George Stoyanov Partner - Head of Advisory and Tax United Arab Emirates +971 (4) 388 9925

George is a Partner for Transformation Advisory at Grant Thornton UAE.

He has over 18 years of professional and academic experience within advisory gained from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East; and whilst previously working for EY, PwC, Arthur Andersen and Kraft.

He has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management and internal audit, and has serviced the financial services industry, including banks, regulators, private equity and insurance companies, in addition to clients in the real estate, telecoms, and oil and gas sectors.

George is known for his ability to connect with clients and carefully analyse an organisation’s micro and macro environment. He asks the pertinent questions to identify the root cause of issues, provide honest feedback, and offer sustainable solutions in a cost effective manner to ensure his client’s priorities and challenges are addressed.

George led the risk transformation governance of a major Islamic bank with over 40 projects and managed several Internal Controls Review engagements for major financial institutions including insurance companies. He has also managed the implementation set-up and training for corporate governance at major banking clients and the association of investment companies, in addition to internal audit management systems implementation and trainings across various industries and clients.

He has also performed the review and update of insurance company organisational structure. Given his extensive experience in the financial services industry, he can bring value to the company by improving performance, enhancing efficiency, helping in growth and expansion, and maximising profits. 

Throughout his career, George has developed policies, procedures, delegation-of-authority matrices and organisational structures, including operating model review for major private equity firms. In addition, he performed finance benchmarking and provided improvement solutions for a major petrochemical company. 

George is passionate about advancing education standards and adding value through social entrepreneurship, and in his spare time works with People to People International to foster cross-cultural understanding and engage a new generation of globally minded citizens.


  • Doctoral candidate at IE Business School
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), London Business School
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business Management, University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Maryland
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.(CSSBB)
  • Certified Professional Forensic Accountant (CPFAcct)
  • Certified Financial Consultant (CFC)