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Our Partners

With over 35 partners and directors specialising in different professional services.
Founder & Managing Partner

Dr. Khalid Maniar

Founder and Group Managing Partner of Crowe MAK, Dr. Maniar is a Doctoral Scholar from the Washington International University, USA, member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom, highly respected speaker on professional and human-interest subjects at local and international seminars, and member of the "International Who's Who of Professionals in the U.S.A". Armed with an unusual commitment to diligence and service, he is a visionary leader with the ability to develop and implement business solutions including turn around strategies. He is an expert in structuring group companies with an end view of successful succession, gaining maximum control, minimizing taxation and improving over-all efficiency.

International Liaison Partner

Zayd Maniar

Being Crowe UAE's International Liaison Partner, am responsible for transnational clients. My particular areas of interest include Audit and Assurance Services for mergers and acquisition transactions. We continue to be a lead professional service provider for growing family owned businesses and large multinational corporations. Partners at Crowe UAE dedicate significant resources supporting clients in all stages of their business life cycle. This helps partners like me maintain an excellent working relationship with clients, their stakeholders and Crowe Global members.

Senior Partner

Saad Maniar

Saad is an expert on matters relating to IFRS, particularly interpretation, disclosures and practical applications. Besides this, he guides the governance, risk and compliance practice for Crowe in the Middle East and also serves as the Quality Assurance Director for our firms in the UAE and Oman.
Saad has served as a Member of the International Assembly of ACCA in 2010/11. Currently serving as Chairman of ACCA Members Advisory Committee in the UAE, he believes his diverse experience and expertise will allow him to make valuable contributions in providing exceptional services to our clients and allow the clients to focus on their core business to further strengthen their stronghold.

Senior Partner

Khalid Mehmood

With over 16 years work experience in industry and profession, Mr. Khalid Mehmood is a Qualified Chartered Accountant from Ernst & Young. He is an MBA from ZSABIST, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from USA, a Certified Islamic Professional Accountant (CIPA) from AAOIFI and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from Australia. His areas of interest include audit assurance, financial institutions, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), business advisory and fraud investigations.

Senior Partner

Nimish Makvana

A Chartered Accountant from India and UK (England and Wales) Pro-active and result oriented senior finance professional with over 20 years of successful expertise in Audit and Assurance services, Internal controls, accounting review, leading financial, internal and management audits of Multinational and leading local clients from Trading / Services / Manufacturing / Hospitality Industry including Private Joint Stock Company and Public Joint stock company. Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The approved Auditor by Ministry of Economy – United Arab Emirates. An Associate member of the Accountants and Auditors Association (UAECA). Currently holds Honorary Director of UAE Chapter of The Institute of Directors- India. Elected Chairman of Dubai Chapter of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the term 2015-16. Served prestigious position of 1st elected President of Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC - Dubai). 
Senior Partner

Robert Richards

Robert adds value from his vast and established career in Financial Services, Banking and Investments that covers over 20 years experience in the Middle East. He has an in-depth knowledge of start-up operations; having personally been involved in four start-up operations in Europe, Middle East and the UK. His expertise in the field of Executive Search covers; Mid to C level hires in Finance, Retail, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Medical and Hospitality sector. In 1998 he received the prestigious “Freedom of the City of London” in recognition for his work as a facilitator to new business opportunities for the investment industry.

Partner – Technology

Binit Shah

Binit Shah has 28+ years of experience in the IT management, provide services as a functional consultant and assuring smooth running of system. He is providing solution to retail, Trading, Manufacturing, Hospitality , Health care, contracting and construction industries. His skill of gap analysis in the software help client to identify and improve efficiency for their organization. After joining the Crowe, Mr. Binit has establish Outsourcing division which help client to mange there back office by their staff on site or off site. His team assist their client to manage records in the system and prepare monthly management report by his qualified team.
Bint’s team are maintaining and managing client VAT record in the software and assuring client by providing TAX Agent services. Software is design under his supervision to manage VAT compliances. They are also review and advise client to manage VAT record in their software system to generate appropriate VAT report.
His key area to assist client Outsourcing, Information Technology, VAT , Asset Audit

Partner – Tax Advisory

Markus Susilo

Markus Susilo is a Partner with Crowe UAE and has over 17 years of professional experience in the financial services industry in the UAE, other GCC countries and Western Europe. He has supported numerous SMEs and multinational companies to establish, restructure and manage the financial and legal compliance of their presence locally. Such compliance includes International Mobility & Immigration Services, Payroll Administration, Accounting & Indirect Taxes, and Corporate Secretarial Services. He has coordinated multi-jurisdiction tax compliance and tax structuring projects. He is responsible for the consulting office in DMCC and VAT Service Leader with Crowe.  He is a trusted tax and business advisor of the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy in the UAE.
Partner - Audit and Assurance

Frances Caryl Joyas

Frances is Certified Public Accountant from Philippines having over nine solid years of experience in accounting, audit, compliance and other assurance engagements in Crowe UAE and one of the Big 4 Firms in Phlippines. She is a member of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She specialized in engagement of regulated entities such as the non-bank financial institutions, real estate developers for escrow audit and audit of owners association and insurance companies reporting to various regulatory authorities in U.A.E.
Partner – Advisory

Vivek Batra

“Mr. Vivek Batra, a Chartered Accountant from Delhi, India, is a Partner with Crowe Consulting (Corporate Finance Division) in Dubai since 2013. He is also a Qualified Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 QMS, and also with extensive knowledge in Mission Leadership program which is an Integrated Performance Management System for C-level executives. Moving over to UAE he worked for over 12 years with Smit Lamnalco, a global leader in marine services as its global head for accounting and finance based in UAE and Netherlands, prior to joining Crowe in 2013
He has over 23 years of diverse professional experience working with large multinational(s) in senior management and consultancy roles covering broad based industry sectors like engineering, marine and shipping, retail and general trading. His expertise includes Syndicated Finance, M&A, Tax, Legal, Finance house transformation and re-structuring, CFO ai outsourcing services, IPO advisory, Business valuations, Feasibility studies and Financial Due Diligence.”

Partner – Compliance & Digital

Adel Maniar

A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and a BBA from University of Central Oklahoma, USA. He has managed and executed numerous engagements on performance appraisal for Board of Directors for publicly listed entities ranging from construction, cement, FMCG to finance industries. Has conducted training on the Code of Corporate Governance and legislation regulating Public Joint Stock Companies.

Currently represents the Middle East region on Crowe’s Global Marketing Strategy Committee. Previously held committee member position in Crowe Global Digital Governance Council and EMEA Brand Committee.


Partner-Abu Dhabi

Umesh Narayanappa

Umesh Narayanappa carries over 15 years of professional experience in Auditing and Assurances Services. He is a Commerce Graduate and Chartered Accountant from India. He has led various kinds of assurance engagements on large public and private companies. Before joining Crowe, Umesh was working in one of the Big Four Audit firm for close to 10 years in India and held several managerial role during the tenure.
He has rich experience in providing assurance services to diverse portfolio of multinational, listed companies in accordance with various GAAP including IFRS and USGAAP. He specializes in International Auditing standards (ISA) and passionate about bringing Quality in the engagements. At Crowe UAE, Umesh manages the assurances services of Abu Dhabi region, where he is responsible for client delivery and managing the client relationships.
Dawn Thomas
Partner - Governance, Risk & Compliance

Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas is a highly experienced strategic consultant with over 20 years of experience. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Governance Risk and Compliance Specialist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering. He has a strong background in Governance Risk Consulting and Regulatory Advisory and has helped clients successfully meet regulatory compliance requirements.

Before joining Crowe, he held positions at a prestigious technology company in India and a consulting firm in the United Arab Emirates. He has a wealth of experience working with clients in the BFSI and DNFBP sectors and is currently offering his expertise in the areas of AML/CFT compliance, risk management, and governance. He is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complex regulatory environment and achieve their compliance and risk management goals. His in-depth knowledge of the latest regulations and industry best practices and his ability to implement and advise customers to have contributed to the client's success in meeting regulatory compliance requirements. He is committed to providing expert guidance and personalized solutions to help clients stay compliant and minimize risk.





Basil Naser
Partner - Audit & Assurance

Basil Naser

Basil Naser is Certified Public Accountant from US since 2014 and approved Tax Agent by FTA in UAE. having a solid experience in accounting, audit, compliance and assurance engagements. He is specialized in engagement with listed entities, Family business and governmental entities.

Prior joining Crowe, Basil worked for one of the big-4 in Dubai and he is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Associate Partner

Narasimha Das

Das has 35+ years’ of diversified experience in Legal, Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Prior to joining Crowe, he was the Director and Head Legal at a NYSE-listed global pharmaceutical organization. He has competently handled a wide variety of agreements, litigations, international M&As, joint ventures, partnerships, profit-sharing, acquisition and disposal of assets in Africa, USA, Europe, South America, India and Middle East. He has authored a book “Effective Compliance” aimed at adding business value to organisations by building compliance culture, operational decision making and strategic planning post-financial crisis scenario. He has drafted regulatory business plans, compliance manuals, AML/CFT procedures, risk management policies and compliance monitoring programmes.
Das is a graduate in Law with Post-graduate Diploma in Patents Law, and Diploma in International Compliance from ICA & University of Manchester Business School. He is a Professional Member of International Compliance Association, UK.  
Das provides regulatory compliance, AML/CFT, risk management and governance services to banks & other financial services, insurance and precious metals industry.