Our Management Team comprises of lawyers, professional accountants, economists, company secretaries, and international tax advisors and combines fund administration expertise, wealth structuring and administration and significant capital markets reach.
Deva is an economist, a chartered secretary and an administrator and is the founder of the SAFYR Group. In addition to being a passionate entrepreneur, Deva specialises in capital markets with a strong focus on private equity and has consequently acted as advisor to several large institutions and family offices. Throughout his career, Deva has led various mergers and acquisitions and built strong networks globally. He held key positions in regional financial services groups and has proven successful track record for bringing such institutions to new heights. He has also served on boards of investment funds, major corporates and family offices. Over the past 10 years, Deva has assisted large multinationals and ultra-high net worth individuals to consolidate their international businesses in a tax and exchange control efficient manner to cater for their strategic objectives. Deva was also the leading person behind several listings in Mauritius and Europe, both IPO and technical listings via structured products. Deva also serves as a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange in Mauritius. He has built expertise in the understanding of business environment of several countries within the African continent, especially within the Southern and Eastern African countries.
Reshan has significant industry expertise by virtue of his directorships on a number of boards, of listed and unlisted companies, and membership of various investment committees. Reshan is a former partner with Ernst & Young Mauritius. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer for HSBC Mauritius. Reshan returned to Mauritius in 1996 after spending a number of years with KPMG Tax Advisers in London. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK).
Shaheen has more than 13 years of experience in the Global Business sector. After having spent 2 years at KPMG PEAT MARWICK INTERNATIONAL LTD, she joined KROSS BORDER TRUST SERVICES LIMITED where she worked until 2008, when she joined TURNSTONE CORPORATE (MAURITIUS) LIMITED as Client Executive. In 2013 Shaheen was promoted as Head of Corporate Services at NINETYEAST FINANCIALS LTD. Shaheen is a holder of a B.A. (Hons) Law and Management Degree, is partly qualified ICSA and is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. She has over 13 years’ experience in the Global Business Sector in Mauritius where she has gained extensive experience in Company formation, Corporate secretarial, Corporate Structuring, Fund and Trust administration and Client Servicing. She has been director on the Board of several GBC1, GBC2 and domestic companies.
Junaid is an ACCA-qualified accountant and holds a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Mauritius. Over the past 14 years, Junaid has gained significant experience in fund administration and leadership in the financial services industry. He has evolved at IFS, Cim Global, Deutsche Bank and, prior to joining Safyr Utilis as Head of Business Development, he was General Manager at Harel Mallac Global.
In 2016, Junaid was one of the few young Mauritian leaders selected to participate in the US State Department’s Young African Leadership Initiative at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia as a Mandela Washington Fellow.
After graduating with an LL.B (Hons) from the University of London, Saleem completed the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. He was called to the bar of England & Wales at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple to practice as an Utter Barrister in 2006. He returned back to Mauritius in the following year to undertake pupillage and was called to the Bar in Mauritius in 2008. Saleem has spent over a decade at IMM (Mauritius) Ltd, Cim Group of Companies and IQ EQ, where he has gained extensive experience in the legal and compliance field within the financial services industry. His expertise lies in the management of in-house corporate legal, regulatory and risk requirements and in providing expert counsel and directing company policy on a broad range of issues. Saleem has also been a senior lecturer at the Centre for Legal and Business Studies.
One of Saleem’s areas of focus at Safyr Utilis is staff training and awareness in matters of risk and compliance. His appointment is a reflection of our focus on managing risk within an ever-changing financial services landscape.
Davina is a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) with over 9 years experience of working in tax. She joined BDO LLP as a graduate trainee in London after completing her degrees at Warwick University and Queen Mary, University of London respectively. She remained in BDO's Tax Dispute Resolutions team after completing her CTA up to manager level. Davina then joined Moore Stephens LLP in November 2015 where she was a Senior Manager in their Tax Investigations and Dispute Resolutions team. She worked with clients across various jurisdictions on a range of tax issues. Her areas of expertise include complex civil fraud investigations, offshore tax matters (for example, CRS), expert witness reports and tax compliance.
Davina was recognised in the industry by being awarded the prestigious ‘Top 35 under 35’ award for private clients.
After completion of her studies at the University of Mauritius, she joined the accounting team of Cim Leasing Ltd (a member of the Rogers Group) in 2003. In 2005, she was promoted to the supervisory level and after having completed her ACCA Studies and admitted as a Member, she joined IMS in 2008 as an Accountant and as from 2011 as a Team Leader. Naina Golam has over 7 years’ experience as an Accountant/Team Leader. She is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (UK) and a holder of a BSc (Hons) Management with specialization on Accounting and Finance from the University of Mauritius.
Zainab is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 10 years’ experience working in tax services. Prior to joining Safyr Utilis, she worked at EY in the Tax Service Line before joining RSM (Mauritius) as Tax Manager. Her role consisted in leading the newly-established separate tax department and setting up the appropriate procedures and controls for the smooth running of the department. Zainab has a strong expertise in local tax compliance and has also assisted clients with tax audits and various tax issues. She has serviced clients across various industries and jurisdictions.