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Our people

OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR STRENGTH!

They say that an organization is only as good as its people.

At ProdigyWay, we believe that our people are our strength!

They have not only contributed heavily to the success of our firm, but have all very generously made PI a part of their lives.

We are an enthusiastic and a dedicated team of business professionals, working together to realize our common goal - to make ProdigyWay International the preferred partner of choice for businesses and employees globally.

Management

Irfan Patel
Irfan Patel

Partner

With 15 years in the MENA region, Irfan has impressive Big 4 and other blue chip experiences.

He has provided excellent support to new and existing Companies in facilitating Financial Restructuring, M&A, Transaction Advisory, and Business Feasibility Study Valuation Management. He has a proven track record in guiding companies and high-networth individuals in Tax Planning &Structuring, Audit Services, Internal Control Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, SOX, Risk Advisory, Corporate/Personal Tax and Value Added Taxes (VAT).

Rizwan Ahmed
Rizwan Ahmed

Partner

Rizwan is a senior finance and investment professional with close to 30 years of professional experience behind him. He specializes in business valuations, merger & acquisition transactions involving buyouts / acquisition of majority and minority stakes in cross-border deals, creating tax efficient structures, business transformation and turnarounds, risk management and internal audit and leading finance and operation functions of businesses of various sizes including large corporates and multinational organizations.

He is currently leading the management advisory function of the ProdigyWay International firm based out of the UAE. In his previous roles, he has worked with Big4 accounting and advisory firms (PwC, Pakistan), large multinational corporates (Kinnevik AB, Sweden), semi / quasi-governmental groups (Dubai Holdings, UAE), and large private equity firms (Abraaj Group, MENA and Turkey).

Ali Zaidi
Ali Zaidi

Partner

Senior banker with over 16 years of experience with two of the largest financial institutions in MENA across structured finance, acquisition / leverage finance, project finance and asset-backed financing. Last assignment was with First Abu Dhabi bank as Managing Director, Head of Structured Finance.

He has led and executed complex "Industry First" transactions involving multiple counter parties, jurisdictions, currencies including Sharia compliant structures. Many of the structures he created in the retail, healthcare, aviation, telecom, infrastructure space have become industry templates. He specializes in providing cutting-edge structured and corporate finance solutions to clients across industries covering all aspects of the transaction including structuring, commercial and legal due diligence, credit diligence and approval, documentation, interaction with syndicate banks, including their legal counsels.

Team

Asim
Asim Siddiqui

Manager Advisory

A Fellow Chartered Accountant recognized by two international bodies and a Certified Financial Modeler, Asim is an experienced Advisory professional with a diversified exposure in the GCC and Pakistan. Having a proven track record of leading financial advisory teams in various organizations, Asim has more than 8 years of expertise in various areas such as Business Transformation, M&A, Debt Restructuring, Private Equity and Project Financing.

Having a thorough understanding of Governance Framework, Investment Policies and Screening Protocols, Asim has also helped prominent Family Offices in the region structure investments into various sectors such as Automobiles, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Hospitality. Besides these mandates, Asim has been part of many sell-side and buy-side Due Diligence exercises involving detailed assessment of the operations as well as business valuation.

Azfar
Azfar Shahzad

Manager Taxation

Azfar has extensive experience of accounting, VAT implementation, management and financial advisory. Over the years, Azfar has gained advanced skills in the respective fields with enhanced knowledge of the tax repercussions on cross-border transactions.

Muhammad Kashif
Muhammad Kashif

Technical Manager - Taxation and Accounting

When it comes to industry best practices, Kashif’s word is final. He is a seasoned specialist in accounting operations, managing UK Tax firms, US GAAP and IFRS and a Member of the ACCA.

That’s not all. He also excels in effective forecasting, budget development, variance analyses, tax investigations and system transformation in relation to accounting & finance software.

At ProdigyWay International, Kashif is part of our core team, helping our UAE-based clients in VAT implementation.

Syed Mansoor Qasim Ali
Syed Mansoor Qasim Ali

Sales and Administration Executive

Mansoor is a sure-footed professional from the banking sector. His career path includes ANZ Grindlays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and The BankIslami Pakistan. Add to it, his experience in maintaining statistical records at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

At ProdigyWay, Mansoor confidently takes on challenges related to credit analysis, merger and acquisition, evaluation of business plan viability and capital structure, execution of credit proposals for corporate/commercial/SME sectors, and financial analysis of companies based on specific Shariah Compliant Assets products.

Mansoor holds an MBA degree in Financial Management from the Southeastern University, Washington D.C.

Advisory

Paul Spranger
Paul Spranger

Advisor

A renowned finance professional with over 20 years of experience in various capacities and countries, Paul is among a few Germans who can say ‘hello’ in Japanese and Chinese.

With an in-depth expertise on GAAP/IFRS-based accounting and SOX compliance.

As our Advisor, Paul adds immense value to our operations, with his diverse and deep industry knowledge.

Paul has steered MNCs like Klockner Steel as CEO/CFO. He has also led the finance functions at Daimler Chrysler (Aerospace) and various organizations across Germany, Tokyo, China, USA, Kuwait, Dubai, Saudi-Arabia, Eastern Europe, and India.

Saad Ather
Saad Ather

Managing Consultant

Known for his professional finesse in financial analysis of advisory clients, and laying down procedures of internal processes and administration, Saad is associated with various Accountancy firms and Law chambers.

Saad is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) from the UK. Worked in London with private equity groups, banking and retail industry to assess the financial health of the potential investments. As a proficient auditor, he has lead the Sarbanes Oxley Act Implementation as Country Manager for Pakistan, while working for BOC Group. At Al Futtaim Group Real Estate, he was part of the steering committee for an ERP (SAP) implementation project at Dubai Festival City. At Al Ghurair Investments, he was responsible for financial reporting of Al Ghurair Centre- Phase 1 and the feasibility/valuation of Phase 2.

Farrukh Shaukat Ansari
Farrukh Shaukat Ansari

Advisor

With 32 years of diverse leadership and advisory roles in government/corporate sectors, investment banking and commercial banking, Farrukh is a doyen in the top echelons of the financial services sector in Pakistan.

Farrukh has proved his mettle as a Director at Karachi Stock Exchange and Saudi Pak Commercial Bank. As CEO, he led Saudi Pak Leasing Company Limited. His contribution as a member of various advisory committees in the Government of Pakistan, responsible for addressing policy issues, speaks volumes about his broad professional capabilities.

With his diverse wealth of experience, Farrukh provides valuable guidance to our operations. He is someone our entire team looks up to.