Shadi Dajani - Executive Director, Consultancy at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Shadi Dajani

      Executive Director, Consultancy

      United Arab Emirates
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      Shadi Dajani is an experienced financial services professional, with extensive industry expertise and a focus on the Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) space. Shadi has a strong knowledge base and experience in the operational, tactical, and strategic levels of the wider domain of financial services regulation, having served as a member of the senior management of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) for over 14 years in the risk management, policy and supervisions divisions. Shadi was the subject matter expert for operational risk, corporate governance and process re-engineering at the DFSA, leading a number of projects that helped to shape the policies and infrastructure of the organisation.  Shadi also contributed to several high-profile investigations during his time at the DFSA.

      Previously, Shadi worked at Deloitte’s Middle East Enterprise Risk Services division for three years where he managed a team of consultants covering general advisory and assurance work with clients on various solutions, including governance, risk management, business restructuring, internal audits, system implementations and forensic investigations. This included leading investigations, conducting interviews, coordinating with stakeholders, analysing data and presenting findings reports.

      Shadi has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri (US) and an MBA from Missouri State University (US) and an International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention.

      In addition, Shadi is an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds qualifications in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) and ICAEW Non-Executive Directorship.

      Recent work includes:

      • Lead a number of successful engagements of high calibre industry names to achieve regulatory status
      • Act as the outsourced Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (CO/MLRO) for a number of DFSA/FSRA regulated firms
      • Support a number of Financial Institutions onshore and offshore in his capacity as a subject matter expert in the financial regulation field
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