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Rowena is a public governance and financial services regulatory specialist, with 15+ years’ cumulative experience in the fields of financial services regulation, AML risk management, cross-border tax cooperation, family office, asset management and private equity. She is Barrister of Middle Temple (UK), a Counsel and Attorney of The Bahamas Bar, and CAMS certified. She holds an LL.B (Leics) and LL.M in IT and Telecommunications Law and Policy (Strath).
Rowena presently provides advisory services, primarily to the MEASA region, on global AML & Sanctions compliance requirements and the regulatory frameworks for Dubai International Financial Centre, Abu Dhabi Global Market and The Bahamas; financial system innovation developments; and implementation of the UN SDGs.
She previously served for 31+ years at executive levels in The Bahamas Government service retiring in 2016. She is a former Director/CEO of NIB and former Senior Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Finance. At MOF, she led central Government’s work during the years 2000 – 2011 on financial services regulatory reform, international tax cooperation, the national digital agenda and communications sector liberalisation. She was the inaugural Executive Commissioner of the Compliance Commission, having led the establishment and operationalisation of the entity from its initial concept. She also established the Competent Authority unit for tax information exchange within the MOF and was an integral member of the team that succeeded in removing The Bahamas from the 2000 raft of blacklistings and.
Rowena represented The Bahamas on the OECD Global Forum on Taxation for over a decade and was a member and Rapporteur for two significant UN Expert Commissions: Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and Committee of Experts on Public Administration. She led negotiations for the vast majority of The Bahamas’ TIEAS, and, on behalf of CARIFORUM, for the Judicial, Tax and Financial component of the EU EPA. She has served also as a member of ACAMS advisory board.
Additionally, she is the architect of The Bahamas’ eCommerce enabling legislation including the Data Protection (POPI) Act and has served as an Expert Advisor for the UN biennial eGovernment Survey and in relation to implementation of UN SDGs 2030 agenda. She served on the UN’s High-Level Strategy Council for GAID; as Deputy Chair, respectively of BTC, and the Cellular Liberalisation Task Force which ended the monopoly on mobile telephone service in The Bahamas; and as Chair of CARICOM Heads of Social Security.
Rowena has served on other high-level international boards concerned with public governance, social protection floors, ICT and innovation (especially in Africa), financial regulation and financial crimes/sanctions risks management. She is currently a member of CAFRAD, ACAMS and ACAMS MENA Conference Task Force.
Rowena is a strong advocate for fair and equitable inclusion of all jurisdictions in the administration of the global financial system.
Diego Zuluaga is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, where he covers financial innovation and banking. Zuluaga is a prolific public speaker and has testified before the U.S. Congress and UK government commissions on financial regulatory and technology issues. His work has featured in the Times, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and the Daily Telegraph.
Before joining Cato, Zuluaga was Head of Financial Services and Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. While at the IEA, he authored papers on the role of offshore financial centers, the social value of finance, and the taxation of capital income, among others. Zuluaga is also a former lecturer in economics at the University of Buckingham.
Originally from Bilbao in northern Spain, Zuluaga holds a BA in economics and history from McGill University, and an MSc in financial economics from the University of Oxford.
Veronica Sherman has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years. She started her career as a Corporate Officer with Bahamas International Trust Company Limited, the first trust company in the Bahamas and eventually matriculated fully into the arena of trust administration. She was elected Professional Of The Year by the BFSB in 2010 and currently serves as a Director and Secretary of STEP Bahamas.
Veronica has always enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others and is particularly pleased to be able to impart some of the basic essentials of Trust Administration and provide some insight into the exciting and ever changing world of “Trust”.
Sharmon Y. Ingraham is a Senior Associate at Higgs & Johnson in the firm’s Private Client and Wealth Management practice group. Her practice includes advice to trust companies on matters concerning trust administration and creation, estate administration, private client wealth management, wills, company law and international commercial contracts. She also has experience in trust, commercial and maritime litigation, ship financing and registration matters, and banking and insurance regulatory matters.
Sharmon holds a dual honours degree in Law and International Politics from the University of Keele and qualified as a Barrister (non-practising) in England and Wales. She is a member of STEP and is a Director of STEP (Bahamas).
Dr. Iyandra P. Bryan is the Executive Director, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Head of Document Management at Gonet Bank and Trust Limited.
Prior to her current role, she practiced commercial law at a leading law firm in The Bahamas, acted as Vice-President in the Complex and Philanthropic Trusts Division of a leading US private bank, and acted as Managing Director of the Bahamas Branch of an international fiduciary services company. She has also clerked at international law firms in the United States and the Cayman Islands.
She obtained her PhD from the University of London, where her dissertation focused on Transparency and Integrity in Financial Affairs, and was supervised by one of the world’s preeminent expert on global financial crimes, Professor Barry A K Rider of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Dr Bryan also holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tampa and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Fredric G Levin College of Law. Dr Bryan is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of The Bahamas. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
In addition to being passionate about her work, Dr Bryan has a passion for education and teaching, engaging in charitable projects, learning new cultures, traveling, and is an avid reader (reading a new book every other week).
Sean McWeeney QC, a senior partner in the law firm of Graham Thompson, and a member of the Bahamas bar for more than 40 years, is a leading specialist in trusts and corporate law. He is a former Attorney-General of The Bahamas and one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC). He was also the first Ambassador from The Bahamas to the Holy See (the Vatican), and has served successive governments as the Chairman of important public commissions. He also served as a Senator and Leader of the Government in the Senate.
Mr. McWeeney has been consistently ranked as a Tier 1 trust lawyer by the leading international legal ratings publications, including the prestigious London-based Chambers & Partners, the IFLR 1000, and Citywealth’s Leader’s List. He is also generally acknowledged as the leading expert in The Bahamas on the law relating to stamp duty, a major source of revenue in The Bahamas.
In 1998, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Bahamian Independence, the Government of then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham awarded Mr. McWeeney the Silver Jubilee Medal for “Outstanding Contribution to National Development in the Area of Law”.
In April, 2000, Mr. McWeeney was appointed by Prime Minister Ingraham, and again in 2002 by then Prime Minister Perry Christie as Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission to review the terms and conditions of service of Supreme Court and Appellate Court judges and public legal officers.
In 2000, Mr. McWeeney was also appointed by Prime Minister Ingraham as Chairman of the Steering and Implementation Committees responsible for overseeing the re-structuring and modernization of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
In May 2002, and again in 2012, following the election of a new Government, Prime Minister, Perry Christie appointed Mr. McWeeney the Chairman of his Transition Team. He was also appointed as the first Chairman of the Clifton Heritage Authority.
In August 2012, Mr. McWeeney was appointed to chair the Constitutional Reform Commission. Mr McWeeney has also written extensively on various aspects of Bahamian trust and company law. He has also published on various aspects of early 19th Bahamian political history. He is the author of the book “Breaching the Gates: The Civil Rights Struggle of the Bahamian Free People of Colour 1802-1834”.
Mr McWeeney also serves on the board of directors of a number of licensed banks and trust companies in The Bahamas.
Ms. Christina R. Rolle is the Executive Director of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, having been appointed effective 26 January 2015. Ms. Rolle has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Over the course of her career, Ms. Rolle has acted as Director and Deputy CEO for a prominent international private bank and held various senior managerial positions with local and other international institutions including Head of Trust and Fiduciary, Head of Risk, Compliance and Corporate Governance and Manager of Banking Services. She is highly skilled in quantitative and statistical analysis, marketing, operations and business strategy.
Ms. Rolle was a member of the FATCA advisory group for the Government of The Bahamas and has served on the Board of Directors of The Bahamas Financial Services Board (2009 – 2012) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Bahamas branch (2003 – 2005). Ms. Rolle holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Ask Stacia Williams about Image Management, and you will enter an intriguing discussion on why image matters and the importance of branding to achieve “top of mind” status with your target audience. Stacia is the Group Human Resources Director at Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. and a Corporate Image Consultant. Competitive by nature, she is highly focused on empowering individuals and organizations to develop strong brand identities that will outclass the competition and catapult their careers or businesses to the next level. Now mix that with over 20 years’ corporate experience in the tourism and banking industries along with her passion for excellence, and you will soon understand why Stacia is the only choice for Image and Career Management consulting in The Bahamas.
Stacia is a Certified Human Resources Professional (FIU), Certified Image Consultant (AICI) and has received comprehensive training in Executive Image Management from The London Image Institute and The Image Maker Inc. As a Corporate Trainer and Certified Career Management Coach Stacia has received extensive training from two of the world’s largest Train-the-Trainer Companies, Langevin and ATD. Stacia is also a Certified Facilitator for Franklin Covey (Seven Habits For Highly Successful People) and Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership.
Staciaʼs certification in Etiquette & International Protocol was achieved through the prestigious, world-renowned Protocol School of Washington her Military & Government Protocol Training was achieved through JMAR Management, and Stacia is the only consultant in the Bahamas trained in children’s etiquette by The Emily Post Institute. Stacia is also the first REACH Certified Personal Branding Strategist in the Caribbean.
Using her dynamic personality, entrepreneurial experience, and strong leadership, training and speaking skills, Stacia has established herself as the leader and standard for Training & Development, Personal Branding, and Image Management in the Bahamas.
Michael is Partner at Lennox Paton, a full service commercial law firm with offices in The Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. He is head of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial, Investment Funds and Banking & Securities Group and has specialist experience with wealth management structures. Ranked Band 1 in both Chambers Global and the Chambers High-Net-Worth Guide, he is considered one of the top lawyers in The Bahamas. Michael is former chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, current deputy chairman of the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, a member of the government Tax Steering Committee and a qualified Certified Public Accountant (non-practising) in the USA.
Cecil Ferguson currently serves as a Bank Examiner at the Central Bank of the Bahamas, with specialist skills in the areas of trust, fiduciary and compliance matters. Mr. Ferguson is also a licensed Real Estate Agent with Clare View Realty and has spent more than 20 years in the financial services sector in various managerial roles.
Mr. Ferguson commenced employment with the Central Bank in July, 2011 and is responsible for leading and assisting with onsite examinations of both bank and trust licensees of the Central Bank. In this role, Mr. Ferguson is responsible for ensuring that licensees of the Bank are in full compliance with the laws of the Bahamas, international best practices, as well as the established policies and procedures of the respective institutions.
Prior to joining the Central Bank, Mr. Ferguson was employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Diplomatic Officer and served several stints at the Bahamas Mission to the United Nations in New York City, where he was responsible for promoting the domestic policies of the Government of the Bahamas in the international community. His focus at the United Nations was primarily Third Committee issues, which included economic, social and gender issues. Mr. Ferguson also served as a Diplomatic Officer at the Bahamas Consulate in Miami, Florida and travelled internationally to various inter-governmental meetings, as a part of the Bahamas’ delegation at those meetings.
Additionally, Mr. Ferguson held various key roles within a number of the larger international banks and trust companies, here in the Bahamas.
Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He is an Associate of the Bahamas Institute of Bankers (now the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services) and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, London, England, having completed the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance programs with Credit & Distinction, respectively.
Mr. Ferguson served on the Executive Committee of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers for a number of years and has also completed the full Diploma Program of the Society of Trust & Estates Practitioners (STEP) and has earned the Trust and Estates Practitioner designation, “TEP”. Mr. Ferguson was elected Chairman of the STEP Bahamas Branch at its Annual General Meeting, held in June, 2016. The STEP Bahamas Branch is the largest branch in the Caribbean and Latin American Region.
Minister Darren Henfield was born in Abaco, The Bahamas on 16th April 1962. He is a graduate of Abaco Central High School (1979). In 1981, Minister Henfield enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as a marine recruit. As a young marine recruit, Minister Henfield served his country with fortitude and excellence. Minister Henfield’s excellent work ethic and dedicated service enabled him to be promoted to the rank of Petty Officer with the subsequent opportunity to undergo the Special Duties Officers’ Course at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in 1998. Upon successful completion of this course, Minister Henfield was commissioned a Sub-Lieutenant. During his near 36-year career in the military, Minister Henfield served in many billets and appointments at sea and ashore. He greatly values his six months tour of duty (peacekeeping) in the Republic of Haiti (1995) where he served as a member of the CARICOM battalion under the aegis of United Nations mission to the country. This is by far, one of the most notable highlights of his military career.
Minister Henfield holds an earned Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from the University of the West Indies – College of The Bahamas Campus (2009). In 2011, he was called to The Bahamas Bar as a Counsel and Attorney-at-Law. Subsequent to this achievement, Minister Henfield served as a Junior Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for three years before being selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Minister Henfield successfully completed his postgraduate studies in 2015 and was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies with a focus on Strategy and Planning to combat terrorism. Minister Henfield performed exceptionally well during the course of his studies and received the NPS International Student of the Year Award (2015) for academic excellence and community involvement.
Minister Henfield is a man of faith and a long-time member of Calvary Deliverance Church. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Associate Pastor by the church board. Comparable to his faith and ministry, Minister Henfield is equally committed to his wife of thirty-two (32) years; Mrs. Deidre Henfield. Their blissful union has birthed three (3) brilliant sons and one (1) adorable granddaughter. As a family, they enjoy travelling and meeting people.
With a passion to further serve the Bahamian people, Minister Henfield retired from the RBDF at the rank of (Acting) Lieutenant Commander on 3rd January, 2017 and accepted the Free Nationals Movement (FNM) nomination as its standard bearer in North Abaco. The Hon. Darren Allan Henfield was elected to Parliament on 10th May, 2017 and was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 15th May, 2017.
Educated: Queen’s College, Nassau; Wilton House; Yateley Manor, UK; St. Andrew’s School, Nassau; Lester B Pearson College of The Pacific (United World College), Canada (International Baccalaureate); London School of Economics, (University of London)(LLB (Hons.)); Holborn Law Tutors, London, England (CLE).
Samantha is a Manager in the Risk Advisory and Consulting Practice at Deloitte where she serves as a Leader with experience in a variety of sectors, including financial services and public policy and management. In her role, Samantha works closely with Deloitte’s Global Tax and Economic Group advising in areas of tax policy, public financial management and economic strategy development.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Samantha was the Programme Manager in the Economic Development and Planning Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister for the National Development Plan and related projects.
Samantha has had the opportunity to collaborate with multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank and the World Bank. She has led teams on national initiatives such as the Caribbean Growth Forum – a facilitated methodology for public-private initiative to identify key policy reforms needed to induce national growth.
She is a member of several professional and non-profit organizations including the Associate of Change Management Professionals, Toastmasters International and the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants. She is also a former Director at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation.
Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the College of Saint Benedict. She holds the Certified International Project Manager (CIPM) from the American Academy of Project Management and a United Nations Certificate in Public Procurement.
Dennis D. Deveaux is CFO of Doctors Hospital Health System. He was previously the Head of Data & Analytics (“D&A”) at KPMG in The Bahamas, where he was responsible for KPMG’s D&A practice. Dennis also headed up the Management Consulting function and led a variety of large scale engagements in the healthcare, infrastructure, insurance and strategic planning space.
Dennis returned back to The Bahamas after studying and working extensively in the United States and Asia over the last 17 years.
Prior to joining KPMG, Dennis worked at a Director level for TOYOTA’s market leading material handling business “TOYOTA Material Handling North America (“TMHNA” or “TOYOTA”). At TOYOTA, Dennis lead the operational finance and accounting function for TOYOTA in North America, which included direct responsibility for financial consolidation of +30 legal entities tied to over $3 billion in revenue annually and +$300 million in earnings. His financial management experience at TOYOTA approximately compares to the level of responsibility associated with managing public finance for the entire Bahamas.
When he was promoted to Director, Dennis was the youngest such person in TOYOTA’s history to achieve similar responsibility at the regional level. Dennis also led strategic planning for TOYOTA and all large scale merger and acquisition (“M&A”) work. His leadership in strategy and M&A led to TOYOTA’s successful USD$250 million acquisition of Bastian Solutions in North America and USD$1.1 billion acquisition of Vanderlande in Europe. While at TOYOTA, Dennis also lived in Japan for four (4) years, where he led various planning activities on a global level.
Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Finance Concentration) from Fisk University (2004), where he earned summa cum laude Latin honors. At Fisk, he also served as President of the Student Government Association and Member of the 2004 University Board of Trustees. Dennis later went on to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with an emphasis in International Business (2006), and a Master of Science Degree in Finance (2007), both from the E. Phillip Saunders College of Business at The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Rochester, New York.
Bernard serves as of CEO UBS Trustees (Bahamas) and Head UBS Wealth Planning Trust and Fiduciary Solutions in the Caribbean Region.
Bernard joined UBS in 2000 and where he held a variety of roles across Wealth Planning, Group Tax and Investment Products and Services. He relocated from Singapore beginning 2016 where he was responsible for 3rd party life insurance distribution, financial planning advisory and the tax competence center for individual clients in Asia Pacific.
In his current role, Bernard is in charge of the Bahamas and Cayman Trust companies. Both Trust Companies offer the full range of standard and customized UBS fiduciary solutions. In addition, the Bahamas offering includes SMART funds, and Cayman STAR trusts.
Bernard holds a Degree in Law from the University of Fribourg, in Switzerland.
Bruno A. Roberts qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1989, was appointed a Manager of Ernst & Young in 1991 and a senior Manager in 1994. His principal areas of expertise are Management Consultancy and the provision of corporate advice.
Mr. Roberts is Chief Operating Officer of The Private Trust Corporation Limited. In addition, Mr. Roberts consults with numerous non-profit organizations. He is a former Chairman of The Bahamas Financial Services Board and former Caribbean Region Trustee for the Nature Conservancy from 2014 to 2016. Mr. Roberts currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies and is a director of BAF Financial.
Gowon N.G. Bowe is the Group Chief Financial Officer for Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited, including its publicly traded subsidiary Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited. Prior to this role, he was a partner and Advisory Leader with a Big Four (4) accounting firm. In that firm, Gowon had been on a fast track through the ranks in both The Bahamas and the United Kingdom firms.
Gowon is a proud graduate and alumnus of St. Anne’s High School and the now University of The Bahamas. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with First Class Honours and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialism in Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and was the recipient of the University Medal for the Commerce department due to high academic achievements. Later, he completed the Uniform Examination of Certified Public Accountants on his first attempt and placed second overall in the State of Georgia.
Gowon served as engagement leader on some of the largest audits, and consulting projects, for private and public sector entities, as well as serving as leader of accounting and audit technical, risk and quality functions. He is President of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation. Gowon is a regular presenter/facilitator at seminars and training sessions, as well as speaker at business/accounting related discussion forums and media programmes.
David McGibbon is a Partner/Principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has over 14 years of professional experience in the Banking and Capital Markets financial services industry, with a focus in serving business, digital, and technology strategy and transformation, regulatory response and risk management, program and organizational change management, complex consumer / retail, business, and commercial / wholesale banking channels processes, target operating model development, assessments and post-merger integration.
David is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) with expertise in Six Sigma/Lean, Agile, and program management methodologies. David serves as COO of the Consumer Banking Operations practice, a leader of the FSO Advisory board, chair of the Banking Team Leadership Advisors board, committee leader of the Experienced Hire Network, and has client account relationship management and revenue generation practice / business development responsibilities and oversight.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, David was an experienced Manager at Accenture, specializing in management and technology systems integration consulting for leading financial services banking strategy and operations.
Ivan, has more than 18 years of International banking experience in Europe and the Americas. Currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited. He holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Bath, a MBA Wealth Managers , Fiduciaries and Trustees from the University of Manchester , and is a graduate of Harvard Business School on the Owners Presidents Management program.
Ivan is a member of STEP, a found ing member and past Chair of STEP – South America Branch (currently serves as Director) , a STEP Trustee Managed Portfolio Indices (TMPI) Practitioner Group member , a Fellow of the International Compliance Association , is Licensed as a Principal by the Securities Commiss ion of The Bahamas , is a Director and Co-Chair of the Association of International Bank and Trust companies in The Bahamas. Ivan was a recipient of the STEP 2014 Founder’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement and the recipient of the Bahamas Financial
Service Board 14th FSI Excellence Award of Executive of the Year.
The Honourable Brent Symonette presently serves as the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration. In May 2017, Minister Symonette was elected as the Member of Parliament representing the constituency of St. Anne’s, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas. An alumnus of Brunel University in Middlesex, England, he graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Law and Political Science. He is a Barrister-at-Law having been called to the Bahamas Bar in 1978.
Mr. Symonette is a respected and experienced politician having served in many governmental capacities for approximately thirty (30) years. His political career began in 1987 where he was appointed to the Senate of The Bahamas serving in this capacity for two consecutive five year terms. In 2002, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Montagu Constituency. During his parliamentary career he served as Minister of Tourism and Attorney General, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement Party (FNM), Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
The Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was born on August 22nd, 1964 in the Bahamas and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University, and his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in public and private practice for over 30 years in the area of financial accounting and reporting, audit, corporate services, merges & acquisitions, receiverships and liquidations. Mr. Turnquest has had wide business experience having led international sales and manufacturing operations in several countries.
He is a former president of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce; past Assistant Governor, Rotary International District 6990; past Substitute Grand Master, District Grand lodge of The Bahamas, Scottish Constitution; past president, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Nassau, Grand Bahama Chairman Bahamas Scout Association.
The Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was elected to parliament for the first time on May 7th, 2012, as the Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama. Following successful re-election on May 10th, 2017, Hon. Turnquest was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Senior Partner of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law, Nassau, The Bahamas. Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Area and the Financial Services & Regulation Practice Area. Ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers and Partners and a Leading Lawyer by IFLR 1000.
Mr. Moree regularly appears in the courts of the Bahamas and has also appeared on several occasions in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England. He has represented parties in many of the major commercial and/or insolvency cases is the Bahamas.
Charles Littrell is Inspector of Banks and Trust Companies for the Central Bank of The Bahamas. Prior to joining the Central Bank in June 2017, Charles spent 15 years as Executive General Manager for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). At APRA he was responsible for Australia’s prudential policy in the banking, insurance, and pension industries, for managing the Australian national statistical agency for the financial sector, and for APRA’s supervisory risk specialist teams. Charles represented Australia in a number of international forums, including the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and that body’s Policy Development Group.
Prior to joining APRA, Charles spent 20 years as a banker, mainly with Westpac Banking Corporation in the United States and Australia. At Westpac, Charles was at various points head of group strategy, head of the managing director’s office, the executive in charge of Westpac’s domestic deposits business, and head of group capital management. Prior to joining Westpac, Charles worked at Bank of America.
Charles’s qualifications include a BA (economics) from Yale University, and a Masters of Economics and Econometrics (with First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. He has completed the Senior Fellows program at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.”
Antoinette Russell is the Managing Director of Credit Suisse Trust Limited, Bahamas enjoying a career in financial services that spans over 25 years.
A trailblazer of the financial services industry Antoinette is well known for her focused and involved contributions to the growth and sustainability of the sector together with other like-minded professionals as a part of various working groups ensuring that the Bahamas demonstrates its resilience to the changing environment. Antoinette is also well known for assisting and mentoring young persons who desire to enter the field of Financial Services. Because of her robust career, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she is eager to share with young persons who want to learn and better themselves.
In addition to providing technical support and guidance Antoinette focuses on building leadership skills, positive character and empowerment and as part of her management style she fosters team spirit and sees this as a very important element in creating a harmonious and supportive work environment. An advocate of the participative management style she promotes open communication and is keen on training and continuous development.
Antoinette received the 2013 Ministers’ Award for Financial Services for outstanding performance and contribution to the growth and development of the financial services industry. In 2014 she was awarded The Cheryl Bazard Founding President’s Award for outstanding contribution to The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers and the Financial Services industry in the Bahamas. She is a member of The Caribbean Center of Excellence for Financial Services Consultancy Group responsible for producing a roadmap for the establishment of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for the Caribbean which was launched in 2015.
Antoinette is the former Chairman of the Association of International Banks & Trust Companies of the Bahamas (2012-2016), appointed Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board in November 2016 and is a Board Member of the Bahamas Aids Foundation where she works actively with fundraising.
Ryan Pinder has been a partner in the law firm of Graham Thompson and member of the firm’s Corporate and Financial Services Practice Group since January 2016. His practice comprises banking law, corporate and commercial law, investment funds, securities law, capital markets, taxation, trusts and estate planning and structuring. He specialises in financial services solutions, planning and wealth management for high net worth private clients.
A former Member of Parliament, Ryan Pinder has previously served as Minister of Financial Services and Trade, in The Bahamas Government. During his time as Minister the Investment Condominium (ICON) legislation was developed and enacted, in addition to other key product innovations and industry developments including the SMART Fund Model 007. He continues in various policy advisory capacities, which has included the BFSB’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) Legal Committee and the organisation’s industry effort to review the Multinational Entities Financial Bill 2018, and related international initiatives impacting financial services in The Bahamas. His Bar Admissions include The Bahamas Bar and Florida Bar, as a Board Certified Tax Attorney. Ryan Pinder is also recognised by the prestigious London-based Chambers and Partners, as a leader in the High Net Worth, Trusts Sector.
Ambrosine Huyler was born in Nassau, Bahamas and spent her formative years on Grand Bahama Island. She moved to Nassau in 2002 to pursue her tertiary education and obtained an Associate’s Degree with Credit in Law & Criminal Justice from The College of The Bahamas in 2004. In September 2009, Ms. Huyler was awarded the Council of Legal Education Certificate from the Eugene Dupuch Law School which qualified her for admission to the Bahamas Bar after obtaining her LLB Degree with Honors from The University of the West Indies.
Ms. Huyler’s colorful practice started at the Eugene Dupuch Legal Aid Clinic with community focused legal representation for those unable to afford legal assistance through the usual channels. Thereafter she spent a few years at Sharon Wilson & Co Chambers, where she concentrated on family matters and civil litigation. She then pursued her interest in regulatory work as Senior Legal Officer at the Securities Commission of The Bahamas and presently, she is further pursuing her interest in the corporate and financial sectors as Senior Manager in the Legal and Corporate Secretary Unit at Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited with support to other jurisdictions in the region including Cayman, Turks & Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Ms. Huyler has International Diplomas in Anti – Money Laundering and Compliance from the International Compliance Association and is presently completing a Master’s Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Salford.
She is an avid Youth and Woman’s advocate having served many years on the National Youth Policy Initiative, a year on the Council for Children & Families, and more recently (2016-2017), presenting at a series of mentorship training forums across several churches that comprise the North Eastern Pastors Alliance and the North Eastern Community Council. In November 2016, she served as a panelist for the National Women’s Week Interactive Dialogue where the topic was “Promoting Women as Equal Partners with Men in National Development”. Ms. Huyler had the privilege of traveling with the Women’s Bureau, now the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, as a delegate to the United Nations in Recognition of the 35th Anniversary of the Beijing Convention on The Status of Women in May, 2015.
Ms. Huyler is also a member of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she served as Parliamentarian in 2016 and has also served as a member of the Health Professions Council of The Bahamas for several years. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and member of Christ Church Cathedral. In her private time she enjoys training others, travelling and spending time with loved ones. Ms. Huyler considers herself a family-oriented and goal-oriented person who is always eager to gain greater knowledge, wisdom and understanding. She enjoys learning new concepts in an effort to foster personal and professional growth and hopes that in every experience, she learns much, teaches more, and truly impacts others in a positive way.
Khrystle is an Attorney-at-Law and Manager of Legal Affairs at Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited. She attended The College of The Bahamas obtaining an Associate of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice, continuing her studies at The University of Buckingham, England, where she obtained her LLB (Hons.). After completing the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, England, Khrystle was admitted to The Bahamas Bar and the Bar of England and Wales in 2007.
Khrystle is the Vice Chairman of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, and serves as the Chairperson for the Policy, Regulation & Commercial Dispute Settlement Committee. She is an active member of The Bahamas Bar Association and serves on Bar Council as its Treasurer. A member of the Clearing Banks Association’s Legal and Compliance Sub-Committee, the Legal Working Group of The Central Bank of The Bahamas for the Credit Reporting Act; and a Director on the Bahamas Financial Services Board. Khrystle enjoys being involved in and participating in both civic and professional organizations.
Tanya McCartney was appointed CEO of the Bahamas Financial Services Board in December 2015. She is a UK trained barrister and chartered banker. Her professional career began in 1997 as Assistant Counsel in The Office of the Attorney General. Since 1999 she has held senior positions in financial services.
Tanya holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Reading (United Kingdom), A Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, U.K.), an MBA in Leadership from The College of the Bahamas as well as a Chartered Banker MBA from the University of Bangor in Wales (United Kingdom). She is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Tanya currently serves as CEO and Executive Director of The Bahamas Financial Services Board.