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The US, UK, EU and now China have far reaching export controls, sanctions and anti-corruption initiatives, match this with local regulations and you have a perfect storm of compliance to navigate through. Our annual Sanctions, Anti-Corruption & Export Controls Compliance in the Middle East conference is the one place where you, as a local compliance specialist, can find a way through.

‘Culture beats Compliance’ is well known maxim but carries no weight with Regulators. So how do you not only build leading compliance programs but also ensure their take up and the buy in of the workforce ? Best Practice is commonly called for but does one size fit all ? How can you ensure you are compliant with conflicting American & Chinese regulations at the same time as ensuring local regulations are adhered too?

This conference has been produced with you the compliance specialist ‘on the ground’ in mind. It is designed to allow you to learn from your peers and benchmark your program with not only the global leaders but also with local prominent companies. This is the must attend conference in the region where you will meet eminent speakers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia as well as other GCC and leading global specialists, we look forward to meeting you.

Speaker Panel includes:

Mr. Matthew Nobles, Chief Compliance Officer, GE Gas Power – Middle East & Africa

Dr. Yasser Aboismail, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, MENA, Schindler Group

Mr. Arvind Sharma, Chief Compliance Officer, Agility

♦ Ms. Doraliz E. Ortiz, Head of Legal & Regulatory Compliance, ENOC Group

Mr. Jim Huish, Managing Director, Export Controls and Sanctions, FTI Consulting

♦ Mr. Tomell Ceasar, Head of Group Ethics & Compliance, Careem

♦ Dr. Lalu Pillai, Senior Trade Compliance Manager – Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, Trane Technologies

Mr Elvis Angyiembe, Director, Global Compliance Communication; Regional Compliance Officer & Corporate Counsel, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

And other specialists in the area of compliance, sanctions, anti-corruption and export controls.

Mr. Matthew Nobles, Chief Compliance Officer, GE Gas Power – Middle East & Africa

Matthew Nobles is the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Power MENAT, providing leadership on the development and implementation of a broad compliance program, focused on culture building, adherence to all relevant local and international laws, and support in driving key business objectives. Matthew has a diverse background of more than 12 years of finance, audit and compliance leadership experience across the GE portfolio of businesses including Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Treasury, Corporate and now Power. Upon moving to Dubai in 2011, Matthew lead the development and implementation of the anti-corruption framework for the company in the region. In 2014, Matthew served as the International Commercial Controller for the Distributed Power business, responsible for oversight of the Commercial team in the contract negotiation & review process. In 2016, Matthew served as the FP&A Manager to the GE regional CEO and provided guidance in developing the commercial growth strategy and management of critical internal business processes. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys following the financial markets, reading and spending time with his wife and two young children. 


Mr. Arvind Sharma, Chief Compliance Officer, Agility

Senior Director, Ethics and Compliance Counsel with more than 17 years of experience with Fortune 500 corporations in the oil and gas, manufacturing, aerospace and information technology industries. Based in the United States and UAE, have established compliance and ethics programs within multiple corporations and managed 13 regionally based compliance managers with operating budgets exceeding $2M USD. Extensive experience with anti-bribery (FCPA) compliance, import compliance, export controls, sanctions, mergers & acquisitions and multi-jurisdiction government-led investigations. 

Key Achievements Include: 

• Developed and deployed significantly enhanced ethics, investigations, anti-corruption, import, and trade sanctions compliance programs focused on Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Africa (Egypt and Nigeria) and Asia (India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand). 

• Led multi-jurisdictional investigation and managed government negotiations, resulting in no criminal sanctions related to Flowserve’s participation in UN Oil for Food Program. 

• Managed seven-member team that successfully resolved U.S. Customs audit, resulting in $6 million savings. 

• Demonstrated record of enhancing risk mitigation while reducing headcount and operating budgets by more than 35 percent. 


Mr. Jim Huish, Managing Director, Export Controls and Sanctions, FTI Consulting

Jim Huish is a Managing Director of the Export Controls & Sanctions Practice offering in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting (FLC) segment at FTI Consulting, and he is based in London. Jim specializes in international trade compliance including customs compliance, supply chain security, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott and related US and global regulations. 

Jim helps his clients build or enhance their trade compliance programs through a practical approach to procedural enhancements, audits, and trainings that are properly benchmarked. Having worked across multiple industry sectors he is able to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to clients, balancing these multi-jurisdictional laws and regulations with the practical realities of implementing sustainable solutions into the day-to-day operations. 

Jim has extensive experience advising clients on compliance matters using his supply chain and security background to define and deploy risk-based solutions. His ability to balance the regulatory requirements and the operational needs across multi-jurisdictional experience gives client a unique perspective and solution-focused approach. 

Prior to FTI Consulting, Jim held various positions in large multinationals in various compliance positions in the telecoms, power management, aerospace and defence, and high-tech sectors. He served as the Regional Compliance Director with a telecommunications manufacturer where he led the workstreams in the EU and Russia under intense government scrutiny including multiple government-imposed monitors. 

Jim started his career in industry, spent six years in consulting, including leading the European export controls practice for a Big 4 firm, and then went back into industry, where he was responsible for defining and implementing compliance programs following legacy compliance breaches. 

Jim is a member of several trade associations within the United Kingdom and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He also participates regularly in seminars on panel sessions sharing his experience gained from over 20-year experience in the international trade arena. 

Jim holds a B.A. Hons in International Business Studies with French from the University of Northumbria, along with a Bachelor Européen de Commerce et de Gestion des Entreprises. Ecole Superièure de Commerce de La Rochelle, France. 


Mr Elvis Angyiembe, Director, Global Compliance Communication; Regional Compliance Officer & Corporate Counsel, Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Highly motivated, U.S. attorney with 11+ years’ immense achievements in helping lead cross functional initiatives to achieve robust compliance programs across multi-faceted business lines. Successfully champion the development and implementation of innovative compliance strategies in legal and compliance issues in North America, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Act as a subject matter expert on compliance related matters and provide practical fit-for-purpose advice to address complex legal and compliance questions. A sterling leader with deep expertise in contract review, negotiation, contract drafting and oil and gas litigation skills, strengthened by intellectual curiosity, demonstrated high level of cultural sensitivity with ability to work in different cultures and as part of a team. Grounded in real-world business experience, and armed with excellent leadership, communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills; proficient in English, French, and a working knowledge in German, Portuguese and Spanish. 

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

Effectively managed risks related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act; White Collar Crime, U.S. Sanctions, Trade Controls, Import/Export regulations, anti-trust, and data privacy. Recognized as finalist for Best Corporate Counsel, Up & Coming, by Houston Business Journal. Top Ranked Oralist, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Spring 2010. 

Bar Membership: Texas State Bar November 2010 


Dr. Yasser Aboismail, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, MENA, Schindler Group

International legal counsel and experienced leader who acts as a true business partner and lead by influencing and partnering with executive leaders to accelerate global business goals and to build a culture of integrity.

Throughout his career and academic journey in Egypt, France, Saudi and UAE with top tier multinational organizations such as Ernst & Young, PepsiCo, Eaton and currently Schindler, he played a vital leadership role in developing agile, competent and forward thinking legal functions that enable and accelerate the sustainable and profitable growth of business.

Currently, Yasser oversees all legal, commercial and compliance matters across the Middle East and North Africa region and leads the Global Function of Compliance Culture and Training at Schindler Group.

He has been selected three times by Legal500 as one of the most influential 100 general counsels in the Middle East and has been named as the General Counsel of Year 2020 by Legal Era Magazine.

Yasser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Cairo University, a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from Paris IX University in France, a Master’s Degree in International Business Contracts and a PhD both from the University Montpellier I in France.


♦ Mr. Tomell Ceasar, Head of Group Ethics & Compliance, Careem

Tomell, a native of Chicago, USA, is a seasoned corporate compliance and governance executive with over 13 years of international experience. He has developed and overseen innovative corporate governance, compliance and ethics programs & strategies in a multitude of multinational enterprises in both the private and public sectors.


Ms. Barbara Linney, Partner & Co-Leader, International Trade Practice Team, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Ms. Sarah Higgins, General Counsel, Serco Middle East (invited)

♦ Ms. Doraliz E. Ortiz, Head of Legal & Regulatory Compliance, ENOC Group

♦ Dr. Lalu Pillai, Senior Trade Compliance Manager – Middle East, Africa & Pakistan, Trane Technologies

Mr. Tarek Massoud, Chief Compliance Officer, Petrofac International Ltd. (invited)

♦ Mr. Lyubomir Modev, Senior Corporate Compliance Counsel, Amazon (invited)

Mr. Muhammad Shakil, Head of Compliance Monitoring, Saudi British Bank (invited)


Should you wish to join our esteemed speaker panel at this event, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and includes the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field.

♦ Update on regulatory changes pertinent to GCC and MEA: AML, anti-corruption and export controls.

♦ Changes to the International Sanctions regimes impacting businesses in MEA – threats and new opportunities.

♦ The Fast Five – 5 solutions – 5-minute interviews.

♦ Mid-term post COVID-19 impact and novel approaches.

♦ Trends and best practices in Sanctions Compliance Programs including aspects of ongoing monitoring/audit: an interactive benchmarking discussion.

♦ Navigating Deferred Prosecution Agreements: essential requirements of a US DoJ certified compliance program.

♦ What you should expect implementing an export compliance programme when working with a sanctioned country nexus – Iran example.

♦ Panel Discussion:

• Abraham Accord – impact, new opportunities for ME and new compliance challenges

• Al Ula Accord – impact, new opportunities for ME and new compliance challenges

♦ View on ongoing and continued country assessments: governance, AML, risk & compliance

♦ Interfacing with compliance – liaising with the AML and other teams – AML and Privacy Data are two areas that overlap and/or cause stakeholders’ confusion

♦ Insights into the Chinese Export Control Law and its application in the Middle East region

♦ Artificial intelligence in export controls compliance, HTS classifications and screening

♦ Compliance requirements and cybersecurity in the UAE

♦ Best practice and potential pitfalls in intra-GCC trade

♦ Interactive Roundtables on topics brought up by the delegates


If you are interested in speaking at this conference, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

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

FTI Consulting is an independent global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations manage change, mitigate risk and resolve disputes: financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational and transactional. Individually, each practice is a leader in its specific field, staffed with experts recognized for the depth of their knowledge and a track record of making an impact. Collectively, FTI Consulting offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to assist clients across the business cycle – from proactive risk management to the ability to respond rapidly to unexpected events and dynamic environments.


BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our nearly 1,000 attorneys litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.

We have six core practice groups: Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.

We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.

Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.


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Should you wish to become our Partner at this event, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

A Company-wide virtual pass, including 1 physical 2-Day pass and the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year with access to conference recordings – 999 USD

The in-person event includes sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Groups. Please note: “Vendor” companies may attend as sponsors only.

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Conference Venue

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Marasi Drive,

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Conference Accommodation

Below is the reservation link which conference participants can use to make reservations:

Book your group rate for Nielson Smith May 2021 

Last Day to Book: Monday, May 17, 2021

Room Rate:

AED 600 NET + TD per room per night for single occupancy

AED 650 NET + TD per room per night for double occupancy

Hotel room rates are inclusive of  municipality fee and service charge in effect at the time of check in. Rates are inclusive of 5% VAT.  A Tourism Tax of 20 AED per room, per night is applicable to all hotel stays. Any changes to government fees will be applied to this booking.  The above room rates include International buffet breakfast in the hotel’s allocated dining area. 

Check-in/Check-out 

Hotel check-in is after 15:00 hours (Room assignments prior to this time are subject to availability) 

Hotel checkout shall occur prior to 12:00 hours (After 12:00 p.m., a late checkout fee may be charged.) 

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