KPMG makes senior appointments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

18 February 2020 3 min. read

KPMG in Saudi Arabia has appointed Samar Nassar and Amal Abduljabbar as respectively it new Healthcare Director and Head of People, while Omar Alnuaimi has joined the advisory partnership at KPMG Lower Gulf.

The Saudi branch of global professional services firm KPMG has in recent weeks made two prominent female appointments; Samar Nassar, who has been recruited as the firm’s new Healthcare Director, and Amal Abduljabbar, who takes over as Head of People for KMPG’s offices in Jeddah, Riyadh and Al-Khoba. Neighbouring branch KPMG Lower Gulf has meanwhile welcomed Omar Alnuaimi as a new partner in its advisory practice.

Samar Nassar

Holding a BSc. in biochemistry from King AbdulAziz University in Saudi Arabia (complemented by an MBA with the University of Birmingham), Nassar brings almost two decades of experience as a healthcare consultant to her new healthcare director role with KPMG – gained at both the local and international level with industry heavyweights such as GE Healthcare, the latter where she served as Regional Strategic Marketing Director.

Also having spent time as a product specialist at Johnson & Johnson Medical, along with public sector entity the National Center for Privatization & PPP in a marketing director role, Nassar most recently acted as a management advisor for health-tech startup Arterys, aiding the AI diagnostic platform in its expansion to the Middle East. Over the course of her career, Nassar has developed expertise in programme management, solution architecture, and design for change. 

KPMG makes senior appointments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Amal Abduljabbar

Abduljabbar joins KPMG Saudi Arabia as Head of People following two years with the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) in Riyadh, where she managed the Center of Research and Development. Prior to that, Abduljabbar gained her doctorate in Public Policy and Social Sciences through Kings College London while serving as a Manager of International Physician Recruitment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre.

In addition to her PhD., Abduljabbar holds an MA in International Relations gained with Brunel University London and a bachelor’s degree in English Language from King Saud University, and altogether brings fifteen years of experience to her new role at KPMG – nearly nine of those spent at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, which she initially joined as an organisational analyst in 2009. Previously, she served as research fellow at the Centre of Innovative Government.

Omar Alnuaimi

Meanwhile, Omar Alnuaimi has been named as a new partner at KPMG Lower Gulf – the member for the Big Four professional services firm in the UAE and Oman. Alnuaimi crosses from a more than decade-long stretch in Abu Dhabi’s public sector, most recently as a strategic planning director with the Human Resources Authority – a role he previously performed for the Abu Dhabi Food Agriculture & Food Safety Authority, along with a period as director of ICT.

Prior to the public sector, Alnuaimi spent upwards of a decade with Etisalat (serving as Senior Manager for Business Applications Operations at the time of his departure), and brings close to two and a half decades of cross-functional experience to the advisory practice of KPMG Lower Gulf, covering HR strategy & planning, organisalation strategic planning & performance management, IT & communication services, and business application operations.