Rashid Ghulam Akbar, UAE
Mr. Rashid Ghulam Akbar is an FTA Accredited Tax Agent and Deloitte Alumni having more than 15years of practical experience in the UAE and Pakistan. He is a fellow member of ACCA and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, U.K. Currently, he is serving Head of Indirect at ATH (Accredited Tax Agency by Federal Tax Authority ) and leads the tax team to provide VAT and Excise Tax services. His expertise is in VAT Compliance and VAT Advisory. He has acted as a key speaker for VATify Webinar Series and Tax Compliance Series.
Steven Ireland, UAE
Steven is Head of International Tax at Grant Thornton UAE with over 20 years of progressive experience predominantly in the areas of M&A and international taxation. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Steven spent over 14 years working in the international and M&A tax teams of KPMG, PwC and EY across the UK, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. He is also Contributor Forbes Middle East.