General Counsel and Secretary to the Board, Head of Legal Affairs
General Counsel and Head of Legal, joined the DFSA in September 2015. She is the primary legal advisor to the Board of Directors. In addition, she acts as Board Secretary, managing the affairs of the Board and its committees. Ms Dandan also heads the DFSA’s Legal Division, dealing with all regulatory and other legal affairs of the DFSA.
Alongside these functions, Ms Dandan was the Dean of the two year graduate development programme within the DFSA, the TRL Programme from 2015 to 2020. The TRL Programme is designed to equip UAE National graduates with knowledge and skills in all aspects of financial services regulatory practice.
Prior to joining the DFSA, Ms Dandan spent several years as Head of Legal for the corporate and retail banking businesses of Barclays Bank PLC in the Middle East.
Ms Dandan obtained her law degree in the UK and is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, as well as in Hong Kong. Prior to returning to her Middle Eastern roots, Ms Dandan spent several years working for international law firms in both London and Hong Kong.