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 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.
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 BAS 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.
Imran is a seasoned accounting professional who processes accounting data, prepares monthly financial statements and budgets and analyses management reports. He has worked in financial management, accounting, cost & budgeting and financial analysis roles in a range of different economic sectors and is recognised as a subject matter expert on financial models, financial feasibility studies, financial analysis and performance measurement reports.
Before joining Keypoint, Imran was a key member of ERP implementation teams in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries and has wide IFRS, GAAP and financial reporting experience. He also has broad cost controls, budgeting, financial control and internal audit experience.
Imran has a BSc from the University of Punjab (Pakistan) and is ACCA (UK) qualified.
Willem has extensive experience in most VAT matters including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, lobbying, management consulting, ERP configuration, risk management, change management, dispute resolution and legal representation.
Willem has been specialising in value-added tax (VAT) since 2003 and has assisted national and multinational clients in a range of industries including energy, banking, insurance, mining, retail, local government, government parastatals, telecommunications, welfare, manufacturing, public sector, freight and logistics and information technology.
Willem is registered as a master tax practitioner with the South African Institute of Tax Professionals. He holds an advanced certificate in taxation (ACT) and and is currently studying towards an advanced certificate in VAT.
Before joining Keypoint, Willem worked with professional services firms in South Africa.
Omar is an experienced tax professional with a focus on VAT (known in Malysia as the goods and services tax (GST)). Having managed over 20 GST implementations for a range of businesses in Malaysia, for the last twelve months he has been assisting a diverse range of businesses with the implementation of VAT across the GCC. He is widely acknowledged as one of the region’s leading trusted business advisers on VAT for the insurance and reinsurance sectors (both conventional and Islamic (takaful)), having led over a dozen VAT implementations for the insurance sector in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Omar also focuses on the manufacturing, retail and oil & gas and financial services sectors.
He has extensive customs experience, including:
- Indirect tax exemptions
- Sales tax exemptions
- Refunds and drawbacks
- Customs duties
- Bonded warehouse applications
- FTA matters
- Customs’ import and export procedures
Omar began his career in industry with a leading multi-national before gaining experience with a ‘Big 4’ in Malaysia and the Middle East. He is fluent in English, Malay and Chinese. Omar is a member of ACCA (UK) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
An experienced VAT consultant with a background in both direct and indirect taxation, Tariq until recently was an indirect tax specialist with the UK tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). At HMRC, Tariq led audits of the indirect tax functions of large businesses. He has also worked for a ‘Big 4’ firm.
Tariq has audited the tax functions of leading business across a range of industries, including banks and other financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers. As an indirect tax specialist who has worked for a regulator in a mature tax jurisdiction, Tariq brings a different perspective which will be welcomed by businesses in Bahrain and across the GCC.
A graduate in accounting & finance, Tariq is fluent in English, Urdu and Punjabi.
Adil Fawzi, who has joined the tax function as a manager, has over 10 years of experience in accounting, external and internal auditing, special assignments and taxation – including Saudi tax and zakat compliance and advisory. With a recent focus on tax and zakat compliance across industries including oil & gas, power & utilities, property and investments, retail, finance (including Islamic finance) and hotels and leisure, he has worked both for ‘Big 4’ professional services firms as well as in industry in Saudi Arabia.
Adil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ACA) and of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (ACMA). Fluent in English, Tamil and Sinhalese, Adil is based in our Saudi offices.
Faryal processes accounting data and prepares monthly financial statements and budgets and coordinates payroll and SIO services for banking and consulting businesses. She also handles accounting assignments for businesses in the investment, consultancy, manufacturing, hospitality and financial sectors.
Faryal has processed accounting and payroll data; prepared quarterly prudential returns and monthly reports for the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB); worked on monthly, quarterly and annual standalone and consolidated financial statements; performed ESOP accounting; costed jobs and projects; and drafted and analysed financial statements, periodical reports and budget variances across the telecommunication, agriculture, real estate, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Faryal is currently an ACCA affiliate and is determined to expand her accounting qualifications and knowledge.
Since joining Keypoint, Ambika has worked on a range of projects, including a long-term secondment to a large family office in the Kingdom of Bahrain where she supported corporate governance, risk assessment and internal audit processes. Ambika has also supported a range of Bahrain banks with internal audits, NAV calculations, investment reporting, financial statements, compliance with CBB regulations, investment structuring and restructuring, trust and company administration, impact assessments following CBB license changes, corporate secretarial assignments and developing authority matrices and other policies, procedures and manuals
Ambika previously worked as an internal audit manager at a leading global insurance group with operations in India where she helped develop an annual audit plan and was responsible for executing audits and reporting.