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Jitendra Gajria

Jitendra, the Head of Accounting Solutions at Keypoint, has over 13 years of auditing experience and has worked in the Middle East, the USA and India. He graduated with a BCom. from the University of Bombay in 1991 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Jitendra is also a US certified public accountant (CPA).

Jitendra has extensive experience with Big 4 accounting firms, having worked in Bombay (where his responsibilities included managing an independent portfolio of clients, budgeting engagements, negotiating fees, preparing proposals and advising clients); Dubai (where he planned audits, executed audit plans, reviewed and tested internal controls and trained new joiners to use the firm’s audit system); and California.

Juliana Krause

Responsible for all in-house human capital and administration duties, Juliana identifies and manages staff development and training needs; develops and maintains HR-relevant staff information systems; and implements other processes. She also supports Keypoint’s client-serving human capital function with recruitment and selection, performance management review systems, employment contracts, employee satisfaction surveys, relocation and staff on-boarding assistance and job descriptions. As a subject matter expert on Bahrain’s immigration processes, she advises on regulatory and statutory requirements.

As the head of Keypoint’s internal HR function, Juliana is responsible for the firm’s performance review system, working with executive management to support areas of strength; identify and bolster areas of weakness; predict and satisfy recruitment needs; and ensure that staff morale remains high.

Najeeb Razzaque

Najeeb Razzaque has over 10 years of extensive experience and possesses the vision and capabilities needed to design and implement robust financial crime, compliance, anti-money laundering, countering terrorist financing and risk management frameworks.

In his previous role as the Head of Risk and Compliance, MLRO in a leading investment bank with operations across the Middle East, Asia and Europe, he successfully implemented the compliance, AML and risk frameworks (including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Common Reporting Standards (CRS) and personal data protection law frameworks).

He also worked in a “Big 4’s” financial services group, providing advisory services to the banking industry across the GCC.

Najeeb is a licensed CPA (USA) and a professional member of the International Compliance Association.

Shanta Venkitachalam

As well as managing the accounting solutions function on a day-to-day basis, Shanta processes monthly payrolls and accounting data; prepares general ledgers, sub-ledgers and monthly financial statements and analysis; and develops and prepares MIS statements.

Shanta handles payroll and accounting assignments for small & medium enterprises and start-up companies. She administers ESOPs and prepares and analyses financial statements and budgets.

Shanta is a certified internal auditor (CIA – US) and a certified management accountant (CMA – US). She has a BSc in pure science from the University of Calcutta (India) and an MBA from IGNOU (India). She is a silver medallist in financial management from the University of Calcutta (India).

Srinivasa Rao Baratam

Srinivasa is a dynamic, result-oriented professional with deep experience in investment administration and accounting for mutual, real estate, hedge and private equity funds. He has led liquidation services for funds and special purpose vehicles based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as desktop business valuations, financial forecasting and analysis, share registry and issue and capital restructuring services. Srinivasa works with investment banks, conventional and Islamic financial institutions, real estate companies and private equity companies.

He previously worked as a senior business analyst at a leading Indian capital markets service provider.

Srinivasa has a B.Com. from Andhra University (India) and is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAI (India)). He has completed level 2 of CFA (USA) and is certified for capital markets, derivatives and commodities markets.

Raman Ohri

Raman is a seasoned VAT and indirect tax advisor. A chartered tax advisor (CTA (UK)) with significant direct, indirect and international tax experience, he has ‘Big 4’ and top tier tax experience in the UK and GCC. Raman has managed over 100 tax engagements across the GCC over the last two years. His deep sector expertise includes oil & gas, utilities, real estate, manufacturing, retail and leisure.

Raman’s tax and accountancy experience – he is  ACCA (UK) qualified – enables him to provide value-adding advice to clients by offering practical solutions in an increasingly dynamic and complex business world.

Raman has been based in the GCC since 2017 and is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.

Mark Gamble

Mark is a qualified Australian lawyer who has significant indirect tax experience with a range of professional services firms in both Australia and the UK. As a senior member of the Keypoint Group’s tax team, he adds a deep understanding of how VAT and other indirect taxes – both in theory and in practice – continue to evolve even decades after introduction.

As an indirect tax manager, Mark has advised clients across a broad variety of industries on the commercial implications of indirect taxes (such as VAT). He has assisted clients with ERP implementation and represented clients on tax disputes with the tax authorities.

Mark has bachelors’ degrees in laws and business and is completing a master’s degree in taxation laws.

Chahira Miled

Having helped develop Keypoint’s business development function, Chahira now focuses on project management, learning management services, client networking and sales and marketing. She is a certified value-based seller and project management professional. At Keypoint, she has managed significant projects including events, training sessions and workshops for leading financial institutions in Bahrain and across the MENA region.

Over the last 20 years, Chahira has worked in a number of different sectors and uses her wide range of business experiences to add value to clients by offering a different perspective. She is recognised nationally as a thought leader, producing widely-read reviews on FATCA, CRS, BCM, financial regulatory compliance and IT security.

Chahira is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Lauren Gamble

Lauren is a highly-qualified Australian lawyer with a broad range of legal expertise. Having worked with a number of different law firms, including ‘magic circle’ firms, in Australia, she adds significant depth to Keypoint’s statutory and corporate affairs function.

In her previous role as a senior associate in the litigation and dispute resolution practice of a leading international law firm, Lauren managed litigation matters, acting for a wide range of government, public sector, listed and private sector organisations across various industries. She has drafted commercial legal advice, instructed counsel and prepared a variety of matters for trial, including disputes between company directors and shareholders, contractual disputes and property disputes.

Lina Aiy

Over the last 10 years with Keypoint, Lina has emerged as a trusted adviser, advising a range of businesses on business formation, corporate secretarial services and governance. She advises clients on corporate and statutory matters including company formation, licensing, restructuring, liquidation, regulatory approval and constitutional documentation. Within the CAS function, Lina is responsible for assuring the technical quality and on time delivery of our work products.

Before joining Keypoint, Lina worked with the Office of the Prime Minister of Jordan and a leading multi-national pharmaceutical company headquartered in Jordan. Lina has a bachelor degree in literature and language from the University of Jordan.

Lina is fluent in Arabic and English.