The Corporate Intelligence (CI) team within Forensic Services are delighted that Maral Mirshahi joined their ranks in September as an Intelligence Analyst.
In keeping with the CI tradition of seeking diversity, Maral hails from an academic and research background. She recently returned to Oslo from two years of research and analysis on security-related projects at Stanford University. She previously worked at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, and the Research School on Peace and Conflict, and has interned at the United Nations Development Programme and the Norwegian Embassy in Nepal.
Maral is Norwegian-Iranian and is fluent in Farsi. Her academic background in international relations and political science, and expertise in Iranian security and domestic politics, will allow her to help the intelligence team grow its client portfolio, with a special focus on Iran. As a first mission with KPMG's Iran services in Norway, Maral participated in the Europe-Iran Forum in Zurich in early October.
As part of the expansion of KPMG's CI services, Maral will work on Integrity Due Diligence reports, strategic intelligence in high growth markets, political and security risk assessments, and development of KPMG's open-source intelligence (OSINT) capabilities.
Maral, what made you want to join Corporate Intelligence at KPMG?
– I was drawn to the challenge of conducting research and intelligence analysis on different types of entities – companies, individuals, and countries – all over the world and that my role requires me to be up-to-date on rapidly changing political and economic affairs. I appreciate the chance to contribute to our clients' decision-making processes and to know that our work has a real impact on their risk assessments of new business partners or new jurisdictions. I also like the fast-paced environment and being part of an interdisciplinary team.
How did you find the Europe-Iran Forum?
– The Forum in Zurich was an exciting opportunity to meet an array of actors ranging from officials from companies in Iran and Europe to diplomats and government representatives, all of whom shared ideas on how to overcome obstacles to European investment in Iran.
KPMG's Corporate Intelligence practice in Norway is actively involved in guiding clients who are exploring business opportunities in Iran, by identifying risks and helping clients decide how to mitigate them, in a rapidly evolving political landscape.