Safdar Ali is a dynamic and accomplished professional with a strong background in technology and leadership. With a profile available on LinkedIn at (https://www.linkedin.com/in/safdarali110/), Safdar has showcased a successful career trajectory marked by notable achievements and a passion for driving innovation.
Safdar Ali is a proven financial reporting and accounting professional with a strong focus on tax compliance, auditing, and internal controls. With a passion for excellence and a drive to succeed, Safdar is an aspiring leader in the field.
With a solid foundation in finance and accounting, Safdar possesses a comprehensive understanding of financial principles, reporting standards, and regulatory compliance. This expertise extends to tax regulations, enabling Safdar to navigate complex tax landscapes and ensure organizations remain compliant.
Currently serving as the Head of Accounting, Internal Audit, Corporate Affairs & IT at Arla Foods in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Safdar brings expertise in accounting and financial reporting. In this role, Safdar leads and manages a team of 36 professionals, ensuring accurate and timely month- and year-end reporting to the group consolidation team in Denmark in accordance with IFRS principles. Safdar also takes charge of the statutory financial statements process for Arla KSA legal entities, maintaining compliance with IFRS and SOCPA regulations. Safdar actively develops strong partnerships with the MENA Regional Finance and Global Accounting teams, ensuring effective communication and reporting to the Board. Additionally, Safdar oversees the relationship with external auditors to ensure an efficient and value-adding external audit process.
Safdar Ali holds a strong educational background in management accounting. Safdar obtained the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification from the Top CIMA Institute in 2013. Additionally, Safdar is an Associate Cost and Management Accountant (ACMA) from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan), specializing in management accounting, which was achieved in 2011. Safdar's educational foundation in management accounting provides a solid framework for financial analysis, reporting, and strategic decision-making in the professional realm.