Head of Internal Audit
Omer Farooq is a Chartered Accountant with 10 years of experience working within and outside Pakistan. He has extensive experience of designing systems of internal control, business process re-engineering and process automation. Omer’s career highlights include heading the largest financial systems transformation project in telecom sector in the region. His experience includes Project Management, compliance with IFRS’s, corporate laws and process streamlining using technology based solutions.
Omer started his career with A.F.Ferguson & Co (member firm of PWC) where he worked for various sectors including banking, textile, cement and FMCG. In his current role as Head of Audit, he looks after management and branch audits, IT audits and Anti-Fraud Management Unit.
What activities enrich your life?
One of the best ways to enrich one’s life is to take up a hobby. Whether you’re good at it or not, just find something you enjoy and stick to it. For me, it is photography. Photography helps me challenge myself to become better at it, increases my sense of commitment and enriches my life.
If you could spend the day with one person from history, who would it be and why?
If I had that choice, I would spend the day with the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kamal. From a military strategist to a political and social reformist, Ataturk had done it all. His program of political, economic and cultural reforms lead to what ultimately became a modern, progressive and secular Turkey.
What do you like to do for fun?
Depends on my mood. My formula for stress relief is a daily dose of gym, however weekends would involve hanging out with friends, dining out or simply laying back watching a good movie with family.