A seasoned executive with over 12 years of international experience in delivering and transforming internal audit and risk management functions to adopt leading and world-class practices.
Proven track record working with large multinational and global organizations in financial, retail and public sectors.
Fostered strong partnerships with directors and executives in organization to assist them achieve corporate objectives, improve risk culture and optimize cost of internal controls.
Accounting, Asset management, Auditing, Banking, Consulting, COSO, Communication, Client management, Data mining, Delivery, Financial reporting, GRC, IFRS, Internal auditing, ISO 39000, Leadership, Regulatory compliance, Cost optimization, Processes improvement, Retail, Risk assessment, Risk management, Sales, Sarbanes-Oxley, Strategy, Supervision, Team building
Member of EY's lead pursuit team, winning a major audit and risk transformation project of USD 15 million with a public sector organization.
Contribute to published Thought Leadership in Banker Middle East, titled "The Changing Face of Risk Management in the Middle East Financial Market, October 2015".
Developed group wide risk management framework and subsequently supported it by Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solution, with estimated savings of USD 1.5 million.
Implemented Basel II projects and ICAAP documents for leading national and international banks.
Coached and mentored a multinational team of 15 employees from various levels.
08/2015 to Current
Director | Audit & Risk ServicesEY (Ernst & Young) - Europe, Middle East, North Africa, India
Member of the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Center of Excellence providing leadership and support in delivery capability in Enterprise Risk and Internal Audit Transformations to key global and international clients.
Assisted clients in developing operational risk management frameworks and strategies, internal audit methodologies, risk and control libraries, internal control cost optimization and developing standard operating procedures.
Member of pursuit team closing a major deal of USD 15 million and leading a pipeline of USD 4 million.
Currently leading GRC strategic alliances with preferred technology vendors in MENA with focus on financial and public sectors.
10/2011 to 07/2015
Senior Manager | Internal Audit & Risk ManagementCapital Guidance - Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Asia
Capital Guidance (CG) is a private equity and venture capital group with offices in Washington, Geneva, Paris, Beirut and Dubai. CG holds strategic investments and owns subsidiaries in over 40 countries in various industries (financial services, wealth and asset management, retail, wholesale and manufacturing).
Led the transformation of the internal audit function, and managed the day-to-day activities and operations in Middle East, North Africa, and Far East Asia.
Worked closely with the Chief Audit Executive, Board of Directors, Audit & Risk Committees', and Executive Management to align audit and risk strategies with corporate objectives and key areas of concern.
Contributed in closing over 120 past-due audit observations within the first year of joining.
Supported North American entities in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audits.
Established the foundations and governance of the group's risk management framework and procedures supported by GRC solution.
Contributed to optimizing costs in internal audit and risk activities by approximately USD 250,000 annually.
Combined audit and risk management with analytics to improve data mining by 70%.
Suggested recommendations that improved utilization of ERP financial solutions by 50%.
07/2008 to 10/2011
Manager | Enterprise Risk ServicesDeloitte - Middle East, North Africa
Member of the Enterprise Risk division management team in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), responsible for providing risk and audit consulting and outsourcing services to clients.
Reported directly to the Regional ERS Partner and co-handled operations of ERS service line in Jordan office.
Oversaw and managed client relationships and engagements across MENA, with a total sales portfolio of USD 1.2 million in the financial sector (60% above Manager targets).
Contributed to the preparation of the service line's strategy.
Delivered training to a Central Bank on ICAAP Supervisory Review Evaluation Processes (SREP Reviews).
Co-led and participated in multiple regulatory compliance reviews with financial regulators.
Directly managed a multinational team of 15 team members in Jordan and across MENA.
Double promoted to Assistant Manager within 1 year of joining.
06/2004 to 06/2008
Senior Assurance ConsultantEY (Ernst & Young) - Amman, Jordan
Supervised the execution of interim and year-end audits for local and international clients, in accordance with the International Standards on Auditing (ISA) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Joined the Banking and Financial Institutions division and ultimately overlooked a portfolio comprising 5 leading banks (2 international, 3 domestic); in addition to other local insurance and brokerage firms.
Assisted on an IFRS first time adoption andcomplex operational consulting project for a multi-billion bank in North Africa.
Education & Certification
CPA,CGACPA Canada - Vancouver, BC, Canada
CRMAThe Institute of Internal AuditorsUSACertification in Risk Management Assurance
FCCAAssociation of Chartered Certified AccountantsUK
Achieved Fellowship status with ACCA
BBA: AccountingUniversity of New Brunswick, NB - Saint John, NB, Canada