EY forensics specialist Muthmainur Rahman joins FTI Consulting in Dubai

02 August 2018 Consultancy-me.com

Former EY forensic data expert Muthmainur Rahman has joined FTI Consulting’s operations in Dubai. The new Senior Managing Director will oversee FTI’s expansion in the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city.

FTI Consulting first entered the Middle Eastern consulting market in 2005, when the firm established a construction solutions practice in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Three years later, FTI further expanded in the country by launching its strategic communications practice in 2008. In the same year, the firm acquired construction and engineering company Brewer Consulting, in a move to broaden its global portfolio and increase its presence in the UAE.

Since then the practice in Dubai has continued to grow, to include construction solutions, strategic communications and a forensic accounting expert witness offering – which due to growing demand in the region, has particularly been the focus of expansion over the past few years. In the latest development of the growing wing, FTI has appointed a new Senior Managing Director in the shape of incoming Partner Muthmainur Rahman.EY forensics specialist Muthmainur Rahman joins FTI Consulting in DubaiRahman has spent the last 11 years of his career at Big Four firm EY, having joined the organisation straight out of university after achieving a BSc Computer Science with First Class Honours from King's College London in 2007. He quickly made the most of an opportunity to work with an innovative Partner at the firm, who inspired him to pursue his career at EY for more than a decade, alongside being selected to pursue an Executive MBA with a leading business school via the Big Four firm.

Initially, Rahman worked in the EY Advisory practice where he specialised in Analytics and worked on a number of engagements including identifying $100 million in savings for an acquisition for a private equity firm, before moving into EY’s forensics practice, leading work with a global financial derivatives broker to investigate the reasons for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following that, Rahman eventually reached the rank of Associate Director in Forensics at EY, leading multiple teams in forensic data analytics across financial services sector with a latter focus on identifying and analysing transactions violating economic sanctions, before leaving the firm this year.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Rahman said of his new challenge; “After an amazing 11 years at EY I will be officially starting my new role as Technology lead for FTI Consulting based out of Dubai. [There are] so many people to thank for an amazing career at EY. Just to list a few Paul Walker, Carl Judge, Christabel Cowling, Andrew Walton, Ben Taylor, Jim McCurry, John Smart and most importantly the fabulous Analytics and Forensic Technology team.”

Related: FTI Consulting adds forensic expert Daniel Turner to Dubai team.

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019 Consultancy-me.com

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded Leanin.org, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.