Karim Doss, Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Karim Doss

Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Member since March 17, 2022
Karim has helped companies achieve their financial goals, both as a financial advisor at PwC and as a CFO or financial director for startups or the Fortune 500 companies, such as Merck and Omnicom. His services include business valuation, financial models, business plans, pitch decks, fundraising, and setting KPIs and policies. Karim has worked with over 50 nationalities in various countries and managed projects ranging from $50 thousand to $5 billion in different industries.
Karim is now available for hire

Education

  • Ain Shams University | International Management and Trade Department Business School

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Expertise

Employment

  • Director of Financial Advisory Services

    2020 - PRESENT
    Z ADVISORS
    • Assisted several startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in fundraising activities, including business plan preparations, financial models, pitch decks, and teasers.
    • Presented clients to target potential investors and assisted them in raising funds, ranging from $500,000 to $100 million, at various stages from the seed funding onward.
    • Conducted valuation and developed financial models for businesses from various industries, such as real estate, manufacturing, education, healthtech, hospitality, biodiesel, and others.
    • Assessed the performance of finance departments at several companies and provided tangible recommendations for improvement, which helped enhance cash flow, working capital, and other KPIs.
    • Developed financial policies and procedures for the business to enhance control while improving efficiency levels.
    • Interviewed candidates for the chief financial officer (CFO) and finance director roles on behalf of clients and identified successful candidates.
    Focus areas: Startups, Fundraising, Valuation, Business Planning, Pitch Decks, Due Diligence, DCF Valuation, Valuation Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Internal Control, Process Flows, Dashboards, Coaching, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Interviewing, Family Office, Startup Consulting, Virtual CFO, Presentations, Board Presentations, Pitch Presentations, Working Capital Management, Business Transformation, Financial Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Management, CFO, Interim CFO, Financial Training, Credit Control, Management Reporting, Reporting Packages, Pricing, Share Purchase Agreements, Business Partnerships, Board Decks, Board of Directors, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), ROI, Key Performance Metrics, Cross-functional, Multicultural, Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Trusted Advisor, Business Advisory, Financial Reporting Dashboards, Sensitivity Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Financial Advisory, Microsoft Excel
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) | Chief Information Officer (CIO)

    2014 - 2020
    Alliance Business Centers Network
    • Collaborated with the CEO on expanding the business from local to regional, with expansion from one country to six.
    • Developed the financial platform and necessary systems to support the business expansion.
    • Hired and coached a multicultural cross-border finance, administration, HR, and IT team.
    • Managed the working capital with a focus on liquidity, credit control, and collection automation.
    • Drove revenue increase by 30% and cost reduction by 10% by the end of year one, and a further 8% by the end of year two.
    • Negotiated ventures and investments worth $20 million with sovereign funds.
    • Negotiated lease agreements and achieved a 20% reduction over two years. Revised the entire food and beverage cost and pricing.
    • Drove the occupancy increase by 35% during the first year.
    • Managed the external audit by the Big Four firms. Developed the financial policies and procedures.
    • Discussed new business opportunities, potential ventures, franchising deals, and finalized agreements with regional investors.
    Focus areas: Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Financing, Cost Control, Credit Policy, Contract Review, Contract Negotiation, Contract Drafting, Lease Accounting, Hiring, Team Building, Business Planning, Strategy, Budgeting, Forecasting, Audits, Intellectual Property Licensing, Licensing, Vendor Management, Vendor Selection, CRM Systems, Pitch Decks, Joint Ventures, Investor Relations, Investor Presentations, Management Agreements, Control & Cost Analysis, Marketing, Cash Flow, Expansion Strategy, International Expansion, Entity Selection & Formation, Budget Controls, Investments, Valuation Analysis, Financial Forecasting, Internal Control, Process Flows, Dashboards, Coaching, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Interviewing, Startup Consulting, Presentations, Board Presentations, Working Capital Management, Business Transformation, Financial Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Management, CFO, Facilities Management, Credit Control, Management Reporting, Reporting Packages, Property Insurance, Pricing, Share Purchase Agreements, Business Partnerships, Business Development, General Management, Board Decks, Board of Directors, M&A (Sell-side), ROI, Key Performance Metrics, Cross-functional, Multicultural, Trusted Advisor, Financial Reporting Dashboards, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Finance Director

    2012 - 2013
    Rotana Media Group
    • Established the finance function and revised the financial policies and procedures.
    • Achieved 40% cost savings through tighter control over various expense lines, such as production, acquisitions, and marketing. Provided a holistic, financial, and cost-benefit analysis to decide on new programs.
    • Introduced best financial practices and trained the staff in Egypt on new and more efficient methodologies.
    • Realigned the finance team and introduced best-practice reporting and financial processes.
    • Prepared and presented various board presentations.
    Focus areas: Financials, Accounting, Cost Control, Budgeting, Financial Forecasting, Dashboards, Interviewing, Board Presentations, Working Capital Management, Financial Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Management, CFO, Management Reporting, Reporting Packages, Pricing, Board Decks, Board of Directors, ROI, Cross-functional, Multicultural, Navision, Microsoft Excel
  • Finance Director

    2009 - 2012
    Omnicom Group
    • Assisted the president and managing directors in setting up and executing the region's business strategy.
    • Managed to collect over 80% of more than 20 months of overdue receivables from large clients in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) within the first six months after joining the company.
    • Assisted in driving sales performance by setting proper monitoring and follow-up tools and processes.
    • Hired and coached the entire finance staff and set up the finance function for the EMEA region.
    • Controlled and monitored projects' billing, work-in-progress (WIP), completion percentage, and realization.
    Focus areas: Business Setup, Debt Collection, Credit Policy, Credit Control, Project Management, Billing, Hiring, Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, Budgeting, Annual Budgets, Budget Controls, Internal Audits, Financial Forecasting, Dashboards, Board Presentations, Working Capital Management, Financial Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Management, CFO, Reporting Packages, Pricing, Business Partnerships, Board Decks, Board of Directors, ROI, Cross-functional, Multicultural, Microsoft Excel
  • Finance Manager

    2008 - 2009
    Dubai Holding | Universal Studios Dubailand
    • Managed the pre-opening capital and operating budget of $5 billion megaprojects in Dubai, including Universal Studios Theme Park, four hotels, a boulevard with fine dining restaurants, retail outlets, and residential compounds.
    • Assumed full responsibility for the planning, budgeting, and reporting process, including communication across all departments.
    • Coordinated all preopening and launch activities in collaboration with 15 directors and senior managers from Universal Studios USA, NBCUniversal Meidia, and the United Arab Emirates.
    • Ensured expenses were within the set budget with less than 1% deviation.
    • Managed financial relationships with design consultants, a project management firm Parsons Corporation, and contractors, including reviewing completion milestones, controlling cost, and constructing variation orders.
    • Ensured proper documentation and monitoring of all contracts related to contractors, vendors, franchises, and others.
    • Improved compliance level with the holding group policy from 40% to 95% within five months.
    Focus areas: Accounting, Budget Controls, Annual Budgets, Financial Forecasting, Dashboards, Interviewing, Working Capital Management, Financial Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Management, Reporting Packages, Pricing, Oracle, ROI, Cross-functional, Multicultural, Sensitivity Analysis, Microsoft Excel
  • Assistant Manager

    2006 - 2008
    PwC
    • Executed and delivered finance transformation projects for a government, quasi-governmental entity, and private companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other GCC countries.
    • Managed teams of consultants and auditors in submitting project deliverables to clients on time.
    • Provided advisory services to key government and public-sector organizations in various sectors, such as civil aviation, real estate development, government procurement, customs, investment authorities, and others.
    • Covered various projects’ scopes, including a strategy, financial process improvement, setting financial policies, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, financial modeling, and others.
    • Developed policies and processes related to financial areas, such as treasury, budgeting, fixed assets, revenue and receivables management, purchasing, procurement, and payments.
    Focus areas: Performance Management, Performance Improvement, Process Mapping, Consulting, Business Consulting, Policies & Procedures Compliance, Systems & Procedures, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Integration, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Presentations, Project Management, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint, Manuals & Documentation, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Job Descriptions, Financial Model Auditing, DCF Valuation, Valuation Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Process Flows, Dashboards, Coaching, Working Capital Management, Business Transformation, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow Management, Financial Training, Reporting Packages, Management Incentive Packages, M&A (Sell-side), ROI, Key Performance Metrics, Multicultural, Management Consulting, Trusted Advisor, Business Advisory, Financial Reporting Dashboards, Sensitivity Analysis, Financial Advisory
  • Financial Planning Manager

    2000 - 2006
    Merck & Co.
    • Managed the financial planning function for Merck Egypt. Joined as an accountant, then got promoted to a financial analyst, a senior financial analyst, and finally to a financial planning manager.
    • Assumed responsibility for long-range operating plans (LROP), including capital expenditures, operating expenses, all product lines’ revenues, and short-term forecasting.
    • Provided a complete analysis of actual monthly results and estimated and actual budget, and contrasted the results with the previous year. Provided a profit and loss (P&L) analysis by a product line to each business unit director.
    • Led the monthly rolling forecast for the company, including all business units and lines of products, such as cardiovascular, hypertension, NSAID, asthma, vaccines, osteoporosis, antibiotics, and ophthalmology.
    • Led the annual budgeting process, interacting and coordinating with all business unit directors and product managers.
    • Prepared board presentations for the country's managing director and EMEA managing director in Paris. Ensured timely submission of budgets to the regional office in France.
    • Provided accurate forecasts and ensured less than 5% deviation of the actual bottom line versus the forecasted one compared to more than 15% before taking this responsibility.
    • Achieved the Most Accurate Forecast Award in 2005 among all Middle East and Africa (MEA) subsidiaries.
    • Developed various reports to monitor and control department and business unit expenses within a matrix setup.
    • Developed financial models to provide real-time projections for various business scenarios.
    Focus areas: Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Forecasting, P&L Management, P&L Analysis, P&L Forecasting, Profit & Loss (P&L), Variance Reporting, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Currency Exchange, Foreign Currency, Budgeting, Annual Budgets, Budget Controls, Budget Management, Zero-based Budgeting, Stock Analysis, Import Costing, JDE, JD Edwards, Financial Forecasting, Dashboards, Presentations, Board Presentations, Reporting Packages, Management Incentive Packages, IBM Cognos, Hyperion, Multicultural, Financial Reporting Dashboards, Sensitivity Analysis, Scenario Analysis, Microsoft Excel
  • Financial Accountant

    1999 - 2000
    Schneider Electric
    • Assumed responsibility for a general ledger, payroll, and reconciliations.
    • Led and managed the implementation of the fixed asset module in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and record-keeping automation.
    • Assisted in financial reporting for the senior management.
    Focus areas: Accounting, Scala
  • Credit Analyst | Intern

    1997 - 1997
    Groupe Credit Agricole
    • Analyzed high-net-worth clients’ financials and profiles to assess their creditworthiness and solvency before granting credit.
    • Identified risk areas as well as potential opportunities.
    • Provided structured reports to the senior management at the credit department, Département des Engagements.
    • Prepared summaries for weekly credit committee to facilitate decision-making.
    Focus areas: Credit Analysis, DCF Valuation, Valuation Analysis

Education

  • Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
    2005 - 2006
    American University in Cairo (AUC) - New Cairo, Egypt
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
    1994 - 1998
    Ain Shams University | International Management and Trade Department Business School - Cairo, Egypt

Certifications

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
    JULY 2007 - PRESENT
    Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Certified Financial Manager (CFM)
    MAY 2005 - PRESENT
    Institute of Management Accountants
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
    MARCH 2004 - PRESENT
    Institute of Management Accountants

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