A multi-award-winning leader in professional services, Yaser serves as the main contact point for the financial services and government sectors for Grant Thornton Bahrain.
Yaser is a member of the Grant Thornton Middle East Financial Services Working Group. Since joining the firm in 2015, Yaser has significantly grown the firm’s portfolio of clients in financial services spanning banking, insurance and asset management through a range of services including assurance, internal audit, risk advisory, forensic services, transaction advisory, special engagements, IT advisory and regulatory advisory. He has contributed to several high-profile wins in the government sector, mainly in internal audit and tax services. He has also led multiple large cross-border engagements within the Grant Thornton network across the Middle East.
Prior to joining the firm, Yaser was associated with Gulf International Bank and Ernst and Young in Bahrain. He joined GIB’s internal audit department at a critical stage in the bank’s strategy implementation, which allowed him a very unique opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Retail Bank in KSA. Yaser was involved in the overhaul of existing policies and procedures which were replaced with newly developed process flow maps, policies and procedure manuals. At Ernst & Young, he was part of the Banking & Financial Services Group which has a specialization in Banking and Finance Sector Audit assignments. He was exposed to a portfolio of investment and retail banks and carried out planning, execution and conclusion of statutory audits and other varied engagements including agreed upon procedures and interim reviews.
He was awarded the William S. Smith CIA – Certificate of Honours Award by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA, USA) for achieving one of the top 50 results worldwide in the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exams out of 70,000 candidates in the year 2014, where he was the only Arab on the list. He was again honoured the following year by the same institute with the CFSA Highest Achievement Award for achieving the highest score worldwide in the Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) exam.
Yaser commenced his professional career at a very young age, having completed his university studies and obtained the ACCA qualification simultaneously at the age of 20.