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Led by Jersey Finance’s Director – GCC, An Kelles, we were delighted to once again host a Perspectives: Women in Leadership event, building on the insights and success of these events since 2018.

Our inaugural event “A View from the Top” broadened our focus beyond wealth management to explore the perspectives and experience offered by today’s women in leadership, globally, working across multiple business sectors and regions.

Now we are seeing the continued growth of women’s key leadership roles in the workforce. Our events aim to tap into this rich source of inspiration, expertise and insight, whilst enabling women in leadership to support each other by connecting and building global networks.

In this webinar, we heard from female business leaders and authorities in their field discussing their experience and insights in the financial industry.

For more information, please contact a member of our events team.

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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.

Heather Henyon

Heather Henyon Founding Partner, Mindshift Capital

Heather Henyon is Founding Partner of Mindshift Capital, a global venture fund that invests exclusively in early stage women-led technology companies. Heather has almost 20 years of experience in venture finance, entrepreneurship, emerging markets, angel investing, technology, credit and impact investment. With over 100 direct and fund investments, she is an active venture investor with a passion for fintech and women-led start-ups. In 2014, Heather started the Women’s Angel Investor Network (WAIN), the first and largest women’s angel investment group in the Middle East, and served as Interim CFO for Little Thinking Minds, WAIN’s first investment. She is a Founding Partner of Athena CFO, now known as Growth Partners, an outsourced CFO and finance advisory firm. Previously, she was Investment Director with Eureeca, a regulated global equity crowdinvesting fintech start-up, where she was responsible for curation, products, and investments.

Farida Azarioh

Farida Azarioh Country General Manager UAE, Intertrust

Farida started her career at Intertrust in 2013 and holds a master’s degree in civil law from the University of Amsterdam. After her study, she worked as a paralegal at a Dutch law firm and joined Intertrust in 2013 as a relationship manager managing a diverse client portfolio. In 2018 she was seconded to Intertrust Dubai to focus on business development in the region. In 2021 she returned to the Middle East to take on the role of Country General Manager of Intertrust's offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Heba Al Emara

Heba Al Emara Managing Director, Vistra Middle East

Heba joined Orangefield Group (now Vistra) in 2012 as part of the UK client commercial advisory department. She has a particular focus on HNWIs, UHNWIs and Family Offices from the Arabian Gulf. She supports the structuring of international personal and business assets, succession and implementing governance across generations. Heba began her career in various legal and philanthropy roles in the City of London. She grew up in the Middle East and is equally comfortable working in English and Arabic. She holds a degree in Law and has completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London. In 2018 and 2017, Heba was named as one of eprivateclient’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ professionals. Heba has also been shortlisted as Woman of the Year - Future Leaders in the Powerwomen Awards 2020.

Midya Omar

Midya Omar Manager - MENA EY Private | Family Enterprise, Family Office Consulting

Midya is a lawyer, working as a Manager in EY MENA Private Client Services, Family Enterprise, Family Office Advisory. She has been working with international tax and family businesses all around the world for 8 years.In 2016 Midya moved to the UAE to help build the Middle East Private Business & Private Client team at EY MENA. Midya works as an advisor to ambitious owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs of leading private, fast growth and family enterprises and on advising on tax, confidentiality, governance and succession/ inheritance matters. Among others, she has advised very successful GCC and Levant family business owners on the restructuring of their business to facilitate succession, reviewed the tax structuring of overseas investments and established a strong governance framework for the family. She has also worked extensively on projects involving the review of private wealth structures from an OECD CRS and tax transparency standpoint.