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Zainab Mearaj

A leading Bahraini VAT subject matter expert, Zainab has developed into a trusted adviser on VAT for the financial services sector, having been involved with VAT implementations at both insurance companies (almost 20) and banks in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. She has offered VAT advisory for some of the GCC’s leading financial institutions, including a leading Bahrain-based conventional bank, a market-leading insurance broker headquartered in the UAE and one of the largest takaful providers in Saudi Arabia. She also has deep expertise in the oil & gas sector, having been seconded to the investment and business development arm of a national oil and gas authority. Zainab is fluent in English and Arabic and has an industry pedigree, having previously worked in accounting, reporting and internal control.

Zainab has a BSc in Employment Relations and Organisational Studies and Education from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and is a certified management accountant (CMA). She recently passed her CFA level 1 at the first attempt.