The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services

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Bahamas Institute of Financial Services
Confidence, Integrity & Loyalty


Tuesday May 27

Session Speaker(s) & Topic Video
9:30am - 10:15am
Re-Defining the Financial Services Industry: Expanding our Reach
• The Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, MP and Minister of Financial Services

10:45am – 12:30pm

Understanding the New FATCA Regulations
• Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of Trade, Ministry of Financial Services
• Mr. Lawrence Lewis, Senior Partner Deloitte & Touche
• Mr. Emmanuel Komolafe, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Colina Holdings Bahamas

12:30pm – 2:15pm

Integrating Value Added Tax in the Financial Sector
• Mr. Pedro Delaney, Principal at Delaney & Associates

2:30pm – 4:15pm
Structuring Financial services and investments products to meet the needs of the emerging international UHNW clients: China & Latin American coming in contact with the US.
• Mr. Charlie Arazoza, Arazoza & Fernander-Fraga

Wednesday, May 28

Session Speaker & Topic Video
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Changes in Accounting Standards & Requirements
• Mr. Kendrick Christie, Senior Partner Grant Thornton
• Mr. Shando Rolle, Assurance Manager Grant Thornton

12:30pm – 2:15pm

Professional Standards – Supporting Cultural Change in Banking
Mr. John Needham, FCIBS, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland

2:30pm – 4:15pm
Maintaining Integrity through the Compliance Officer
• Panel: BACO Executive Committee

6:00pm – 7:15pm

Chartered Banker MBA Induction Session
• Mr. John Needham, FCIBS, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland

Thursday, May 29

Session Speaker & Topic Video
9:00am – 10:30am

The Importance of BASEL III & Its Impact on the Financial Sector
• Ms. Karen Rolle, Policy Analyst V – Policy Unit Bank Supervision Dept. Central Bank
• Mr. Keith Checkley, Keith Checkley & Associates

12:30pm – 2:15pm

HR & Skills Gap Issues Part 1
• Ms. Bonnie Nguyen, Group HR & Training Manager, Bahamas First
• Mr. John Needham, FCIBS President, CIOBS
• Mrs. Keshelle Kerr-Davis, Director Training, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
• Mrs. Keyshan Cartwright-Bastian, Ministry of Education

2:30pm – 4:15pm
HR & Skills Gap Issues Part II
• Mrs. Agatha Marcelle, Director of National Training Agency
• Mr. William Pratt, Director of Immigration

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