Leadership Team

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Muhammad Akram, CPA

Founder & CEO

Meet Muhammad

Muhammad is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of California (License # 114908), New York (License # 122344), and North Carolina (Certificate # 37968) and leads the Firm’s overall practice.

Before founding his own Firm, Muhammad worked with Big 4 and National CPA Firms. His areas of focus included audit, tax and consulting engagements for onshore and offshore alternative investment funds. 

Because of his passion for Alternative Investments, Muhammad founded Akram | Assurance, Advisory & Tax as a boutique firm specializing in providing the highest quality service to this niche industry. Muhammad has worked with hedge fund and mutual fund administrators, and he has supervised all aspects of fund accounting and financial reporting assignments. 

Muhammad has also advised investment companies on structuring and compliance processes as well as consulted on regulatory and tax matters. Muhammad is instrumental in the firm's marketing and business development activities and frequently speaks at industry events and conferences.

When Muhammad is out of the office, he likes to play basketball with his son, play golf, and travel across the globe with his wife and kids.

Education 

Bachelor of Accounting, SKANS School of Accountancy

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants
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Ghias Khan, CPA

Member Audit

Meet Ghias

Ghias is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York (License # 077913) and leads the Firm’s financial practice. Ghias earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Accounting from the State University of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He has worked with regional and local CPA Firms on audit, review, compilation, tax and consulting engagements for non-public companies in various sectors including financial services, construction, non clearing broker dealers, custody audits for investment advisors, in addition to employee benefit plans, manufacturing and not for profit entities. Ghias is also integrally involved with developing enhancements and processes to service client requirements and procedures for operational efficiencies. He is responsible for quality control functions in our Firm and reviews every audit job subject to peer review.

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Alex Cummings

Leader Tax- Alt Investments

Meet Alex

Alex has over 25 years in the alternative investment industry.Alex's primary experience includes consultations with professionals regarding tax consequences of investments in financial products, review of formation documents, advantageous fund and manager entity structures, appropriate tax elections and tax planning opportunities as well as review of U.S., State and Local partnership and corporation tax returns, withholding returns, and employee benefit plan returns. Alex is experienced in a variety of issues that pose challenges to principals and investors in the alternative investment industry.


Alex graduated from the University of Baltimore with a B.S.in accounting. He has been a presenter for Financial Research Associates, LLC's Hedge Fund tax conferences, CPE Inc's Advanced Tax Issues for Hedge Funds course, and Arthur Bell's Annual Industry Update.

Audit Team

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Dawood, ACA

Audit Deputy Manager

Meet Dawood

Muhammad Dawood is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) with over 6 years of experience in diverse industries including financial services. He stands ready to leverage his extensive financial expertise and experiences to drive our firm’s success to new heights.

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Hamza Zahid

Audit Deputy Manager

Meet Hamza

Hamza Zahid is a seasoned Charted Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) with solid audit and assurance experience. His role primarily involves conducting financial audits, delving deep into financial records and ensuring meticulous adherence to alternative investments industry standards and regulatory guidelines
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Rashmi Bangera, CA

Senior Auditor

Meet Rashmi

Rashmi Bangera holds Chartered Accountant Degree from ICAI, India. She has passed her CPA-US exams and is working towards obtaining her CPA License. She has ten years of experience working with large private sector banks in Finance and Treasury. She is a Senior Auditor with our firm.

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Hamza Shahid

Audit Supervisor

Meet Hamza

Hamza holds a Masters’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Malaysia and is currently pursuing PhD in Finance. He is an Audit Supervisor with our firm

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Rodney Tyler Allison, CPA

Audit Senior

Meet Tyler

Tyler is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina (License # 1187893) and is an audit associate in Akram-Cary office. Prior Tyler worked auditing roles in utilities and environmental regulation. In addition, Tyler worked with regional and national accounting firms. His areas of focus included audit, and compliance for the banking, energy and healthcare industries.

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Saad Bukhari

Assistant Manager Audit

Meet Saad

Saad Bukhari is an accomplished Assistant Manager in Audit, bringing a wealth of expertise in accounting and finance to the team. He holds a Certificate in Accounting and Finance from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. His key skills include team management, problem-solving, and a deep command of key accounting and audit areas.

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Zohaib Akram

Assistant Manager Audit

Meet Zohaib

Zohaib is certified in Accounting and Finance from Institute of Chartered Accountant's of Pakistan. He has completed his 3.5 years, Chartered Accountancy training with RSM Pakistan, a member firm of RSM International. Currently, He is working as Assistant Manager Audit in Akram & Associates PLLC and also pursuing his ACCA qualification.

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Ali Nasir

Assistant Manager Audit

Meet Ali

Ali is CA-Finalist from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) with a healthy experience exceeding 4 years in various sectors, including financial services. Ali ensures precise financial auditing and compliance. His keen analytical skills and commitment to excellence make him a valuable asset to our team, driving success in the financial services sector.

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Ahmed Abbas

Supervisor Audit

Meet Ahmed

Muhammad Ahmad Abbas, an ACCA-UK Finalist and CA-Pakistan Finalist, brings over four years of experience in auditing, accounting, and the banking industry. His previous audit experience thrives him on tackling challenging tasks and adhering to tight deadlines. He has strong analytical skills, and proficient problem-solving abilities.

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Hassan Mehmood

Senior Audit Associate

Meet Hassan

Hassan Mehmood, ACCA, is a seasoned Chartered Accountant with expertise in bookkeeping and the financial sector. Graduating from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hassan brings a commitment to precision and compliance to his financial roles. Explore the world of numbers with Hassan, where professionalism meets passion

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Joseph Przelomski

Audit Staff

Meet Joseph

Joseph Przelomski recently graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelors degree in accounting. He started as an intern during his last semester of college and since graduating he has joined the accounting firm as a full-time auditor.

Tax Team

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Waqas Ahmed, ACCA

Tax Supervisor

Meet Waqas

Waqas Ahmed is a Tax Supervisor in our firm’s Asia Office. He has more than four years of Tax experience from A. F. Ferguson & Co. He has done Masters of Economics and ACCA graduate from SKANS school of Accountancy.

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Hao Tang

Tax Staff

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Hao is a seasoned professional, has passed CPA Exam and providing a robust foundation for work. He is sharp and motivated guy and playing a pivotal role in driving financial success across various professional capacities. 

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Anwar Zeb

Senior Tax Associate

Meet Anwar

Anwar brings a rich and diverse background to the table, with a solid foundation of multiple years’ experience in ERP as a Functional Consultant. He is working as a Senior Tax Associate with Akram and aims to continue to leverage his expertise, ensuring compliance and delivering strategic tax solutions. His focus on job reflects a commitment to continuous growth and adaptability across various domains within the business landscape

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Duncan Bullins, CPA

Tax Staff

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Duncan Bullins is a seasoned and certified CPA professional in state of North Carolina (License # 46929). Educational background includes an MBA and a BA in Finance and Accounting, providing a robust foundation for work. With over six years of hands-on experience in the accounting industry, he played a pivotal role in driving financial success across various professional capacities.

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Frank Zhao, CPA

Tax Staff

Meet Frank

Frank Zhao is a seasoned and certified CPA professional in state of North Carolina (License # 46929)).He has over six years of hands-on experience in the Tax industry, he played a pivotal role in driving financial success across various professional capacities. 

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Amir Sohail

Tax Assosiate

Meet Amir

Amir Sohail is an Associated Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), graduated from Skans School of Accountancy. He is talented and hardworking guy has 1 good year  experience in US taxation. he is working in Akram as a tax associate.

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Asad Hussain

Tax Assosiate

Meet Asad

Asad Hussain, an affiliated Associate Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)  and graduate from Punjab University (PAK) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, brings a robust skill set in financial analysis, budgeting, and taxation. With 1 year of industry experience and an additional year specializing in US taxation.

HR, Admin & IT

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Muneeba Atta

Chief People Officer

Meet Muneeba

Muneeba has earned a Masters degree in English Literature from University of Punjab, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and A+ Certified Computer Service Technician from Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland. She is responsible for generating performance reports, profitability, and revenue trends in addition to verifying the accuracy of accounting records / documents and maintain financial and business transaction documentation.

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Ana D'Occhio

HR Manager

Meet Ana

Ana D'Occhio is the HR Manager with the firm. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing. She brings recent experience as a Senior Care partner, focusing on customer and partner satisfaction.

When not at work Ana enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with family.

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Tania Mahboob

Client Relationship Manager

Meet Tania

Tania Mahboob is a Client Relationship Manager with Akram. She earned her Honors Bachelor's degree in Finance from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. She has more than seven years experience in the customer relations department of a large commercial bank and other commercial organizations.

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Zainab Bajwa

Network Administrator

Meet Zainab

Zainab is Akram's Network Administrator She has done MIT from University of the Punjab(Pak) and Microsoft Certified Azure(Fundamentals) Expert. She is responsible for monitoring and troubleshooting Company Networks along with Security Implementation. 

Zainab has four kids and enjoys spending time with her family.

Best Accounting & Audit Firm | Start-up & Emerging Funds

Akram is a winner in the Hedgeweek Americas Awards for consecutive 3 years 2021, 2022, and 2023

"We have been voted “Best Accounting Firm for Start-up & Emerging Funds by Hedge Week”.

Akram is a winner of “Best Audit Firm" by Private Equity Wire US Emerging Managers Awards 2024.
PEW Best audit Firm Award

Contact Us for Investment Fund Accounting Solutions

We understand that clients in the Alternative Investments arena are extremely prudent. At Akram, we provide high-end, tailored fund accounting services with careful planning and an unmatched responsiveness that only a boutique accounting firm like ours can deliver. Contact us today to learn more about our specialized assurance, advisory, and tax services for hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, private equity and venture capital funds, digital asset funds, insurance dedicated funds, real estate funds, day traders, investors, family offices, and high net worth individuals.