Guest Speakers

  • Mr. Abbas Ali

    Deputy Head of Internal Audit at Bank Dhofar, holds MBA, CIA, CAMS, and CCSA with more than 20 years of experience conducting Bank Examinations, Internal Audits and Investigations. Besides Central and Commercial Banks, he also worked with credit rating agency. With multiple organizational excellence and performance awards to his credit, he actively promotes Internal Audit transformation for organizational excellence. He also contributes to the strategic direction of IIA as Board Member of IIA, Oman Chapter.

  • Mr. Aditya Vikram Jitani

    Head - Risk Analytics Unit at Bank Muscat. He is a credit rating specialist and was instrumental in developing rating models for Corporate, SME and Retail Portfolio of the Bank. A Chartered Accountant from ICAI, India, he has over 15 years of experience in banking.

  • Ms. Aliya Al Balushi

    She has over 15 years’ experience in the banking industry. She started her career with Bank Muscat and has assumed various roles and responsibilities in the bank. Her experience in recent years included overseeing various functions such as Internal Audit with her last role as Assistant General Manager- Compliance reporting to the Board of Directors in Bank Muscat. Key responsibilities as AGM-Compliance included ensuring that the Anti-Money Laundering Programme in the bank was in place and implemented across the bank in line with regulatory requirements locally and best practices globally. She has also conducted various Anti-Money Laundering training programmes to banks and exchange companies in the last two years. She holds MBA from the University of Durham and a BA in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham.

  • Mr. Anil Kumar Parimoo

    Chief Risk Officer at Bank Muscat. He has over 3 decades of banking experience having started his career with State Bank of India, the largest Indian Bank in India and then moving on to ABN AMRO (one of the then top-20 global Banks), Bank Danamon, Indonesia, 6th largest local Indonesian Bank (owned by Temasek), Techcombank, a leading private sector Bank in Vietnam, Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the first and a leading Islamic Bank globally and Top-4 Bank in the UAE before his present position. His experience spans the areas of Credit and Risk Management, Corporate/Commercial and SME Banking, Transaction Banking (sales and operations), Treasury, Retail Banking, Branch Management and Operations. He is a Science graduate with Diploma in Banking from the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

  • Mr. Arshad Nadamal

    Head of Learning & Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and learning amd development. He previously worked with Bank Muscat in Oman and HDFC Bank and Indian Bank in India. He has done his Master’s in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and has many professional certifications including Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Occupational Assessor from British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

  • Mr. Ashish Bahl

    Director (Oman & Kuwait) for Mastercard. He has more than 17 years of diverse experience in distribution of cards, acquiring and loyalty business with special focus on profit center management. His retail banking experience has spanned across various institutions such as Citibank, American Express Middle East and Mashreq Bank, NBO and Bank Dhofar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and is certified by Association of Mutual Funds of India (AMFI). He is also a Certified product Manager from the American Association of Marketing and Management.

  • Mr. Ashok Krishnamurthy

    Former Deputy Head – Risk Management at Bank Muscat. A seasoned banking professional with over 3 decades of experience in risk management and finance functions. He has substantial and in-depth experience in areas of Basel and regulatory guidelines, capital management, ICAAP, Enterprise-wide risk management and risk appetite framework, credit risk – wholesale and retail, operational risk, RAROC and risk rating approaches. He has presented on risk management topics in forums in the GCC region. He holds various certifications including Financial Risk Management (FRM), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Finance Manager (CFM), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA, Certified Risk and Information System Control (CRISK) and Diploma in Islamic Finance from CIMA, UK.

  • Ms. Asma Al Zadjali

    General Manager, Head of Banking Operations Group in Oman Arab Bank. She has overall 17 years of experience in OAB, NBO, FAB and Habib Bank covering different areas of banking. She holds master’s degree from University of Strathclyde and is a graduate of National CEO Program Executive Leadership course from IMD, Switzerland.

  • Mr. Devesh Sharma

    Senior Manager (Head) Internal Audit at Oman Refreshment Co SAOG (Pepsi Oman) reporting to Chairman Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) with more than 16 years of post-qualification experience in Internal Audit and Finance Control. He was earlier working as Senior Manager Compliance and Manager Internal Audit in SABMiller (Second Largest beer manufacturing company in the world). He is also Board Member of IIA, Oman Chapter.

  • Mr. Ehab Gadallah Eid

    An independent trainer based in Oman, Ehab has over two decades of banking experience in Egypt and Oman, his expertise spanning retail, corporate, trade finance, recovery, audit, compliance, and learning and development. He was formerly Manager - Learning and Development at National Bank of Oman managing and conducting a variety of technical, soft skills and leadership training courses. He has an MBA in Banking and Finance. He holds various professional certifications including Certified Expert in SME Finance, Omega Credit Skills Development, Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) and Fundamentals of Financial Services from CISI, UK. He is also Certified PPA Practitioner from Thomas Assessment International, UK.

  • Ms. Fatma Al Rawahi

    Manager Tax Services at PWC Oman. She has almost 15 years of professional experience in handling taxation matters including tax compliance issues and tax advisory services. During her career in tax, she worked at EY Oman before joining PwC Oman. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from SQU.

  • Mr. Gaurav Kapoor

    Tax Director, Reporting and Strategy Leader for Oman at PWC Oman. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI and has over 13 years of experience serving clients on a full range of domestic and international tax matters. He is particularly skilled in advising multinational companies investing in the local market and how to structure the transactions. He specializes in representing clients before the tax authority in advance ruling and tax assessment proceedings. He also has vast expertise in IFRS.

  • Ms. Ghaya M Al Barwani

    She has over 20 years of banking experience. She was formerly Head of L and D at Ahli Bank. She is an accredited Professional Certified Coach holding MBA (Finance) from Leicester University and BA (Hon) in Town Planning from Newcastle University. She has completed Bank Muscat’s Executive Development Program and Accelerated Management Program with ISB, Hyderabad. She is also completing her MSc in Psychology.

  • Ms. Jayogi Wickramesinghe

    Head of Learning and Development at Alizz Islamic Bank. She has extensive experience in training and development, soft skills and performance management. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Liverpool.

  • Ms. Jesal Shah

    Manager Indirect Tax team at PWC Oman. She has over 7 years of experience in indirect tax advisory and compliance. She has managed multiple VAT implementation engagements across the GCC and India in various sectors / industries. She is a lawyer by profession.

  • Mr. K. Subramanian

    He has vast experience of over 20 years in banking with SBI, IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank and Barclays Bank and 9 years as a corporate trainer and consultant across India, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Oman. A commerce graduate, he has also done his master’s in finance and has various certifications in credit, foreign exchange and money laundering. His areas of training specialisation are financial analysis, international trade, foreign exchange and collections.

  • Mr. Mohammed Anwar Al Balushi

    He is a Senior Specialist in Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) at Sohar International. He was a Unit Head of Assessment Center and Deputy Head Learning and Capability Development at Sohar International. He is a certified trainer with more than 25 years of banking experience. He has an MBA from Bedfordshire University, UK and a member of CIPD, UK. He is a member of Curriculum Advising Committee (CAC) at Oman College of Management and Technology. He achieved Psytech Testing Certificate in 2019. He is certified Korn Ferry – Assessment of Leadership Potential. He holds a banking diploma from CBFS. He has experience in internal audit and bank branch operations. He is a columnist. He writes for Times of Oman, The Arabian Stories and Oman Daily Observer newspapers.

  • Mr. Mohammed Nabiulla

    Learning and Development Manager at National Bank of Oman. He has over 15 years of diversified banking experience across Retail Banking, Sales and Marketing, Insurance and Learning and Development functions. He specializes in Managing Learning and Development, Developing Talent Management and Leadership Programs, Running Assessment and Development Centers, Designing and Delivering Behavioral Soft Skills program Sales and Leadership programs, e-learning content development, LMS hosting, e-learning solutions specialist, Sales and Marketing Management, and Channel Management. He has previously worked with Mashreq Bank UAE, Qatar and Bahrain and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in India. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the AIMS India, Mohammed is Certified Life Coach from Achology - The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology UK, Certified Occupational Assessor from EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists Associations) UK, Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance-ILM UK, DDI-Certified Leadership Facilitator USA, and a Certified Trainer Proactive Relationship Banker from Cohen Brown Management Group Inc. USA and IRDA & AMFI (India).

  • Mr. Murahari Naik

    Head - Trade Finance at Ahli Bank. He has over 3 decades of experience in almost all key areas of banking with leading commercial banks in India and Oman. He has done MBA in Banking and Finance and holds CAIIB and CDCS Certifications.

  • Mr. Naef Al Kharusi

    Deputy Head of Audit Branches Network, Internal Audit at Bank Muscat. He has about 3 decades of experience in banking, bancassurance, HR, operations, marketing, support services and internal audit. He also worked on setting up Islamic Banking for Bank Muscat in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- KSA. He holds a Diploma in Banking, HND in Business and Administration, MBA from the University of Bedfordshire UK, and Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention, UK.

  • Mr. Prashant Bafna

    Head – Risk MIS and Basel Reporting at Bank Muscat. His areas of responsibilities include Pillar II, Pillar III, Recovery & Resolution Planning (RRP), Modelling, Governance, Fraud Risk Management and Management reporting. He has also handled various risk management projects within the Bank. He has a vast experience in different areas of Banking, Risk Management, MIS, Financial Planning and Costing and Banking operations. He has post-qualification experience of over 20 years out of which 17 years are in banking industry. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI and holds CFA, FRM and CFE certifications. Before working with Bank Muscat in Oman, he has worked with HSBC Bank, ICICI Bank and Reliance Communications in India.

  • Mr. Salim Al Mushaifri

    Head of Anti-Fraud Unit at Bank Dhofar. He has over 16 years of experience in combating financial crimes, conducting fraud investigations, and practicing management, banking, internal auditing. In addition, He has over 18 years of experience in IT project management, system design, development, and architecting. He holds a MBA and BSC in Business and Economics from SQU. He also holds various professionals’ certifications, International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from ICA, UK, Certified Compliance Professional (CCP) from IABFM, Hong Kong, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from ACFE, USA, Certified in Financial Crimes (CFC) from GAFM, USA and Certified Risk-based Auditor (CRBA) from London School of Business & Finance, UK.

  • Mr. Sanjeeb Biswas

    Head - Interbank FX/MM and Asset Liability Management at National Bank of Oman. He has over two decades of experience in treasury management and had earlier worked with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Oriental Bank of Commerce in India. He holds a master’s degree in Mathematics, a Diploma in Treasury, Investment and Risk Management and CAIIB.

  • Mr. Shihab Al Yarubi

    SITS specialist at Military Technological College. He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from SQU and MBA in IT from Coventry University, UK. He earlier worked in Integrated System Company, MB Petroleum Company and CBFS before joining Military Technological College. He conducts training on MS Office applications, Information Security and project management.

  • Mr. Usama Al Farsi

    Senior Manager (Training Team Leader) at Bank Dhofar. He holds an MBA and has over 15 years of blended experience in multiple sectors in Oman. He is a certified interviewer and trainer, specialized in soft skills, Emotional Intelligence (EI) training, assessing and practicing.

  • Mr. Venugopal V

    Head - Market, FI & Liquidity Risk at Bank Muscat. He has over 3 decades of all-round banking experience in India and Oman covering Corporate, Retail, Treasury and Investments Banking apart from Risk Management. He established the Market and Liquidity risk management units at Bank Muscat. He headed the CBO - appointed group of banks for the adaptation and implementation of Basel III in Oman. He also spearheaded the implementation of various market related international regulations in the Bank. He holds FRM, ERM certifications, undergone Mentor Management course from The Harvard Business School and holds a master’s degree in Financial Management.

  • Mr. Venu Krishnan

    He has 39 years of banking experience across Operations, Finance, Branch Management, Trade Finance, Business Intelligence, Micro Finance, and Retail & Investment Banking. He retired from Bank Muscat in 2017 with the last position as Chief Manager heading the units of Business Intelligence & Strategic Initiatives, Retail Marketing and MSME. He had been part of the task force of all the mergers & acquisitions of Bank Muscat. He has been living in Oman since 1983. He holds professional certifications including CAIIB, Certificate in Retail Banking Conduct of Business (LIBF, UK), and Certificates in Investment & Securities, Asset Servicing and Operational risk from CISI UK. He is an Associate Member of CISI, UK and a member of LIBF, UK. He is also a Qualified Member of Multi Dollar Round Table (MDRT), USA. He is currently studying for Doctorate Program from UCAM University, Spain, and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) from CFP Board, USA. He has also done extensive participation in the Individual, Team and Executive Coaching programs of International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA). He is a Licensed Insurance and Mutual Fund Adviser certified by the respective regulators in India. He is currently practicing as an Independent Financial Adviser.

  • Mr. Vishwajeet Bhosale

    Senior Associate Indirect Tax team at PWC Oman. He has over 4 years’ experience in indirect tax advisory and compliance. He has assisted in multiple VAT implementation engagements across the GCC and India in various sectors/industries. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.