Wael Qahoush
SVP and Head Of Compliance FAB USAFirst Abu Dhabi Bank

Wael Qahoush is the Head of Compliance and BSA Officer at FAB USA.  His primary role is to oversee the Compliance function of the Branch from a regulatory and financial crimes perspective. This includes managing, developing, implementing and administering all aspects of the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program.  He also acts in an advisory role on a number of regulatory matters facing the bank and ensures that the branch staff receive the appropriate training and awareness as it relates to regulatory requirements and financial crime.

Wael has over 24 years of banking experience. He spent 9 years in various roles as a Senior Relationship Manager, Vice President – Wholesale Banking in the Internal Audit Division, and most recently as the Head of Compliance for Wholesale Banking and International, with NBAD UAE.   Prior to that, Wael held several positions with GE Capital and Wells Fargo Bank and Fremont Investment and Loan in the Default Management and Risk Management areas.

Wael holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California Baptist University and a Masters of Arts degree in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento, CA.  Wael also holds an International Certificate in Banking Risk & Regulation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and is ACAMS certified.