Yasir Mirza, Project Manager in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Yasir Mirza

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
February 14, 2022

Yasir has over 25 years of experience in consulting, program and project management, change management, and business analysis. As a certified Agile practitioner and project manager, Yasir is keen on delivering Agile strategic business management, handling teams, and leading process and IT change, digital transformation, and improvement initiatives across financial services, healthcare, logistics, agriculture, and government.

Project Highlights

Sports Technology Platform Start-up
Co-founded a new business that allowed me to strengthen my skills in building an application and a viable business.
New PMO Framework
Created and implemented a new framework to manage projects for a client.
Regulatory Financial Services Projects
Delivered key projects to comply with key EU regulations.


Work Experience

Freelance Corporate Trainer

2023 - PRESENT
  • Conducted a five-day training class on PMI's Portfolio Management Professional certificate for Public Investment Fund employees in Riyadh.
  • Delivered UI/UX design and Agile 101 courses at the Institute of Finance for a class of students and institute employees.
  • Executed a variety of other training programs for corporate clients, covering topics in Agile, Scrum, and project, program, and portfolio management.

Digital Transformation Advisor

2023 - PRESENT
Ministry of Transport, Communication and IT
  • Ensured the government-unified platform (GUP) provides a seamless experience for Oman. Citizens, visitors, and government employees interacted with it across all services with a single user interface.
  • Reviewed key client deliverables related to a government-unified platform to manage all services across the Sultanate of Oman. Key deliverables covered UI/UX, project artifacts, benchmarking and research, design, and requirements.
  • Acted as an advisor and provided guidance and views on the project.

PMO Project Consultant

2022 - 2022
Silal Agriculture (Agritech)
  • Managed a project portfolio across the business: operations, commercial, business support, farming, IT, and corporate development.
  • Designed and developed reporting from the executive to the operational level, arranging and managing executive meetings for C-suite: Company Board and ExCom.
  • Provided support and advice to staff to track project progress, conduct reviews, and track dashboards via Smartsheets. Developed dashboards to inform the leadership of progress.
  • Formulated transformation models: operations, retail, farming, research and development, finance, and HR.

Agile ePMO | Change Transformation Consultant

2019 - 2022
Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Managed program and project managers to deliver clinical technology projects across a national healthcare network. Used Cerner and Oracle ERP plus third-party solutions for cloud, infrastructure, security, devices, and product development.
  • Established an ePMO service agile framework, including policies, tools, templates, SOP processes, and execution. Ensured the users adopted the necessary change.
  • Managed in-flight and new projects through quality assurance involving gate reviews, project audits, and health assessments. Designed and built tools to track performance KPI’s, following the Kanban methodology, and producing dashboards and reports.
  • Managed a portfolio of around 50 projects and a budget above $50 million, overseeing project benefits, change control, resource management, communication channel management, issue resolution, risk management, reporting, and deliverable management.

Program Delivery Manager | Change Transformation Consultant

2017 - 2019
Qatar Post
  • Managed an Indian-based vendor and the contract to deliver a master system integration (MSI) transformation program.
  • Handled various workstreams—Oracle ERP for procurement, financials, HR, and Siebel CRM; electronic point of sales; postal operations; data warehouse; business intelligence; change management; project management office; and digital channels.
  • Ensured the quality of plans, requirements, solution design, and integration and testing reports.
  • Conducted business analysis, created test scripts, and managed the user acceptance testing and user training, providing hypercare support across the business.
  • Worked as a project manager for the logistics HUB, digital documents, and OCR address capture projects.

Agile Business Analyst

2017 - 2017
  • Handled the iSNAP2.0 Change agile project to automate the merchant boarding process using straight-through processing (STP) automation and improve the iSNAP product's interface design.
  • Defined processes and requirements for the platform encompassing SOA, banking alliances, and integration of third-party applications, such as the Salesforce CRM. Created data field maps and data flow diagrams to demonstrate SOA integration.
  • Devised epics and user journeys and stories covering AML, business entities hierarchy and additional outlets, seller boarding, credit risk, acquirer boarding, and product activation boarding for terminals, eCommerce, and peripherals.

Agile Business Analyst

2016 - 2017
Rainmaker Solutions
  • Worked on the Evolve IT Agile change project targeting IT services disaggregation from a single vendor, assessing workforce and productivity improvement opportunities.
  • Gathered high-level requirements, improvement opportunities, and user experience (UX) information by interviewing staff across the organization on the impact of new ways of working.
  • Conducted workstream analysis of the user experience related to the devices and the IT service desk support, including the call volume data and surveys. Compiled the business case for the application support services.
  • Assessed the workforce and the change impact with users who work from home, office, and client-based locations. Compiled requirements for networks, data center IaaS, devices, desktop support, application support, and service management.
  • Created the financial model, requirements, and viability options for Google Suite and Office 365 productivity tools.
  • Developed the workforce productivity Office 365 and Microsoft Teams procurement, implementation approach, requirements, timeline, and resources.
  • Supported the service design team with user experience research activities, assessed the impact of findings, and developed scenarios and persona user stories.
  • Analyzed the IT portfolio to assess the impact of the proposed Office 365 vs. Google Suite productivity tools.

Business Analyst Team Manager | Project Manager | Senior Business Analyst

2015 - 2016
EQ by Equiniti
  • Handled key IT change projects covering various business areas—registration services, wealth management, and employee share plans and investment services, including individual and company share dealing, administration, and custody asset management.
  • Managed clients across the globe with employee share plans within the global nominee project. I also developed the future operating model.
  • Worked on the Bank of England RTGS project. Extended CREST and CHAPS settlement times. Managed business and technical changes to operations and applications. Delivered the scope, plan, business case, budget, requirements, UAT, and communications.
  • Defined the product, planning, securing budget, requirements, and process redesign for the EEA and Switzerland Shareview dealing project. Played an essential role in share trading across Europe on UK markets via an online portal.
  • Managed the impact of new EU-based regulation to harmonize the reconciliation and settlement of transactions via Euroclear. Defined the CSD regulation project scope, business case, budget, plan, requirements, and developing ideas on business options.
  • Contributed to the MIFID2 program with investor information, transaction reporting, product governance, and data retention impact analysis on Xanite and Sirius platforms to support a range of products and business operations.
  • Trialed the Agile approach by leading as an unofficial scrum master with IT and business functions. Developed BA approach and deliverables.

Healthcare Clinical Transformation Consultant | Benefits Manager | Procurement Manager Consultant

2008 - 2015
NTT Data
  • Delivered change and transformation-related services based on the organizational change management (OCM) framework to clients in public healthcare.
  • Acted as an experienced consultant on patient-centric clinical transformation. Took part in the impartial deployment of leading clinical information systems across primary and secondary care settings.
  • Implemented the IT strategy development and Cerner CIS Qatar national program for the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) worthing over $300 million across all vendors.
  • Managed transformation, benefits, and application design activities for outpatient, inpatient, pharmacy, lab, social work, perioperative surgery and anesthesia, emergency, therapies, and homecare covering core primary and secondary care facilities.
  • Led the total IT solution procurement for the Qatar Sidra Hospital and Research Centre's new hospital greenfield site.
  • Handled vendor research, RFI, RFP, scoring criteria, assessment, technical and commercial contractual assessment. Worked with non-clinical applications such as CRM, security access control, CAFM, contact center, and transportation management.
  • Implemented the Hakeem National VistA IT change and transformation program for the Electronic Health Services (EHS).
  • Worked on change readiness and due diligence to develop the Cerner application within the scope of the National Health Service (NHS) UK NpfIT program.

Senior Business Analyst | Manager

2006 - 2008
British United Provident Association
  • Led and managed small teams to deliver high-profile change and transformation programs, working directly via sponsors and executives.
  • Oversaw the new operating process model for a hospital customer contact center.
  • Developed a wellness strategic review and business model as part of a panel prosthesis project.

Senior Consultant

1998 - 2006
  • Joined as a graduate in tax practice with an insurance client base, then moved into management consulting to deliver IT, change, and transformation programs.
  • Handled personal pensions misselling and compliance reviews for the insurance sector.
  • Cooperated with local UK government councils for the e-Government service transformation, including the business case, contact center, and directorate service improvement.
  • Handled several projects for the central UK government, including debt-to-income (DTI), transport for London (TfL), HMRC, police service NI, and department for education (DfE) service transformation.

Sports Technology Platform Start-up

Co-founded a new business that allowed me to strengthen my skills in building an application and a viable business.

A platform to improve participation, fairness, and enjoyment between coaches, players, and parents. We are currently developing the MVP and engaging various stakeholders across sports, the public, and potential investors.

New PMO Framework

Created and implemented a new framework to manage projects for a client.

This project involved establishing an ePMO service Agile framework—policies, tools, templates, SOP processes, and execution—ensuring the necessary change was adopted by the users and building tools for tracking performance KPI’s.

Regulatory Financial Services Projects

Delivered key projects to comply with key EU regulations.

The first project was the Bank of England RTGS, extending CREST and CHAPS settlement times. The second project, CSD Regulation (CSDR), involved managing the impact of new EU-based regulation to harmonize the reconciliation and settlement of transactions via Euroclear. The third project, MIFID2 program, dealt with investor information, transaction reporting, product governance, and data retention workstreams.
1993 - 1996

Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics with Accounting

City, University of London - London, United Kingdom


Azure Data Fundamentals



PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)



AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals



CISI Investment Operations Certificate (IOC)



Project Management Professional (PMP)

Dell Services


Certified Business Analyst



Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Slack, Zoom, Excel 2016, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Asana, Siebel CRM, Jira, Microsoft PowerPoint, Confluence, GitHub, Salesforce


Change Management, Agile, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Management, Kanban, Scrum, Agile Project Management, Waterfall Delivery, Requirements Analysis, Implementation Project Management, Agile Delivery, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Testing, Agile Leadership, B2B, Agile Software Development, Agile Product Management

Industry Expertise

Financial Services, Software, Healthcare, Taxation, Banking & Finance, Nonprofits, Transportation & Shipping, Shipping, Sports, Health & Wellness, Agriculture, Building & Construction


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Blockchain, Oracle, Azure, Magento, iOS, Android


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Dashboards, Roadmaps, User Stories, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Project Delivery, Organizational Leadership, Documentation, Standard Operating Procedures Development, Detail-oriented, Process Control, Agile Product Delivery, Delivery, Business to Business (B2B), SOP Development, Statement of Work, Relationship Management, Automation, Task Scheduling, Operational Excellence, Strategic Planning, Resource Management, Certified Project Manager, Process Mapping, Process Modeling, SaaS, Google, Accounting, Microsoft Teams, Vendor Management, Software QA, Software Design, Web UI, Portals, Training, User Research, Regulatory Compliance, Presentations, Healthcare IT, Applications, Operating Models, Healthcare Services, Investment Banking, Financials, Organizational Design, Cloud, Web Design, Cryptocurrency, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Software Development, eCommerce, Waterfall Methodology, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Technical Project Management, Data, Business Process Modeling, Business Process Re-engineering, Business Process Analysis, Medical Devices, Startups, Product Development, Consumer Services, Consumer-facing Product Design, Discovery Workshops, Prototyping, UX Testing, Fintech, Agile DevOps, Document Management Systems (DMS), Web Project Management, Lean Startups, Budgeting, Operational Efficiency Improvement, Operational Workflow, Training & Training Content Development, Estimations, New Product Development, Card Payments, Advisory, Organizational Development, Digital Solutions, Organizational Behavior (OB), Websites, Website Redesign, Risk Management, Operations, Cost Analysis, Cost-benefit Analysis, Forecasting, Innovation, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Budget Controls, Integration, Feature Planning, Mobile Applications, Consumer Applications, Airtable, System Implementation, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Data Migration, Migration, Social Media, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Web Development, Marketplaces, Scrum Master, 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