We draw on our global network to assemble a team of experts.

Our Dedicated Team

Aqil Jaffer Ali – Chairman

An astute professional and result-oriented senior banker with over 30 years of proven track record in Banking Industry with leading International and Local Banks across a diverse range of functions entailing: Retail Bank, Compliance Assurance, Wealth Management, Digital Banking, People Management, Business Strategy, Information Technology & Security Product Design. Strong leadership and people management skills. An entrepreneur at heart, hardworking, committed and driven to achieving results.


S. Hassan Abbas – Founder & Group CEO

Over 23 years of professional achievements with diverse leadership roles at several prominent financial institutions. He is an expert in the areas of Compliance, Financial Crime, Sanctions, AML, Transactional Banking, Wealth, Investments and Liability management, Product Development and Treasury. Geographies covered include Middle East, North Africa and and Pakistan. His interests include start-ups and designing innovative solutions with music as a passion and driving force in his life. He has successfully set up banking compliance consultancy in MENA as a founding partner and now looking to broaden the horizon with multiple tech related projects in a diversified business areas.

Saadia Fawad – Chief Compliance Officer

Extensive experience in leadership roles overseeing Anti-Money Laundering (AML), OFAC Sanctions, Wealth Management Compliance, Internal and Regulatory Compliance and Consumer Branch Banking, with prominent global banks in UAE and Pakistan.

She has an extensive experience of assessing the effectiveness and coverage of AML CDD; risk management; internal audit; processes and controls as well as Regulatory management and conduct. Geographies covered include Middle East, North Africa and and Pakistan. She has special interest in Islamic studies pertaining to banking and other modes of financing and is currently undergoing Islamic Finance Certification.

Dan Murillo – Chief Audit Advisor

Seasoned, goal-focused professional with 35+ years of experience with financial institutions (Citibank, Union Bank, California Federal Bank, etc.) with focus on audits, enterprise-wide planning, development, execution, and testing. Experience includes working as a OCC and OTS regulatory senior examiner in the areas of Compliance, Safety and Soundness and Information Systems. Proven track record of effectively leading auditing teams in the processing of complex reviews, utilizing quantitative and statistical analysis acumen to aggregate and interpret data vital to reducing organizational risk exposure and eliminating internal error and fraud. Strong command of state-of-the-art analysis technologies and methodologies. Thrive in situations requiring both independent initiative and teamwork in advancing collective goals; able to work tirelessly to achieve optimal results in deadline-critical environments.

Arvind Jangi – Advisor Technology

Arvind has held leadership positions in information technology and business bringing a wealth of experience in the financial services Industry with expertise in Retail Banking, Treasury, Mortgages, Consumer Finance and Credit Card businesses. During the last 30 years he has partnered with the CEOs and Presidents as CIO/CTO, to lead grow and transform organizations to achieve additional success. As an active part of the senior leadership team, Arvind lead a number of large initiatives at Citi and Master Card Worldwide.

Arvind has a passion to develop new leaders who can thrive on the dynamic technology changes. He mentors future leaders from prestigious institutions such as Colombia University and Pen States University on a regular basis.

Stephen Marshall – Advisor Compliance

Steve has an extensive 38 years of compliance and internal audit experience. He has worked with a diversified set of clients to provide comprehensive risk management services in the area of AML and Sanctions. Prior to his role in advisory, Steve was a Principal in the Financial Crimes Enforcement group at KPMG. There he focused on providing AML and Sanctions related compliance services to financial institutions of varying size and complexity. Steve is based in United States and is mobile to visit clients site across the globe as and when required.

Akbar Kazmi– CEO Pakistan

With over 27 years of banking experience, Akbar brings the seasoned eye that only experience can foster. Starting his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1983, Akbar has worked his way through every position in the Corporate, Institutional, and Private Banking. Mentored in global best practices from brands such as Standard Chartered Bank, Mashreq Bank, National Bank of Dubai and Commercial Bank International. Akbar brings a wealth of knowledge to any client interaction. He has been an active teacher and guest speaker at Emirates Institute for Banks and Financial Studies at their campuses in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.