Posted on October 11, 2016

Business advisory firm ValuStrat has formally made its Doha office a fully owned subsidiary and appointed key executives to drive its business in Qatar to new heights. Since the establishment of ValuStrat’s franchise office in Doha under the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) in 2013, ValuStrat’s business has gone from strength to strength – with a growth in revenues, growing client list, new service lines and increased staff numbers.

Headquartered in Dubai, with offices also in Riyadh and Jeddah, ValuStrat has built a highly reputable multi-sector consultancy and professional services practice in Doha – a business that counts many of Qatar’s largest banks, investment groups, corporates and UHNWI amongst its client base. In addition to strong growth in the valuation practice, its Advisory Division which provides business advisory, strategy and management consulting services across multiple sectors, has also witnessed tremendous growth in Qatar. In order to provide new leadership to the fully owned entity, the company is pleased to announce some key appointments to the Doha office. Pawel Banach is appointed as General Manager, Qatar providing strategic leadership for ValuStrat’s Doha team. He has over 12 years of solid experience in real estate advisory, investment advisory, asset valuation and commercial due diligence.

Prior to joining ValuStrat, Pawel was Head of Valuation & Research at Land Sterling in Dubai, UAE, where he was responsible for delivering the department’s strategic objectives and managing all outputs. Before moving to the GCC region, his past experience includes roles with international companies such as Deloitte, Savills, Knight Frank and Prologis. In Deloitte, Pawel was Manager of the Real Estate Advisory Division in Poland and managed a team of consultants and senior consultants involved in various assignments including real estate valuations, feasibility studies and plant & machinery valuations. During his career Pawel has also advised a number of key stakeholders during the process of investment and due diligence.

Pawel is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as a Polish Qualified Valuer. Pawel holds a Master Degree in Property Appraisal and Management from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) as well as an Engineering Degree in Land Surveying from Warsaw University of Technology. He commented “I am very excited to have joined ValuStrat Doha and look forward to leading the company to even greater success in Qatar”. Alexandru Ionescu has been appointed as Senior Valuer in ValuStrat’s Doha office, to provide clients with valuation expertise on all property types across Qatar.  He has over 10 years’ international experience in property valuations across Qatar, Oman, UAE and Romania. He is currently a candidate with RICS, finalising the APC, and a member of ANEVAR Romania.

Declan King (MRICS)- Director ValuStrat comments ‘…We believe that the above changes and new additions to our Qatar operation will help drive our Doha office to greater heights and further enhance our service offering and client experience…’. King also notes that ValuStrat is one of only a small number of international consultancy and advisory firms to actually be based in the country ‘…with highly qualified and experienced staff in our Doha office, under the expert guidance of our new General Manager Pawel Banach, our clients can be assured of direct on the ground expertise and un-rivalled capabilities in the areas of advisory, valuation, research, due diligence, industrial consulting and divestment services...’. ValuStrat’s Group CEO Shahid Kazi commented ‘… Our firm has made considerable investment in the above changes and new appointments – this is testament to the future we see in Qatar. Going forward, our clients in Qatar will see a roll out of additional service lines and enhanced offerings by ValuStrat…’.