Core Team

The core team of professionals which includes Country Heads, Managing Partners, Engagement Leaders and Principal which forms the pillar of Baker Tilly, helping it grow as a single firm within the GCC states, delivering solutions everyday all year around. The Group is led by Mago JB Singh, Principal & Group Managing Partner; however the real strength of the Group definitely lies in its outstanding teams of Partners and Team Leaders.

The Partners, Directors and Consultants at "Baker Tilly" have vast and varied knowledge & experience which range from over five decades for most Senior Partner to one decade for the recently promoted Junior Partners. The Core Team together has over 200 years of collective work experience and sector specific specialty in delivering insightful solutions.

Here are our Partners & Leaders who have built the firm and are a great example of leadership with their continued support in leading the firm to a "higher level" every day.

Core Partners

Mago JB Singh

A Technocrat, Entrepreneur and Visionary, he leads the Group, is the center of gravity and a great source of motivation to the team of partners, professionals and associates for delivering innovative solutions and refining their skills. He comes with over three decades of experience in industrial & manufacturing consulting, Corporate Finance, International Advisory & Structuring, Lead Advisory & Floating, Debt and Equity Portfolio Management, Tax planning & Advisory, Restructuring Revamping & Revival Advisory, Infrastructure & Real Estate Development projects.

Adrian V. McKay FCCA

A Chartered Accountant from the UK, he leads the Risk Advisory practice of the Group as the Partner In charge. After qualifying in the City of London with Spicer & Pegler, Chartered Accountants Adrian spent nine years as an Auditor with Bank of America and covered 26 Countries. Adrian then spent twelve years in Kuwait where he was the Head of Internal Audit at The Gulf Bank and then mentored a young Kuwaiti at Kuwait Investment Company. He then went to Saudi Arabia for seven years and held the positions of Advisor to the EVP Finance and Head of Governance and Compliance in Operations at Riyad Bank. Prior to joining us Adrian spent five years at BDO in Bahrain.

Swamy Pentyala

CEO and Managing Partner of the Information Technology division of the Group, Swamy brings with him 2 decades of expertise, knowledge and exceptional skills in the IT domain. He has invaluable domain expertise across Public Sector, Logistics, Free zones, Investment Authorities, Corporate Shared Services, Retail, Ports, Property, Hospitality, Trade Portals, Healthcare, Hospitality, Oil and Gas all along his tenure with the current and previous engagements.

Awad Bamkhalef

An Auditor & Certified Chartered Accountant by profession, Awad – a seasoned executive is the Country Head and Managing partner of the Sultanate of Oman and leads the Muscat & Salalah practice of the Group. He comes with over two decades of experience.

Hashem Abu Farha

An American CPA, Hashem leads the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) practice of the Group. He is the senior director, Jeddah and Dammam offices and holds tremendous leadership qualities and plays a commendable role in leading & training his people. Hashem comes with over 2 decades of experience in Audit, Tax and Advisory.

Ayad Al Serahi

A CPA from Saudi Organization of CPA, Ayad is the National Partner of the KSA Practice. He has strong connections and experience with Saudi Government Organizations including Saudi Aramco, where has served prior to joining Baker Tilly. He supports the overall functioning of the firm across the country.

Eyad Hussain

An American CPA and a Bahraini National, Eyad leads the Manama (Bahrain) practice of the Group. He is a young dynamic and focused professional with great value & respect for the profession.

Samer Hassan Ali

An American CPA and GCPA, Samer is the youngest Partner within the Group. He carries extensive experience in the field of Audit & Assurance and currently leads the practice in Doha, State of Qatar as the Engagement Leader and Managing Partner.

Support Partners & Team Leaders

Mohd.Zakir Quraishi

A Management graduate and Lawyer, Zakir leads the Business Advisory practice of the Group. He has been associated with the Group for over two decades and has gained substantial knowledge and experience to lead one of the great practice areas of our Profession.

Swapnil JB Singh

An industrial Psychologist by profession, Swapnil has been associated with the Group for over two decades and has been supporting the Group in various domains of its Advisory & Consulting Practice.

Arunabh Srivastava

Arunabh is a qualified IT professional and has vast experience in serving both public and private enterprises in the IT domain. He is a part of the IT Practice of the Group and is an Active Partner of Baker Tilly InfoTech.

Robert Knowles

A banker by profession, Robert has over 10 years of experience in the SME segment and has been instrumental in leading and growing the “Debt Syndication� practice of the Group.

Vijaya Kumar

Vijay heads the Assurance Practice of the Group in the UAE. He brings with him two decades of experience, providing professional services and catering to many individual and corporate clients.

Salman Sajid

Salman, a Chartered Accountant by profession leads the Corporate Finance practice of the Group. He has over 15 years of experience in the Corporate Finance domain primarily in Transaction Advisory Services.

Kapila Karunaratne

A hardcore Banker, Kapila has over two decades of experience in the banking sector and now leads the Business Development practice of the Group.

Mohammad Alkhatib

Mohammad leads the Tax Advisory Practice of the Group and leader of the team based in Riyadh Office in KSA. He brings with him two decades of experience serving prestigious clients.

Peter Brooks

He is a member of the ICAEW and has over 30 years of experience. He started his career in Accounting and Auditing with Coopers and has worked in various capacities in the profession before starting his career with Baker Tilly Oman as Partner for Audit & Assurance. He has gained a depth of experience in audit and accountancy during his professional life. His responsibilities have included being Engagement Partner on a number of statutory and internal audits for a wide range of clients both in the Public and Private sectors, covering manufacturing, oil and chemicals, printing, engineering, farming and Hotels and Leisure. He has considerable experience of corporate advisory work.

Neil Sturgeon

Neil has recently joined Baker Tilly JFC group, as an Audit Partner in Dubai Office, having previously spent 5 years in Saudi Arabia, 3 years in Russia and nearly 20 years in the UK. He has worked on various assignments in over 20 countries worldwide, covering most of Europe as well as the Middle East, and parts of Africa/Asia. During his career, Neil has worked for a wide variety of clients and across all industry sectors, such as retail, wholesale and manufacturing, infrastructure and various types of construction, shipping and telecoms companies, IT related entities, and insurance companies (insurers and brokers) etc. Neil’s work has also seen him work on numerous IPO’s, both in the UK and overseas.

Associate Partners

Saleh Hussain

Saleh is an astute Banker, strategic thinker and Corporate Governance Guru. He brings with him over three decades of experience in Governance, Procedure, Controls and Monitoring advisory to large & medium sized corporations and Banks & Financial Institutions. He supports the Group to a great extent by creating seamless value for our clients in the above mentioned specific domains.

Bert Beek

Bert – a banker, civil and notary lawyer by profession, is the Director of the Group’s European Operations and is located out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has over three decades of experience on Legal, Private-Investment and Corporate Banking and International Transactions.

Daniel Zappelli

Daniel has over three decades of experience including legal & judicial systems and has served some premier government organizations. He is the Director of Group’s European Operations and is primarily involved in the Transaction Advisory Practice.