BIRZEIT CONSULTING MEClick here to enter text.                            Anti Fraud / Corruption                         ...
Who Is Birzeit Consulting ME?   Established in 2003 and led by its co-founder Mr.   Mohammed J. Masoud CPA, CFE, CICA, MBA...
The Issues Which Drive the Need for   Birzeit Consulting ME Solutions                                                     ...
Birzeit Consulting ME Guiding                             WE ABIDE BY THE CODE OF   Principles                            ...
Birzeit Consulting ME Services   Matrix: Guidance in Five Critical   Management Areas and Two Delivery   Formats          ...
Anti Fraud / Anti Corruption                             ME organisations   Fraud and corruption are endemic in many emerg...
Internal Control                                         ME organisations   The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of t...
Good Governance                                          ME organisations   It is a set of relationships between an entity...
Internal Audit                                            Training   We work with audit executives, management and   audit...
Risk Management   As our world grows more complex, so does risk. As              ME, and effective ways of handling dilemm...
Markets and Industries                                      Several Australian government departments, for                ...
Associates and Partners   Mohammed J. Masoud, CPA, CFE, CICA, MBA   Co-Founder and Managing Director   Middle East (Region...
Anti Fraud / Corruption   Internal Control   Good Governance   Internal Audit   Risk Management   Birzeit Consulting ME is...
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  1. 1. BIRZEIT CONSULTING MEClick here to enter text. Anti Fraud / Corruption Internal Control Good Governance Internal Audit Risk Management
  2. 2. Who Is Birzeit Consulting ME? Established in 2003 and led by its co-founder Mr. Mohammed J. Masoud CPA, CFE, CICA, MBA, Birzeit Consulting ME serves the Middle East through its regional office in Amman-Jordan while manages its global business from its head office in London – United Kingdom. It provides an integrated spectrum of consulting and training services. Internal control, forensic accounting and anti fraud, good governance, risk management, compliance, and internal audit, are the primary consulting services of Birzeit Consulting ME. Mission Birzeit Consulting ME aspires to help our clients solve their most important and complex problems and create feasible and controlled business environment and processes to result in sustainable economic and business values to enhance their competitiveness and growth. BIRZEIT CONSULTING ME We believe in professionalism. For us this means to always: Empower those charged with governance, management, and personnel to be in  Tell the truth as we see it. In the long-term control interests of the client we stay independent and able to disagree, regardless of the popularity of our views or their effect on our fees. We have the courage to invent and WE champion unconventional solutions to problems. We do this to help build internal support, get to real issues, and reach  Tell the truth as we see it practical and economically feasible  Behave as professionals recommendations.  Keep our client information  Behave as professionals. Uphold absolute confidential integrity. Show respect to local custom and culture, as long as we don’t compromise our integrity.  Keep our client information confidential. Vision Birzeit Consulting ME will be the center of excellence in internal control, anti fraud and management control methodologies and as a primary source of consulting, research and training in our fields. 2www.bzconsult.com 22
  3. 3. The Issues Which Drive the Need for Birzeit Consulting ME Solutions • ME governments must engage their nations with International Companies the global community – they need credibility and capacity to do so, yet issues around weak • The Middle East (ME) is an emerging governance , corruption and regional political market of substantial interest to international risk hinder their acceptance by the global companies, in terms of: Size, growth, skilled community. They need to bridge the gap to labour, and proximity to Europe, where become credible players, in the eyes of the many global firms have their Europe, the international community and their own societies. Middle East and Africa (EMEA) bases Birzeit Consulting ME can help to understand • But the challenges of operating in ME are where the gaps are, and how to address them for significant: Very different business culture; best effect towards becoming global players legacy of mistrust between Europe and ME; corruption and fraud (as perceived by global players, partly arising from differences in business cultures); and political instability at GLOBALIZATION MEANS the national or regional level CHANGE • An international player needs to adapt to the As information technology evolution ME environment to succeed, but it also reshapes our mindset, methods and needs to retain compliance with global knowledge, it also affects the markets standards of business integrity, as well as companies serve and deal with. Therefore, manage the unique risks within the ME in order to survive, companies must adapt environment. This requires specialist advice to these changes by embracing globally which incorporates both the global and ME accepted, international best practices perspectives – hence Birzeit Consulting ME Middle Eastern Organizations WE CAN • ME companies were once quite small, Birzeit Consulting ME is your partner usually family-based and focused on when engaging with you to face your regional / local markets, but this is rapidly business’s challenges. We can help you to changing. In response to globalisation, ME manage your risks professionally and in firms are expanding, becoming more accordance with global best practice and complex, and more subject to global accepted standards. This will minimize standards of business integrity, governance, potential harm or liability coming from transparency, and accountability. As a result, global exposure, and strengthen your they need to strengthen internal and risk ability to take on new challenges and management capacity, and Birzeit opportunities arising from global Consulting ME can help them to make this integration adjustment and meet these challenges 3www.bzconsult.com 33
  4. 4. Birzeit Consulting ME Guiding WE ABIDE BY THE CODE OF Principles ETHICS OF THE FOLLOWING Ethics INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Dedication to business and professional ethics, including adherence to the highest standards of The American Institute of Certified Public corporate integrity and citizenship (for ourselves, and our clients) Accountants (AICPA) Discretion The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Discretion and respect for the sensitivity of our clients issues and information Actionable The Institute for Internal Controls (IIC) A concern with adding tangible and actionable value – Birzeit Consulting ME goes beyond purely The Association of Certified Fraud academic results and seeks to address the clients Examiners (ACFE) unique root issues Interactive The Institute of Chartered Accountants in An interactive and partnering style of engagement, England and Wales (ICAEW) with a spirit of mutual teamwork and openness (within limits of necessary discretion) Strategic TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY A strategic perspective - we do not get bogged down in trivia, and relate immediate issues to the bigger Lack of transparency and accountability picture to ensure alignment with strategic objectives will not attract foreign direct investment and will not enable management and those charged with governance to perform their duties 4www.bzconsult.com 44
  5. 5. Birzeit Consulting ME Services Matrix: Guidance in Five Critical Management Areas and Two Delivery Formats Consulting Training Anti Fraud International firm needs to address its business risks to control its operations Internal Control Good Governance ME firm / government needs to fight fraud and corruption through effective and efficient internal control systems to have good governance and reliable compliance Internal Audit Risk Management Birzeit Consulting Model BIRZEIT CONSULTING ME IS A PIONEER Needs Assessment We have been developing our own and Identification methodologies since the year 2000 to overcome the constraints of the conventional consulting. Specifically, we Diagnose developed our internal control principle- based and risk-based approach to address the entire spectrum of internal control related problems. We adopted a strategic Understand perspective regarding the role of internal control in relation to fraud, governance, and risk management Research NEW MINDSET Report Information Theory Discuss The Entity Information Internal The Outcome Technology Control 5www.bzconsult.com 55
  6. 6. Anti Fraud / Anti Corruption ME organisations Fraud and corruption are endemic in many emerging Birzeit Consulting ME provides practical training in (and indeed “developed”) markets, and ME is not fraud and corruption prevention, investigation, and immune. The propensity to manipulate legitimate legal options. Our training is tailored to the ME organisational assets towards the illegitimate cultural and regulatory context, with an eye to acquisition of personal or factional gain remains a adaptation to global standards of accountability constant risk in ME, both for regional private and public actors, and for global firms seeking a foothold in the region. Fraud and corruption not only lead to financial loss, but they incur legal liability, FRAUD PREVENTION AND degradation of reputation, and loss of credibility DETECTION among key stakeholders, including the public, shareholders, and partners.  Prevention is better than cure. Birzeit Consulting ME helps you assess your Consulting company’s vulnerabilities to fraud and provides you with a customized solution International companies that accommodates your internal and external culture Birzeit Consulting ME assesses fraud and corruption risk specific to a unique international operation; we  Criminal and financial fraud help to pinpoint the weak links, to conduct due investigation diligence, and to embed both preventive and detective processes to best address this form of risk ME organisations FIGHTING MONEY LAUNDERING ME organisations face the challenge of a certain cultural acceptance of fraud and corruption, based on No one country or firm worldwide is personal and other loyalties – Birzeit Consulting ME immune from being a victim of money helps ME organisations make the cultural transition laundering. Whether you are a public towards accountable and transparent operations, sector, private sector or a financial while maintaining ME cultural identity institution, Birzeit Consulting ME can help Training you to develop workable measures to prevent money laundering and to conduct a International companies professional (criminal and / or financial) Birzeit Consulting ME training aims at increasing the investigation for any suspected situation or level of management awareness of fraud and circumstance corruption risk in ME, and the approaches that a foreign entrant can / should take to minimise risk or act on cases where it manifests, within a context of discretion and cultural sensitivity 6www.bzconsult.com 66
  7. 7. Internal Control ME organisations The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) defines internal Birzeit Consulting ME training instils awareness of control (IC) as follows: the leading global standards in internal control, the challenges which ME organisations face in making IC is a process effected by those charged with governance, management and other personnel the transition to global compliance, and how to designed to provide reasonable assurance about the manage the pitfalls during this journey. Corporate achievement of the entity’s objectives with regard to governance, risk management, and internal control  Reliability of financial reporting are interrelated and interdependent. We offer several training programs in this regard  Effectiveness and efficiency of operations  Compliance with applicable laws and regulations WHAT INTERNAL CONTROL CAN Consulting DO International companies Internal control is the set of processes, which, designed properly and performed Birzeit Consulting ME assists international companies to adapt internal control processes to the effectively, is the foundation for: unique ME environment, such that they retain  Good corporate governance compliance with global standards, while accounting for cultural and regulatory factors specific to the  Effective risk management region ME organisations  Fighting fraud and money laundering ME-based public and private organisations face similar issues: they need to adapt to global standards in internal control, but they need to balance local INTERNAL CONTROL imperatives with global standards – Birzeit OVERLAPPING BUSINESS Consulting ME advises on how to achieve this balance for best effect Training Governance International companies Birzeit Consulting ME offers courses aimed at Fraud Internal Internal Control Audit providing senior managers with an understanding of the ME operating environment, the challenges they face in implementing global control processes, and Compliance effective ways of handling dilemmas which arise in their ME transition 7www.bzconsult.com 77
  8. 8. Good Governance ME organisations It is a set of relationships between an entity’s Birzeit Consulting ME training instils awareness of management, its board or those charged with the leading global standards in good governance, the governance, and its other internal and external challenges which ME organisations face in making stakeholders. It provides the structure through which the transition to local and / or global compliance, and the objectives of the entity are set, and the means of how to manage the pitfalls during this journey. attaining those objectives and monitoring Compliance, good governance, risk management, and performance are determined internal control are interrelated and interdependent. We offer several training programs in this regard Consulting International companies GOOD GOVERNANCE Birzeit Consulting ME assists international Internal control is a prerequisite for companies to adapt good governance processes to the prevailing good governance practices. unique ME environment, such that they retain However, unless you have good governance, compliance with global standards, while accounting the risk management process will suffer and for cultural and regulatory factors specific to the fraud risk will increase – the commitment to region good governance starts at the top, but needs strong internal processes to achieve and ME organisations sustain it stain it ME-based public and private organisations face similar issues: they need to adapt to global standards FRAME OF RERERENCE in good governance, but they need to balance local imperatives with global standards – Birzeit  The Organization for Economic Co- Consulting ME advises on how to achieve this operation and Development (OECD) balance for best effect  The Committee of Sponsoring Training Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) International companies  Basel Committee on Banking Birzeit Consulting ME offers courses aimed at Supervision; Principles for providing the board of directors or those charged Enhancing Corporate Governance with governance, and senior managers with an understanding of the challenges they face in  Transparency International implementing global governance processes, and effective ways of handling dilemmas which arise in  International Organization of their ME transition Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) 8www.bzconsult.com 88
  9. 9. Internal Audit Training We work with audit executives, management and audit committees at companies of virtually any size, International companies public or private, to assist them with their internal Birzeit Consulting ME offers courses aimed at audit activities. This can include starting and running providing the board of directors or those charged the activity or working with an existing internal audit with governance, and senior managers with an function to supplement their team when they lack understanding of the challenges they face in adequate staff or skills implementing the internal audit function in the ME, and effective ways of handling dilemmas which arise Birzeit Consulting ME helps organizations transition in their ME transition to a process-based approach for financial control compliance, identifying effective ways to ME organisations appropriately reduce effort through better risk assessment, scoping and use of technology, thus Birzeit Consulting ME training instils awareness of lowering the cost of compliance. Reporting directly the leading global standards in internal audit, the to the board, audit committee or management, as challenges which ME organisations face in making appropriate, we are ready to help you in a the transition to local and / or global compliance, and discrete, focused financial and internal control how to manage the pitfalls during this journey. reviews and control investigations, either as part of a Compliance, good governance, risk management, and formal internal audit activity or apart from it. internal control are interrelated and interdependent. We offer several training programs in this regard, in addition to highly specialised internal audit training Consulting programs International companies RISK- BASED AND PROCESS- BASED APPRAOCH Birzeit Consulting ME assists international companies to implement an internal audit function We apply and utilize the latest auditing and its processes to the unique ME environment, such literature and standards issued by the that they retain compliance with global standards, while accounting for cultural and regulatory factors  Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), specific to the region  International Organization of ME organisations Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Birzeit Consulting ME helps ME- public and private organisations to have an effective and efficient internal audit function in accordance with internal auditing standards set by regional authorities and / or the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). 9www.bzconsult.com 99
  10. 10. Risk Management As our world grows more complex, so does risk. As ME, and effective ways of handling dilemmas which our risk grows, so does an organization’s obligation arise in their ME transition to effectively manage it. Threats to businesses develop rapidly and are increasingly material in a ME organisations quickly evolving global marketplace. Risk Birzeit Consulting ME training instils awareness of management challenges can quickly overwhelm the leading global standards in risk management, the individuals and departments. Unless well-managed, challenges which ME organisations face in making organizations often face unpleasant financial the transition to local and / or global compliance, and consequences how to manage the pitfalls during this journey. While Our approach applies world class expertise to both the compliance, good governance, risk management, and simple and the complex risk management challenges that internal control are interrelated and interdependent, often frustrate and overwhelm organizations. It delivers we offer several risk management courses targeting exactly what a client needs, when they need it. As a result, all levels of management and those charged with our clients remain focused on their business, meet their governance objectives, and capitalize on their strengths. Consulting OUR RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS International companies  Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Birzeit Consulting ME assists international companies to implement Enterprise Risk  Merger and Acquisition Due Management (ERM) to the unique ME environment, Diligence such that they retain compliance with global standards, while accounting for cultural and  Financial Risk Management regulatory factors specific to the region.  Operations Risk Management ME organisations Birzeit Consulting ME helps ME- public and private  Political Risk Management organisations to optimise the risk management of the RISK PRIORITIZATION AND spectrum of their entity’s risks, including financial SCENARIOS and performance risks. We help to prioritise the risks of Training international engagement, and develop strategies to address priority risks International companies Birzeit Consulting ME offers courses aimed at providing the board of directors or those charged with governance, and senior managers with an understanding of the challenges they face in implementing the risk management strategies in the 10www.bzconsult.com 1010
  11. 11. Markets and Industries Several Australian government departments, for example: Markets  Queensland Health;  Middle East and the GCC countries  Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation;  United Kingdom o Fair Trading  European Union Member Countries o Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol  USA o Bio-Security Queensland Industries  Department of Main Roads; and  Rockhampton Regional Council  Public Sector PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE  Private Sector It is not enough to have the best practices in  Nonprofit books and manuals. Only adequately trained employees who are dedicated to their entity,  Financial Institutions / Banks as well as sound professional ethics, can help you protect your firm from fraud, Short List of Clients Our Senior money laundering, and help you achieve Executives Provided Service For your strategic objectives The following is a short list of clients some of our team members provided service for: FREE DIAGNOSIS  Financial Industry Regulatory Authority We diagnose the subject matter of our prospective clients free of charge by being (FINRA) expert witness and discovery of money physically present at their premises laundering investigation in Russia, (USA)  Primary witness for State of NH regulatory IN-HOUSE TRAINING action against Ameriprise Financial, a 3.61 billion dollar US company that was subsequently We offer in-house training for most of our fines 7.5 Million dollars for forgery and training courses. Check our Website or fraudulent transaction. contact us for more details  The UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)  Several United Nations Agencies, including the UNDP  Leading extractive (oil and gas) companies working in high-risk emerging markets, including North Africa  Global professional service firms establishing local presences in high-risk countries, including the Caucasus, the ME and Maghreb, and Africa 11www.bzconsult.com 1111
  12. 12. Associates and Partners Mohammed J. Masoud, CPA, CFE, CICA, MBA Co-Founder and Managing Director Middle East (Regional Office); Amman-Jordan Dr. Raul Valverde, RPA, FAIA, CICA, AMA, PhD Senior Consultant Quebec - Canada Dr. Barihan A Nabil, ACMA, PhD Senior Consultant Amman - Jordan Mr. Robert McKellar, MBA, MA Senior Consultant London - UK Mr. Ralph Lake, CFE, MA Senior Consultant London - UK Ms. Siobhan C. Fitzgerald, CFE Senior Consultant Washington DC - USA Mr. Phares K. Sekalala, CPA, CFE Senior Consultant Ontario - Canada Mr. Aftab Amin Ali, CFE, CCS, CFS, CAMS, CFCI, A. F. I. I. Senior Consultant London - UK Mr. Ahmed El Safty, CPA, CISA, MBA Senior Consultant Washington DC - USA Mr. Qasim M. Qasim CEO and Managing Partner, Allied Advisors LLC, (A QFC licensed Islamic Finance Advisors) Senior Executive Manager and Consultant- Doha - Qatar Ms. H. Mohammed Ismail Executive Office Manager Regional Office; Amman - Jordan 12www.bzconsult.com 1212
  13. 13. Anti Fraud / Corruption Internal Control Good Governance Internal Audit Risk Management Birzeit Consulting ME is committed to providing you with cutting edge knowledge and best practice to succeed in your business at the regional and global level. Though your ultimate business success is yours, we are committed to support you in achieving it. We fully engage with all levels of our clients’ teams to ensure that our results are sustainable and owned by your organization, not imposed from outside. In an era of globalization and technological change, what looked workable yesterday may not necessarily be applicable today or tomorrow. Simply, success comes from a constant review of external realities and internal adaptation. BIRZEIT CONSULTING ME merger Mohammed J. Masoud, CPA, CFE, CICA, MBA Robert McKellar, MA, MBA Co-founder and Managing Director Director Jabal Al-Hussein- 197 Khalid Bin 1A Bathurst St, Al-Waleed St. Anshasi Buld. 3rd Floor, Office 304 London P.O. Box 5567 Amman 11953 - Jordan UK W2 2SD Jordan +962 (79) 60 60 90 2 +44 (0) 77 89 86 67 43 Palestine +970(598) 22 66 44 +44 207 706 1617 USA +1 (703) 879 - 8384 E-mail:uk@bzconsult.com E-mail:mmasoudcpa@bzconsult.com 13www.bzconsult.com 1313

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