Gilberto de Farias

Gilberto de Farias is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gilberto directly using the contact details listed above.

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Bachelor of Accountancy and International Executive MBA from University of Pittsburgh. Gilberto joined AFAS in 2001 and his previous experience includes 6 years as an Auditor at KPMG, 7 years as Controller at Proudfoot Consulting Group and Latin America Finance Director for Packard Bell NEC do Brazil and 8 years in Consulting Services.

Firm Overview:

Business corporations are always facing a new and ever-changing business landscape, a business landscape that has no boundaries and with competition intensifying on all fronts. In order for businesses to come across these challenges and competitions, they need to focus and concentrate on enhancing their core competencies. In this environment, businesses do not attempt to carry out every function in-house but outsource these functions to other entities, whose special competencies and expertise allow them to carry out these functions efficiently, effectively and economically.

AFAS outsourcing practice has the competencies and expertise to assist business organisations carry out services that are a management distraction if performed in-house. We add value to business organisations’ strategy of competitive advantage by carrying out outsourcing services in the areas of Finance and Accounting (F&A), Tax Compliance, Financial Department Routines, Payroll & HR, with thus freeing valuable client resources to focus on core areas of the business organisations.

We have a diversified portfolio of clients including companies from the United States of America, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, South Africa and other countries around the world, as well as local companies. Our clients are in the areas of commerce, industry, and services.

Romeo Triumph Jones

Romeo Jones is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Ghana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Romeo directly using the contact details listed above.

GroConsult Management Consortium is a leading management company with expertise in payroll, compliance, finance, contractor management services, company set up and management and investment consulting.

Together we bring more than 20 years of experience in helping international and local companies solve their challenges. As a subsidiary of Kharis Global Group, our primary objective is to provide pragmatic and value-added managerial services.

We commit people, resources and ideas to help our clients, stakeholders and the communities we serve to grow. Our client service managers with extensive knowledge are on stand-by to swiftly respond to all your business requests, queries and provide assistance where necessary.

We utilise an international and flexible approach to addressing organisational needs in a professional and creative manner to ensure maximum output.

With operational presence in most of Africa, United Kingdom, Europe and United Arab Emirates, we are fully equipped to provide timely, in depth and indigenous services to our clients.

Dan Balke

Dan Balke is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dan directly using the contact details listed above.

Dan is Managing Director and Partner of LFS, with a multifaceted record of senior management positions in financial institutions as project manager in the area of Digital Finance and Digitization Projects, Small Business Finance, Housing, and Impact Finance Projects. Mr. Balke holds an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School and an M.Sc. in Economics. For several years he has been responsible for pushing forward the digital and technological agenda with AccessHolding. Dan has managed projects to success in major emerging markets worldwide.

Firm Overview:

LFS is an advisory and management firm based in Berlin, Germany. The company has been operating previously as LFS Financial Systems GmbH, and changed its name to LFS Advisory GmbH in 2018.

We specialise in banking and financial sector projects in developing countries. Our particular focus is on micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) finance. Starting in 1998 as a consulting firm, LFS is today also a manager and investor in MSME finance. We are proud to have brought together a team that combines a variety of professional, academic, and regional backgrounds, but shares a commitment to excellence and integrity.

Sharon Thorne

Sharon Thorne is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sharon directly using the contact details listed above.

Sharon is the chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Prior to leading the board, Sharon was the deputy CEO and managing partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE), and a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. She has long been a champion of Deloitte’s ambition to achieve higher representation of women in leadership globally.

As a member of the NWE Executive, Sharon’s main responsibility was to lead the worldwide dimension of Deloitte NWE’s strategy, which recognises the importance of international trade and investment to Deloitte NWE, its clients, and stakeholders. Between 2015 and 2019, Sharon was the executive sponsor for the creation of Deloitte NWE, designed to expand the capacity of Deloitte firms within the region to serve clients and attract talented people.

Prior to her role as Managing Partner Global & Strategy, Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years, and has more than 30 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors. This includes extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed clients, coordinating services around the globe, and an outstanding record of delivering service with quality and distinction.

In addition to delivering audit services, Sharon has significant advisory experience, including two secondments to Deloitte UK’s financial advisory business and helping her clients with various mergers & acquisitions activities. Earlier in her career, Sharon spent a year in industry as the finance director of a subsidiary of a listed company.

In addition to a number of executive roles, including Deloitte UK managing partner Talent and Deloitte UK managing partner Regional Markets, Sharon has spent more than three decades on boards, including as chair. This includes nine years on the Deloitte Global Board of Directors and six years on the Deloitte UK Board of Directors.

Sharon’s other board experience includes six years on the Confederation of British Industry Board of Directors and four years as a Trustee for Prostate Cancer UK. She is a current member of the A4S Advisory Council, the Social Progress Imperative Board of Directors, and the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society.

Sharon Thorne graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics; and she is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She lives in the UK with her husband John and their two dogs, has three grown-up stepdaughters, and enjoys watching Manchester United and playing golf.

Jean-Pascal Nepper

Jean-Pascal Nepper is a Partner within KPMG Luxembourg’s Advisory practice. He began his career in 1997 as a relationship manager in private banking, managing Russian-speaking and Eastern European HNWIs. He then joined KPMG in 2001 as a management consultant, performing and delivering organisational, IT and HR projects in the Luxembourg banking sector. Promoted to Partner in 2011, Jean-Pascal currently leads the Customer and Operations and HR Advisory practices, with a focus on large-scale transformation programmes, customer-oriented solutions and human resource projects.

Firm Overview:

KPMG is a network of professional service firms and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Seated in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, KPMG employs 207,050 people and has three lines of services: financial audit, tax, and advisory.

Simon Nicholas

Simon Nicholas is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in the Isle of Man on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Simon directly using the contact details above.

Simon joined KPMG Isle of Man in 2010. Prior to moving to the Isle of Man, Simon worked for KPMG in Bermuda for 6 years. Simon has over 14 years of experience audit and advisory services with financial services clients, primarily in the insurance industry.

During his career, Simon has worked with the Lloyd’s and London insurance markets, the Bermuda captive and commercial reinsurance markets and the Isle of Man captive insurance, life assurer, banking and funds industries.

Simon leads our local insurance practice with a focus on both audit and advisory engagements, largely consisting of external and internal audit engagements for KPMG’s insurance clients and local subsidiaries of large European life assurers. Simons currently works with clients across the Isle of Man, the UK and Gibraltar.

Simon sits on the local insurance focus group, the Isle of Man Captive Association – both on the executive committee and the marketing and strategy sub-committee and on behalf of Isle of Man Finance represents and promotes the Isle of Man insurance industry. Simon is also a member of the Manx Insurance Association and Association of International Life Offices.

Simon Nicholas has been part of the KPMG Financial Derivative Resource (FDR) team.