Zarqa Sharif

Zarqa Sharif (Secretary) comes with over a decade of legal and compliance experience, mainly in global and Middle Eastern organisations such as Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. 

She is the Compliance Head (Doha) and the Middle East Compliance Training Head for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, implementing compliance control frameworks aligned to regulatory requirements and global best practices, developing, and delivering on, compliance training strategy and advising on compliance and financial crime matters.

She has headed multiple Financial Crime Departments and successfully established and remediated compliance and financial crime frameworks, in the U.K and the Middle East, gaining a reputation as a ‘fixer’ and problem-solver amongst her peers.

She is a strong advocate of training and education and continuing professional development. She holds several compliance and financial crime certifications, including the CAMS and compliance and financial crime diplomas from the International Compliance Association, in addition to an LLB Law degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Masters in Business Information Technology.

She believes collaboration between public and private bodies and transforming organisational compliance culture via training and education is key to combatting financial crime.

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, particularly in relation to the promotion of women in the financial services sector.