A Mission in Accounting
Ismael Haber, an auditor and accountant, has made it his mission to help businesses improve the quality of their financial information by eliminating fraud and error. In the next five years, the demand for these specific financial services, being external financial audits, forensic accounting, and other fraud preventive and detective services is envisaged to increase.
Cultivating Quality and Trust in Financial Services with Ismael Haber, Audit Assistant Manager at KPMG Malta
Inaccurate financial information can lead to flawed decision-making and mistrust in businesses. In his years of experience applying his expertise in the field, Ismael Haber has already helped several businesses across various industries – particularly retail companies, public and private funds, bank branches and investment management companies, among others – in identifying inaccuracies, their causes and implementing corrective measures, such as improving internal controls.
Ismael is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds their qualification (ACCA). ACCA is a globally recognized professional accountancy body providing qualifications and advancing standards in accountancy.
Currently an Audit Assistant Manager for KPMG Malta, Ismael is quite enthusiastic about the impact his job can have. Beginning his career with KPMG Malta, he has gained valuable experience helping clients across various industries. Through his reputation for providing high-quality services at his job, Ismael has positioned himself as a promising professional in the field.
His education and work experiences have given him an in-depth understanding of the field. Ismael knows, through his education and work experience, that the prevention and detection of fraud or error begin with a detailed assessment of the entity-specific risks. By ensuring proper understanding, Ismael has been able to effectively and very efficiently conduct his services, taking a risk-based approach. He considers each finalized engagement that he is part of as an accomplishment, noting that it is an essential building block of trust in the financial market.
As a professional, Ismael places significant focus on ethics and integrity in financial services, stating that it helps to rebuild trust among several stakeholder groups, including the general public. These are necessary elements for sustained economic growth and the efficient operation of the financial market.
An important part of Ismael’s job is maintaining regulatory compliance. His knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA) is particularly noteworthy. Ismael also worked on engagements on which he applied the U.S. accounting and auditing standards. Due to the ever-changing regulations/standards and their complexity, he finds himself in high demand.
He is passing his knowledge on to others, as well. At KPMG, he has had the opportunity to train others. Ismael also contributed to the industry in general, having published material in the ACCA AB magazine. He has received recognition for his diligence and expertise – and promotions – twice this year alone. His ability to identify potential risks is only a part of an auditor’s duties. Ismael credits his acute understanding for much of his success. His abilities to understand, process, and decide the most appropriate audit response have been instrumental in resolving tough challenges.
Ismael endeavors to continue developing himself in the field and offering financial services that reduce fraud and error. As he has said, “Being an accountant or auditor takes much more than just technical knowledge. It is also vital to know how to manage relationships and serve [clients] well.”
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Lyle Bender is a fintech writer seeking to make finances and technology a more accessible field.
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