A dedicated governance, risk and compliance professional with both a practitioner and regulatory background, Lisa Kelaart-Courtney leads the Compliance Advisory Services division of Clyde & Co LLP, an international law firm with offices globally. Kelaart-Courtney and her team provide governance, compliance and risk consulting and advisory services and solutions in the GCC region, with a predominant focus on aspects of financial crime including AML and CFT. She has many years of experience supervising and implementing compliance, risk and governance programs for corporate entities and regional regulators in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Kelaart-Courtney held senior roles including technical advisor for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she served as an expert on a range of projects pertaining mainly to financial crime.
In addition, Kelaart-Courtney held the post of associate director in supervision with the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). She was the DFSA representative to a number of international standard setting bodies, held membership positions on technical committees including those relating to fraud and financial crime and was a contributing author on international guidance papers about money laundering. Kelaart-Courtney also represented the DFSA at the AML/CFT standard setting body, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and participated in the FATF Typologies Project which focused on reviewing AML regimes.
Kelaart-Courtney underpins her professional experience with professional qualifications including and not limited to Masters of Commercial Law; double MBA and holds certified qualifications as a Financial Analyst; Risk Analyst; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Fraud Examiner.