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Watch the highlights from our annual Dubai Conference, entitled ‘Regulation, Risk and Reward: A Balancing Act’, which took place in Dubai on 8 November 2023.

Regulation, Risk and Reward: A Balancing Act

Jersey Finance’s early evening event will provide expert insights and perspectives on risk and compliance. It will examine how these are mitigated and balanced by international finance centres within the Gulf region and globally.

Our flagship Dubai event features a fireside chat and panel session of industry experts led by Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance and An Kelles and Faizal Bhana from Jersey Finance’s Middle East Regional Hub office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

The high-profile event is aimed at the GCC-based professional advisory community, family offices, families and key players in the financial services ecosystem, as well as Jersey-based wealth professionals and offers delegates significant networking opportunities.

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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.

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.

Diana Hamade

Diana Hamade Founder and Managing Partner, Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law

Diana Hamade is the founder and managing partner of Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law. She is a UAE licensed lawyer with right of audience before all UAE Courts. Diana specializes in Sharia law and is an expert in family law, inheritance, and succession planning. Diana is a highly referenced expert and has often provided expert evidence in legal proceedings in many jurisdictions including the UK, Canada, France, Switzerland, Isle of Man, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Diana is renowned for her experience in private client practice for high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals. She is currently nominated for Private Client Innovation in the High Net Worth and Ultra-High Net Worth Category by Spears. Diana has authored articles for international publications including a commentary on UAE Family Business Law for LexisNexis, Inheritance and the Family Business for LexisNexis and Union Internationale des Avocats and the UAE Family Law Chapter for Thomson Reuters’ Blue Book.

Carel van Randwyck

Carel van Randwyck Head of Impact & Partnerships, Themis

Carel has 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 & trading businesses at UBS Investment Bank, Head of Change Management, Group Sales, at Deutsche Börse, financial management consultant with Price Waterhouse and auditor with Arthur Young & Co. He is a Fellow of both the ICAEW and Association of Corporate Treasurers, holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. Carel developed a group-wide client strategy and supporting infrastructure to drive sales and revenue growth Deutsche Börse, established Fixed Income trading businesses for UBS Investment Bank in Moscow and Istanbul and developed country strategies for National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Andrew Horbury

Andrew Horbury Managing Director – UAE, Fairway Group

Andrew is Managing Director for the United Arab Emirates at Fairway Group, where he is responsible for the development and delivery of Fairway’s UAE capabilities. Originally from Jersey, Andrew relocated to Dubai in 2021 to launch a corporate services and regulatory consulting business specialised in digital assets. Andrew has previously worked in Jersey and London in a range of financial services roles across wealth management, venture capital and regulatory consultancy. Andrew is a Director at the School of International Financial Services in Jersey and the UAE, and has authored and taught professional qualifications in the fields of financial services, regulation and compliance. Andrew is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Nancy W. Gleason

Nancy W. Gleason PhD, Director of the Hilary Ballon Center and Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University, Abu Dhabi

Nancy W. Gleason, PhD is the Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impact on higher education, and the future of work, with an emphasis on generative AI. She considers societal impacts of education, employment disruption, continuous reskilling, and the role of industry in supporting upskilling of adults. She is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018). She is the co-editor, Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave March 2020). Dr. Gleason holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; MSc from London School of Economics; and a BA from George Washington University. @NWGleason


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5.30 pm

Pre-Conference Drinks Reception

  • Kindly Sponsored By IQEQ

Opening Remarks

  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
6.00 pm
6.05 pm

Panel Session: The Implications of Mitigating Risk and Balancing Compliance on International Finance Centres

  • Moderator: Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
  • Carel van Randwyck, Head of Impact & Partnerships, Themis
  • Diana Hamade, Founder and Managing Partner, Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law
  • Andrew Horbury, Managing Director – UAE, Fairway Group

Fireside Chat: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Impact on our Industry

  • Moderator: An Kelles – Director – GCC, Jersey Finance
  • Nancy W. Gleason, PhD, Director of the Hilary Ballon Center and Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University, Abu Dhabi
6.45 pm
7.00 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India

Post-Conference Drinks Reception

  • Kindly Sponsored By Ogier
7.05 pm
8.30 pm

Conference Ends

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