Our Annual Conference on Sanctions, Anti-Corruption & Export Controls Compliance in the Middle East, looking at local issues as well as assessing the impact of global compliance changes on actors in the region.

It looks like 2019 is going to be yet another interesting year for compliance professionals operating in the Middle East, geopolitical events are moving fast, the European Union and the United States of America are increasingly using the export control and sanctions tools they have to extend their reach and scope and now China has announced new export rules coming to the game.

International cooperation on Anti-Corruption means a growing enforcement landscape to navigate. The damage done to the company’s reputation, can be painful, and it is imperative for those working in compliance to keep up to date with developments and ensure compliance throughout the operation.

It never gets easier, though by discussing your program with your peers you can make it clearer and implement actions previously unknown or untried. Of course, there is also the day to day running of your operations which we will also be looking at ways to improve by discussing best practice. This conference is focused on regional issues and regional solutions, a must attend for those with local responsibility.

A good conference is built on delegate participation, at Nielsonsmith we strive to build a platform where the delegate can openly discuss the matter at hand in a room full of peers. In-depth presentations with extended Q&A time to get the answers uppermost in your mind.

We will be achieving this again in Dubai this year.

Our Esteemed Speaker Panel Includes:

Mr. Khalid AlAseeri, General Counsel, Qiddiya Investment Company

Mr. Mustafa Zacour, Head of Ethics & Compliance, MA’ADEN, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Muhammad Babar, Head Fintech Compliance, Europe Middle East & APAC, MoneyGram International

Mr. Matthew Nobles, Chief Compliance Officer, GE Power MENAT

Mr. Mahmoud Baki Fadlallah, Partner, Akin Gump

Mr. Keith Stronach, Head of Export Control, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia

Mr. Graham Ide, Head of Trade Management EMEA, Eaton

Mr. Ted Datta, Director Governance, Risk & Compliance Solutions (UK, Nordics, Middle East & Africa), Bureau van Dijk

Mr. Elvis Angyiembe, Regional Compliance Officer & Corporate Counsel Europe, Middle East, Central & Southern Asia & Africa, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Mr. Graham Thomas, Partner, Herminius

Ms. Minna Herranen, Head of Trade Management, MEA & India, GOPS, Global Trade Management, Networks, NOKIA

and other specialists in the area of Anti-Corruption, Ethics, Sanctions and Trade Compliance.

Mr. Keith Stronach, Head of Export Control, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia

Keith is Head of Export Control & Programme Security for BAE Systems Saudi Arabia with functional governance responsibilities for the Kingdom Portfolio Companies. Based in Riyadh, Keith has lived and worked in the Kingdom for 13 years.

Leading a multi-national team in KSA and the UK, Keith is responsible for the strategy, direction, implementation and assurance of the Company’s robust and sustainable Export Control & Programme Security Compliance Programme, including the delivery of export control training and direction of investigations, risk reviews and self-assurance audits as well as the submission of reports to respective regulatory authorities. He is also committed to the development of ‘home grown’ expertise to deliver the Saudi National Export Control Managers of the future.

Keith joined BAE Systems in 2008 from the Royal Air Force, where he served for 32 years specializing in law enforcement, security and counter intelligence world-wide.

Mr. Mustafa Zacour, Head of Ethics & Compliance, MA’ADEN, Saudi Arabia

With 20 plus years of experience, Mustafa has a strong and diversified background including internal audit, Ethics, Compliance and fraud investigations.  Currently, he is working For Ma’aden, one of the largest mining companies in the Middle East as an Ethics and Compliance Officer.  Mustafa Graduated with a degree in accounting from William Paterson University in 1996 and is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

In his career, he has  worked for various companies including Shell,  Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Securities, Credit Lyonnais and Alfardan.

Ms. Minna Herranen, Head of Trade Management, MEA & India, GOPS, Global Trade Management, Networks, NOKIA

Minna Herranen is a Finnish national Regional Compliance Officer of Nokia. In this role, she leads Middle East, Africa and India regional teams of Global Trade Management, which are responsible of proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on trade risks across regional corporate units. Minna has the Executive MBA degree from the Hult International Business School in Dubai. With over 25 years of experience in supply chain management and logistics, including 18 years in telecommunication network infrastructure-building operations. Minna came to Dubai on 2004 set up regional distribution center in Jebel Ali Free Zone and has over 12 years of experience on leadership and management on working in Middle East.  Last year she has been working with Country Senior Officers to build and establish regional trade compliance representative’s network and community in Middle East, Africa and India. Currently her team is focusing on implementing Nokia ICP Country specific Internal Compliance Program guidance documentation and integration of Trade Compliance function of the companies after acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in MEA region.

Mr. Mahmoud Baki Fadlallah, Partner, Akin Gump

Mac Fadlallah has been based in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) since 2012. He counsels clients across a broad range of sectors on how U.S. law is applied to non-U.S. entities and operations, particularly with respect to global investigations and compliance with international sanctions, export controls and anticorruption laws.

Mac advises extensively on a number of key U.S. statutes, including:

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations on listed chemicals and controlled substances.

Mac also provides advice related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal reached between the international community and Iran, as well as in the evolving sanctions environment between the United States and Iran. He counsels companies on the sanctions considerations around Iran-related business. These include secondary sanctions exposure and associated risks, such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure obligations, contractual safeguards and U.S. state divestment policies.

Mr. Muhammad Babar, Head Fintech Compliance, Europe Middle East & APAC, MoneyGram International
Mr. Ian Hunt, Export Security Manager, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia
Mr. Elvis Angyiembe, Regional Compliance Officer & Corporate CounselEurope, Middle East, Central & Southern Asia & Africa, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Mr. Khalid AlAseeri, General Counsel, Qiddiya Investment Company
Mr. Matthew Nobles, Chief Compliance Officer, GE Power MENAT
Mr. Graham Thomas, Partner, Herminius
Mr. Johann Strauss, Associate Partner, Akin Gump
Mr. Andrew Gordon, Global Forensic and Integrity Services Leader, EY

With over 30 years of experience in complex, cross-border financial fraud investigations with a wide range of clients and sectors, Andrew is EY Global Forensic & Integrity Services Leader.

He has worked alongside international law firms, reporting to regulators and law enforcement agencies on a range of issues pertaining to fraud and corruption.

Andrew has direct access to a wealth of talent and knowledge across the global EY network, including 4,500 Forensic & Integrity Services professionals in more than 75 countries.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and will include the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field:

♦ Tone from the Top – A CEO/CFO led presentation defining leadership & commitment

♦ Trends and Best Practices in Anti-Bribery Compliance Programs: An Interactive Benchmarking Discussion

♦ The Anatomy of an Internal Investigation

♦ Sanctions, Embargoes & Denied Parties

♦ Due Diligence – Making Good Decisions in Complex Environments

♦ Implementing a trade compliance mindset in your organisation. Perspectives from a Compliance Officer

♦ Panel Discussion: topic to be chosen by delegates one week before the start date

♦ The extraterritoriality of US Trade Controls

♦ Applying external and extra territorial Trade Controls in the Middle East

The Integrity Agenda – What Companies are Doing to Combat Bribery and Corruption Across the Globe and Regionally?

♦ Resolving the due diligence dilemma: cost-effective third-party risk management 

The Use of Technology in Compliance

Round-table discussions on topics selected by the participants 

Please contact your NielsonSmith representative to discuss the programme in more depth.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm’s international trade practice facilitates our clients’ ability to engage in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders, in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We have a robust practice in the area of global trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions, customs and import controls, anticorruption, anti-money laundering and corporate social responsibility. Follow us on Twitter (@AGTradeLaw).


Herminius has an extensive and proprietary network of international experts covering many different fields allowing it to source in-depth information across a whole range of sectors and geographies.

The calm commercial judgement of its in-house team of experts provides sound judgement on gathered intelligence, allowing Herminius to offer its clients advice of the highest calibre.

Herminius understands the changing components of power, which helps its clients to identify opportunity where others might perceive threat, to protect reputation, to grow profit, to bring success.


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We help compliance as well as law enforcement and customs experts all over the world to validate companies through Orbis, the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies. It contains information on 300 million companies; including directors, company structures, beneficial owners, PEPs and Sanctions and adverse news.

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MIC – Managing International Customs & Trade Compliance

One world, one market, one partner

MIC Customs Solutions is the worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutionsensuring efficient customs and trade compliance processes within the legal frameworks in 48+ countries on six continents.

Our 700+ multinational clients achieved tremendous cost savings and transparency in the customs supply chain through integrating and automating customs processes. MIC is the number one global customs software provider in the automotive industry reflecting its 30 years’ experience exclusively in this sector, and is strongly growing in other industry sectors as well.

MIC’s software products are offered as On-Premises or as Software-as-a-Service Solution (SaaS).


Successful organizations depend on their reputation for keeping promises, respecting laws and behaving ethically to maintain stakeholder trust. EY Forensic & Integrity Services professionals help organizations protect and restore enterprise and financial reputation. We assist companies and their legal counsel to investigate facts, resolve disputes and manage regulatory challenges. We put integrity at the heart of compliance programs to help better manage ethical and reputational risks.

We understand how organizations navigate complex environments; how pressures, attitudes and culture influence employee actions; and how to leverage data analytics to improve compliance and investigation outcomes. We are committed to making integrity the cornerstone of a better working world.

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 999 USD.

Please note, we will not charge VAT on this price. The price includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Group Booking Discounts.

Conference Venue

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Marasi Drive, Dubai, UAE, PO Box 191984

Conference Accommodation

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Marasi Drive, Dubai, UAE, PO Box 191984

Deluxe Standard Room Room rate is 1030.67 AED inclusive of all taxes, breakfast and WiFi. The link to book the preferential rate is below:

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