Rami Khalaf - Associate Director at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Rami Khalaf

      Associate Director

      United Arab Emirates
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      Rami Khalaf is an experienced compliance professional, specialising in the fund management industry. In his role at Waystone Compliance Solutions, Rami supports firms in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and ‘onshore’ in the UAE with their licensing applications and policies and procedures. In addition, Rami acts as the Outsourced Compliance Officer, MLRO and Risk Officer for a number of firms.

      Rami joined Waystone Compliance Solutions from SB Management Limited, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp in the ADGM where he worked as a full-time Compliance Officer/MLRO. Prior to this, Rami was COO & Risk Manager at Ithmar Capital Partners, an alternative investment manager in the DIFC. Rami spent eight years as the Head of Operations for Franklin Templeton Investments (Middle East) Limited where he was responsible for the middle and back-office operations supporting the group trade and funds services in the MENA region. Other previous roles include operational roles with SHUAA Capital and Al Mal Capital.

      Rami holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, a Diploma in Compliance, AML & Financial Crime from the University of Reading, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds multiple certifications in Compliance and Risk from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

      Recent work includes:

      • Providing authorisation support to private equity, venture capital fund managers, and CFD dealers
      • Acting as outsourced Compliance Officer and MLRO for private equity and venture capital fund managers, for a digital wealth manager and a CFD arranger
      • Providing compliance and AML support services to a hedge fund manager
      • Designing bespoke systems and controls covering compliance, AML, governance, and risk matters to a money service business
      • Acting as the Outsourced Compliance Officer and Risk Officer to a Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA) licensed financial institution.
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