Benjamin R. Mulling, CMA, CPA, CITP is Chair of IMA’s Global Directors for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He also serves as chair of IMA's Governance Committee.
Mr. Mulling is Chief Financial Officer of TENTE Casters, Inc., of Hebron, Ky., a multinational manufacturer of mobility solutions to the institutional and medical markets. He assumed this position in 2008 at age 28. Prior to this position, he was the company's controller.
Mr. Mulling has a long history of leadership with IMA, beginning with his service on IMA's inaugural Young Professionals Committee in 2008. Since then, he has served three terms on IMA’s Global Board of Directors, on IMA’s Planning and Development Committee, and as chair of the Performance Oversight and Audit Committee. In addition, he supports the profession as an adjunct instructor of management accounting at Indiana Wesleyan University and Xavier University, and he helped establish an onsite CMA review course at Xavier University.
Mr. Mulling received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University and his MBA from Liberty University.
Mr. AbdulRahman Moulay Albizioui
CPA, CISA, and CIA
Ernst & Young
Mr. AbdulRahman Moulay Albizioui has 25 years of experience in the corporate finance, accounting, and governance domains. He joined EY on October 1, 2015 as a Partner and Country Leader for its Transaction Advisory Services practice based in Riyadh. Prior to that he was the Group CFO for nine years and before that he was in a leading position with one of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms in Saudi Arabia for 11 years and previously with another large Saudi conglomerate for four years.
Abdulrahman has led and managed assignments with market leaders in the banking / financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail, and financial services industries and governmental institutions. He also has extensive real estate transaction experience, as well as experience across a wide-range of capital events (acquisitions, divestments, and restructurings , as well as various stock-exchange transactions). He has a BS degree in accounting from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia with first-class honors, and is a licensed public accountant in Saudi Arabia and has passed many related international examinations. He has been a guest speaker at many national and international conferences and is considered as a regional expert in these fields.
Mr. Bassam M. Asiri
President, Saudi Arabia - Eastern Province Chapter
Mr. Bassam earned a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from KFUPM and a Master of Business Administration from University of Southern Queensland. Bassam worked for 15 years in multiple Gas and Oil facilities in different professional and leadership capacities within Maintenance, Engineering and Operations organizations in Saudi Aramco. He worked for three years in Saudi Aramco Finance organization as the head of Planning and Performance Management Department preparing the Company’s medium range Business Plan, accountability and performance reports and evaluation of capital investments. Bassam is married with two daughters and two sons.
Bassam: "Management take their business decisions based on data and information provided to them by professionals within their organizations. Management accountants are ones of the most important members in the team providing accurate, well-structured and relevant data. Enhancing the management accountant profession in the region is of at most important to the business in the area, and the IMA is a great professional society that can provide the tools, knowledge and expertise to achieve this goal. Being president of the Eastern Province chapter gives me the responsibility to influence the local professionals achieve their ambitious in becoming well versed in their management accounting profession and provide the business with required expertise to help them conduct relevant research in this field."
Mr. Hatem Kawasmy
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - the state of Illinois, USA.
Jordanian Certified Public Accountant - Jordan Association of Certified Public Accountant.
Chairman of the Arab Federation of Accountants and Auditors.
Chairman of the Board of Jordanian Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Member of the Higher Commission on the Regulation of Accountancy Practice in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Member of the Committee of Auditing Certification in Arab Academy for Banking and Finance.
Board Member of KPMG Iraq
Mr. Hatem Kawasmy has been the Managing Partner of KPMG – Kawasmy and Partners in Jordan since 2009, Hatem Kawasmy has an extensive 23 years of senior management experience and a solid background as a market strategic planner. Focused on attracting and building client relations and leading the KPMG Advisory, Audit, and Tax business practice, as well as KPMG Academy, in Jordan.
Through his vast experience in advisory services, assurance, and tax consultancy, Hatem has gained the capability and expertise to advise commercial companies, not-for-profit organizations and governmental institutions on capacity building, institutional development, business improvement, and strengthening the financial management and internal controls, and taxation.
Providing services to many local and international clients spanning a wide service spectrum from external audit, internal audit, strategy planning and formation, feasibility studies, business planning, devising acquisition / disposal strategies to performing valuations and due diligence reviews, preparing information memoranda and identifying and negotiating with potential investors.
Professional and Industry Experience
Hatem’s career has mostly been involved in servicing a wide client portfolio in the Advisory, Audit, and Tax business services practice of KPMG in Jordan office and in particular subsidiaries of multinational listed banks, local banks, financial institutions and mutual companies. In addition to assurance, he has significant experience performing due diligence reviews for top tier companies, business planning and structuring of operations for inward investments.
Hatem leads all line of services in KPMG in Jordan, serving a wide array of sectors most notably manufacturing, financial, retail, real estate, insurance, and government companies. He has also worked on a number of global cross border transactions, acquisitions and related transactions. In addition, he is responsible for corporate and personal income tax services and has advised many international companies on Jordanian tax issues.
Representative Client Experience and Key Skills
In Jordan, he has led significant transactions and engagements of several important clients, such as: UN, HSBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citi Bank, EFG- Hermes, DHL Operations, PepsiCo, Teeba, Henkel, Nestle, Adidas, Aldeasa, Daewoo, Le Meridian Hotel, Le Royal Hotel and many others.
Hatem plays a key role in leading client relationship development and performance management strategies to more fully expand the exposure and scope of the Client's service capabilities.
Hatem serves as a trainer providing courses in CPA, CMA, IFRS and international standards on audit and he is well-known in developing and performing training programs related to Public Accountant Certification, Management Accountant Certification, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and International Standards on Audit (ISA).
Mr. Maan Karadsheh
Deloitte & Touche (M.E.)
Maan Karadsheh is a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) . He has 17 years experience across various sectors including banking and investment, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and water engineering. Prior to joining Deloitte, Maan has gained operational experience in managing bank treasury and investment operations, managing corporate credit and collections, and managing the finance and organizational development division for a water engineering company in Jordan where he led extensive finance transformation program over several years . Throughout his career, Maan has worked on various organizational development projects (both with Deloitte and prior to his joining). His projects include establishing strategic planning processes, developing strategy based key performance indicators (KPIs), developing target operating models, conducting business process re-engineering and developing costing models and systems. He is a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager by the IMA USA. He is also a certified Project Management Professional by PMI USA.
Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden), KSA - Led the project team in developing Accounting and Finance policies for Maaden orporate and all subsidiary organizations (MAC,MPC,MGBMC,MIC, MIMC).
Ministry of Health, KSA - Led the Finance & Budgeting work stream in a business process re-engineering and organizational restructuring project for the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia (Covering the Finance and Administrative Affairs Division at MOH head quarters, regional administrative offices, and all public hospitals
General Organization for Social Insurance, KSA – Led the project team in operationalizing the Finance Function for Hassana (Investment Subsidiary of GOSI) including system customization
MBA – International Business – University of Birmingham, UK.
B.A. – Public Administration – American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Mr. Fahad Al-Shammari
SOCPA, CMA, MBA
Finance Director / CFO
Mr. Fahad Al-Shammari is a qualified finance executive having over 15 years of extensive and diversified experience in finance, accounting, project and investment management. He holds SOCPA, CMA, MBA, CFA (Level III candidate), Dip in Islamic Finance, and ACCA Certificate in IFRS CertIFR.
Fahad has worked in various high value positions with STC, managing Accounting function in two joint projects of Aramco and Maaden before taking CFO role with SPIMACO. Recently Fahad was awarded 2nd ranking in “MENA Revolutionary CFO of the year” in MENA CFO Awards.
Mr. Loutfi Echhade
CPA , CMA , CFM , CIA , CCSA , CFE, CFSA , CISA ,CFF
Financial Advisor for a HNW Family Business, MENA at EY
Mr. Loutfi K. Echhade CMA,CFM, CPA, CFF, CIA, CCSA, CFSA, , CISA, BA from the American University of Beirut, Post Grad from the University of Houston, Texas, has built over the years wealth of proven, seasoned and broad range experience in executive positions in assurance and business Advisory Services with Big Professional Firms.
Mr. Loutfi currently serves as financial and consulting advisor to a High Net Worth Family in Riyadh & serves as a member of the Audit Committee of Khorayef Group, SACO, ARASCO and Malaz Capital.
He has worked with Ernst & Young for 13 years, Arthur Andersen Riyadh for 8 years, PWC Riyadh 9 years, PWC Kuwait & Huston TX 5 years and Deloitte for 7 years.
Affiliated with International Professional Associations; Member of the Ernst & Young Global and EMEIA Advisory Councils, Member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Advisory Committee to IFAC (2008-2011), Member of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) of the Texas State Society of CPA's (2008 to present). Member of the IMA Board of Directors, the IMA Planning and Development Committee, Governance Committee and the Performance oversight and Audit Committee of the IMA (2009-present). Mr. Loutfi, also has contributed to a number of articles and blogs on family business related topics to business magazines and the Firm's Family Business Blog.
Mr. Ahmed Youssef Belbesy
CMA, CFM, CIA, CTP, CFE, CAT
Group CFO HMG Group
Mr. Ahmad is an accomplished and forward thinking Senior Finance Management Professional with a wealth of experience translating corporate goals and objectives into actionable plans and managing their implementation as a key member of the management team.
Mr. Belbesy has over 20 years' experience in the finance domain with concentration in Management Accounting, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Treasury, in leading organization; Mansour Group, Carrefour, Majid Al Futtaim, United Electronics Company – eXtra and currently a local conglomerate based in Jeddah.
Ahmed started his career as a Financial Accountant in Egypt, moved to Carrefour and managed several roles as Finance Manager, Internal Audit Manager until he joined United Electronics Company – eXtra as a finance director, a year after he handled the role of the CFO after listing the company in the Saudi Stock Market, Currently Mr. Ahmed is a Group CFO for Hamed Mutabagani Group – diversified family business in the health care, transportation, trading, real estate and equity investment.
Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
Chief Executive Officer
Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance
Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Dinis the Chief Executive Officer of Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, the DIFC. He is also a jury member of the Arabia CSR Award. Prior to joining Hawkamah, Dr. Ashraf was the Executive Chairman of Egypt Post. Before that, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute, the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt. He was also the founder and Project Manager of the Egyptian Corporate Responsibility Center working on promoting the concepts and application of CSR in Egypt. Furthermore, he was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD), the Institute of Corporate Governance in Egypt and the Arab Region Dr. Ashraf served as a board member and head of the Audit Committee in a number of listed, non-listed, State Owned and family owned companies. He also served a member of the General Assembly of the Holding Company for Transportation.
Furthermore, Dr. Ashraf holds a PhD degree from Manchester University, UK, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada. He further holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Cairo University with highest honor.
Presentation Subject: Corporate Governance For Family Owned Businesses
Presentation Overview: The presentation will discuss the key challenges that face the application of governance in family owned businesses. Then a framework of governance will be presented as well.
Mr. Samy Alkadi
Sr. Manager SABIC Documentation Department
Mr. Samy Alkadi is currently, Sr. Manager at SABIC Documentation Dept. which is within the Supply Chain Management.
He graduated with Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Concordia College, USA.
Mr. Alkadi joined SABIC in 1990 in the Documentation Dept. which was part of Finance at that time.
In 2006, he was assigned to work at SABIC Singapore as Regional Supply Chain Mgr. for two years.
In 2008, he returned to SABIC Riyadh and assigned as Mgr. of Key Accounts Sales Dept.
He joined SABIC's Supply Chain again in 2009 handling export Polymers documentation including bank relationships relating to different payment terms such letters of credit, bank guarantees, documentary collections, etc.
Participated in other activities to enhance the overall working procedures and make them more efficient such as Quality Management & Responsible Care.
One of the main responsibilities for Samy in his current job is to ensure international rules and regulations in the countries SABIC deals with are fully complied with. This includes monitoring all sanctions imposed by the UN, US & EU.
With an Accounting degree, started in the Big 4 consulting and audit. During the 23 years of experience, his experience included Manufacturing, FMCG and Services in USA, Canada, Middle East and GCC. Employers included Ingredion International in Chicago, DSC in Canada, Pepsi-Bugshan, Salehiya and Maersk (Saudi and Jordan Clusters) in the area.
In addition, Yahia provides occasional in house and CMA/CPA training and mentoring/volunteering when possible.
Yahia is a CMA, CFM, CPA from the US, CPACGA and MBA from Canada.
Mr. Jim Gurowka
CAE, IMA Senior Vice President International Development
As IMA®'s Vice President of International Development, Jim Gurowka is responsible for promoting the value of management accounting, IMA membership, and the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program globally. He oversees the activities of IMA's international offices in IMA’s Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific, and European regions. Mr. Gurowka has led the efforts to establish and grow IMA's operations in these regions including the development of government partnerships in all three of these regions.
Mr. Gurowka has held positions with companies in both the finance and human resources fields as diverse as the automotive industry, the construction industry and the labor relations field. He brings practical, real world experience to IMA working with over 100 organizations to implement strategic costing and profitability analysis solutions. A former managing director of Focused Management Inc., he brings his consulting expertise coupled with his insights as a former senior finance analyst at Volkswagen, where his leadership in costing resulted in significant product mix profitability improvements.
He is also among the world's most experienced and respected specialists in ABC/ABM methodology and an expert in Resource Consumption Accounting (RCA). He has led more than 50 training courses on strategic cost management techniques training over 2,000 people on these techniques.
An active speaker on topics related to strategic cost management and risk management, Mr. Gurowka has spoken at major accounting conferences in North America and internationally, including the Saudi Corporate Governance Forum, the Dubai accounting summit, Lab Exec Edge World Conference Toronto, ITFM Annual Conference San Diego, CAM-I Annual Cost Management Symposium, IIR Cost Management in The Public Works Conference - Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gurowka is a graduate of the London School of Economics and York University.
Dr. Fadi Aloul
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Director of the HP Institute
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Dr. Fadi Aloul is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the Director of the HP Institute at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He holds a PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, respectively, and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. His research and industrial interests are in Cyber Security, Mobile Applications, and Design Optimization. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the founder of several cyber security awareness initiatives in UAE including UAE’s Cyber Academy.
Dr. Aloul received a number of prestigious awards including being the only recipient from the Middle East to receive the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Airbus Engineering Diversity Award in addition to the H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, UAE’s President, Award for Higher Education, the Sheikh Rashid's Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers, the AUS Excellence in Teaching Award and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowship. He has 100+ publications (available at http://www.aloul.net) and 1 US patent. He is a regular invited speaker and panelist across a number of international conferences related to Cyber Security, Technology, Innovation and Education. He was the founder and chair of the UAE IEEE Graduates of Last Decade (GOLD) group, an organization dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
Mr. Pierre Sommereijns
Finance and Accounting Director Saudi Arabian Amiantit Co
Mr. Pierre Sommereijns, Belgian Citizen, CFO of Saudi Arabian AMIANTIT co, CPA with a Master in Economics from University of Mons. Started his audit career with Arthur Andersen in Brussels in 1980, then he joined the Gerling Namur, a Belgian Insurance company, as accounting leader and in charge of adapting the accounting and controls to the new European accounting directives applicable to the Insurance industry. He joined the American Owens Corning Fiberglass Company in 1996 as European financial controller for the Glass division, and was also part of the SAP implementation team in the FI-CO module. He became worldwide controller of the pipe division of Owens Corning in 2000. He joined the Saudi Arabian Amiantit Group in 2001 when the pipe division of Owens Corning was sold to AMIANTIT.
Mr. Hassan Al Bahes, SOCPA Certified
IFRS Change Management Lead at SABIC
Hassan is a Saudi CPA with Master degree in Accounting from USA in 1991. He has been a Board & Audit Committee Member of selected companies. As well, he has taken the lead of key positions at Major Saudi Stock companies such as General Manager, Financial Manager, Financial Controller, Development & Planning Director, Auditor, Internal Auditor, Financial consultant, Senior Finance Specialist, and Accountant.
Hassan has taught selected Accounting courses in Arabic & English as well as Managed major Roles at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) for many years. He has translated and published the IMF book titled 'Effective Government Accounting' from English to Arabic.
He is Chairman, President, Board Member & Audit Committee member, and Management Member of several senior parties including; Saudi leading and Stock Companies, Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), IMA, Board Directors Institute (BDI), Saudi Economic, Saudi Trainers, Toastmaster International, ATD, and more.
Mr. Mohammed Tamimi - CFO FHI Group
Is currently the CFO at FHI Group. Mr. Tamimi is responsible for the financial and fiscal managerial aspect of the company’s operations. His many responsibilities include strategic financial leadership, financial & business planning, forecasting, accounting & budgeting processes, Zakat / tax & financial risk management of the company as well as optimizing returns to the shareholders. Mr. Tamimi has over 18 years experience in the field of finance across multiple industries. Mr. Tamimi currently holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential and is an instructor at Morgan International.
Dr. Khalid Al-Yahya
Country Director, The Palladium Group, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Khalid is a leading expert in Strategy, Competitiveness, and Innovation and Governance with over 20 years of global and regional experience in government and consulting. He has advised and led transformative projects with several governments and international organizations and firms including Ministry of Finance, SAMA, Ministry of Labor, Aramco in Saudi Arabia; and Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Interior, Executive Councils in Dubai Government, Abu Dhabi Government, and Ajman Government in the UAE, the OECD, UN, UNDP, World Bank, Bill Gates Foundation, Shell Foundation, and Citi.
He held senior leadership positions including the Managing Director of Accenture Strategy and Public Sector lead in the Middle East, Official at the MOF in Saudi Arabia, the Director of the Governance and Innovation in Dubai Government and an Associate at Harvard University Kennedy School (2008-2012), an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University (USA) (2005-2008).
Dr. Khalid is an influential thought leader & speaker in more than 110 international conference and forum in 42 countries. He is a member of several professional associations including Academy of Management, American Society for Public Administration, Middle East Studies Assocaition. He is also a certified instructor in "Strategic Thinking & Leadership", "Public-Private Partnerships", "Public Sector Innovation", "Knowledge Management" and "Public Policy Implementation". He has more than 50 published works that were presented in international and regional venues including WEF, Government Summit, Harvard Univ, World Bank. He completed his post-doctoral study at Harvard, Ph.D. from Uconn, and MBA and MPA, USA.