Sarah Varghese returns to the Middle East with KPMG

12 May 2023 2 min. read
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Following a decade working in Australia and India, Sarah Varghese is back in the Middle East. At KPMG, she has been appointed a Senior Director in the Saudi organisation.

Sarah Varghese has relocated from Australia, with support from KPMG. She spent the past three years as a partner in the Infrastructure, Assets and Places practice, based out of Sydney, and will now hold a similar role in the kingdom.

Based in Riyadh, Varghese will help the consulting firm expand its market share in city building space, including urban strategy, strategic master planning and project delivery.

Sarah Varghese, Senior Director and Head of Cities Advisory, KPMG

KPMG’s infrastructure and real estate practices are housed within the firm’s Advisory division, and work on the design and development of major capital programs for governments, builders and engineering groups.

Varghese brings 25 years of experience to the role, including a previous five-year stint in the Middle East, sitting at both the advisory as well as client side of the table. Prior to KPMG, she worked for engineering consulting companies Jacobs, WSP, Urbis, and AECOM, and the Australian government.

Also appointed KPMG’s inaugural Head of Cities Advisory in Saudi Arabia, Varghese will in particular focus on the design and delivery of major urban and city-shaping projects and associated infrastructure.

“There is a tremendous opportunity in the cities advisory landscape, and Sarah will help us capitalise on this opportunity,” said Islam Albayaa, Head of Advisory at KPMG in Saudi Arabia. “It is our privilege to have her join our team.”

On her appointment, Varghese stated: “I am delighted to join KPMG in Saudi Arabia as it offers an unprecedented opportunity for the ideation, planning and delivery of exceptional cities and memorable places for citizens. I eagerly look forward to working with our team of outstanding professionals to provide innovative and sustainable solutions, underpinned by economic realism and deliverability.”