Karissa Stelma - Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer UAE at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Karissa Stelma

      Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer UAE

      United Arab Emirates
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      With over 15 years of experience in the regulated financial services market internationally, Karissa has led a wide range of management advisory activities, for both entrepreneurs as well as major corporates. Karissa can provide expert technical advice on both a group and entity basis on the impact and ongoing obligations of a firm established in the GCC. Karissa specialises in assisting new entrants to the GCC financial services sector in meeting their initial and ongoing compliance and operational requirements.

      Previously, Karissa held a Senior Executive Officer (SEO) position in a DFSA-regulated asset management and advisory boutique specialising in multi-family office environments. She started her career at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Financial Strategy Division in New York. Before co-founding a boutique private financial advisory and consulting firm, specialising in private equity and wealth management, Karissa participated in equity research as a lead Business Analyst for both public and private equity offerings. She held prominent roles as Chief of Staff to well-known entrepreneurs.

      Karissa holds a post-graduate degree from New York University. She has completed a FinTech programme with Saïd Business School and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

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