Chris van Dijl MA CTP CertICM
Founder & Managing Director
Chris has over 20 years of experience in corporate treasury management, holding key positions in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States and the U.A.E. He started his career as a treasury analyst at Baan Company in the Netherlands and progressed to global cash manager at Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia (USA). Before relocating to Dubai he held the position of Head of Cash Management at Petro-Canada, London. He is the former Group Treasurer of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and Al Tayer Group, both located in Dubai.
Recent achievements include the establishment of an award-winning new group treasury function at the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, including the creation of an In-House Bank, Payment Factory, centralisation of Trade Finance activities and the implementation of a Treasury Management System, SunGard Quantum. The In-House Bank is the first In-House Bank for a Family Conglomerate in the GCC. The Treasury Team at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group won the prestigious “Small/Medium Treasury Team of the Year” Award at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) Middle East Treasury Awards.
Chris is a regular speaker at corporate treasury conferences such as EuroFinance and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) and has been a chairman / moderator / speaker or panel member at treasury conferences in Dubai, Liverpool, Nairobi, New York and Singapore. Previously he was also a trainer for The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).
Recent publications include articles in Association of Corporate Treasures’The Middle East Treasurer magazine and HSBC’s Middle East & North Africa Treasury Handbook 2014/2015.
Chris is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and hold the Certificate in International Cash Management (CertICM). He furthermore holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Economics from the International School of Economics Rotterdam in The Netherlands and a Master’s degree in International Business & Management from the University of Westminster Business School in London, United Kingdom. He speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, German and French.
Prof. Dr. Fred de Koning RA
Prof. dr. Fred de Koning studied business administration and accountancy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands). His PhD thesis, which he defended successfully in 1997, discusses the subject of effective management information, especially information required for the control of business processes.
He worked as an assistant-auditor for KPMG, as an IT-auditor for PWC and as a partner for the accountancy and consultancy firm Paardekooper & Hofman, where he was in charge of consultancy in the area of business information systems.
He was one of the pioneers in risk management. In 1992 he wrote – in cooperation with practitioners as sounding board – a handbook for security at municipalities in the Netherlands, which was based on a method for risk analysis. He presented this method at conferences and in 1995 published a paper on this method in the leading journal on computer security (Computers and Security).
In 2000 he was appointed as full professor at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands, teaching primarily accounting information systems and internal control to students following courses on controlling and accountancy. He published many articles within his focus area and presented his views at many conferences throughout the world.
Additionally, he performed audit and consultancy work for e.g. AMRO bank, several ministries in the Netherlands, the European Patent Office (EPO), Eneco (power company), construction companies, international trade companies, software development companies, etc.
Nowadays, his main job is director of AIS Research B.V., which firm is aimed at research and consultancy on Accounting Information Systems.