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Sawsan Mohammed

Sawsan, who has been with Keypoint since 2006, leads a variety of statutory and corporate assignments while also supervising staff workflow processes. She has wide technical knowledge and expertise. Her current areas of focus include company formation, licensing and regulatory approvals, restructuring and amendments, liquidations, agreements, reviewing constitutional documents and regulatory compliance. Sawsan works with a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations in different sectors with GCC operations, leading family businesses and high net worth individuals.

Fluent in both Arabic and English, she has a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of Bahrain and has previously worked with a leading legal firm and a ‘big 4’ professional services firm in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Jitendra Gajria

Jitendra 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.

Yogesh Raghavendra

Yogesh has worked in fund administration, share registry, global custody, financial accounting, management accounting and auditing for over 15 years. At Keypoint, he works mainly with banks and financial institutions, offering a range of services including trust and fund establishment and administration, share registries, employee benefit schemes and real estate investment trusts. Yogesh is also adept at financial and management accounting, budgeting and financial modelling.

Yogesh holds a Master’s degree in Financial Services Management from the University of Mumbai (India). He is a qualified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) where he is an associate member.

Prior to joining Keypoint, Yogesh worked with leading financial services organisations in the UAE and India.

Nishith Saxena

Nishith leads Keypoint’s project management and enterprise solutions functions. With over 14 years of IT operations and consulting experience, he is recognised as an SMR on IT project health-checks, PMO reviews and set-ups, IT product selection, vendor and contract reviews and quality assurance.

Nishith has led projects for the manufacturing, financial services, telecoms, oil & gas, aviation, metals & mining, infrastructure, education, logistics and engineering and government sectors in countries as varied as Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sudan, Nigeria and South Africa.

Nishith currently acts in a number of different roles including subject matter expert, implementation consultant, solution architect and project director.

Nishith’s professional qualifications include Prince 2, COBIT 5 and ITIL.

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.

Tom Gilbert

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).

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.

Sindhu Balasubramanian

Sindhu has significant regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) experience, having demonstrated excellence in planning and implementing effective compliance and risk mitigation strategies in a variety of organisations.

Prior to joining Keypoint, Sindhu was the head of compliance and MLRO with a leading financial institution in Bahrain where she was the project sponsor for a FATCA impact assessment.

A graduate from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, Sindhu is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and holds the international diploma in compliance from the International Compliance Association (UK). She was recently awarded the executive certificate in applied financial risk management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur. Sindhu is a visiting lecturer at Strathclyde University and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).

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.