Biography

Bryan Stirewalt is a senior managing director at K2 Integrity. With 35 years of experience across the public and private sectors—including 25 years of international experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia—Bryan works with corporations and regulators across the globe to develop best-in-class financial crime risk management solutions.

A recognized subject-matter expert, Bryan helps clients navigate and mitigate financial crime compliance risks as they strive to keep up with the latest developments occurring within the digital asset marketplace and satisfy regulatory requirements domestically and internationally. He works with key regulators and jurisdictions around the world to develop future of finance strategies, including crypto regimes and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He also works with FinTech companies to establish dynamic and comprehensive compliance programs that incorporate the essential elements for sound risk management.

Prior to joining K2 Integrity, Bryan spent more than 14 years at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), most recently as its chief executive. As chief executive, he was responsible for the regulation and supervision of some 500 authorized firms, including banks, insurers, asset managers and exchanges. He implemented reforms and ensured the DFSA implemented leading international standards. He designed regulatory direction as the DFSA developed its approach to new and innovative financial sector entrants, such as Fintech and Regtech entities, and new financial products such as digital assets, including cryptocurrencies. He also directed the DFSA’s efforts in fighting methods of illicit finance and launched the agency’s cyber threat intelligence platform. For nine years, Bryan also served as the co-chair of the Basel Consultative Group, which provides a forum for deepening the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s engagement with non-member global supervisors on banking supervisory issues, and an observer at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Before joining the DFSA, Bryan worked for an international consulting and advisory firm focused on emerging market development programs in Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan. Prior to that, he worked for the U.S. Treasury's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a national bank examiner specializing in policy development and implementation, problem bank rehabilitation, and banking fraud initiatives.

Bryan is a member of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, currently serving in its Regulation and Supervision subgroup. He is also a member of the board of the SSM Good Samaritan Health Foundation.

Bryan has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated from a bespoke Executive Leadership Program at the Yale School of Management, and has certificates from Yale School of Management in Healthcare Management and from Harvard University in Fintech Innovation. A native English speaker, he is conversant in Russian and Polish.