Guest Speakers

  • 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.

  • Mr. Ajantha Madurapperuma

    Chief Examiner at CBO. He has previously held senior positions in charge of risk management and corporate banking functions in commercial banking and as CEO of a primary dealer subsidiary dealing in government securities in Sri Lanka. He is an MBA and holds CFA and CIMA certifications, besides being a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL). He had won the CIMA Business Manager of the Year, 2004, Gold Award in Sri Lanka.

  • Mr. Aji Bhaskar

    An IT and IS Professional with over 30 years of experience in Banking and Finance. Founder, Managing Director and Group CEO of Klystron Group of companies with Operations in UAE, Oman and India. He earlier worked as Head of IT -Customer Centric Systems at NBO for 20 years before his journey as an entrepreneur. He worked with State Bank of Travancore and Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (milma) in India before joining NBO. He holds a Master of Technology (M. Tech) in Computer Applications from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhanbad and M.SC in Statistics from Aligarh Muslim University. He completed Authentic Leadership Program from London Business School. He is an active member of PMI and ISACA for several years. He has the following professional certifications. PMP from PMI, CRISC, CGEIT, CISM, CISA, from ISACA. He was a board member and was also the President of ISACA Muscat Chapter & was part of the Chapter’s team taking refresher classes for CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC aspirants. He was the founding president of Ruwi Toastmasters Club in Oman.

  • Ms. Aita Khanmy

    Founder of Khanmy Forensics in Switzerland. She specializes in consulting and training on document examination, fingerprint detection and forensic ultra-structural analysis. She worked previously as a senior forensic advisor for the Government of Oman and lectured at the School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She was also an invited professor to conduct training for the national advanced fingerprint expert course at the German Federal Police Office. She holds a MSc in Forensic Science and is a member of the Swiss Chamber of Technical and Scientific Forensic Experts and of the German Association for Forensic Handwriting Experts. In addition, she was for several years, associate editor for the Journal of Forensic Science International, edited by Elsevier, Ireland.

  • Mr. Alan Sean Harte

    Head of Audit Corporate & Islamic Banking at Bank Muscat. He has over two decades of experience in financial services, including 7 years in Bank Muscat. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from AICPA, USA, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from IIA, USA and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from ACFE, USA. He is Board Member of the ACFE Oman Chapter.

  • 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 & Risk Management, Corporate/Commercial & SME Banking, Transaction Banking (sales & 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 - Learning and Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 20 years of experience in retail banking, learning and 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 Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Certified Occupational Assessor from British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

  • Mr. Ashish Bahl

    Country Manager-Oman for Mastercard. He has 15 years of diverse experience in distribution of cards, acquiring & 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 & 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.

  • Ms. Asma Al Zadjali

    Deputy 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. Damian O’Riordan

    DGM Internal Audit at Bank Muscat. He is a CIMA qualified professional and has over 14 years audit and compliance experience both in Ireland and internationally. He has successfully completed the following qualifications: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), Certificate in International Treasury Management (CITM), CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and International Diploma in Compliance. He has extensive experience in business development, project management, corporate governance, internal audit, regulatory risk, compliance, and anti-money laundering across various regulated environments.

  • Ms. Deepthika Gooneratne

    Head of Trade Finance at Oman Arab Bank. She has 26 years of experience with HSBC in Sri Lanka, Oman and Canada. Formerly the Head of Trade at HSBC Bank Oman and National Bank of Oman. She is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers (AIB).

  • Mr. Devesh Sharma

    Senior Manager (Head) Internal Audit in 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

    Manager - Learning and Development at National Bank of Oman. He has over 20 years of banking experience in Egypt and Oman. 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. Fatma 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 Ernst & Young Oman before joining PwC Oman and gained a solid understanding of local and international tax regulations and practices. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from SQU.

  • Ms. Ghaya M Al Barwani

    Head – Training and Development at Ahli Bank. She has over 20 years of banking experience. Her entry into training and development was a way to consolidate all the technical experience and live her passion for helping people achieve their passion. 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.

  • Mr. Guruvayurappan Mani

    Senior Consultant and Project Manager for OAB from TIG Oman. He holds ISACA certifications on CISA, CISM, CDPSE, and CSX-F with SAFE-POPM & SASM on Agile Framework of Project Management. He is an MBA in Information Systems and a certified ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor with an overall experience of more than 20 years. He was earlier working with HCL Technologies Ltd in India for 10 years. He is specialized in IT, IS and BCM for the banks. He is APMG Accredited Cyber Security Trainer of ISACA Muscat Chapter.

  • Mr. Hussain Al Lawati

    Associate General Counsel at HSBC Bank Oman since 2016. He has completed master’s degree in International Legal Commercial Transactions and Logistics, Bachelor’s degree in Law and Banking Diploma in 2000. He has banking experience for 17 years among two local banks and non-banking experience of 6 years among 3 local companies mostly in the legal field.

  • 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. Jose Chacko

    Partner - Forensic Technology Services, Crowe Global, Oman. He is also a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Investigation Professional, Certified Forensic Accounting Professional, ISO PECB Certified Anti-Corruption and Anti Bribery Expert and Certified ACL Data Analyst. He is the Vice President of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Oman and listed guest lecturer with ACFE Global.

  • Mr. K. Subramanian

    Founder and CEO of NumeroUno Business Consultants, a niche training and advisory firm in India. 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 Nabiulla

    Learning and Development Manager at National Bank of Oman. He has over 13 years of experience in retail banking, insurance and learning and development functions including e-learning and running assessment and development centers. He has previously worked with Mashreq Bank UAE, Qatar and Bahrain and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in India. He has MBA in Finance and Marketing from AIMS India and many professional certifications such as Certified Occupational Assessor from European Federation of Psychological Association (EFPA) UK, ILM Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance - ILM UK, Certified Trainer “Proactive Relationship Banker” By 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. Naresh Chandwani

    Advisor-Banking Operations Group at OAB and former Group DGM - Operations at Bank Muscat. He previously worked at the leading audit firm Coopers and Lybrand (now part of PWC). He has over 25 years of banking experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, MBA from IMD, Switzerland, and is a qualified chartered accountant from ICAI, India. He also holds various professional qualifications such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certificate in Bank Card Management, Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He has attended various executive development programs at leading B-schools such as IIM, India, ISB India, Kellogg’s School of Management, USA and INSEAD, France.

  • Ms. Olivia Al Farsi

    Deputy General Manager – Head of Learning and Talent Development at HSBC Bank Oman SAOG. Olivia is a Science Alumna of the University of Sussex and a postgraduate student of their world’s best Development Studies. She is Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, U.K. and a member of the Advisory Committee of CBFS. Olivia has substantial experience heading functions responsible for government education policies at the UK Department for Education and Employment. Recruitment, Learning and Development, HR Business Partnering and Procurement at Shell Oman Marketing Company; Business Planning, Sales Support, Logistics and Retail Stores at Nawras. Customer Experience at National Bank of Oman; Programme Management for Customer Due Diligence in the Merger Acquisitions team and Talent, Resourcing and Organizational Development at HSBC Bank Oman. She is licensed by the Springboard Consultancy, U.K to deliver their awardwinning Spring Forward Career Development and Springboard Women’s Development programmes.

  • 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 viz. Risk Management, MIS, Financial Planning, 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.

  • Ms. Pushpa Malani

    Tax Senior Manager at PwC Oman. She has over 18 years of professional experience in advising companies in national and international tax matters at PWC Oman. She is a Chartered Accountant.

  • 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. Venugopal V

    Head - Market 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 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 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 holds professional certifications including CAIIB, Certificate in Retail Banking Conduct of Business of LIBF, UK, and Certificates in Investment & Securities, Asset Servicing and Operational Risk of CISI UK and CISA of ISACA. He has also done extensive participation in the Individual, Team and Executive Coaching programs of International Coaching Federation (ICF, USA). He is also a Qualified Member of Multi Dollar Round Table (MDRT), USA. He is a Licensed Insurance and Mutual Fund Adviser certified by the respective regulators in India and 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.

  • Mr. Waleed Al Abri

    Head of Internal Audit at Majan Electricity Company with 20 years working experience in internal Audit. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, and Acccounting from Sultan Qaboos University and an Executive MBA from University of Bedforshire. He also holds the CIA, CISA, CRMA qualifications. His areas of expertise are risk management, fraud investigation, consultancy, MSP, advisory.