Fadi Tahboush

Chief Audit Executive

Fadi Tahboush
Fadi Tahboush, Chief Audit Executive with Moore Stephens, is helping to build a flexible and innovative internal audit, governance, risk and assurance service in the Middle East.

Fadi joined Moore Stephens in 2015, bringing extensive experience of internal audit and governance gained through both external consultancy and in-house roles. Earlier in his career, for example, he worked with a Big Four firm, focused on assignments in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Australia. He is also a former Head of Internal Audit at the Jeddah Development & Urban Regeneration Company and was an audit committee member for many of its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Now at Moore Stephens, Fadi is thriving on the challenge of growing the firm’s Governance, risk & assurance (GRA) services in the Middle East. While based in Dubai, he is formally part of the Moore Stephens London office, enabling him to work closely with London colleagues. “We have established a joint venture with the Moore Stephens Dubai office,” Fadi explains. “We are providing internal audit, which is our main service, but also other risk-based solutions like enterprise risk management programs and governance reviews, as well as developing policies, procedures and compliance frameworks, providing training and conducting IT-related governance and assurance reviews. In a relatively short period of time, we have managed to establish a portfolio of clients, retain them and now continue to grow the portfolio across different sectors.”

Fadi has primarily a leadership role, helping to drive the growth and development of the Dubai GRA team. His responsibilities include managing client relationships and developing business further. “It’s a competitive market, but clients are open to input on how to run their businesses better and improve governance,” he says.

Moore Stephens is working hard to meet these client needs. What does Fadi think are the firm’s key strengths? “The global nature of the firm blended with the local presence and understanding of the culture is an important formula, and our ability to demonstrate that we have skills and expertise that we can draw on from outside the Middle East,” he says. “It’s also important that we are flexible. The region here is dynamic and we need to be able to adapt and respond to the dynamic nature of client demand. Innovation is another strength – we realise we need to be open minded and understand that different parts of the region may do things in different ways. So we need to be innovative in how we make sure our services fit client needs. It’s a very exciting time to be working here.”