Title : Navigating the evolving landscape of trade sanctions and export control regulations in the Middle East.
Date : Thursday, 19 January 2023
Time : 12:00 PM Gulf Standard Time
Duration : 1 hour


International trade exposes organizations to a wide range of risks and vulnerabilities. With financial crime risk levels in MENA being higher than the global average it is imperative to keep up with the latest requirements and anything less than the strictest compliance could lead to significant repercussions.

Join us on 19 January at 12:00pm (GST) where our exciting panel will be looking at the risk landscape for International Trade in the Middle East and how it is affecting companies who are doing overseas trade in the region.

You will learn about:

  • Particular regulations that businesses should care about in MENA
  • The role of the Bureau of Industry and Security and the growing importance of export controls/sanctions
  • Consequences faced by companies that have been found to have violated export controls
  • Where to look for compliance guidance and tips on how to set up your organization to manage risks


Vincent Gaudel
Vincent Gaudel
Financial Crime Compliance Expert
LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
Vincent works as a compliance expert, his role includes the monitoring of regulatory & technological trends in sanctions compliance, to help design the best tools for managing sanctions risks. Vincent has 8 years of experience in compliance functions in the financial industry and holds Master’s Degrees in both international business (Bordeaux, France) and political science (Linköping, Sweden).

Sofia El Mansouri
Sofia El Mansouri
Founder of Compliantly LLC and “The Compliance Lady" blog
Sofia is a financial crime and compliance consultant. She is specialized in the design and implementation of ethics and compliance programs for multinational companies and financial institutions operating in the Middle East and Africa. Sofia is a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne University Paris School of Law, and Global Compliance Institute.

Craig Phildius
Craig Phildius
Regional Export Control Officer
Bureau of Industry and Security
Craig holds an M.B.A. from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Delaware. Craig began his federal law enforcement career in August 2000 with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and spent twelve years in the New York Field Division. Craig was responsible for conducting complex investigations of mid to high level narcotics violators and organizations. In February 2012, Craig transferred to BIS, Office of Export Enforcement, and was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office. In January 2014, Craig was selected to be the Regional Export Control Officer (ECO) in Dubai, UAE and served two years at the U.S. Consulate. In January 2016, SA Phildius returned to the United States and was assigned to a newly established FAP position co-located with the FBI in San Diego, CA. In June 2018, SA Phildius was selected to be the ECO in Istanbul, Turkey, a newly established foreign Post within BIS. SA Phildius was tasked with establishing the office in the country and cultivating a working relationship with the newly formed Turkish Government.

Robin Jarvis
Robin Jarvis
Cargo Compliance & Authorisations Manager
Emirates SkyCargo
After serving in the British Army for 15 years and working for the UK Ministry of Defence, Robin entered the aviation industry in 1999 as a loadmaster where his career progressed into training, ground operations and management roles involving security, dangerous goods, special cargo handling and safety.

After working for two UK airlines, he then moved to the middle east in 2009 with Qatar Aeronautical College in Doha as an instructor and subject matter expert and then onto Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi as Cargo Standards & Dangerous Goods Manager where he represented the airline for these matters with the International Air Transport Association as a board member on the Dangerous Goods Board and as an advisor to the UAE delegation at the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

He moved across to Etihad Airport Services - Cargo as a Cargo Operations Manager and oversaw safety & compliance teams and special cargo import and export.

Robin took up his present role with Emirates SkyCargo in 2018 as Cargo Compliance & Authorisations Manager where he manages the trade compliance, special cargo authorisations and air waybill data capture teams. He represents the carrier at the IATA Live Animal & Perishables Board as a board member.

Robin is a member of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists.

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