Wajdi has been the Managing Director of Keypoint since the company was set up in 2006. Under his direction, Keypoint has developed into a firm which provides a wide range of professional business advisory services to a variety of clients in the Kingdom of Bahrain and across the region. A ‘hands on’ manager, Wajdi is extensively involved in all of Keypoint’s services and is responsible for setting up and implementing Keypoint’s strategies and operations and for assuring the quality of its services to clients.
Wajdi started his business consultancy career in 1995 with a ‘Big 4’ accounting and consultancy firm. In addition to his role as managing director, his primary business focus includes advising clients on establishing business vehicles – including trusts, funds, joint ventures and limited liability entities – and their ongoing compliance with Bahrain’s business laws and regulations.
Wajdi fosters close relationships with Keypoint’s clients – helping him to develop an unmatched regional network – and has a deep understanding of differing corporate cultures and needs.
Wajdi is also the Managing Director of Keypoint Trust B.S.C.(c) which is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain.
Guruparan is an Executive Director with Keypoint.
Guruparan, a Chartered Account, has over 40 years of experience in the accounting and auditing fields, having spent 26 years with Ernst & Young in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he progressed to a partner of the Middle East practice.
At Ernst & Young, he was the audit engagement partner for many institutions across various industry sectors, including financial institutions.
In 2008, Guruparan moved to Keypoint.
His 36 years in Bahrain, associated with his deep professional and consulting expertise, have given him an extensive knowledge of Bahrain’s regulatory environment and business practices.
Pramod heads Keypoint’s accounting solutions function, which offers accounting and related services to companies across the Kingdom of Bahrain and the wider GCC. Pramod has been with Keypoint since its inception in 2006, having previously worked with ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms and in both industry and the public sector. His accounting career of over 35 years includes designing financial controls, conducting internal audits, implementing accounting systems and procedures and formulating accounting policies. As a result, he is widely regarded as a subject matter expert on accounting standards and regulatory requirements for accounting and employee compensation-related matters.
Pramod is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and is also a Canadian certified general accountant (CGA).
Mohammed Ashraf has led Keypoint’s Business advisory function since the firm’s inception in 2006.
Mohammed’s experience of helping shape leading companies has established him as one of Bahrain’s most sought out advisors. The Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs recently appointed Mohammed as a private notary, one of only four advisors in the Kingdom of Bahrain empowered to notarise documents in English.
He is also a key advisor to a number of regional businesses and leading families, assisting them with both commercial matters and succession planning.
Mohammed plays a significant role in developing and maintaining relationships with government authorities, including the Central Bank of Bahrain and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
Nandakumar has worked in financial services for over 20 years and was instrumental in setting up and growing Keypoint’s trust function. He is actively involved in setting up and administering trusts under Bahrain’s trust law, such as employee share option plans, family trusts and real estate investment trusts. Clients include leading conventional and Islamic financial institutions and high net-worth individuals and families.
Before joining Keypoint, Nandakumar worked for a number of leading international financial institutions in India.
Nandakumar has a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Bharathiar University (India) and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
Mubeen is an Australian-qualified corporate and tax lawyer who has advised clients in the Middle East and Australia for over 15 years. His combined experience empowers him to provide commercially-focused, value-adding practical solutions to complex issues.
Prior to joining Keypoint, Mubeen worked with ‘Big 4’ and top tier legal firms in Australia and the Middle East, including leading an international tax and VAT practice for Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
As well as VAT, his key areas of tax expertise include tax structuring and due diligence, Saudi and Bahrain tax, international tax, transfer pricing, tax disputes and Islamic finance.
Mubeen’s legal experience includes trust arrangements and corporate structures, corporate governance issues, employment law, M&A transactions, employee share and option plans, company re-organisations and dispute resolutions.
Srikant has worked in the IT sector for over 25 years, offering leadership at a range of Big 4 firms in a variety of roles.
Srikant has in-depth knowledge and specialist IT consulting experience across the financial services, government, retail, manufacturing and telecommunication sectors. His expertise spans the entire IT lifecycle including strategy development, information security, system and vendor selection, governance, IT frameworks and business continuity management.
Srikant is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), a certified information systems auditor (CISA), a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and a chartered accountant (ACA). He holds a range of other professional qualifications and certifications in COBIT 5, ITIL, BS 7799 LI and AICWA.
Arpita has led Keypoint’s human capital function since 2007. She graduated in Business and Economics from the University of Bombay and holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from the same university. Arpita is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and the Bahrain Society of Training & Development (BSTD).
She is a qualified psychometric testing assessor (Saville & Holdsworth (UK)) and a Hay-qualified trainer for job evaluations. Arpita also has deep experience in a range of other soft skills, such as emotional intelligence. For 30 years, Arpita has worked with leading financial institutions and professional services firms in the Kingdom of Bahrain and India.
Over the past 15 years, Rami has managed and planned a wide range of projects and has particular experience in business, management, planning and valuation. He has documented business plans and used strategic analysis tools to provide clear pathways to client visions. Rami has prepared feasibility studies and budget plans by developing comprehensive financial models. He has also been involved in structuring and mapping clients’ processes across business functions. Rami has worked across many different economic sectors but has a particular focus on – and interest in – real estate.
Before joining Keypoint, Rami worked with a leading privately-held investment group in the Kingdom of Bahrain, having started his career with a ‘Big 4’ professional services firm.
Rami holds an MSc in Corporate Finance from Depaul University (USA).
As a long-term expatriate based in Bahrain for most of the last 40 years, Tom heads business development for Keypoint, Bahrain’s leading professional services firm. As the head of the BD function, Tom is responsible for building business-to-business relationships, developing thought leadership, maintaining contact databases and refining content. Over the last 12 months, he has been instrumental in the emergence of Keypoint as a leading VAT and tax consultant, having supported the development of a multi-million dollar business that operates in three countries and has completed over 150 varied engagements.
Tom has worked in industry and education, as well as professional services.
He has an MSc in Training and Human Resources (University of Leicester (UK)), a PGCE from the University of Leicester (UK) and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen (UK).