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Board of Directors Development Programme
The BIBF is committed to supporting the banking and finance sector in Bahrain by providing opportunities for training and development at all levels. In response to requests from the Central Bank of Bahrain, major banks and financial Institutions, the BIBF has worked in collaboration with leading international experts to provide a comprehensive top-level development programme specifically designed for Board members. As the world of international finance becomes increasingly competitive and the regulatory environment grows in complexity, it is essential that Board members are kept abreast of the latest developments in corporate governance and other significant issues likely to affect the performance of their organisations.
We recognise that no two institutions are the same and so a tailored approach is essential to meet the needs of each particular Board. Our facilitators, who are globally recognised experts in their field, will take time to understand the particular needs of each Board and will develop a programme specifically tailored to those needs. As seasoned Directors themselves, our facilitators understand that time is precious and are experienced in developing programmes which accommodate the time pressures on busy Board members.
Our programmes are highly interactive in nature and issues are explored through extensive use of case studies and critical incidents, as well as many examples and illustrations drawn from the facilitator’s own professional experience.
Each programme will be tailored to the needs of the Board and the detailed content will be agreed with the facilitator in advance. Programmes of any length can be provided, but we normally recommend a minimum of one day.
Below is an indicative, although by no means exhaustive, list of topics that can be incorporated into programmes:
Corporate Governance, Strategy, Leadership and Management
Corporate Governance and the Roles and Responsibilities of the Director
Strategy and Corporate Governance
Latest trends and Best Practices in Corporate Governance
Internal Culture, Politics and Values: the Role of the Board of Directors
Board Effectiveness and Corporate Governance
Managing Conflicts of Interest
Corporate Governance Codes
Oversight of Overseas Entities
The Relationship between the Board and the CEO
Managing the Influence of a Controlling Shareholder
Board Minutes and Board Papers
Board Secretaries Programme
Senior-Level Media Training
Crisis and Reputation Management: Board Responsibilities
Banking and Finance
Financial Roles and Responsibilities of Directors
Discussion and Assessment of Audited Accounts
Value added TAX (VAT) for the financial sector
Preventing Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering
The Importance of Internal Audit and the Relationship with External Auditors
Gap analysis between IFRS9 and IAS39 for banks & other financial institutions
Information Technology (IT)
Cyber Security for Executives
FinTech for Executives
Blockchain for Executives
Cloud Computing for Executives
At the heart of our approach is a belief that development programmes at the Board of Directors’ level are more than simply academic exercises. Instead, we believe that extensive high level experience, either of Board membership or working in an advisory capacity with Boards of Directors, is an essential qualification for our facilitators. Accordingly, we have assembled an international team of highly experienced experts who not only offer coverage of a wide range of specialist topics, but who have extensive Boardroom and senior executive experience in their fields. Below is a small sample of our international facilitators:
Seamus is Founder and Director of Value Alpha Limited, a governance advisory service which works with boards and directors to help them become more effective.
He was a senior UK government advisor for over a decade, before moving into the industry as the Group Company Secretary and Director of Regulation of Anglian Water plc, and then as the Head of Public Policy and Regulation at mobile phone company O2 plc. He was previously the Policy Director of the governance body ICSA, authoring a number of influential publications post the Global Financial Crisis.
Seamus writes and speaks publicly on governance issues. He holds a Degree in Business Studies, and is an MBA and an ICSA Fellow.
Provides a unique combination of consulting services, customised development programmes, facilitation and coaching to boards, senior leaders and business teams to transform their individual and organisational capabilities in ways that will enable them to compete, succeed and to grow.
Dr. Tarek Seif joined the BIBF as a Principal Lecturer in June 2015. He has an intensive background of more than 20 years of hands-on experience that includes; underwriting complex and referral risks, handling international insurance programmes, placing business facultatively, and developing risk appetite and underwriting guidelines. Before joining the BIBF, Dr Tarek worked at Wethaq Insurance Takaful Company as an Assistant Managing Director for Technical Affairs, Sales and Distribution. Prior to that, he worked for leading insurance companies including Allianz and AIG.
Sheikh Dr. Nizam Yaquby
Sheikh Nizam Mohammed Yaquby is an internationally acclaimed Sharia scholar within the Islamic banking industry. He has a background in both traditional Islamic sciences with senior scholars from different parts of the Muslim world, a PhD in Islamic Studies and a degree in Economics from McGill University in Canada. Sheikh Nizam has taught Islamic subjects in Bahrain and lectured all over the world and has edited several Arabic manuscripts and has more than 500 audio-visual lectures and lessons in both Arabic and English.
Dr. Osama AlAli
Dr. Osama Al-Ali was in at the beginning at the IT revolution before it was even known by that name. His early work in the 1980’s was spent as a Business Systems Analyst and Head of Technology before embracing academics as Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences at Arabian Gulf University in his native Bahrain.
In the mid 90’s he took his expertise – in computer applications and information systems – into the world of banking as Vice President and Gulf Business Technology Head of Citibank. Dr. Al-Ali serves as a business adviser and coach to many businesses and CEOs across the Gulf region, and in addition trains on executive leadership, systems dynamics, and innovation using TRIZ.
Michalis is a veteran Banker with over 12 years of specialist IFRS training experience in EMEA region. He is currently working as a Head Trainer with GnosisLearning. Michalis is educated in the UK as an engineer and later as a financial mathematician, went on to practise and qualify as a Chartered Accountant. His prior work experience includes being a consultant and visiting faculty at big four audit firms across EMEA for over a decade and his 15 years of experience at Bank of Cyprus.
Qunmber Ehsan is the founder of an independent and modern multi-family office catering for entrepreneurial clients and their families. As one of London’s pre-eminent Immigration Lawyers, He founded the business as many of his international clients wanted a different service which incorporated other areas outside of Law.
Qunmber’s Family Office caters for clients from all over the globe including USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia They also help clients from unusual/high risk geographic jurisdictions or with political connections, such as PEPs and manages all aspects of wealth including Tax & Structuring, Accounting, Investment Management, Real Estate, Commodities, Alternative Assets etc.
Ian Francis is a motivating Learning and Development professional with experience of unlocking the potential in others both in the UK and internationally. He employs his infectious enthusiasm and coaching style to build strong, close working relationships. Specialising in grasping advanced learning and development theory, he transforms it into useful, engaging and worthwhile learning solutions.
An influencer at the board level, Ian can deliver strategies that have an impact from the shop floor to the senior leadership team. Whether it is working with the ILM to create an accredited team leader programme or coaching overseas to the CEO level. He has a proven track record of making a difference at all levels and enabling a business to deliver through people.
Hitesh Bhalla Started his career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has over 10 years of experience in implementing and managing Internal Financial Regulations, Strategic Analytics and Cashflow Budgeting with international companies, including; Hollester, Allegen and Johnson & Johnson Hitesh is a practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and holds a degree in Chemistry from UCL, University of London and is a past Governor of Stockley Academy.
Frank De Mita
Frank De Mita began his legal career in Washington DC as an associate with Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge specialising in tax and banking matters, before joining the staff of US Senator Paul Simon. Frank has lectured and written on a range of topics including financial crime, sanctions, FATCA, CRS and the extraterritorial application of US law and regulation, as well as human factors in risk management and on US politics generally. He has also served as a senior consultant for internal AML/CFT investigations on behalf of multinational financial services’ clients and as a technical consultant to Jersey Finance Limited. Frank holds degrees from Haverford College, Cornell University, the University of Michigan and was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford.
Dr Arnab Banerji
Dr Arnab Banerji is Chairman of Collabrium Capital, an emerging markets investment house. He is a non-Executive Director of the Qatar Financial Centre and a non-Executive director of Kames Capital, which is part of the AEGON group. He has held a number of senior financial positions, including: Nomura Securities, Citibank and Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust, where he was the group Chief Investment Officer responsible for the management of over USD 100 billion in assets.
He has served on the Morgan Stanley Capital international advisory board, the UK’s Export Credit Guarantee advisory board and was a director of CDC, the global emerging markets private equity group. For three years he worked in No. 10 Downing Street as the Senior Policy Advisor on Economic Affairs to, then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Dr Arnab is a graduate of Oxford University and has degrees in Human Physiology and Medicine, and is a member of the University’s Medical Sciences Advisory Board.
George Cardona spent most of his career in banking. He was Head of Strategy of HSBC, then General Manager with responsibility for the overseas operations of the HSBC Bank. In addition to his career as a full-time banker, he has been a non-executive director of more than twenty banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions, in Europe as well as in many in emerging markets. In 1979-81 he was a Special Advisor to the UK Finance Ministry.
He graduated from Oxford University with First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
David is the CEO and founder of Brand Finance plc, the leading independent brand valuation consultancy. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. He has worked in the area of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuation since 1991, and since January 1995 has specialised entirely in this area. David has represented the British Standards institute on the International Standards Committee working party on the standardisation of brand valuation methods and practices, whose standard (ISO 10668) was published in early 2010. David is a passionate writer and has written many articles for the marketing and financial press on branded businesses, brand valuation, and is the author of numerous publications.
Professor Nelson Phillips
Professor Phillips is the Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Strategy and Innovation, and Acting Dean at Imperial College Business School in London. Prior to joining Imperial, Professor Phillips was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School from 2002 to 2005 and was an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002. Professor Phillips’ research interests cut across strategy, innovation, and leadership, and he has published widely for both academicians and practitioners.
Has over 20 years of professional experience, having started his career as a strategy consultant working first with Booz Allen & Hamilton and subsequently McKinsey. He then moved to JPMorgan Cazenove where he completed a range of M&A and Equity Capital Markets transactions in excess of U$30bn.
Subsequently, he focused extensively on emerging markets private equity, particularly in Asia. Andrea has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at leading universities, including Wharton Business School in America and the CASS Business School in London. He is currently also acting as a Trustee and Treasurer to WildAid UK.
An experienced banker and professional who has operated extensively in tough frontier markets. He has deep skills in the financial sectors of Central Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union (FSU), and the Middle East. This is combined with a robust record of transaction origination and execution as a commercial bank CEO and as an advisor. He has a strong understanding of the importance of compliance and regulation, concurrent with other roles, being the anti-money laundering Officer, for four years, at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Jonathan’s skills focus on transaction engineering, risk Management, financial crime and banking operations. When leading a commercial bank, he transformed it from an owner managed business into one ready for an initial public offering. His banking experience includes firms in Central Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Levant, and the Maghreb.
Currently serving as the Executive Vice-Chairman at The Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA), with overall responsibilities for the regulation of the national energy market, which includes the Electricity & Gas markets. Prior to this he held directorships in SilverShield Capital Ltd, a boutique investment firm, First Mediterranean Commodities Ltd, a trading firm and was a financial advisor and trader at ExxonMobil Corporation.
Alkis has over 20 years experience in Energy Regulation, Oil & Gas trading and Financial Analytics. Alkis holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, a Bachelor’s from Baruch College, City University of New York and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), New York.
A recognised authority on Reputation Management and the related disciplines of Crisis & Issue Management. John has taught Reputation Management and related disciplines in over 30 countries. He is also the author of many books, articles and an advisor to multinational companies, NGOs and foreign governments. In 2012 John became Director of the Centre for Issue and Crisis Management, which acts as both a think tank and an advisory service to public institutions and multinational corporations for identifying global risks that may affect their brands.
John holds a degree in Biology from Queen Mary, is a Chartered Biologist and a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning.