Expert Discussion, Conversation and Networking
- Sept 20-21, 2016
- Day One
- Day Two
Networking Breakfast and Check-in8:00 am - 9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks9:00 am - 9:20 am
Chuck Harrington, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Parsons, an Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Company honoree, introduces the Summit with Ty Francis, Executive Vice President & Group Publisher of Ethisphere and shares insights on corporate integrity.
- Ty Francis, Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, Ethisphere
- Chuck Harrington, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Parsons Corporation
Opening Keynote | The General Counsel Perspective9:20 am - 10:15 am
A discussion with a panel of General Counsels from leading companies as they share their views on the compliance landscape, the compliance team structure and how their roles have evolved to adapt to increased standards in the business market and new regulation.
- Ty Francis, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher, Ethisphere
- Noura Benfarhat, Lead Executive Legal Counsel, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, GE Oil & Gas
- Clyde "Sonny" Ellis, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Parsons Corporation
Session 1 | Anti-Corruption in the Middle East and Global Enforcement Landscape10:15 am - 11:10 am
The risks of fraud, bribery, and corruption are not going away any time soon. The perception of risk is even higher in certain parts of the world, including the Middle East in terms of how companies and governments may elect to do business. The risk is even greater if coupled with the fact that best practices for a robust anti-bribery or anti-corruption program are not in place, which continues to plague even large companies within the region. This panel will explore the latest in corruption concerns, region-specific misconduct and global enforcement implications that companies need to respond to swiftly in order to meet higher standards.
- Tim Haynes, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
- Salmin Jadavji, Regional Head, Anti-bribery and Corruption, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank
- Irina S. Lazieva, Senior Counsel, CEEMEA Area Compliance Leader, 3M
- Iohann Le Frapper, Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-Corruption, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- Aoun Sharaf, Director - Head of Compliance, Gulf Capital
Morning Networking Break11:10 am - 11:30 am
Session 2 | Corporate Governance, Board Communication and the Global Business Environment11:30 am - 12:25 pm
Good corporate governance is essential for any company to experience sustained success and the proper duty of care the company owes both internal and external stakeholders. The board of directors and senior management are largely responsible for this function, but governance has taken on a tremendous array of increased oversight and function. Boards are increasingly looking for more data-driven metrics to drive the dialogue to add more substance to conversations around compliance and ethics. What are the best practices to achieve this in light of the constant and shifting challenges companies are facing in the complex global business environment? This session will highlight effective communication strategies, emerging governance practices, and the ways in which leaders can support the board and executive management in order to raise the profile of corporate integrity worldwide.
- Andrew Cooke, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Flash Entertainment
- Shahzad Khan, Senior Executive Management, Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance, Mubadala Development Company
- Marcos Sanz, Chief Compliance Officer, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), GE
Networking Luncheon12:25 pm - 1:40 pm
Session 3 | Conflict of Interest: Managing Relationship Risk and Organizational Conduct1:40 pm - 2:35 pm
What are the practical implications of managing the risk of conflicts of interest? Does risk across the Middle Eastern market differ from other regions? How you do you communicate your expectations of employees in order to ensure transparency and fair business practices? What are the advantages, challenges and best practices for proactively monitoring for potential conflicts posed by employee relationships inside and outside the company—particularly at a global company with vast operations and complex, multi-party relationships—instead of taking a reactive approach once misconduct has already occurred?
- Dominique Abrokwa, Sector Compliance Officer, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin Inc.
- Adele Smout, General Counsel - Compliance, Emirates Global Aluminium
- Anders Wigand, Regional Compliance Counsel, Middle East, Nokia Corporation
Session 4 | Connecting the Company Through a Global Code of Conduct2:35 pm - 3:30 pm
A Code of Conduct provides the essential framework to support the company mission and requirements for employee behavior. While applied across the organization, many companies are debating whether or not cultural, regional, or local differences should be taken into consideration for companies who operate globally, with cross-border operations. Should companies consider additional influences that may modify the Code of Conduct? How might Code considerations look differently in the Middle East versus other parts of the world? How can companies assure that its best practices are carried out across its global workforce? What are the values you need to look at first before you even begin? A panel of experts with in-depth experience working on implementing and modifying Codes of Conduct will provide real world examples on how companies are handling now.
- Aarti Maharaj, Executive Editor and Director, Digital Content, Ethisphere
- Wafa Derouiche, Compliance Counsel Europe, Middle-East and Africa, TE Connectivity
- Jaleel Ghani, Director MEA Compliance, Legal Affairs, SABIC
- Paul Makarus, Senior Director Compliance Governance, Strategy & Metrics, Visa, Inc.
- Lara McGuigan, Compliance Manager, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Afternoon Networking Break3:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Session 5 | Third Party Integrity: Identifying Risk and Aligning Compliance Attributes3:50 pm - 4:45 pm
As the business grows, so do the necessary, yet often complex, relationships with suppliers, vendors and partners. How do organizations ensure that compliance and ethical standards are in alignment with each third party, and how does that get communicated? How can due diligence processes be enhanced to better identify the risks from third parties? This expert panel will share best practices around due diligence, relationship management and risk assessment throughout a vast network of third parties.
- Kevin McCormack, Vice President, Global Thought Leadership and Programming, Ethisphere
- Ghada Audi, Head of Legal, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
- Uwe Detering, Director, Europe Region Compliance & Ethics, UPS
- Thomas Högfors, General Counsel - Legal & Integrity, UAE, ABB
Closing Keynote | The C-Suite Conversation: Embedding Ethics in the Company Culture4:45 pm - 5:40 pm
A diverse panel of executive leadership from global and regional companies discuss the importance of organizational character, the challenges of balancing core values with business obstacles and the ambassadorship necessary for elevating corporate integrity.
- Danny Sebright, President, U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council
- Gary Adams, President, Middle East and Africa, Parsons Corporation
- Alan Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & North Africa, JLL
Closing Remarks5:40 pm - 5:45 pm
Ethisphere closes the 2016 Middle East Ethics & Compliance Summit
Networking Reception5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Executive Breakfast and Ethics Roundtable | Fueling Business Growth Through Company Integrity9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hosted by Parsons and Ethisphere, this exclusive roundtable will connect executive leadership through an interactive exchange of best-in-class practices on corporate behavior, unflinching adherence to compliance practices, and rigorous protection of reputational pitfalls, all of which open up pathways to greater business success.