I then moved to a multinational as head of finance for 18 months but I was invited back to KPMG by a partner in 2006. Since then I have worked on multiple exciting projects.
When I was in Audit, I was auditing companies in Pakistan that had subsidiaries all over the world. I also handled multiple corporate finance transaction services, which was a very exciting experience for me.
We have one of the best audit portfolios in Pakistan – almost all of the major multinationals have a base in Islamabad, and many local companies across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas development, and telecoms.
Islamabad has seen many more companies coming in since 2000, but business processes are not fully automated yet. This means you get to know a lot about your client’s processes, so you can add value a lot, but it takes effort. There is lots to learn, even for a professional in mid-career, and some amazing growth potential.
I believe we are on a par with more advanced member firms in terms of technical experience. Several of our people are on secondment in diverse countries from Ireland to the Middle East and feedback about them is very positive.
Islamabad probably has the best quality of life in Pakistan. It has all the education, transport and other infrastructure that you need and it is very well developed, yet it is peaceful and well maintained. There are none of the issues of other major cities like traffic, parking or pollution.
There are good restaurants and hotels, but not much nightlife here – Lahore is the place for that. Islamabad is a very green city, on the doorstep of one of the largest mountains in the world, so if you enjoy hiking and spending quiet time in nature, you should come and explore.