Speakers

Alan Robertson Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & North Africa
JLL

Alan was appointed CEO of JLL for the Middle East & North Africa region in 2011. Prior to that he served as Managing Director of the firm in both Turkey and Scotland. His principle responsibility is to manage the MENA business, setting and implementing the strategies for the growth of JLL across the region through the delivery of high quality services to all of the firm’s clients. In addition to his firm management responsibilities, Alan is active in the real estate markets across the region, providing strategic advice to property investors, developers and occupiers.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate markets. Specialising in the office, development consultancy and corporate sectors, he has provided a large number clients with advice on all aspects of development, sales, leasing and acquisition of office and commercial property.

Alan Robertson has a post graduate Diploma in Land Economy (Dip LE) and an honours degree in Science (BSc Hons), both from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Clyde “Sonny” Ellis Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Parsons Corporation

Clyde E. (“Sonny”) Ellis, Jr. serves as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, California. The company has more than 10,500 employees and had revenues of $2.7 billion in 2010. Sonny began his career with Parsons in 2005 as senior legal counsel for Parsons Transportation Group, one of Parsons’ global business units.

Prior to that, he was counsel for General Electric Company’s Transportation business, with legal responsibility for the division’s business activities in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the CIS states. In addition, he served as the division’s anti-boycott coordinator, export control coordinator and anti-money laundering coordinator.

During the previous twelve years, Sonny was an associate and then partner with the international law firm of Brian Cave LLP, where he specialized in corporate and international business transactions, technology transfers, and regulatory trade matters.

During part of that time, Sonny was the managing attorney of the firm’s Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, office.
Before that, Sonny was an associate at the St. Louis law firm of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage.

Sonny earned his law degree at The American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Virginia.

Noura Benfarhat Lead Executive Counsel, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey
GE Oil & Gas

Noura Benfarhat was born in Tunis. She attended the University of judicial political and social sciences in Tunisia and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2000. She also attained the bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Law in Tunisia. She is also appointed to the Tunisian Bar Association. Noura speaks Arabic, French and English fluently.

Noura is a Lead Executive Counsel for GE Oil & Gas MENAT, effective 15th November 2015. In this exciting role, she is a key member of the MENAT Legal and Compliance integrated team, responsible for leading the provision of legal services to the GE Oil & Gas team in MENAT. Noura is based in Dubai.

Noura started her career as a Barrister and Solicitor at Helene Mathieu Legal Consultants in Dubai. She then went on to work for the Dubai Healthcare City University Hospital Project as Manager of Legal and Governance. In August 2009, Noura joined Lafarge Emirates Cement LLC in Dubai as General Counsel and Company Secretary for the UAE. She was later promoted to General Counsel of GCC Countries, responsible for the Legal and Governance affairs of the Lafarge operations. She oversaw all key projects including mergers and acquisitions, divestments, establishment of companies, while also leading a team of legal counsels.

Noura likes travelling and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Jaleel Ghani Director MEA Compliance, Legal Affairs
SABIC

Jaleel Ghani is the MEA Compliance Director for SABIC for the last 5 years, supporting the enhancement of the Compliance Program. Prior to SABIC, Jaleel held numerous positions with General Electric (GE), where his last position was a Global Compliance role within the GE Oil & Gas division.

Shahzad Khan Senior Executive Management, Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance
Mubadala Development Company

Shahzad Khan is Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance for the Mubadala Group, and Secretary of the Mubadala Investment Committee.

He is a Barrister (Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn) and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, as well as a Certified Compliance Officer and a contributor to several international and regional governance symposiums. Additionally, he represents Mubadala at the OECD MENA Taskforce on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises and is a member of the Conference Board’s Council of Governance.

Prior to joining Mubadala, he worked at the London office of Allen & Overy and for the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary General in New York.

Marcos Sanz Chief Compliance Officer, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT)
GE

In his current role Marcos is responsible for providing strategic direction for the MENAT-wide compliance program and enforcing the company’s compliance and ethics strategy in the region. He works closely with business leaders to lead the compliance function efforts on simplification, developing lean processes, streamlined training, communications and related priorities.

Marcos has been part of GE Healthcare EMEA Compliance organization since 2007. He led the Finance Compliance department responsible for AML, High Risk Payments and T&L/Fraud prevention, the the 3rd Party Compliance function responsible for Screening and Due Diligence of Partners and Distributors before taking over the regional responsibility for Russia, ME and Africa.

Marcos has a double diploma from Telecom Paris and UPM Madrid in Telecommunications Engineering and a master’s degree in Economics from Paris Dauphine.

He joined GE Healthcare in 2001 in the IT department where he developed various internal IT applications before moving to a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma role where he led various process improvement projects for the Sales and Service organizations.

Ghada Audi Head of Legal
Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons

Ghada Qaisi Audi is Head of Legal of the 750+ employee luxury watch and jewelry retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons LLC established in 1950 and headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, she was Head of Dispute Resolution with a Dubai-based boutique firm and formerly the Acting Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts and Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. She has acted as counsel in a number of arbitrations, and sits as a panel member of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre (Manama and Riyadh). She is a member of the DIFC Courts’ Rules Sub-Committee and is a frequent faculty participant in the DIFC Courts Academy of Law. She received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia) where she was Associate Editor of The Richmond Law Review. She is a member of the Bar in New York and Virginia and has practiced law on three continents, including the USA, Germany and UAE.

Gary Adams President, Middle East & Africa
Parsons Corporation

Gary Adams is President of Parsons Middle East Africa (MEA), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, a global engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, CA, with 15,000 employees and revenues exceeding $3 billion. In this role, he leads the company’s land development, buildings, roads and bridges operations throughout the MEA region, and he provides regional leadership for the corporation’s other MEA business.

Prior to his role as President of MEA, Gary held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, most recently as Executive Vice President and Global Operations Director of Parsons Transportation Group (now known as Parsons Infrastructure). He has extensive experience in complex transportation projects, and his multidisciplinary background combines civil engineering, traffic engineering, highway design, and transportation planning. He is an accomplished project manager with experience directing numerous large and complex projects including design-build. He also continues to participate on selected mega- design-build and PPP heavy civil projects at the joint venture board level.

In addition to his management and engineering background, Gary spent four years lecturing on transportation topics at California State University, Long Beach, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has city and regional government experience as a former planning commissioner, city councilman, mayor, and has served on several regional boards, including a toll road authority and a regional airport authority.

Education
Gary is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional Information
Gary has been active in several professional organizations and has presented on various topics, including alternative delivery and project/program management best practices. He is a fellow in both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Design Professionals Coalition, and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

Anders Wigand Regional Compliance Counsel, Middle East
Nokia Corporation

Anders Wigand is Regional Compliance Counsel for Nokia Corporation. Mr. Wigand received his Masters of Law degree in 1988 from the Swedish University of Lund. Since those days a regular theme in Mr. Wigand’s career is him working in different roles toward Middle East and Africa countries. Since 1994 located in the MEA region on and off. Most of the time spent as in-house transactional lawyer in the telecom sector, with insight in and experience from Ericsson, Siemens, Nokia, Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent. As the industry has developed in the ethics and compliance sector, so has Mr. Wigand’s role transitioned towards his current role as Regional Compliance Counsel in Nokia. Based in Kenya 2010-2015 and since August 2015 located in Dubai, UAE. Mr. Wigand has actively contributed towards Nokia’s constant improvements of its Compliance Program, which currently stands out in the telecom sector as best in class. Mr. Wigand is responsible for Nokia’s compliance program in Middle East, is Nokia’s Conflict of Interest policy owner, does investigations and risk assessments, chairs the ME regional compliance council where all compliance matters and cases are decided on. Mr. Wigand is a well appreciated speaker and moderator on compliance and legal topics with a broad experience base that is rooted in hands-on experience in the region.

Danny Sebright President
U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council

Danny E. Sebright was appointed in June 2008 to the position of President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, the leading advocate for building commercial relationships and expanding business opportunities between the two countries.

In 2002, Mr. Sebright joined The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting firm led by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, serving until recently as Vice President responsible for pursuing many of the firm’s international activities. Mr. Sebright now leads The Cohen Group efforts in the Middle East.
Previously, Mr. Sebright served as the Defense Department’s Director of the Policy Executive Secretariat for the global war on terrorism from 2001-2002, leading a team responsible for tracking US and coalition actions related to the war on terrorism. During this time, he also participated in oversight of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NOBLE EAGLE, the defense of the U.S. homeland. In this capacity, he was awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service to his country.

Mr. Sebright also served in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy at DoD from 1995-2001, representing Department of Defense positions with other executive-branch policy offices. He conducted bilateral negotiations with foreign officials, including providing the Defense Department policy perspective on the Middle East Peace Process, regional arms sales, and counter-proliferation initiatives. Mr. Sebright cultivated extensive contacts with defense industry officials to coordinate and implement US foreign military sales to Israel and many other countries in the Middle East. Mr. Sebright received the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Policy for his work on the Middle East Peace Process.

Mr. Sebright began his career in government in 1985 with the Defense Intelligence Agency, living and working extensively overseas in numerous countries in the Middle East, India, Asia, and Africa. Mr. Sebright is the recipient of various DIA and CIA exceptional service awards for his accomplishments.
Mr. Sebright was sponsored by the Defense Department to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed a year-long Mid-Career Master’s Degree in Public Administration in June of 2001. He earned his BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1984 and completed the coursework for a Masters in National Security Policy in 1988. Mr. Sebright speaks conversational French and basic German, Russian, Chinese, and Hebrew.

Mr. Sebright resides in Washington, DC where he is active in local community, arts, and church organizations. Mr. Sebright is a member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, of the Luther Place Memorial Church, and of the Board of Directors of the Washington Ballet.

Salmin Jadavji Regional Head, Anti-bribery and Corruption, Africa and Middle East
Standard Chartered Bank

Salmin Jadavji is the Regional Head of Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC) for Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, Salmin was the Head of Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption at HSBC Bank Canada where he was responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s ABC program. He was also the Chief AML Officer at MCAN. Before that he was Deputy Chief AML Officer at BMO, where he designed an AML independent audit testing program, and assessed the bank’s global AML policies, procedures, reporting processes and risk assessments. Previously he was the Senior Audit Manager at CIBC, and the Senior Compliance Officer with the Office of the Superintendent for Financial Institutions (OSFI), Canada’s federal bank regulator.

Jadavji received his Master of Laws (GPLLM) from the University of Toronto Law School and his Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. He is also holds Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Designations. He is the author of the best-selling book Way to an A: Student Survival Guide.