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Meet our trainers

The foundation and strength of PwC's Academy is our network of over 90 training experts in Middle East delivering excellence in education. Professionals from different industries and walks of life, they share their wealth of knowledge and practical experience gained while working in leading organisations across the world.

Our Trainers

AbdelHamid Attalla

AbdelHamid specialises in tax advisory services including corporate tax, international tax, tax law and VAT. 

Alex Joyce

Alex has successfully designed, developed, led and implemented various programmes including the award winning Professional Services Higher Apprenticeship programme for PwC UK, the ‘One Tax Rotation’ programme for the firm and a ‘Watani’ client secondment programme.…

Ali Mehdi

Ali’s training methodology stems from his wide range experience in the fields of finance, taxation, and working in multicultural environments, while dealing with all levels of an organisation. As a result, Ali’s training sessions are highly successful.

Amanda Abraham

In addition to accounting and reporting, Amanda also delivers training on ethics, corporate governance and corporate law at PwC’s Academy. Amanda has co-facilitated numerous exam support courses including exam techniques, memory techniques, content generation and…

Anas Almarie

Prior to Social Station, Anas served at University of Sharjah, School of Engineering, where empowering students with social media tools was initiated. He is a keynote speaker having delivered keynotes across mentioned regions. He is a regular media guest speaking on…

Arun Babbar

Arun is an accounting and finance trainer at PwC’s Academy. He is involved in the delivery of professional qualifications and corporate programmes. He has over a decade of experience in investments, banking and training which allows him to adopt a consultative…

Asaad Ali Khan

Asaad has over 8 years experience in providing valuation and investment advice to a range of businesses including private equity firms, global banks, investment banks and high-profile corporations across the Middle East and globally. Over the last couple of years,…

Ayman Albarbary

As a consultant, Ayman crafts digital multi-channel strategies and innovative digital programmes for a wide base of clients in different industries such as automotive, education, beauty and healthcare where the main focus of his strategy is to expand the revenue…

Bill Robinson

Prior to moving to the Middle East, Bill worked for several large multinational companies. He led the assessment and development centres for Budweiser, L’Oreal and Allied Domecq. He also conducted several programmes on HR Metrics in India, Africa and Turkey. He was…

Chris Cain

Chris is the Regional Director of Professional Qualifications at PwC’s Academy. He is a Fellow and senior examiner of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners (ACGP) and has over 25 years of experience in professional accountancy’s training and…

Diego Calix

In his Lead role in the emerging technology lab Diego conducts research and case studies on leading edge technologies to make determinations on the probability of implementation (AI, IoT, RPA/IPA, Blockchain, AR/VR, and future technologies).

Dr. Constantine Kritsis

Dr. Constantine is a consultant and trainer at PwC’s Academy and has extensive experience in HR, education and professional training and development.  He is considered a world-class inspirational trainer / presenter having delivered over 10,000 hours of professional…

Emad Abu Haltam

Emad brings with him over 15 years of industry experience, during which he has held several key positions. He later began training in pursuit of his passion. With his extensive experience and sound technical knowledge, Emad is able to create unique customised…

Eoin Hanley

Eoin is an experienced HR professional who is highly valued for his broad international experience and insights on new developments and trends, and effectiveness at transferring knowledge to his delegates. Eoin has exceptional influencing and relationship management…

Failan Saleem

Failan has pioneered the launch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications, designed and delivered training programmes in marketing planning, brand planning, digital, marketing metrics, market leadership planning  and managing corporate reputation and…

Gavin Aspden

Gavin is the Regional Director for Professional Development at PwC’s Academy Middle East. He oversees the development of executive education and IFRS training for Academies in the region and has delivered training programmes to over 19,000 students and delegates…

Halil Erdem

Halil’s prior experience also includes serving as an in-house tax manager in the UAE for several companies. He was responsible for all VAT matters for several companies in the United Arab Emirates with regard to pre and post implementation of VAT and submission of…

Huzefa Hydrie

Huzefa is a qualifications trainer at PwC's Academy where is delivers a range of accounting and finance courses relating to ACCA, ASC, CIMA and CMA qualifications. Huzefa has exceptional pass rates and this is due to his ability to deliver complex technical topics…

Ian Edgar

Prior to PwC Academy, he was the Director of Special projects at (strategy and excellence) at KHDA (Knowledge of Human Development Authority) leading a range of organisational development, learning and development and transformational change projects.

Jenny Plumtree

As well as significant experience in training, Jenny has held several key positions in industry during her career, including Regional Finance Manager for a top 10 US law firm (MENA region), AAT Director at ATC London. She has managed multicultural teams, overseeing…

Julian Thomas

Julian brings with him substantial industry experience in a number of functions, particularly human resources. He has served in key positions including Senior Partner at PwC where he led the Middle East Strategy & Operations Practice and Senior Partner with KPMG…

Karl George

Karl is a consultant and trainer at PwC’s Academy with extensive experience in delivering services in governance across the private, public and third sector. He has over twenty years of professional experience in accountancy, business and strategic development.

Kaya Pierce-Grove

Kaya kick started her career as a start up back in the USA where she worked as consultant. She was managing a team of five and was involved in analysing learning gaps and design curriculum to meet diverse staff needs. In 2010, she moved to ELS Education Services,…

Kerry Westcott Stuart

Kerry is a financial reporting and tax trainer at PwC’s Academy with over 15 years of industry and training experience. During the course of her career, Kerry has trained thousands of students on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) including exam and…

Mary Borromeo

Mary is an audit expert and trainer at PwC‘s Academy. She is also the product lead for corporate training including technical and behavioural courses. Mary has delivered numerous trainings in assurance to hundreds of candidates including external auditors and has…

Mohammed Hamdan

Mohammad holds 8 years of strong financial experience having held important positions within multinational organisations such as real estate development (ACI GmbH), logistics (Aramex), manufacturing Victaulic in USA, governmental and non-governmental organisations…

Nausher Ahmed

In addition to training, Nausher has worked in core assurance servicers of PwC as the job in-charge on audit clients across various industries, ranging from education, retail, oil & gas, construction, IT, transportation and logistics.

Phil Mennie

Phil led a cross disciplinary team to design, build and operate a complex data management and information register with 12,000+ client users from across the world. The investment bank was a complex environment to operate in, with thousands of internal users and…

Reina le Roux

Reina has held various senior finance positions within multinational companies such as Hilton Worldwide and FedEx Express. She has lead finance teams through various strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, organic expansion, and integration…

Saira Menon

In her tenure with Industry, Saira has put in place efficient corporate structures; managed tax planning, documentation, financial/tax reporting and audit controversy; primarily focusing on the risk profile of sovereign entities. Her experience includes resolution…

Samer Fino

Samer is a an internal audit expert and trainer at PwC's Academy with over twelve years of experience in internal audit, risk analysis, risk management and process re-engineering gained through working with the Big 4 firms across the GCC. He has delivered numerous…

Sean Kickham

For seven years, Sean has been working in the education space, teaching mathematics to children, teenagers, and adults. His vision is to give people the tools & mindsets they need to be successful in their future endeavors. He has focused on teaching challenging…

Serife Arslan

Serife’s prior experience includes serving as tax consultant and advisor at PwC the Netherlands for 6 years. She advised companies on VAT, provided advice on the application of Dutch and European VAT legislation with respect to national and international…

Shakeel Baig

Prior to joining PwC’s Academy, Shakeel worked at leading accountancy and finance training providers in Mauritius. His positions included serving as Lecturer for professional qualifications and Head of Academics. In addition to training, Shakeel was involved in…

Taimur Ali

Taimur specialises in treasury and portfolio management, investment analysis and advisory, economics as well as delivery of customised finance courses.

Uditi Shah

Uditi is a professional qualifications trainer at PwC's Academy. She is involved in the delivery of subjects relating to accounting, taxation, corporate and business law for the ACCA and ASC qualifications as well as ADIT's preparation courses. Over the course of…

Vincent Giborees

Vincent has 15 plus years experience on Digital Business Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Technical Leadership and consulting for Global companies across multiple industries. They include large scale strategic projects in several countries and sectors such…

Waleed Minhas

Waleed is a professional qualifications trainer at PwC's Academy with over 6 years of industry and training experience. He specialises in teaching the ACCA and CMA qualifications and has trained hundreds of students in financial management, management accounting and…