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Jersey Finance, in partnership with Themis, is delighted to host this Jersey Finance, Member only, Saudi Arabia Financial Crime Country Risk Workshop – a CPD accredited event.

Understanding financial crime risk is a cornerstone of the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation.

Many of the customers of Jersey’s finance industry are non-resident therefore an area of focus is the industry’s approach to understanding and managing the financial crime risks and threats of conducting business in higher risk jurisdictions.

Following last year’s Saudi Arabia Financial Crime Risk Assessment Roundtable – In Partnership with Themis, we have been working with the Government of Jersey, the JFSC and Themis to design a practical workshop, with practical exercises that may benefit Jersey Finance Members in their country risk profiling.

As a result, we have engaged a top specialist Margot Best, Director, Best Vision Consulting Ltd and Themis Financial Crime Trainer, alongside Nadia O’Shaughnessy, Themis Head of Insight and Carel van Randwyck, Chief Growth Officer & Head of Impact at Themis, to facilitate our Saudi Arabia Financial Crime Country Risk Workshop on Tuesday 20 June, 8.30 am for a 9.00 am start at the Pomme D’Or Hotel, St Helier. The event will end at 12.30 pm.

The Saudi Arabia Financial Crime Country Risk Workshop will focus on the practical approach on how to conduct Country Risk Assessments incorporating:

  • A recap overview panel discussion of financial crime risk in the Saudi Arabia
  • A presentation about establishing a business presence in Saudi Arabia
  • The Jersey and international regulations and legislation for financial crime country risk assessments
  • Requisite information to conduct such country risk assessments
  • Risk assessment approach
  • Practical case studies drawn from a Saudi context
  • Best practice

These discussions will build on the information in the Themis Saudi Arabia country risk report, which you can buy on Themis’ website here, and will be held under Chatham House Rules to encourage debate and the sharing of best practice.

This year, Jersey will be the subject of a significant evaluation by a body of the Council of Europe – MONEYVAL (Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism) – who conduct evaluations against international Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) standards as set out by the Financial Action Task Force (the FATF).

This process will involve an assessment of the role of the finance industry in understanding risks and applying preventative measures. This work is designed to both develop that understanding for industry and demonstrate our clear commitment to implementing international AML/CFT standards.

This event is recommended for representatives from Jersey Finance Member firms’ compliance function, however we welcome multiple attendees from other business areas and particularly client facing professionals that travel to the Middle East.

Please click here to register for this CPD accredited event.

If you have any questions regarding this CPD accredited event, please contact our events team.


Allan Wood › Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
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Born in Liverpool, Allan has more than 25 years’ financial service experience in Jersey and the UK.

As Global Head of Business Development, Allan is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Jersey as a leading international finance centre across key strategic overseas markets including Africa, the Gulf region, Asia, the US and the UK.

Allan joined Jersey Finance in 2015 as Business Development Director, before being promoted to Regional Head – West, where he was responsible for overseeing the Africa, US and UK markets.

Prior to Jersey Finance, Allan spent five years with Barclays in Jersey, where he was Vice President and leader of the Jersey International business within Barclays Wealth & Investment Management division. Before this, he spent 20 years with Royal Bank of Scotland.

A keen runner in his spare time, Allan successfully completed the London Marathon in 2014 and 2016, while he is also Chairman of The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a Director of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation, and an advisor to the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board.

Carel van Randwyck

Carel van Randwyck Chief Growth Officer and Head of Impact, Themis

Carel van Randwyck is the Chief Growth Officer & Head of Impact at Themis, having been with the company since 2020. He has 35+ years broad international experience having lived and worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe for market-leading financial services firms. Prior to Themis, he was the adviser to an Impact Investing VC firm, the Global COO for various sales & trading businesses at UBS Investment Bank, Head of Change Management, Group Sales, at Deutsche Börse, the German Stock Exchange company, financial management & treasury management consultant with Price Waterhouse and auditor with Arthur Young & Co. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Association of Corporate Treasurers, holds the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing and is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish.

Nadia O'Shaughnessy

Nadia O'Shaughnessy Head of Research, Themis

Nadia manages the Themis Insight team, working on threat-based analysis of a variety of topics related to financial crime, including Themis' jurisdictional risk programme. Nadia has a diverse background in international affairs and research. Prior to joining Themis, she completed assignments at the United Nations, FTI Consulting, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and European Commission. Nadia has a dual master’s from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po, Paris, and a Double First Class undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, all in the sphere of International Relations.

Margot Best

Margot Best Director, Best Vision Consulting Ltd and Themis Financial Crime Trainer

Margot is a financial crime training specialist with extensive experience delivering AFC and AML learning initiatives across all levels, including across 7 UK, Middle Eastern and European financial services organisations undergoing regulatory review and enforcement. She has designed and delivered a broad range of specialist learning curricula and assessments for compliance and regulatory programmes on topics such as AML, AFC, ABC, fraud and tax evasion. She is recognised for her ability to turn financial crime and AML policies and procedures into an accessible learning experience for the end user.

Lee Lawrence

Lee Lawrence Vice President, Vision Invest

Lee is with Riyadh based Vision Invest leading their focus in Transport, Airports & Logistics investment and development projects. Lee was previously with SAL Saudi Logistics Services, where he was the Chief Strategy Officer, and before that he was the Chief Investment Officer of Tarabot, part of the Vision Invest group. Lee was also CEO at Qeema Infrastructure Partners, CEO at Airports International Group in Amman, Jordan, that operated Queen Alia International Airport and CFO at sovereign wealth fund ADIC, Abu Dhabi Investment Company. Through his career, Lee developed substantial experience in asset management and investment development in aviation, logistics and transportation infrastructure. Lee is a Chartered Associate of Institute of Financial Services, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a member of Association of Project Managers.

Amanda Reilly

Amanda Reilly Director, Ogier Regulatory Consulting and former Director of Supervisory Engagement at the Jersey Financial Services Commission

Amanda has extensive experience in regulatory compliance including conduct and financial crime related matters. Prior to joining Ogier, Amanda was part of the Senior Leadership Team at the JFSC and was responsible for teams supervising the banking, fund services business, investment business and trust company business sectors in Jersey, after heading up both the Financial Crime and Supervision Examination Units. Amanda joined the regulator after a long career in the finance industry, working in the Crown Dependencies and the UK. Amanda has a keen interest in corporate governance and boardroom dynamics. She has professional diplomas in Financial Services Management, Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering and holds qualifications in coaching and mentoring, and leadership.

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald Detective Sergeant & FIU Team Leader, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)

Michael joined Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in August 2016, which was part of the Joint Financial Crimes Unit (JFCU) at that time. In his day-to-day responsibilities, Michael oversees all operational activities of the FIU alongside a civilian supervisor, managing a team of intelligence analysts who receive, analyse, and disseminate intelligence and deputising for the Director of the FIU as required. Initially joining the States of Jersey Police in 2003, Michael is also a Detective Sergeant. During his career within the Police force, Michael has gained valuable experience from front-line policing and more serious and complex crime in his current role within the FIU. Before joining the States of Jersey Police, Michael spent a number of years in the Jersey finance industry. Michael has an ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and the NTFIU Counter Terrorist Financing course in London in 2016.

Yousef Alzuhair

Yousef Alzuhair Senior Vice President, Privatization Sector, Vision Invest

Yousef Alzuhair is an international business development executive with 16 years of extensive experience in business development, engineering, operations and management on large scale conventional / renewable power, water / desalination, wastewater, waste to energy and industrial projects. He is a qualified project management professional with PMP certification and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the United Kingdom with 1st Class Hons and four prestigious academic awards. Through his various roles as Director of Business Development, Executive Manager and Lead Engineer, he has led growth strategies as well as facilitated business development initiatives, tender management and carried out construction supervision as well as operation with specific focus on projects in the Middle East region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon) working with major entities such as Corus, MARAFIQ, ACWA Power, Nesma and most recently Vision Invest.

Caroline Morgan

Caroline Morgan NRA Technical Lead, Government of Jersey

Caroline Morgan is currently on secondment to the Financial Crime Strategy team from the Jersey Financial Services Commission where she has worked for 16.5 years. Caroline has worked in the finance industry for nearly 35 years, first in London and more recently in Jersey. She is a Chartered Accountant by background, has worked in all areas of financial policy and represented both the UK financial regulator and the JFSC on the international stage.

Event Partners

Themis are a recognised financial crime specialist providing financial services firms with threat-based financial crime research on the latest techniques employed by criminals and the financial crime risks associated with specific industries and jurisdictions. They have a reputation for delivering insightful panel discussions with financial crime experts on discrete threats, industries and jurisdictions. Furthermore, their financial crime risk research of operating in and with customers and partners in higher risk jurisdictions provides the requisite information in a clear and concise format to conduct country risk assessments in line with market best practice and regulatory requirements.



Day 1

Day 1

8.30 am

Networking Breakfast



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

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia

  • Lee Lawrence, Vice President, Vision Invest
  • Yousef Al-Zuhair, Senior Vice President, Vision Invest

Panel Session

  • Moderator: Carel van Randwyck, Head of Impact and Partnerships, Themis
  • Caroline Morgan, NRA Technical Lead, Government of Jersey
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Detective Sergeant, Jersey FIU
  • Amanda Reilly, Director, Ogier Regulatory Consulting and former Director of Supervisory
    Engagement at the Jersey Financial Services Commission
  • Nadia O’Shaughnessy, Head of Research, Themis
9.20 am
9.50 am

Part I of Workshop

  • Margot Best, Director, Best Vision Consulting Ltd and Themis Financial Crime Trainer

Coffee Break

10.40 am
11.10 am

Part II of Workshop

  • Margot Best, Director, Best Vision Consulting Ltd and Themis Financial Crime Trainer

Audience Q&A

12.10 pm
12.25 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
  • Carel van Randwyck, Head of Impact and Partnerships, Themis

Event Ends

12.30 pm
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Venue: Pomme d'Or Hotel, Jersey