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Our Partners 

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.

James Mathew 

James carries over 22 years of experience. He joined Horwath 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 also appointed 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 in providing training to the directors, managers and senior staff on the technical matters relating to audit and International Financial Reporting Standards.  

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 Horwath 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.

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 Horwath Mak's International Liaison Partner, responsible for all trans-national clients.His particular areas of interest include taxation and cross border mergers and acquisitions. Horwath 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 Horwath Mak maintain an excellent working relationship with it's clients, their stakeholders and Crowe Horwath International members.

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. 

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 Horwath 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.

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.

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.

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.

Markus Susilo  

Markus Susilo is a Partner with Crowe Horwath, responsible for the office in Dubai South. He specializes in Business Process Outsourcing activities for companies in the UAE both in Free Zones and Onshore in the following areas: HR & Immigration Services solutions, Payroll Administration, Accounting, and Board Support & Company Secretary.
Markus has 11 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 presence locally and to implement multi-jurisdictional payroll projects in the GCC for up to 1000+ employees. As a fluent German speaker, he is the main contact for the German Desk of Crowe Horwath in the UAE.


Surya joined Horwath Mak, the United Arab Emirates member firm of Crowe Horwath International in 2011 as Director - Audit and Assurance and was elevated to Partner in September 2015.Prior to joining Horwath 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.

 Vivek Batra  

“Mr. Vivek Batra, a Chartered Accountant from Delhi, India, is a Partner with Crowe Horwath (UAE) 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 Horwath 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.”

S. Unnikrishnan  

CA Unnikrishnan is Partner - Risk & Business Advisory at Horwath Mak (member firm of Crowe Horwath International), 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 Horwath Mak International 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.


Contact Us
Mr. Zayd Maniar
21st Floor, The Prism Tower,
Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
zayd.maniar@crowehorwath.ae Tel: +971 4 4473951


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