KPMG adds five new partners to its Dubai team

05 November 2020 4 min. read

Global accounting and consulting firm KPMG has admitted five new partners into the partnership of its Dubai office. 

Fahad Kazim has been appointed a partner in the Corporate Finance practice, part of the Deal Advisory division. He joins KPMG externally, having previously held leadership roles with real estate developers in Dubai, including as Vice President of Meydan Malls and Chief Commercial Officer for Meraas. He has also served on prominent boards including those of Emirates REIT, Dubai Parks & Resorts and Emirates Transport.

Earlier in his career, Kazim spent six years with PwC in the US, in the firm’s Audit and Transaction Services teams with a focus on engagements in the real estate, hospitality and retail industries.

Fahad Kazim, Gonçalo Traquina, Fady Kassatly, Andrew Monro, Hiren Amin - KPMG

Gonçalo Traquina has been with KPMG for over thirteen years, and has relocated from Portugal to Dubai, where he is a partner in the Advisory division focused on the Financial Services industry vertical. Traquina specialises in retail banking, insurance, payments and remittances. His areas of expertise include business strategy, digital transformation, customer experience, operational transformation, financial management and IT transformation.

Back in Portugal, Traquina was a partner since 2017, and before joining the Big Four firm, he served rival Deloitte for over eight years in its Strategy & Operations division. 

Fady Kassatly brings over two decades of consulting experience to KPMG’s partnership, having previously served Big Four firms PwC (as a partner) and Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton (also a partner) and strategy consulting firm Strategy& (then Booz & Company) for over eight years. At KPMG, he leads the Enterprise Systems and Cloud Solutions offering within the Advisory practice. 

Kassatly specialises in digital transformation related topics, and has led major engagements in the areas of digital strategy, e-Government, smart government, information and communications technologies, digital, innovation (AI, Blockchain, Design Thinking) and large-scale digital transformations including ERP and CRM solutions implementations. His focus is on clients in the civil, government, telecom, and non-profit sectors. 

Andrew Monro re-joins KPMG’s partnership, having previously been a partner at KPMG in the UK following a fifteen-year spell at the firm. Most recently, Monro was a partner at EY, in a client capacity, a role he now also will hold for KPMG’s Dubai outfit. He leads client development in the Energy and Resources space, catering to some of KPMG’s largest clients in the Middle East. 

Throughout his career, Monro has advised multinational clients within the oil & gas, chemicals, life sciences, industrial, retail, and consumer sectors. He has gained experience across the consulting value chain, from business strategy and organisation performance to finance, operations, risk and change management. 

Hiren Amin has joined KPMG from Deloitte in Dubai, where he was a Director in its Analytics and Information Management practice. At KPMG, he will leverage this experience to lead its Data & Analytics practice. He advises clients on digital enablement, advanced analytics, machine learning, robotics process automation, IoT and chatbots, among others.

Prior to working in consulting, he held a leadership role in an IT company, co-founded a data and analytics consulting firm, and worked for companies in the technology landscape. Amin started his career in trading and quantitative analysis with ScotiaMacotta and Barclaycard.

100+ years

“Our five new partners bring rich expertise, strong business acumen and more than a hundred years of regional and international experience between them,” said Nader Haffar, Chairman and CEO of KPMG Lower Gulf. 

KPMG’s Dubai office is part of the Lower Gulf business unit, which comprises the KPMG organisations in the UAE and Oman. The unit employs around 1,500 people across four offices.

Earlier this year, Omar Alnuaimi joined the partnership of KPMG in the Lower Gulf.