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ABOUT DFSA

THE DFSA IS THE INDEPENDENT REGULATOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES CONDUCTED IN OR FROM THE DIFC, A PURPOSE-BUILT FINANCIAL FREE ZONE IN DUBAI, UAE.

The DFSA’s regulatory mandate includes asset management, banking and credit services, securities, collective investment funds, custody and trust services, commodities futures trading, Islamic finance, insurance, an international equities exchange, and an international commodities derivatives exchange. In addition to regulating financial and ancillary services, the DFSA is responsible for supervising and enforcing anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) requirements applicable in the DIFC. The DFSA has also accepted a delegation of powers from the DIFC Registrar of Companies (RoC) to investigate the affairs of DIFC companies and partnerships where a material breach of DIFC Companies Law is suspected and to pursue enforcement remedies available to the Registrar.

Corporate Bios

Saeb Eigner - Chairman
SAEB EIGNER

Chairman

Saeb Eigner was appointed DFSA Chairman in August, 2011. He has been a member of the Board since October 2004 and served as Deputy Chairman since 2007.

Formerly a Senior Manager at ANZ Grindlays Bank PLC, in London, Eigner headed the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Division of the private bank, which he left to found Lonworld, a private investment group in the early 1990’s.

Eigner holds a Master’s Degree in Management from London Business School. He is a former Governor of London Business School and currently a member of its Estate Committee.

He is the co-author of the management books Sand to Silicon (2003) and Sand to Silicon-Going Global (2009) and author of Art of the Middle East (2010 and 2015). 

He holds and/or has held a number of Board appointments in Banking, Strategy, Education, Regulation and Investment.

Ian Johnson - Cheif Executive
IAN JOHNSTON

Chief Executive

Ian Johnston was appointed Chief Executive of the DFSA in June 2012. Johnston joined the DFSA in November 2006, as a Managing Director heading the Policy and Legal Services Division.

Johnston was admitted to practice law in Australia in the early 1980’s and spent most of his career in the private sector. He held a number of senior positions within the financial sector and was the CEO of one of Australia’s major trustee companies. During that time, he played a leading role in the trustee industry and served on the National Council of the Trustee Corporations Association.

In 1999, Johnston joined the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where he was Executive Director, Financial Services regulation, and spent several terms as an Acting Commissioner. In 2005, he took up a position as a special advisor with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

Johnston is a past Chairman of the Joint Forum, which comprises representatives of the major international regulatory standard-setters (IOSCO, IAIS and the Basel Committee). In November 2013, he was elected to the Steering Group of IOSCO’s Growth and Emerging Markets Committee. He is also a member of the Technical Committee of the IAIS, the global standard-setting body for insurance regulation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Standards Board.