Sail Advisors LLP, a London based independent investment advisory firm focused on the global automotive and industrial sectors, with a particular emphasis on China. Before that, he was a Partner and COO at Silverstone Capital LLP, a hedge fund group based in London; an equity research analyst at UBS Investment Bank in New York; and a manager in forensic accounting and auditing at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and Seattle.

Philip is a graduate of the University of Southern California and spent six years in the United States Marine Corps.

To get an insight into Jersey, our international finance centre and our funds industry, please watch our US video.

Nicola Le Brocq › Director – Funds and Corporate, UK, Jersey Finance
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Born in Jersey, Nicola has a strong regulatory background having spent over six years at the Jersey Financial Services Commission – working in Securities supervision, authorisation and enforcement – before moving into industry in investment gatekeeper and regulatory consultancy roles.  During the last seven years, Nicola’s London based roles for two global financial technology companies saw her concentrate on regulatory technology solutions as a product and market specialist working extensively with Alternative Investment Managers in the UK and US.





8.30 am

Registration and Refreshments 



  • Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
9.00 am
9.10 am

Government of Jersey Update

  • Tom Le Feuvre, Global Markets & International Agreements, Government of Jersey

Updates from the Business Development Team

  • Moderator: Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
9.20 am
9.20 am

Funds Update 

  • Elliot Refson, Head of Funds,  Jersey Finance

Gulf Region Update

  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
  • An Kelles, Director – GCC, Jersey Finance
9.25 am
9.45 am

Asia Update

  • Maria McDermott, Business Development Consultant – Asia, Jersey Finance
  • Yiow Chong Tan, Business Development Director – South East Asia, Jersey Finance

Africa Update

  • Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa, Business Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
10.00 am
10.15 am

UK Update

  • Nicola Le Brocq, Director – Funds and Corporate, UK, Jersey Finance

US Update

  • Philip Pirecki, Lead in the Americas, Jersey Finance
10.25 am
10.35 am

Coffee Break


Q&A with all Business Development Staff

10.55 am

Closing Remarks

  • Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance

Optional Networking with BD Team

11.30 am
1.00 pm

Event Ends 

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Venue: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey