Free virtual session 19th August 2022 (10:00 AM London Time)
Compliance officers are in demand.
As businesses tackle a myriad of consumer-focused compliance requirements, from anti-money laundering laws to corporate accounting mandates, the demand for compliance officers continues to grow.
Whether you’re looking to move into a compliance role or are a compliance professional wanting to take the next step in your career, continuing regulatory reform means that the demand for people conversant with the regulations and practicalities of finance is high.
Join GCI’s subject matter expert for the first in our series of Q&A sessions to discuss the ways in which you can move into compliance with the right training and qualifications as well as how to advance your compliance career and move into niche areas such as fraud, AML investigations, foreign tax, financial services regulations and cryptocurrencies.
These sessions are an opportunity to hear from professionals who work in the field of compliance, who can share their experiences as well as tips and advice on what you need to do to be a successful compliance officer.
Anyone who is interested in a career in compliance including…
Marie-Josée Samneh is a Lebanese legal, compliance & anti-money laundering officer with a focus on banking and financial matters.
She has extensive experience in the Lebanese banking and financial industry. In her 10 year career, Marie-Josée worked as the head of compliance in, respectively, a Lebanese financial institution (MENA Invest SAL), and a leading Lebanese subsidiary of a Swiss private bank (Arab Bank Switzerland Lebanon SAL (ABSL), where she established the compliance department (AML and legal) from the ground up.
In fact, Marie-Josée prepared all policies and procedures of the compliance department and oversaw the implementation of various strategic, operational and regulatory processes. In her experience, Marie-Josée also worked as the head of legal and compliance in the Association of Banks in Lebanon which is a professional association established by Lebanese banks. During her time at the Association of Banks in Lebanon, she contributed to the preparation of various banking legislation (FATCA, CRS, etc.,) and coordinated their discussions with the various stakeholders (Government, Banks as well as banking and AML regulators).
Today she is the primary contact with Lebanese regulators at ABSL, she handles all the Bank's strategic development plans and all legal/regulatory interactions between ABSL and its Swiss parent company.
Marie-Josée is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Anti Money Laundering Committee at Arab ABSL.
She holds a Law Degree, a Master’s in Banking and Finance from Sagesse University in Beirut, a Master’s in Management from the Ecole Superieure des Affaire Beirut, and an Executive Education, “Program for Leadership Development” from Harvard Business School. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Marie-Josée speaks and writes with full proficiency, Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
EXPERT COMPLIANCE, ETHICS & GOVERNANCE SPEAKER & CONTRIBUTOR
Tomell Ceasar is a seasoned international corporate ethics, compliance and governance executive with nearly 15 years of proven global executive leadership. He is a native of Chicago, USA and a graduate of Stanford University.
He has experience in both the private and public sectors, having worked for the former U.S. President, Barack Obama. Tomell has been a UAE resident for 13 years, having led ethics and compliance departments in a number of reputed multinational firms.
Tomell is the current Head of Group Ethics and Compliance for Careem (an Uber Company). For his contributions to the compliance industry, his profile was featured on the front cover of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, “Compliance and Ethics Professional” magazine as well as Forbes and other notable compliance publications. Tomell is the proud co-founder of MEACA (“Middle East and Africa Compliance Association”) a not-for-profit registered in the Dubai International Financial Center, which was established to promote ethics and compliance in the Middle East and Africa.
Gail Wessels has worked in financial services for more than 20 years. She uses her blend of cross functional skills in legal, banking, technology, governance, risk and compliance to offer advisory and training services that assist in building effective compliance programmes
Some of the projects that Gail has been involved with include creating a governance and control framework for outsourced functions in a tier 1 investment bank, leading an initiative to embed an AML compliance culture across a multinational bank, employing a new whistleblowing programme, establishing a KYC managed service and utility, and implementing the IT infrastructure for a digital bank.
Gail is a fellow member, trainer and course designer at the ICA (International Compliance Association), and former lead of the ASCOM (Asociación Española de Compliance) industry AML working group. She currently lives in Spain and works with clients in various countries, including in Europe, the UK, Asia and LATAM.”
Viviana is an experienced risk and compliance manager. Multi-faceted with UHNW client sales and advisory as well as in-depth international compliance and regulatory hands-on experience.
Proven skills in implementing and training on regulatory requirements and formulating practical compliance procedures and relevant documents. She has a passion and a flair for education in the financial services arena.