To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

(José Ortega y Gasset)

Information is not knowledge.

(Albert Einstein)

Blog Expectations

A brief statement about objectives and what to expect from this blog

Writing and teaching is an exploratory and insightful journey for better understanding and assimilation of knowledge. This blog aims to share my learning journey. Following expectations defines the content in this blog.

  • Most of the content will focus on areas like data science, tools & technologies and generating valuable insights.
  • In addition, it will feature topics on business, strategy, finance and audit.
  • In almost all the cases, I will not be the originator of knowledge and content, rather it’s an attempt to share my understanding and insights. All original authors and content writers will be adequately referenced.
Important: None of the posts shared on this blog represent a professional advise. It’s rather my perspectives and opinions, which often change frequently. Treat the posts on this blog, as occasional conversations from a friend who is trying to provide or get a better understanding.
Ahsan Iftikhar Qureshi

Ahsan Iftikhar Qureshi

Manager, Risk Advisory Services



Ahsan works as a risk advisory consultant and internal auditor for Protiviti Middle East. My key area of focus is audit and business analytics. I use R and wide array of R packages for data cleaning and validation and to create dynamic, reproducible and interactive reports/dashboards and data visualizations. I love exploring how R and other technologies can improve the analytics processes for individual workflows and corporations.

In addition, to audit and analytics Ahsan is proficient in corporate governance, business process design and re-engineering, supply chain management, financial & management reporting and IT reviews.

His international experience spans across Ukraine, Russia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE and Pakistan.


  • Business Analytics
  • Audit Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Speaking


  • Certified Tidyverse Instructor, 2020


  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), 2020

    Institute of Internal Auditor (IIA)

  • Bootcamp, Data Scientist with R Track, 2017-2018


  • MS in Business Administration, 2014-2019

    Virtual University of Pakistan

  • M.Com., 2013

    Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan Equivalence

  • FCCA, 2004-2008

    from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)




Protiviti (Member Firm) Middle East Limited

Apr 2017 – Present Muscat, Oman

Responsibilities include:

  • Audit Analytics
  • Business Analytics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Valuations
  • Internal Audit
  • Business Process Reviews
  • Spend Analytics (Supply Chain)
  • Forensic Reviews
  • Project Management

Assistant Manager

Protiviti (Member Firm) Middle East Limited

Dec 2014 – Mar 2017 Muscat, Oman
Risk Advisory & Internal Audit Services

Assistant Manager

Protiviti (Member Firm) Middle East Limited

Oct 2013 – Nov 2014 Kuwait City, Kuwait
Risk Advisory & Internal Audit Services

Senior Consultant

Protiviti (Member Firm) Middle East Limited

Oct 2011 – Sep 2013 Kuwait City, Kuwait
Risk Advisory & Internal Audit Services


Protiviti (Member Firm) Middle East Limited

Apr 2011 – Sep 2011 Kuwait City, Kuwait
Risk Advisory & Internal Audit Services

Senior Auditor

Grant Thornton International - Anjum Asim Shahid Rehman (Chartered Accountants)

Dec 2007 – Dec 2010 Pakistan, Lahore
Statutory Audit, Business Evaluation and Consulting Services


Deloitte - M. Yousuf Adil Saleem & Co. (Chartered Accountants)

Jan 2003 – Dec 2004 Pakistan, Lahore
Statutory Audit & Consulting Services


Listed in Chronological Order by Date