James Babb
Partner and Head of Markets
KPMG Lower Gulf

James has over 25 years of professional services experience globally. He started his career in audit spending 8 years there before transitioning into management consulting and financial advisory roles. 

He spent the past 9 years as the Clients and Industries (C&I) Leader for another Big 4 in the Middle East spanning 13 countries.  James achieved  9 consecutive A ratings as a C&I leader by the Global Firm. During his tenure the Firm had some of the fastest growing priority client accounts and foreign service groups in the network.

In 2016 the Firm was voted the top advisory firm by CFOs in the CFO Middle East Magazine a credit to the Middle East CFO Program led by James.  James has facilitated the training of over 100 Lead Client Service Partners (LCSP) at the Middle East and EMEA level and served as the Global LCSP for the largest private K-12 education company in the world.

James is an alumnus of Yale University School of Management, The University of Connecticut and Portland State University.  He passed the State of New York CPA exam completing all 4 parts on the first attempt.

James served as an active sponsor of Dubai Little League as well as being one of the co founders of the Emirates American Football League (EAFL) an internationally award winning sports program with over 800 participants year on year for the past 8 years.

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