Drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, we are driven by a clear and common purpose to deliver reliable and accurate information on the Middle East, Iran and Africa to form the basis for solid intelligence and sound decision making.

Nouri Bakkali

Nouri Bakkali

Managing Director

Nouri founded Diligencia in 2008, with the singular ambition to help bring clarity to doing business in the Middle East & Africa as a means of promoting growth and prosperity in its economies. Born in Morocco and now based in Oxford, Nouri has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of business intelligence and investigations, starting as an analyst with a well-known international media and publishing business.

Patrick Lord

Patrick Lord

Commercial Director

Patrick joined the company in 2015 and leads our commercial operations including product development, marketing and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Diligencia, Patrick spent 10 years with risk consulting firm Control Risks, latterly as Managing Director of its consulting businesses across the Middle East region. Patrick began his career at the Financial Times where he held a variety of commercial publishing roles.

Richard Goodworth

Richard Goodworth

Finance Director

Richard is based in Oxford and is responsible for the financial, legal and corporate governance affairs of the company. Prior to joining Diligencia in 2015, Richard spent seven years at Control Risks, latterly as Finance Director for the Middle East businesses based in Dubai. Richard worked for Molton Brown from 2003 to 2007, seeing the company through a sale to Kao Corporation in 2005. Richard qualified with the ACCA whilst in practice in 1999.

Kahina Gasmi

Kahina Gasmi

General Manager of Diligencia Data SARLAU, Morocco

In 2006, Kahina helped set up Diligencia’s office in Tangier (then known as Atlas Risk Management) before working in her home country, Algeria, for Kellogg Brown & Root and China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. In 2015, Kahina returned to Diligencia to head up our Tangier office where she manages a team of approximately 40 employees.

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

Research Director

Based in Oxford, Tariq specialises in the resourcing and management of complex business intelligence assignments for Diligencia throughout the Middle East & Africa. Tariq joined the company in 2010 and has been working closely with Nouri to develop Diligencia's databases and client service. Originally from Sudan, Tariq grew up in Saudi Arabia and is a regular visitor to the Gulf.

Phil Proom

Phil Proom

Head of Development

Phil joined the team in Oxford in 2015 to focus on delivering a reliable, secure and easy to use system for both internal and external clients. Phil has over 25 years of experience in database architecture, application development and systems design within the fields of banking and financial services, motorsport, media and business intelligence.

James Redfern

James Redfern

Sales Director

James joined us in 2020 to support our sales activities and business development from our Oxford office. He has extensive experience providing data and legal entity research solutions to KYC, AML and regulatory compliance professionals in financial services. Prior to joining Diligencia, James was working for Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) with a specific focus on marketing, business development and revenue growth.