About The Speaker
Pavithra Balaji is the Operational Controller & Tax Leader for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region for General Electric- Global Operations. In this role, she leads GE’s statutory financial and tax compliance function for the META region, including statutory accounting and audits, tax operations and controllership. Pavithra joined GE in 2010 and has held diverse functional and leadership roles within the GE group in financial systems, taxation, and controllership. Notable is her 3 years as ERP Tax Leader for GE Power, providing tax and accounting expertise in implementing an Oracle-based ERP system across the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining GE, Pavithra worked in finance, audit and taxation roles at several companies across both industry and profession. She came to GE from Bank Sarasin Alpen in Oman, where she was Compliance Director. She also spent several years with KPMG, providing audit and taxation services to multinational companies operating in Oman.
As a sought after subject matter expert in the region she is a regular speaker at Finance and Tax conferences in the UAE including events arranged by IQPC, Accounting & Finance Show and the Dubai Chapter of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI). She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT- www.cert.ae) VAT Academy.