Mr. Peter Smith
Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Policy and Risk
Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Peter joined DFSA in 2012 and is Managing Director, Head of
Strategy, Policy and Risk. He is responsible for:
strategic planning, including DFSA’s annual business planning
cycle, and strategic engagement with government;
development of the DFSA’s policy framework;
the DFSA’s risk framework, including the risk-based approach to
regulation, setting the DFSA’s Risk Tolerance and mitigating
non-firm specific risks
the organisation’s international relations activity.
Peter is a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ Policy Development
Committee and a member of the Coordination Group of the Global Financial Innovation Network
(GFIN), which brings together like-minded regulators to work on innovation and technology.
In the UAE, Peter is President of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment’s National
Advisory Committee, and a member of the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority’s
Capital Markets Advisory Council.
Peter has over 30 years of regulatory experience in the UK, the E.U. and the UAE. He holds a
Master’s degree in finance from London Business School, with distinction.