May is a Director in FRA’s Dubai office. She has over fifteen years of financial services advisory experience advising clients in the MENA region on financial and operational engagements. Her experience draws from serving a variety of clients including government bodies, national and multinational enterprises predominantly within the financial services and public sector.

May’s expertise lies in strategic planning, governance and organisation, financial crime, regulatory compliance, crisis management, risk management, large scale remediations, national level policy, corporate transformation and strategy. 

Her significant experience includes:

  • Leading a large-scale remediation and CDD review project for a large international Bank in the GCC 
  • Lead a PMO for a large international financial institution in the Middle East to respond to a compliance review (covering anti-money laundering, sanctions and counter-terrorist financing) and a regulatory monitorship for their financial crime remediation program. She was also in charge of leading a global financial institution in the de-risking of their corporate and individual client account portfolios; 
  • Lead a framework transformation for a GCC central bank allowing existing operations to adapt to new processes, regulations and business models across core pillars such as procurement, finance, governance and HR onboarding lifecycles; 
  • Supported on the development of one of the first recovery and resolution plans in the region (known as the living wills) for a key GCC institution, including an international impact assessment of the group, risk management, regulatory requirements and product offering, and;
  • A key member of the regulatory, crisis management and investigation team conducting a fund review for one of the leading private equity houses in the GCC and its regulator. 

May has also worked on various development finance projects in the region including a major engagement for a governmental development institution in the GCC to assist in the design and set-up of a Moveable Assets Pledge Registry (MAPR) that helps financial institutions increase their lending portfolios against the pledge of movable assets thus facilitating access to credit through a secured transaction law. 

Her development finance agenda covered other projects including credit guarantee schemes, additionally she published a Point of View article under the title "Bridging the SME Finance Gap in the GCC"

May is a Level 2 candidate for Chartered Financial Accountancy training and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Finance Major from the American University of Beirut. 

Authority experience

Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)
Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE)
Department of Economic Development (DED)
Ministry of Justice - UAE (MOJ)
Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI)
Qatar Development Bank (QDB)

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