Claris Ruwende is an Independent Director with Waystone. Based in the Cayman Islands office, Claris provides independent director services to hedge, private equity, private credit and real estate funds with a wide variety of structures and strategies.
A Chartered Accountant and CFA Charterholder, Claris brings with her extensive experience in offshore financial services and a strong working knowledge of the regulatory environment impacting hedge funds and securities investment business in the Cayman Islands and other jurisdictions.
Previously, Claris held the position of Chief Analyst at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), where she led the securities supervision division team in carrying out a full range of supervisory and regulatory functions to ensure the compliance of licensees and registrants. Claris spent 11 years working at MUFG Alternative Fund Services (Cayman) Limited, initially as a Deputy Group Head in fund administration where she managed client relationships and led a team responsible for a diverse portfolio of mutual funds. Claris later served as a Change/Project Manager, responsible for defining and streamlining business processes and the execution of various projects. Earlier in her career, Claris worked as an Audit Senior Accountant at KPMG, Cayman Islands having begun her career with Ernst& Young in Harare, Zimbabwe.