Deloitte celebrates growth of forensics practice with latest promotion

25 July 2019 3 min. read

Professional services firm Deloitte has announced the promotion of Rana Shasha’a to the partnership ranks of its Middle East forensics practice, celebrating the segment’s ongoing growth.

Promoted at the beginning of last month, Deloitte Middle East forensics director Rana Shasha’a has been admitted to the firm’s local partnership. Based in Dubai, Shasha’a has been with Deloitte for nearly a decade and a half, joining the firm as a business analyst in 2005 following the completion of her finance studies at the University of Jordan. She has since become ACCA and ACFE (certified fraud examiner) accredited and undertaken an executive MBA programme.

During her time with Deloitte, Shasha’a, who acts as an expert witness before the courts in the UAE, has gained extensive experience supporting government, sovereign wealth funds, family office and cross-industry private sector clients in high profile investigations and litigation matters across the Middle East region and Europe, steadily rising up the ranks at the firm until being made a director in its Forensic Investigations and Disputes team in 2014.Rana Shasha’a – partner Deloitte Middle East “I am honoured to be joining the leadership team as a Partner. Our priority is to continue building the team’s expertise, increase our impact in the region and continue to extend our strongest support to our clients,” said Shasha’a, with Deloitte adding that its expanding Middle East Forensics practice “continues to grow from strength to strength” – and highlighting the leadership additions of Nick Athanasi and Majdi Al-Madani over the past twelve months.

Joining the firm in London in 2016 after stints at Marsh & McLennan and FTI Consulting, Athanasi crossed to Deloitte’s Middle East forensics practice as a partner and Forensics Technology Leader toward the end of last year, alongside current Director of Data Analytics Muzzi Ebrahim from the firm’s South African branch. In January, they were joined by ex-EY Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services director Majdi Al-Madani.

Based in Riyadh, Al-Madani leads the firm’s forensics team in Saudi Arabia, where Deloitte states it continues to work on some of the largest and most sensitive local investigations. Spending over six years at Ernst & Young (with more than a decade at four major banks in KSA), Al-Madani is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Risk Analyst with a background in law and years of experience in fraud and regulatory investigations, anti-bribery and corruption, and disputes.

“We continue to see high demand for forensic and dispute services in the region and I am delighted that Rana, Nick and Majdi have joined the leadership team to serve our clients in this highly sensitive and specialised field,” said Deloitte Middle East Forensics leader Neil Hargreaves. “Our investment in local talent over the last few years is resulting in the promotion and hire of exceptionally talented professionals.”