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Michelle Bahadur

Director, Department for Financial Services Policy and Legislation

Michelle Bahadur is the Director of the Department for Financial Services Policy and Legislation in the Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services and Commerce. Her department advises Government in relation to developing and maintaining the regulatory and commercial framework in response to international regulatory standards and market developments.

She oversees her team’s close work with the Ministry’s agencies that operationally implement financial services policy and legislation. These agencies, all with regulatory responsibilities, are the Department of International Tax Cooperation, General Registry, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, the Auditors Oversight Authority and the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.

Mrs Bahadur’s department is a focal point for the Ministry’s engagement with local and international stakeholders, including policy makers in supranational bodies such as the OECD, and counterparts in the European Union, the UK and the US.

In addition to her 20-plus years in Cayman’s financial services regulation as well as the private sector, Mrs Bahadur has a University of Phoenix MBA, an Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators certificate and a University of Tampa bachelor’s degree in management and economics.