Led by Jersey Finance’s Director – GCC, An Kelles – we are delighted to host, once again, one of our ‘Perspectives: Women in Leadership’ series of events in Dubai, building on the insights and success of these events since 2018.
Our events aim to offer insight and inspiration from a range of experts, while enabling women in leadership to support each other by connecting and building global networks.
Delegates will hear keynotes from Jersey Finance’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Amy Bryant, and Sarah Malik, CEO/International Disputes Counsel, SOL International and William Reichert, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Steering committee member 30% club Mena chapter, and the following female business leaders and authorities in their fields who will share their experiences and insights in the financial services industry in a panel discussion.
• Farida Azarioh, Senior Country General Manager, Intertrust UAE
• Rhea Wright, Investment Manager, Quilter Cheviot Jersey
• Kamar Alameddine, Compliance Officer & MLRO, Praxis
We encourage you to reserve your place early at our Dubai ‘Perspectives: Women in Leadership’ event.
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Amy is Deputy Chief Executive of Jersey Finance. Amy joined Jersey Finance in 2011, becoming Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and assumed her current role in September 2017. Amy also retains an active position leading the Strategic Projects team which undertakes projects and initiatives to develop the financial services industry in the Island.
Amy was born and educated in Jersey and subsequently went on to study at Durham University where she graduated with an honours degree in Natural Sciences.
Previous to Jersey Finance, Amy worked for PwC in the Channel Islands where she specialised in the taxation of offshore funds and Jersey corporate vehicles and provided international structuring advice to a global client base. Whilst working within the tax team, Amy was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Taxation as a Chartered Tax Advisor. Amy initially qualified as a chartered accountant within PwC’s Assurance team working on the audits of a number of banks, financial institutions and public sector bodies.
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.
Sarah Malik CEO/International Disputes Counsel, SOL International Ltd
Sarah Malik is an award-winning lawyer who founded SOL International Ltd, a boutique legal consultancy registered at the ADGM in 2018. Sarah achieved ‘Litigator of the Year’ (2022) at the first GCC Women in Law Awards and received an honourable mention as ‘Law Firm Leader of the Year’ category at the same awards. In March 2022, SOL was named by Legal 500 EMEA as ‘A Firm to Watch in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation’ and in 2023 Sarah has been listed as a leading practitioner in ‘The Arbitration Powerlist: Middle East’ Legal 500 EMEA. Sarah was recognised as one of ‘Asia’s 100 Women Power Leaders 2023’ by White Page International in May 2023. She has also been featured in the special edition of the UAE Managing Partners Report for two consecutive years published by LexisNexis for International Women’s Day and was interviewed by CIArb Global on International Women’s Day in 2021.
William Reichert Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
William leads our Middle East Corporate Practice. He is a dual-qualified corporate lawyer with extensive experience advising on high-value complex deals in a variety of sectors, including technology, healthcare, energy and natural resources and real estate. William has more than 25 years of experience advising on matters ranging from seed series investments for start-ups, to complex, multi-billion dollar matters across numerous jurisdictions. His experience includes advising on M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions, restructurings and compliance matters. William’s client base is very diverse and includes local and international clients across a broad range of industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, healthcare, retail, energy and real estate. He is regularly invited to speak at industry and legal events related to these sectors and various other areas.
Farida Azarioh Senior Country General Manager, Intertrust UAE
Farida started her career at Intertrust Group in Amsterdam in 2013 and holds a master’s degree in Private Law from the University of Amsterdam. After her studies, she started working as a paralegal at a Dutch law firm, before joining Intertrust in 2013 as a relationship manager managing a diverse client portfolio. In 2018 she was seconded to Intertrust Dubai for three months to focus on business development in the region. In 2021 she returned to the Middle East to take on the role of General Manager of our offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In her current role, Farida oversees the organization and daily management in order to ensure an adequate coverage of the needs of the various clients and to realize the sales budgets. She also provides executive relationship management services to key clients and acts as external director on several boards.
Kamar Alameddine Compliance Officer & MLRO, Praxis
Kamar joined Praxis in 2020, she currently serves as a Compliance and MLRO consultant for PIFM Consulting Services Limited, based in Abu Dhabi. With over 10 years of experience in the field of compliance and anti-money laundering , Kamar has established a career as a Compliance Officer and MLRO in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) two prominent financial hubs in the UAE . In her current role Kamar provides her expertise to a diverse range of clients, including financial institutions, funds, established businesses and start-up institutions, and multinational corporations. Offering tailored solutions, conducting comprehensive compliance assessments, developing and enhancing compliance programs, and providing training to employees to ensure a culture of compliance throughout organisations.
Phyllis Townsend Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Phyllis Townsend is a Partner in the Wealth Management group at Baker McKenzie in London. Phyllis is Chair of the European and Middle East (EMEA) Wealth Management practice group and a member of the Firm's Global Wealth Management Steering Committee. Phyllis works with clients (including individuals, trustees and family offices) on a broad range of wealth management matters with a particular focus on investment structuring. Phyllis often advises on pre-UK arrival planning and provides ongoing advice to UK resident non-UK domiciled individuals and families with connections to the Middle East, US and Europe. Phyllis' principal clients are based in the Middle East and she travels to the region. Phyllis is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers HNW Guide, including as a "Foreign expert in the Middle East-wide" and for "Family Offices and Funds Structuring". Phyllis is recognised in Legal Week's "Private Client Global Elite - Ones to Watch“ and ePrivateClient's "NextGen Leaders".
Rhea Wright Investment Manager, Quilter Cheviot Jersey
Rhea in an investment manager, with over 10 years of experience working with high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth international clients. Rhea’s primary role is to construct and manage investment portfolios for private clients, trusts and institutions. Rhea has a particular interest in the female private client market, leading on initiatives that ensure inclusivity and a tailored approach for Quilter Cheviot international clients. As a Chartered Fellow of the CISI, Rhea holds the PCIAM qualification, the Pensions Transfers and Planning Advice Certificate and the professional assessment in Sustainable and Responsible Investment. She holds a degree in Business Management and a diploma in Law and French. Rhea is Treasurer and Vice-President of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) in Jersey and will become President in December 2023. She is Co-Chair of Inspiring Girls (Jersey) and sits on the Community Investment Panel for the Quilter Foundation.
Praxis is an independent, leading provider of bespoke private wealth and corporate services to companies, individuals and families across the world.
Our clients’ interests are at the forefront of everything we do, and we are focused on adding value at each opportunity. This approach has shaped our reputation for innovation and service for over 50 years.
The Group’s expertise and experience are sustained by recruiting and retaining the brightest and best, and creating a culture that allows them to thrive.
We take the long-term view, knowing that the ongoing success of our business rests on the trust we build by nurturing lasting relationships.
Registration and Networking
Welcome and Introduction
- An Kelles, Director – GCC – Jersey Finance
- Amy Bryant, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Jersey Finance