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Ajit K Kushwaha

Ajit is a certified IT governance consultant with over 10 years of IT experience. His expertise ranges from IT service management and information security management system audits to IT performance management, tool implementation and organisational change management.

Before joining Keypoint, Ajit worked for a number of leading Indian technology companies. Career highlights include managing enterprise and public cloud services for large banking and insurance customers; successfully establishing IT performance management frameworks for the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) based on COBIT guidelines; and implementing ITIL processes and IT governance practices for the Eastern Region Municipality (Saudi Arabia) and other large enterprises across the Middle East.

Ajit has an MBA from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (India) and a BTech from Uttar Pradesh Technical University (India).

Dao Han Hung

Dao Han is an experienced tax consultant with a focus on VAT and a background in indirect tax and accounting. He began his career with the ‘Big 4’, working in Malaysia and Qatar, before joining Keypoint. Over the last twelve months, Dao Han has managed over 20 VAT implementations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, working with leading family groups, multi-nationals, listed businesses and financial institutions.

Dao Han is multi-lingual, fluent in English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese and has proved to be a particularly useful resource for the growing number of Chinese firms with operations in the GCC. He has a degree in Business and Commerce – focused on Accounting and Finance – from Monash University (Malaysia).

Imran Atif

Imran splits his time between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, managing an administrative team of seven, including office maintenance and landlord liaison and taking care of finance activities of K.S.A office. As a administration manager, he helps identify suitable properties – from shell and core to fully fitted out – and coordinates with civil contractors, designers and other related parties.
Imran previously worked in Bahrain with an asphalt company. Prior to moving to Bahrain, he worked in Pakistan for a leading Islamic bank as an accounts officer and a sugar mill as an accountant.

Imran has a B.Com and an MBA from Pakistan.

Ghada Awdi

Ghada has broad risk management, credit, compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) experience, having assessed or supported the delivery of risk management and compliance frameworks for commercial and investment banks, investment firms and insurance companies.

She was previously a CBB-approved person for a shari’a- compliant category 1 investment firm, focusing on risk management, compliance, money laundering reporting and fraud detection.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Bahrain. Ghada also has experience within the financial services and other industries as well as a ‘Big 4’ professional services firm with extensive compliance and risk certifications, including APRM (PRMIA, USA), CAMS (ACAMS, USA), international diploma in GRC (ICA, UK) and PRM levels II, III and IV.

Dinesh Ravi

Dinesh is a   tax and zakat technical expert who has worked on assessments from the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT), attending field inspections, advising clients on double tax treaties and performing tax due diligence. He has worked across the Saudi tax filing process, including registering new companies and e-filing annual tax, zakat and withholding tax returns on the ERAD portal.

Dinesh has a ‘Big 4’ background, having worked with a leading professional services firm in India and Saudi Arabia where he developed a deep understanding of Saudi tax and zakat, as well as US corporation and partnership taxation.

Dinesh has an MBA (specialised in finance and accounting) from SRM University (India) and a BBA (Finance and Accounting) from the University of Madras (India).

Khalid Al-Alawi

Khalid’s core areas of experience include company registrations, administration and compliance and he has a fundamental understanding of corporate law, company setups and organisational requirements.

Khalid has developed strong relationships with governmental bodies and regulators in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Ministry of Health and various municipality authorities.

Khalid ensures that all client undertakings adhere to the laws and governing statutory authorities of the Kingdom of Bahrain and drafts corporate documentation, including constitutional documents, annual and extraordinary general meeting notices and agenda, minutes, resolutions and powers of attorney.

Prior to joining Keypoint, Khalid worked as a translator and is fluent in English and Arabic.

 

Nasr Ali

Nasr drafts a wide range of corporate documentation in English and Arabic. His client base extends from international real estate companies and family conglomerates to law firms and local and international companies operating in Bahrain.

Nasr has developed strong relationships with governmental bodies and regulators, including the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB).

Nasr holds a bachelor degree in Law (LLB) from Cairo University. Prior to joining Keypoint, Nasr worked with multi-nationals, family businesses and law firms and was the board secretary for one of the largest family groups in Africa.

Bilal Ishaq

Bilal advises his clients – including private offices, banking and financial institutions, and family-owned businesses – on structuring and restructuring companies in accordance with their commercial objectives and the regulations of the Kingdom of Bahrain, including Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) regulations, the Bahrain Commercial Companies Law and Bahrain’s recently updated corporate governance code.

Bilal has assisted clients with incorporating new companies, liquidating companies, company secretarial work and compliance. He drafts a wide range of corporate documentation, including constitutional documents, property sale agreements, notices and agenda for annual and extraordinary general meetings, minutes, resolutions and powers of attorney.

He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London.

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.