Saima S. Ahmed

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, SIFMA

Saima S. Ahmed is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at SIFMA. She oversees SIFMA’s legal, compliance and litigation matters and leads our exceptional team of internal lawyers. She serves on the Executive Committee of SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Society, the leading forum for compliance and legal professionals in the financial services industry. 

Previously, Ms. Ahmed served as Senior Director, NYSE Regulation and Head of the Market Watch and Corporate Actions groups at the New York Stock Exchange. She has held senior leadership roles across the financial and regulatory community during her career including serving as Deputy Head of the Surveillance & Investigations group in NYSE Regulation at NYSE and a Senior Enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Ahmed also was appointed to the Department of Justice as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Previously, Ms. Ahmed was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP representing financial services clients as a litigator before federal and state courts and the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and FINRA.

Ms. Ahmed has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.