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DR. OUSSAMA TABBARA, DBA, CPA

Dr. Oussama Tabbara is the Founder and Chairman & Managing Director, and Precedent Partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”) network of practicing firms of auditors, business advisors, and consultants, which has a proud history of more than half a century.

The UTCINTL network of firms operates from 17 modern offices in 14 principal cities of the Middle East Region and has more than 500 qualified and experienced professionals in employment.

Since the founding of his practice more than half a century ago in Beirut, Lebanon, (at present 3 offices), Dr. Oussama has demonstrated an unrivalled knowledge of the legal, economic, and business environment of the Middle East Region. He holds the Chartered Accountant - Registration No. 1, in Saudi Arabia. With his vision, insights, and innovative ideas, the UTCINTL network of professional practice firms, since that time, had been operationalized progressively in other territories, and presently functions in Saudi Arabia (4 offices), United Arab Emirates (3 offices), Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Syria (3 offices), and Yemen. UTCINTL’s practice firms are legally independent members of UTC International [www.utcintl.com] ... read more

ALI TABBARA, MBA, CPA

Ali Tabbara is a partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”), and the Managing Director of UTCINTL Consulting Division. His areas of expertise include management consultancy, corporate strategic planning, private equity, and financial & business advisory.

Ali has provided consulting and advisory services to clients throughout the GCC, MENA, and Europe. By addressing the specific needs of the individual assignments and providing every client with results-oriented, timely, and high quality service, he has helped UTCINTL clients to build their enterprises; fundamentally, by the adoption of strategies to respond to the changing economic environment. With the combination of the local traditions of the Middle East and his international experience he has a background of advising on a wide range of transactions and issues. He has developed many long term relationships with the business world by understanding their issues and concerns. At present, he sits on the Boards of several national and multinational companies. ... read more

TAREK TABBARA, MBA, CPA

Tarek Tabbara is an Associate of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include business restructuring, designing deal structures and negotiating complex financing transactions, debt restructuring & settlements, corporate strategic planning, private equity, assurances services, and financial & business advisory.

With extensive and long years of experience in accounting, finance, and management consulting, Tarek provides world-class financial and business advisory as well as assurance services. Tarek joined UTCINTL from Streamline Business Solutions LLC [“SBS”], a business and financial advisory firm he founded in New York City, USA. At SBS, Tarek engineered a number of successful business turnarounds for the firm’s clients, by means of restructuring their operations, shedding unprofitable lines of business, renegotiating their liabilities, and securing adequate financing. These efforts resulted in significant revenue and corresponding profit increases and restored financial stability to those client enterprises. Presently Tarek sits on several boards as well as audit and compensation committees of large corporate entities. ... read more

OMAR TABBARA, B.SC.(M.I.S.), CPM, OCP

Omar Tabbara, the Managing Director of Technology Solutions of UTC International (“UTCINTL”), holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Information Management Systems from University of Ottawa. He is an ORACLE Certified Professional in Internet Application Development from ORACLE, and, in addition, he is a Certified LAN/WAN Engineer.

Omar led a team of specialist IT consultants comprising OCPs in Application Development, Database Administration, and Oracle Financials Suite 11i. UTCINTL's clients in the Middle East Region engaged the services of Omar, as Project Manager in some of the very complex implementations of Oracle technology. He has an excellent flair for understanding the client’s needs particularly for rapid assessment of IT projects; gap analysis; implementation planning & scheduling; team selection & motivation to ensure continuity; new system’s interfacing with existing/other systems, progress monitoring, and risk management. UTC International, one of the prominent networks of practising firms for knowledge and thought leadership, provides the strategic perspective and vision to help clients implement and achieve their corporate objectives ... read more

TALAL TABBARA, BA (BUS. ADMIN.)

Talal Tabbara is an Associate of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include business analysis, corporate strategic planning, project implementation, private equity, internal audit, and financial & business advisory. With his in-depth knowledge of issues and trends in industries such as Travel and Hospitality, Insurance, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Professional Services, Talal has provided high value in corporate re-structures and market strategy implementations which involve precision and strong attention to detail.

Persistence, determination, skill, and dedication, got Talal to excel in thought leadership roles in the performance of assignments pertaining to the growth of global businesses of multinational companies and internationally recognized brands. He enjoys working with skilled and exceptional characters, and contributing innovative ideas for the resolution of complex business issues. ... read more

AYMAN TABBARA, MBA

Ayman Tabbara is an Associate of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include Management Information System, Information Technology, Accounting, Taxation, Finance, and External Audit, in both public and private sectors.

Ayman is responsible for ensuring adequate administration of external audit assignments of commercial companies, and public sector agencies. His major responsibilities involve the reviewing of audit engagement files, liaising with clients, assuring quality control and compliance with professional standards, and verifying the accuracy and completeness of audit reports ... read more

ZIAD TABBARA, MBA

Ziad Tabbara is an Associate of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include Accounting, Taxation, Finance, and External Audit, in both public and private sectors.

Ziad is responsible for ensuring adequate administration of external audit assignments of commercial companies, and public sector agencies. His major responsibilities involve the reviewing of audit engagement files, liaising with clients, assuring quality control and compliance with professional standards, and verifying the accuracy and completeness of audit reports ... read more

LALITH EDWARD, CPA, FCMA, CGMA, FCIS

Lalith Edward is a financial advisor and investment analyst of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include corporate strategic planning, investment analysis and risk management, project feasibility studies, corporate finance, tax litigation support, and financial advisory.

He had worked through top financial management positions in the agriculture industry [Sri Lanka, Guyana, and Chile] electric utilities [Sri Lanka and Guyana] and as a Senior Consultant in Pricewaterhouse Coopers [Sri Lanka]. Since then for more than two decades, he has been in the employment of UTCINTL.

Because of his focus on excellence and by living up to a wide variety of professional demands of sophisticated clients, he has become a constant source of advice in areas such as financial due diligence, high net worth entity investment strategies, private equity and venture capital, corporate finance, the application of International Financial Reporting Standards and the International Standards on Auditing.

With his international professional experience and versatile skills, Lalith Edward is a very valuable part of the human resource of UTCINTL ... read more

NASSER A. FAWAZ, BBA (Acct.)

Nasser Fawaz is a Consultant - ISO Specialist of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). He has displayed highly developed analytical skills, reasoning power, and judgement and is able to readily understand clients' businesses, the industries in which they operate, and the issues they face. With his leadership qualities, outstanding interpersonal communication skills, he motivates and inspires others in developing a culture of teamwork.

His wide array of achievements and mandates, cover Quality Management Systems and associated policies, procedures, and infrastructure, change management, business process re-engineering (BPR), project implementation, as well as operational management resulting in improving the client entities' efficiency and profitability.

Nasser Fawaz has extensive experience of nearly three decades with particular emphasis on quality assurance management, business process re-engineering (BPR), project implementation, operational management, and education and training ... read more

DR. MOUNAH GEHA, Ph.D, M.A

Dr. Mounah Geha is a Specialist Senior Consultant of UTC International (“UTCINTL”).

Dr Geha has extensive experience in diverse industries for more than half a century in the fields of education, training, and human resource development and appraisal, in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. ... read more

TAREK GHRAIZI, MBA, MIB

Tarek Ghraizi is Business Development Manager of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include management consultancy, corporate strategic planning, private equity and business advisory.

Tarek is responsible for UTCINTL's activity expansion in the Middle East including the tactical and strategic sales promotion of its service products.

Tarek travels regularly to Middle East countries, and has acquired unique insights to business practices and social traditions of the respective national platforms, by understanding many aspects of the local values, priorities, and socio-political implications: these being the key success factors for business, in the constantly changing economic scenarios worldwide. He has produced results by working on a range of practice improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining UTCINTL, Tarek was the Manager based in Vienna, Austria, responsible for Regional Sales & Marketing in Central Europe for ITT Luxury Collection of Sheraton Hotels, and then moved on in his career to become the Executive Manager of S & K Trading, United Arab Emirates - the biggest supplier in the UAE of building raw materials ... read more

NIRVAT KARAMEH ABOU HAMZEH, BA (HONS.), CPA, CMA

Nirvat is a Senior Audit Manager at UTC International (“UTCINTL”). Her areas of expertise include financial and management accounting, external and internal audit, taxation, and management consultancy, in both the public and private sectors.

Nirvat is widely recognized for her technical expertise and innovative skills and has worked in a range of top ranking fulltime employment positions in audit firms, financial institutions, big corporates, and high net worth entities ... read more

ASMA JABER, MBA, CPA, CIA, CCSA

Asma Jaber is a Senior Audit Manager at UTC International (“UTCINTL”). Her areas of expertise include financial and management accounting, external and internal audit, and management consultancy, in both the public and private sectors in Lebanon.

Asma’s responsibilities include managing external and internal audit assignments, as applicable, of commercial banks and companies and public sector agencies, conducting due diligence assignments, feasibility studies, assets valuations for large banks and companies, handling legal matters requiring financial expertise, preparing expert reports and expert witness statements as needed by legal counsel.

Asma Jaber presented technical papers and conducted seminars, workshops, and training courses on International Financial Reporting Standards [IFRS] and International Standards on Auditing [ISA] including requirements under Basel Accord II for commercial banks, the Lebanese Accounting Plans, Legal Requirements and Circulars of Central Bank of Lebanon [BDL] & Banking Control Commission of Lebanon [BCC], internal auditing, commercial banking, risk-based audit, financial analysis, auditing techniques and documentation, solvency ratios, and financial instruments ... read more

NAFISA JAFFAR MOHAMMED SULEIMAN [MRS.], BA, ACPA, CIA

Nafisa Jaffar is a partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). Her areas of expertise include financial and management accounting, external and internal audit, and management consultancy, in both the public and private sectors. She has developed and implemented UTCINTL's quality management strategy and plans, including professional resources, systems, and timescales, to support and contribute to UTCINTL's long term development strategy.

Nafisa has had versatile professional experience during her career in various financial and business functional areas such as Company Control, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Internal Audit. She reached the top management positions in the tourism sector as Assistant Director General – Financial Affairs of the Omani Ministry of Tourism ... read more

ABDULLAH SAAD BIN MENGASH, MBA, CPA

Abdullah Saad Bin Mengash is a partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise are accounting, auditing, Zakat & tax, financial and business advisory.

Abdullah has strong affiliations and networking arrangements concentrated in the Middle East Region. By setting high professional standards in his work he has helped UTCINTL to be in the forefront of the profession in the Region.

Abdullah has had exposure to a wide range of business enterprises both locally and internationally, and he is consulted by entrepreneurs for pragmatic and sound direction of corporate strategies and priorities. He has acquired unique insights into business practices and social traditions of the Middle East countries by his understanding of the many aspects of local values, priorities, and socio-political implications: these being the key success factors for business, in the constantly changing economic scenario in the Region, and in as much worldwide ... read more

DR. N. B. PARACHA, M.SC., Ph.D

Dr. N.B. Paracha is a Specialist Senior Consultant of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). He specializes in assisting client organizations to ensure that their Management Systems and associated policies, procedures, and infrastructure, result in improving their efficiency and profitability. He has carried out consultancy and training assignments in many organizations including manufacturing and service sectors, an accreditation council, and a certification body.

Dr Paracha has extensive experience of more than four decades in the Quality Assurance, Engineering, and Education. His work experience covered the following principal activities:

More than one decade’s experience in developing Policies and Procedures and complying with standards of International Organization for Standardization [ISO] and other standards ... read more

AMAL SAAB, B.SC., CPA

Amal Saab is a Senior Auditor of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). Amal has many years of versatile international experience in the best practices of top ranking global corporates and financial institutions. She is widely recognized for her technical expertise in international accounting standards, quality of the audit process, and professional ethics, among others. Throughout her professional career, Amal has conducted statutory compliance audits and quality audit services of banks, financial services institutions, insurance companies, contractors for mega projects, large hospitals, five-star hotels, manufacturers, retail chains, and not for profit organizations.

Amal currently controls a large portfolio of UTCINTL audits [statutory and internal] of companies and business entities. She manages a team of highly skilled professional staff who attend to the day-to-day operation of the audit process. She has developed strong relationships with clients across a range of industries ... read more

LUTFI AL SALAMAT, B.SC. (ECON), CPA

Lutfi Al Salamat is a partner of UTC International & Lutfi Al Salamat (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include Accounting, Taxation, Finance, External Audit, in both public and private sectors [including listed companies], Financial and Business advisory.

Lutfi Salamat is responsible for the administration of external audit assignments of commercial companies, and public sector agencies as well as financial and business consultancy services.

With professional work experience of nearly three decades, his major responsibilities involve the reviewing of audit engagement files, liaising with clients, assuring quality control, compliance with professional standards and legal requirements, and approving audit reports ... read more

AHMED MOHAMMED ALI TAQI, MBA,CPA

Ahmed Taqi is a partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). He contributes immensely to the continuous growth and development of the professional practice. He has demonstrated a flair for developing innovative service products for existing and new customers through appropriate propositions and ethical sales methods. He has maintained liaison with clients to optimise quality of service, business growth, and client satisfaction.

Ahmed has versatile experience in the best practices of Ministry of Finance (MoF), Sultanate of Oman, the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), top ranking corporates, and financial institutions. His areas of expertise include external and internal auditing, provision of accredited training on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS/IAS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA) & Quality Assurance Standards; management consultancy; loss adjusting, due diligence and deal structure; taxation, and financial & business advisory ... read more

KARIM GHANDOUR, BA, BSP

Karim Ghandour is a Family Succession Strategist of UTC International ("UTCINTL") specializing in Estate Planning and Family Business Succession Strategies. He is a certified estate planner dedicated to assist client organizations [individuals and corporates] in their legacy and succession planning, including long-term wealth structuring, management, and planned bequests that match and achieve the intended and proposed philanthropic ideals.

Karim is the founder and managing director of MLG Family Office [MoneyLine Group], established in 2004. MLG Family Office is a boutique family estate planning firm offering personal financial coaching to entrepreneurs and also to meet the changing needs of a globally mobile, often expatriate, clientele. He has nearly two decades of family financial planning experience internationally. He works with clients in the Middle East Region with a focus on services tailored to meet either Shari’a compliant or non-Shari’a compliant specification by clients. Karim began his career in 1993 in Ottawa, Canada, as a senior financial consultant with MetLife, one of the top financial services companies in the world. ... read more

AMEEN M. AL SHAMI, BA [Hons.], CA, CPA

Ameen M. Al Shami is a Partner of UTC International (“UTCINTL”). His areas of expertise include financial and management accounting, taxation, finance, external and internal audit in public and private sectors [including listed companies], and financial & business advisory.

Ameen’s responsibilities include managing external and internal audit assignments, as applicable, of commercial banks and companies and public sector agencies, conducting due

diligence assignments, feasibility studies, assets valuations for large banks and companies, handling taxation and corporate legal matters requiring financial expertise, and, as needed, preparing expert reports.

With professional work experience of nearly three decades, Ameen’s major responsibilities involve the reviewing of audit engagement files, liaising with clients, assuring quality control, compliance with professional standards and legal requirements, and approving audit reports ... read more

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