As Director of Advisory Services in Switzerland, Assad has more than 18 years of risk management experience, specializing in areas of information governance, risk management, quality assurance, and project management, largely within the financial services sector. Assad also has deep expertise in financial and capital markets, which he honed after working in-house for two leading global financial institutions, both on the business side, and later in legal, compliance, and IT departments. These experiences provided Assad a strong foundation for advising clients on how to use technology to target specific high-risk areas, ranging from employee misconduct and market manipulation to insider threat scenarios. It has also provided a basis for advising on the use of next-generation tools to improve the handling of sensitive information (including data subject to bank secrecy and other restrictions) and management of core compliance programs, such as the surveillance and monitoring of regulated persons.
Prior to joining Lighthouse, Assad spent 13 years as an in-house technologist, leading and implementing change management programs across legal, compliance, and IT. This includes UBS, where he worked as a business analyst and was responsible for quality assurance on a global data remediation program for the legal department. He also worked as a business analyst for Credit Suisse, analyzing data from key financial systems to support various internal and regulatory needs. Assad began his career at American Management Systems (subsequently acquired by CGI Group), a high-tech management consulting firm specializing in systems analysis and integration for large corporations and government; during this time, he worked in Portugal, Spain, Poland, Egypt, and Canada. Known as a “change enthusiast,” Assad has a knack for envisioning the possible while managing legal and regulatory risk. Assad is passionate about helping clients organizations embrace their corporate responsibility to create a safer, more transparent, and better-governed environment that enables them to digitally transform, add value, and make a positive social impact.
Assad holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Henley Business School at Reading University; a B.A. in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College at London University; and an International MBA from London Business School, HEC Paris and Warsaw University of Technology.
On a personal note, Assad is a certified rescue diver and an avid paraglider, having performed 50+ deep-dives and high-altitude flights to date. Assad’s most exhilarating dives were in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and his most challenging solo flight was in Glarus, Switzerland. He lives in canton of Zug, Switzerland, with his wife and their three kids.