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Quinlan, Edward

Edward Quinlan - Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales Middle East Members Advisory Board.

After a distinguished academic career during which he was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, Edward Quinlan graduated with honours from the National University of Ireland in 1970 securing first place in his class. Having qualified as a chartered accountant in London, he moved to the Kuwait office of Ernst & Young in 1973. In 1977 he became one of the youngest partners ever in the history of the firm and spent his entire career with Ernst & Young in the Middle East until his retirement on 30 June 2010, being responsible at various times for the firm’s offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and most recently UAE.

In addition to serving many of the largest banks in the region, Edward has also worked with several of the region’s large merchant family groups as they transformed themselves into large diversified organisations over the years. He has also been privileged to have acted as an advisor to governments in the region through his membership of various advisory boards and government think tanks.

Following his retirement from Ernst & Young, Edward is involved in a non-executive capacity with a number of leading organisations in Dubai.

Aside from his professional career, Edward has been an active member of the broader business community over the years and a major contributor to thought leadership initiatives and technical debates in the sphere of accounting and local legislative issues. He is currently involved with a number of civic and not for profit organisations serving on the Boards of Governors of Al Manzil School for children with special needs, Dubai College, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai Classical Concert Committee and the Capital Club.

Edward is also the Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales Middle East Members Advisory Board.