KPMG admits experienced advisory pair to partnership in Qatar

03 October 2019 3 min. read
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KPMG has recruited Nizar Hneini and Ali al Shabibi to its Advisory partnership team in Qatar.

KPMG’s Qatar office has welcomed two experienced consultants to its local Advisory partnership team; Nizar Hneini and Ali al Shabibi, who together bring over fifty years of professional experience to the firm. Hneini joins after having recently served as the managing partner of Cologne-headquartered tech management consultancy Detecon, while al Shabibi returns to KPMG for a second stint after previous spending six years with the firm in Singapore and London.

“I am delighted that Ali and Nizar have joined us, bringing extensive regional and global experience to our clients in Qatar,” said KPMG’s Head of Advisory Kenan Nouwailati, who joined the firm as a partner in 2017 after six years as the Managing Director of Accenture Strategy’s Energy practice for the Middle East. Hneini and al Shabibi join a team of roughly ten partners at KPMG Qatar, including Barbara Henzen, who was brought in last year to head up its local tax division.

Ali al Shabibi

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University College London in 1987, al Shabibi kicked off his career with boutique accountancy Carter Nicholls before later joining KPMG as a manger in the UK. Transferring to KPMG’s Singapore office in 2001, al Shabibi altogether spent around six years at the firm prior to crossing to Big Four rival Ernst & Young in Dubai, where as the head of risk advisory he ultimately spent nine years and was made partner.Nizar Hneini and Ali Al-Shabibi - KPMGSince departing EY, al Shabibi has served as the head of Assurance, Business Transformation and People at a subsidiary of Dubai-based conglomerate Jamal Al Ghurair Group, as well as a member of the board for the Art Dubai Group and Al Masar Investments. “Having spent six wonderful years with the firm [KPMG] between 1997 and 2003 in London and Singapore it is great to be back,” he said on LinkedIn. “Looking forward to this chapter of my career.”

Nizar Hneini

Hneini meanwhile returns to the Middle East after a long period in Germany, having originally started out as a webmaster in Lebanon following a Bachelor of Engineering in computing and communications with the American University of Beirut (since complemented with a Master of Science and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management). From there, he served as an engineer at Siemens and then a senior consultant at Altran over the space of six years.

In 2007, Hneini joined Detecon, and was made a partner in 2012 before being promoted to managing partner four years later, given responsibility for growing the firm’s consulting practice and personnel in areas such as telecommunications, the public sector, and utilities. At KPMG, he will serve as the head of digital advisory, and over his career has advised several boards and senior leaders on digital transformation, technology, governance and strategy execution.