Deloitte has appointed Nick Athanasi as Partner to lead the Forensic Technology practice in the Middle East.
The company said it is expanding its Forensic Technology practice to meet growing demand due to increased digitisation, and to help customers to be able to analyse their data to investigate, detect and prevent fraud and abuse.
Athanasi transferred from Deloitte in the UK, bringing with him 23 years of experience in all aspects of forensic technology. Athanasi has advised and led teams on many of the UK and Europe's largest and most complex litigation and global regulatory investigations, with significant expertise in financial services, pharmaceutical, transport, energy and technology sectors.
Athanasi commented: "I look forward to providing further success to the already well established team here in the region. Our focus is to help clients analyse, visualize and review increasing volumes of data, whilst reducing costs and mitigating risks."
In addition, Muzzi Ebrahim joins as a Director to lead the Data Analytics team. Ebrahim comes from Deloitte South Africa where he developed the Regulatory Analytics and Financial Crime capabilities for the Africa firm.
Commenting on the appointments, Neil Hargreaves, Middle East Forensic leader said: "I am delighted to welcome Nick and Muzzi to the team. Bringing in talent from the global Deloitte network is a key priority to cater to the local market needs by leveraging our global expertise and knowhow. Computer forensics, eDiscovery and data analytics are integral parts of our forensic services to clients, Nick and Muzzi bring their global expertise to assist our clients in the Middle East with some of their most challenging issues around fraud and abuse, financial crime and regulatory enforcement."
Wayne Thomas, Managing Partner for Financial Advisory added: "We are excited to expand our Forensic Technology practice and strengthen our capabilities by welcoming Nick and Muzzi to the team. It is excellent to have two successful leaders bring a wealth of experience to the firm."