Majed A. Rahim, Finance Expert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Majed A. Rahim

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
April 4, 2022

Majed is a seasoned executive with C-suite and advisory experience who is passionate about complex and impactful projects. With global exposure in business development, Majed lived in eight countries and delivered industry work in more than 20. He has successfully worked with shareholders, senior management, and staff at all levels and is comfortable working alone or managing teams. Majed founded and operated consulting companies since 2009 and now is advising fintech and healthtech startups.

Career Highlights

Ennovate FZ LLC
CFO and Head of Strategy
Commercial Bank of Qatar
Partner - Nominee
Arthur Andersen

Education Highlights

Certification Highlights

Business Valuation Modeling
Corporate Finance Institute

Case Studies

Work Experience


2017 - PRESENT
Ennovate FZ LLC
  • Co-founded Ennovate FZ LLC in the UAE. Grew the company from a startup to a regional player. Completed more than 10 assignments since 2017. Focused on large family-owned conglomerates to lead and enable the organization and financial restructuring.
  • Engaged a team of consultants and subject matter experts. Started in one market and expanded to four markets. Became known as the destination for complex assignments and consistent delivery.
  • Grew the business from referrals and word of mouth without active marketing or sales. The repeat business has helped develop and sustain the business while we continued getting work from past customers.
  • Thrived and grew during COVID-19 lockdowns. Worked with customers remotely and delivered two large, complex 12+ month assignments without being able to visit customer sites.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Cross-border M&A, Consulting, DCF Valuation, Due Diligence, Discovery, Marketing Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Strategy, Business Planning, Business Plan Consulting, Fundraising, Fundraising Strategy, Pitch Deck Consultant, Early-stage Funding, Startups, Business Models, Idea Validation, Early-stage Startups, Fintech, Strategy, Business Consulting, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel 365, Growth Strategy, Pricing Strategy, Pitch Decks, Investor Presentations, Debt Raises, Storytelling

Founder and Managing Partner

2009 - 2017
BrightStar Consult LLC
  • Founded a consulting company to assist family groups and family offices with long-term engagements under an interim or outsourced management arrangement. The assignments varied from a few months to more than two years.
  • Acted as the group CEO for the Saudi Agri Industrial Group while managing a portfolio of four companies in the GCC and Africa. Restructured financials and prepared the company for a public listing. Assets under management (AUM) $250 million.
  • Led, as the program director, a team of 50+ professionals, including clients, service providers, and outsourcing staff, to implement a government-wide financial and tax system in 80+ entities. Largest public IT project to date in the country.
  • Played a key role as the chief investment officer managing the investments of a high net-worth family–operating companies, real estate, and financial products. Evaluated and developed opportunities in Europe and the Asia Pacific. AUM $700 million.
  • Assisted the BOD of the Sovereign Wealth Fund in updating the fund’s investment strategy and existing unprofitable assets, upskilling team members, and improving compliance and reporting.
  • Served as the chief operating officer of a GCC family office. Managed 12 companies across various industries, restructured financials, raised funds, led M&A truncations, and groomed a second-generation family member for leadership. AUM $200 million.
Focus areas: Consulting, Corporate Finance, Family Office, Program Coordination, Tech Sales, Oracle ERP, Market Research, Business Design, Enterprise Software, Pitch Decks, Pitch Deck Consultant, Investor Presentations, Debt Raises, Storytelling

Deputy CEO

2007 - 2009
Housing Bank for Trade and Finance HBTF
  • Supported the group CEO, managed overseas operations, bank operations, technology, human resources, and facilities divisions, and integrated the credit, risk, investment, and treasury committees.
  • Led an application process with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to enter the UK market, oversaw the transformation of investment and private banking, recruited a new leader to manage the division, and explored other markets.
  • Qualified and selected a new core banking system for the bank, created and led a team to implement the new system, and managed a rebranding exercise to develop and relaunch a new bank identity.
  • Served as a board director on the bank’s Algerian subsidiary, integrated the audit committee, and represented the bank on local and regional Central Bank committees.
Focus areas: Corporate Finance, Consumer Banking, Investments, Board of Directors, Operations, IT Operations Management (ITOM), Facilities Management, Human Resources (HR), Finance, Board Presentations, Change Management, Staffing, Debt, Debt Raises

CFO and Head of Strategy

2005 - 2007
Commercial Bank of Qatar
  • Built a strategy implementation division (SID), created and syndicated a Balanced Score Card for all divisions across the organization with centralized reporting and monitoring, and integrated the investment, treasury, and finance committees.
  • Played a key role as the responsible for finance, bank operations, technology, and facilities. Assumed interim responsibilities for investment and private banking, Islamic banking, and overseas operations. Recruited and onboarded leaders.
  • Launched a rating exercise with Fitch and Moody's and floated the first EMTN Eurobond in Qatar. Originated and managed the first bank-led IPO, completed market entry studies in three new locations, and drove Oman National Bank's post-acquisition.
Focus areas: Balance Scores, Strategy, Investments, Corporate Treasury, Islamic Banking, IT Operations Management (ITOM), Facilities Management, Bonds, Credit Ratings, Business Operations, Business Cases, Company Strategy, Debt

CTO and Head of Special Projects

2002 - 2005
Arab Bank PLC
  • Joined as a founder of the global transformation team. Entrusted with modernizing and overhauling the bank's technology organization that was spread over 29 locations with 450+ professionals.
  • Completed a 2-year program to consolidate the entire organization into three centers–UK, UAE, and Jordan–with recovery centers, transfer pricing, global HR policies, and reduced spending. Negotiated with and secured approvals from regulators.
  • Designated to close special assignments such as expanding to new territories and exiting unprofitable regions, which included negotiating with and securing approvals from regulators, rating agencies, and labor unions.
  • Founded and served on the board of bank-owned companies in the UK and UAE. Served as a board director on the leasing company and was frequently invited as speaker and presenter at regional and global conferences.
Focus areas: Technology Consulting, Strategy, Shared Services, Cross-border M&A

Partner - Nominee

1996 - 2002
Arthur Andersen
  • Originated business and engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe, and Asia.
  • Delivered assignments around pre-and-post M&A transactions and the shared services and worked as an interim COO and CFO for startups.
  • Seconded to the UK and Dubai offices to help with complex projects and was relocated to Kuwait to establish the business consulting practice.
  • Worked with clients that included; Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, Cummins, Polaroid, Cable & Wireless, Dubai Ports Authority, EMAAR, Kuwait Airways, and more.
Focus areas: Consulting, Shared Services, Cross-border M&A, Business Technology

Program Manager

1991 - 1996
State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Joined the technology team after completing a 12-week bootcamp while I was still in graduate school. Supported the investment group by creating financial management information system (MIS) reports.
  • Progressed to the field technology team and deployed workstations to all the finance teams across the US and Canada, working under the program director as part of a 100+ resource team.
  • Took part in a task force to renegotiate all telecom contracts for the entire group over nine months, valued at the time at over $250 million.
  • Founding member of the shared services team that centralized the group's operations in the US and Canada into three centers from 22 regional locations.
Focus areas: Projects, Shared Services, Business Technology
1989 - 1991

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Finance

Illinois State University - Normal, IL, USA

1985 - 1989

Bachelor's Degree in Finance

Yarmouk University - Irbid, Jordan


Advanced Excel



Business Valuation Modeling

Corporate Finance Institute


Cross-border M&A, Financial Management, Valuation, Financial Modeling, Fundraising, Islamic Banking, Corporate Finance, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), DCF Valuation, Debt Structuring, Due Diligence, Market Research, Pricing Strategy, Debt, Debt Raises, Funding Strategy, Corporate Treasury

Output Software

Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Early-stage Startups

Data & Analysis Software

Oracle ERP


Microsoft Office, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Global Banking, CX Strategy, Technology Consulting, Balance Scores, Senior Executive Recruiting, Board of Directors, Pitch Decks, Project Management, Family Office, Investment Manager, Global Business, Consulting, Shared Services, DCF Modeling, Program Coordination, Operations, IT Operations Management (ITOM), Strategy, Business Technology, Projects, Corporate Rationalizations, Divestiture Planning, Discovery, Business Design, Training, Change Management, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resources Management, Enterprise Software, Management Consulting, Business Strategy, Business Planning, Business Plan Consulting, Fundraising Strategy, Pitch Deck Consultant, Early-stage Funding, Startups, Business Models, Idea Validation, Staffing, Business Operations, Business Cases, Company Strategy, Business Consulting, Excel 365, Growth Strategy, Investor Presentations, Storytelling, Slack, Fintech, Modeling, Consumer Banking, Investments, Credit Ratings, IRR, Process Transformation, Marketing Strategy, Board Presentations, Pivot Tables, Tech Sales, Facilities Management, Human Resources (HR), Finance, Bonds, Financial Transformation

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