Trade Compliance in the Middle East Conference, 24th-25th of April 2018, Dubai, UAE

Our Annual Conference on Trade Compliance 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.

Extra territorial anti-corruption legislation coupled with active trade regulatory bodies means compliance executives working in the region have to be more aware than ever, for damaging the company’s reputation by breaching these controls can be painful. It is imperative for those working in trade compliance to keep up to date with developments and ensure compliance throughout the supply chain.

Developments are moving fast in a region facing change. Opportunities abound, trade compliance is now being used as a competitive advantage, and as a legal or trade executive working in imports/exports/customs it is part of your role to ensure the company is up there with the best.

There are also opportunities out there by utilizing Free Trade Agreements and Free Trade Zones not to mention the benefits of being an AEO and the mutual recognition this may offer in the future.

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 customs operations which we will also be looking at ways to improve by discussing best practice.

Nielsonsmith does things differently. Our tried and tested model is unique in the conference industry with expert speakers giving in-depth presentations to a room full of peers, there to discuss and enter into a dialogue. Often lively and always informative, our conferences break the age old ‘death by power point’ cycle of dull box-ticking and ensure our delegates, speakers and sponsors leave with new perspectives and networks.

Speaker Panel Includes:

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

Mr Pablo Muniz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

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

Mr Lyubomir Modev, Compliance Officer EMEA, Ingram Micro SSC 

Mr Samer Shoukry, Trade Compliance Director, EMEA, Dell/EMC

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

And other respected leaders in the field of Trade Compliance.

Pablo Muñiz, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

Pablo is a partner in Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels office. He has specialised in EU trade law since 2001, with a particular emphasis on EU customs law, including customs classification, origin issues, customs valuation controversies, export controls and sanctions. He regularly advises clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters involving the European Commission, OLAF, and the World Customs Organization (WCO). He also represents clients before national customs administrations and before the EU Court of Justice and national courts. His experience includes the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements as well as trade and customs matters related to Brexit.

Pablo is widely published and regularly participates in training seminars organised by the WCO as an expert speaker on various customs matters, as well as other conferences in Europe, the US and South America. He is on the Editorial Board of the Trade and Customs Journal. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in his field by major legal directories, including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

Lyubomir Modev, Compliance Officer EMEA, Ingram Micro SSC

Lyubomir is a Senior Manager, Compliance Officer EMEA at Ingram Micro.  He started at Ingram Micro as Compliance Officer for Europe in 2014 and took over the responsibility for the META region in mid-2016.  He has more than 8 years of experience in Compliance and has been working on Trade Compliance since 2014.

Responsible for the implementation of the Ingram Micro Compliance Program across EMEA, Lyubomir specializes in Anti-Bribery, Trade Compliance, Ethics and Integrity, Data Privacy, AML, M&A and Risk Management.  Currently Lyubo is based out of Sofia, Bulgaria and covers a region of over 25 countries and over 10,000 associates, leading the Ingram Micro Compliance and Trade Compliance Teams in EMEA.  Prior to joining Ingram Micro, Lyubo served as a Legal & Compliance Manager for the insurance subsidiaries of the Dutch financial group Achmea in Bulgaria.  His previous experience includes legal roles in Banking and WEEE management.  Lyubo is a graduate of the American College of Sofia and holds a Master’s degree in Law, as well as a CCEP-I certification.

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.

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

Keith is Head of Export Control & Programme Security for the BAE Systems Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Business based in Riyadh, where he has lived and worked for 12 years.

Leading a multi-national team in KSA and the UK, Keith is ultimately responsible for the strategy, direction, implementation and assurance of the Company’s robust and sustainable Export Control & Programme Security Compliance Programme as applied to multiple complex and high profile UK Government defence contracts.

Focusing on the regulatory requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), UK and EU Dual Use Export Controls, a significant part of Keith’s role is providing advice and guidance to the Company’s Senior Leadership Team, as well as providing Subject Matter Expert support to the Chief Executive Officers of five separate KSA Joint Venture companies. Keith is responsible for the development and delivery of the Export Control Policy & Procedures, training at all levels and the direction of investigations, risk reviews and self-assurance audits as well as the submission of appropriate reports to the respective regulatory authorities.

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.

♦  Mr Samer Shoukry, Trade Compliance Director, EMEA, Dell/EMC

And other respected leaders in the field of Trade Compliance.

Conference presentation and discussion topics include the subject below:

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

♦ Embargoes & Denied Parties

♦ Foreign Trade Agreements

♦ Final Assembly Programs – Export/Trade Issues

♦ Implementing a Trade mindset in your organization. Perspectives from a Compliance Officer.

♦ Supply Chain Security – Opportunities and Risks

♦ Export Controls around EU & EU Member States Human Rights legislation, the ‘Catch All’ and the 28 different interpretations of ‘Catch All’.

♦ Rules of Origin – Challenges

♦ Building a World Class Export Compliance program – What is a ‘World Class’ Export compliance program? Does one size fit all?

♦ Interactive Roundtables 

Round table topics to be chosen by the Speakers & Delegates from questions and answers during the presentations. An opportunity to talk informally peer to peer.

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


Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels with more than 30 years of experience in EU trade and customs law, specialising in trade defence instruments, investigations and export controls. The firm has an office in Geneva dedicated to WTO matters. With nearly 70 lawyers coming from 20 different countries, we offer our clients the support of a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective. Our expertise is focused and specific, resulting in deep experience within our specialisations, which include EU competition law, EU regulatory law and Belgian business law.

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MIC Customs Solutions is the worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutions ensuring 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.

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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.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach Residence – The Walk

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