Our Partners

With over 16 partner's specialising in different professional services.
Khalid
Founder & Managing Partner

Dr. Khalid Maniar

Founder and Group Managing Partner of Horwath 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.

Group CEO, UAE & Oman

James Mathews

James carries over 22 years of experience. He joined Crowe MAK in 1996, and is now a Senior Partner; he has been instrumental in the firm’s overall growth and has relentlessly worked toward its image and branding.He has played key roles at various organizations and has developed excellent relationship with the Business Community in the region.Elected Chairman of Dubai Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the term 2012-13 and alsoappointed to the Board of Assessors of Mohammad Bin Rashid Business Award. He has very strong experience in audit in accordance with ISA on the large, small and medium size companies in various industries and listed companies.He is proficient inproviding training to the directors, managers and senior staff on the technical matters relating to audit and International Financial Reporting Standards.

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. Also, being a part of the ACCA 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.

International Liaison Partner

Zayd Maniar

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Honours from the University of Reading and was one of the top graduates of his class.A practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a registered auditor with the Ministry of Economy, Government of Dubai. Zayd trained with a UK Top 50 firm where he focused on large family owned businesses as well as those from the British film industry. He is Crowe Mak's International Liaison Partner, responsible for all trans-national clients.His particular areas of interest include taxation and cross border mergers and acquisitions. Crowe Mak continues to be a lead professional service provider for growing family owned businesses and large multinational corporations. It aims to dedicate effort towards cross border assignments, as businesses today tend to look abroad for growth and diversification of risk.This helps Crowe Mak maintain an excellent working relationship with it's clients, their stakeholders and Crowe Global members.

Senior Partner

Atik Munshi

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in audit and consultancy field and is in charge of the Crowe MAK’s Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah offices as a senior partner. He is also a USA qualified Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Control Auditor. He specializes in business setup, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, offshore formations, forensic investigations and consultancy. He is a writer on various business issues for some of the major media publications in UAE. He is an expert in feasibility studies and is behind many prestigious studies conducted for manufacturing, real estate and trading businesses. He has acted as director on board of some major companies in UAE. With a strong and qualified team to support him in the respective branches he is able to deliver the expectations of clients.

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

Ilyas Manjra

With over 25 years of experience in the formation of companies in UAE, Free Zones, offshore entities, investors for new businesses and trademark & patent registration, he adds value to the service of our firm.

Senior Partner

Nimish Makvana

A Chartered Accountant from India with proactive, result-oriented and thorough accounting professional skills. Associate Member of ICAI with over 15 years’ experience specializing in Audit, Business Consultancy, Business Setup & Accounting matters. Currently holds Honorary Director of UAE Chapter of The Institute of Directors- India. Elected Chairman of Dubai Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the term 2015-16 and served prestigious position of Administrative Board Member of Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC). Served as Chairman Steering Committee of MECA (Middle East CFO Alliance). Member of Indian Business Professional Council, JITO (Dubai) and various other networking forum.

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 – Tax Advisory

Markus Susilo

Markus Susilo has 13+ years of experience in the financial services industry in the UAE, other GCC countries and Western Europe. He has supported multinational corporations to establish, restructure and manage the financial and legal compliance of their local presence and to manage their multi-jurisdictional tax compliance. During his assignment in Austria, he has been involved in dealing with VAT compliance requirements from the set-up to the ongoing activities, such as filing return and payment.
Markus Susilo is a Partner who is responsible for the consulting office in DMCC and VAT Service Leader with Crowe. He supports multinational and local companies in the UAE in Free Zones and Onshore in the following areas: International Mobility & Immigration Services, Payroll Administration, Accounting & Indirect Taxes, and Corporate Secretarial Services. He is a trusted tax and business advisor of the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy in the UAE.

Partner - Audit & Assurance

Surya Narayanan

Surya joined Crowe Mak, the United Arab Emirates member firm of Crowe Intel in 2011 as Director - Audit and Assurance and was elevated to Partner in September 2015.Prior to joining Crowe Mak, Surya was Audit Quality Assurance Manager in RSM International in Saudi Arabia from 2005 before which he was holding independent auditing positions with Ernst and Young in Saudi Arabia from 1997.Surya, a qualified chartered accountant with around 25 years of experience in finance, accounts and audit, possesses good leadership qualities, can effectively interact with people, be compatible to any team and can work independently.Surya began his career by independent practice in India, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1988.

Partner – Corporate Finance and VAT

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 – Audit & Advisory

S. Unnikrishnan

CA Unnikrishnan is Partner - Risk & Business Advisoryat Crowe Mak (member firm of Crowe Global), based in Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is having more than 25 Years of Experience.Unnikrishnan is responsible for developing and managing Risk Consulting and other Business Advisory Services in United Arab Emirates at Crowe Global Consulting and supports Managing Partner in Management of the Office. Unnikrishnan is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He is also a Platinum member (C.I.S.A) of the Information System Control Association, USA and a member (C.R.M.A) of Institute of Internal Auditors, USA.

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- Internal Audit & Risk Consulting

Adil Buhariwala

Adil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (India), a Certified Internal Auditor (USA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (USA), holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance, a Certified ISO 31000 Risk Management Professional and a Certified ISO 31000 Risk Management Lead Trainer. He is a founder member of the IIA Dubai Chapter and was the President of the Dubai Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) during 1998-99. He is currently a member on the Committee of Research & Education Advisors IIA, USA.
He was the former Vice-Chairman of the Internal Auditing Standards Board of the IIA, USA. Adil has work experience of 29+ years with Emirates Group, where his last position was VP Internal Audit. He headed the internal audit function for dnata’s businesses worldwide for providing assurance and consulting services. For Emirates Airline, Adil has conducted and managed audits at Head Office in Dubai, and at more than 50 outstation offices. He left Emirates Group in 2015 to set-up his own consultancy practice, MASC International.

Partner - Consultancy

Shashi Ashok

He is an MBA graduate from University of Wollongong and a certified Investment Consultant. A dynamic professional with over 6 years of rich experience in Financial Management, Investment - Portfolio Management. He has served Multinational Bank, Dubai, as a Portfolio Manager, thereby reviewing portfolio of High net worth professionals with more than $500 million. Has provided numerous services for clients including due diligence investigations, business valuations, financial projections and preparation of confidential memorandums used to sell a business or obtain financing. Has led the team of professionals in valuation exercises for M&A transactions, brand and goodwill valuations, and asset acquisition transactions for not only private companies but also semi-government firms.

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.