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About Us 

Crowe Horwath EA is a professional services firm that has it's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a reach of professional service offerings throughout Easten Africa. The firm offers audit, tax, risk and management advisory solutions to a diverse clientele throughout Kenya, the region and beyond. The firm has five partners who collectively have been in private practice for over 50 years, and over 60 professionals, who are committed to delivering impeccable quality service through highly integrated global methodologies developed by Crowe Horwath member firms. Although based in Kenya, the firm provides services in the following countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan, DR Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea.

In May 2012, the firm opened a fully fledged office in Djibouti to respond to the needs of clients in the Horn of Africa and in the wider francophone countries of Africa

Crowe Horwath EA, in addition to being a significant member of the  Crowe Horwath International network, is also a member of the group of firms that comprise the Crowe Horwath Africa network. The latter includes member firms in South Africa, Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Francophone West Africa

 Our firms' membership in Crowe Horwath International ensures that we have both National and International reach for our clients. We have access to more than 140 independent member firms operating from over 640 offices around the world. Our international affiliation enables us to share knowledge and resources hence delivering technical excellence and the highest standards of client satisfaction. We offer an invaluable “on the ground ”service to investors, and can provide expert advice on local taxes, customs and systems, as well as introductions to influential local contacts.  

Our network throughout Africa ensures that our service is responsive to the needs of our clients, thereby stimulating trade and enhancing business relationships.  

  The firm also has a working and associate relationship with Erastus & Company, a reputed and well establshed firm of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya 

 Our Vision   

To be the premier professional service provider renowned for quality and innovation with a focus on people.  

Our Mission   

To attract and retain the best professionals in the region and continuously improve through investing n people and technology.  

Our Values   

 Our values of caring, sharing and investing, define who we are and guide our actions and decisions on a daily basis. They influence the way we work with each other and the way we serve our clients and engage with our communities

Our People Agenda   

We know that to be successful we need great people and strong teamwork. We provide our people with solid career growth opportunities and a people-oriented workplace environment. Our philosophy, quite simply, is that when our people achieve their best, so do our clients and our business prospers.  

We attract talented people from diverse backgrounds. Our emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness matters now more than ever. As business challenges become more complex, we need to call upon the widest spectrum of views and opinions to address them. Our open culture offers continuous personal and professional development.  

We are firmly committed to the belief that we can only provide the outstanding services our clients expect by giving the highest attention to our people’s growth and satisfaction. 

Staff Development and Training Processes   

Learning -at all levels of the firm -is a major ingredient of our people strategy. It enables our people to build their resumes and succeed personally and professionally. Continuous training is an integral part of the Crowe Horwath EA service delivery process as well as the satisfaction and growth of our people. 

Our Exchange Program ensures regular opportunities for local, regional and overseas training aimed at career development, acquiring specialized knowledge and establishing business and personal contacts. This training is coupled with opportunities to work in other affiliated offices on secondment, thus broadening our people skills set and ability to work in a multicultural environment. 

Our Commitment to Quality As a firm, our policies for Quality and Independence go beyond the requirements of the professional standard setters and regulatory bodies to ensure there is never a question of compromise in our business relationships. Our consistent internal message is that every client is important to us and we shall endeavor to meet each of their needs without compromising our professional reputation which includes both the firm ’s reputation and the reputation of each of our professionals ”  

Our Client satisfaction Improvement Plan Value is measured and communicated as part of our ongoing personalized satisfaction process. This process provides a forum and a foundation for open communication, handling issues on a real-time basis and for continually renewing our relationship. Our independently developed Client Satisfaction Improvement process measures our success in your terms. Face-to-face meetings with the appropriate executives of the client enabling us determine how satisfied they are qualitatively with our services and our team, encompassing the entire services delivery process. The client feedback regarding our services enables us to constantly improve our service delivery.  

The Big Four reasons to Consult Crowe Horwath EA   

  • The value we bring to our clients. We help clients succeed by combining thought leadership in a number of key industries with a comprehensive set of technical business competencies.  
  • The values we live daily. We care, we share, we invest, and we grow. We care for one another, our clients, our firm, and our communities.  
  • Integrity and independence. It is important to us that we maintain high ethical standards and deliver on our commitments.  
  • High-level of service commitment. We are committed to personal service and integrity and this is reflected in our client service standards we will continually evolve our business design and organizational structure to better become co-creators of value with our clients.  

 

PROFILES OF PARTNERS & DIRECTORS 

COUTTS OTOLO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER  

Coutts Otolo is the Chief Executive Officer of Crowe Horwath EA and Partner in charge of Advisory Services. He has over 34 years of professional experience in related aspects of financial and management consulting. Coutts holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), the Institute of certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR). He is also a Fellow of the UK Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. He has previously been a member of the Council of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and currently serves as a member of the global council, based in London, of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA). Coutts has been a key speaker in several global forums on thought leadership in the accounting profession, including at the  ACCA Global Virtual Conference on the The Role of the Accountant in Re-building a Global Economy.  

Coutts has extensive experience in auditing, financial and management advisory services in several African countries, both Anglophone and Francophone.. He has set up successful accounting and operational systems for several organizations in Africa. His professional experience covers various industry sectors in a diversity of African countries. He is also fluent in French.

As a former Chief Executive Officer of Ernst &Young Eastern Africa, Coutts served as a member of Ernst &Young ’s Africa Executive Board and was an active member of the firm ’s Global Practice Council.

 

PAUL KAREKEZI – DIRECTOR   

Paul Karekezi has a Masters in Financial Management and is also an Engineer. He has over 30 years experience in Engineering, preparation of feasibility studies, design and supervision of onstruction in he region. He has been Project Director and Contract Expert for numerous projects initiated by such clients as the Ministry of Roads and Public Works in Kenya, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in Rwanda, the Ministry of Works in Lesotho, Ministry of Communications and Works in Tanzania and the Ministry of Transport, Housing and Works in Uganda. He has extensive experience in donor funded projects, including World Bank, IDA, EU and AfDB and is conversant with the FIDIC conditions of contract, World Bank and SIDA procedures. He has undertaken a number of courses in Contract Administration and Arbitration and has conducted arbitrations and judications.He has attended courses in Private Financing of Infrastructure (including various financing mechanisms)and management of privatised public enterprises. Membership in Professional societies: Registered Engineer, Engineer ’s Registration Board, Kenya Consulting Engineer, Engineer ’s Registration Board, Kenya Chartered Civil Engineer, Engineering Council (U.K.) Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (U.K.) Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)  

CEPHAS OSORO - PARTNER & HEAD OF ASSURANCE   

Osoro is a Partner and Head of Assurance. He has over 21 years post qualification experience having worked at Total Oil products, Keah and Co. before founding Osoro & Co. where he was managing partner for 14years. He was the top student in 1987 in the country in one of the accounting examinations. He has been honored as a business counselor of the year by Kenya Management Assistance Program. Osoro has been a member of the Practitioners Development Committee at ICPAK and contributed to the first practitioners audit manual developed by ICPAK. He has extensive experience in audit, tax, company secretarial and has experience in local authorities, SME’s, public utility companies, not for profit, rental, agriculture, construction, forex bureaux, information & communication, insurance, mining, hotels, hospitals, education, pension funds, political parties, shipping and retail. Osoro has been a member of the finance committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry following nomination from ICPAK. Osoro is a keen Rotarian and is the director in charge of global grants at the Rotary Club of Karen and chairs various community based organizations.  

VICTOR MAJANI - PARTNER   

Victor Majani is the Assurance Partner of Crowe Horwath EA. He has over 17 years professional experience in audit, consultancy, Partner Assurance accounting, taxation, company secretarial and management gained from working for various independent audit firms that include Mbaya Associates, KOKA Koimburi & Co and Osoro &Co. Victor is a qualified CPA (K)and holds an MBA from Washington International University USA. Victor worked for African Tours & Hotels Limited as the Chief Internal Auditor for seven years before moving into professional practice.He has experience in corporate recovery having worked as the debt-task-force team Leader for the PricewaterhouseCoopers ’Receiver Manager of Lonrho Motors EA Limited for five years. He has also served as a Liquidator of a medium size company and a Receiver manager for a horticulture venture.  

 JOSEPH MAGEMBE - DIRECTOR OF ASSURANCE   

 Joseph is a former Assurance Manager at Ernst &Young Kenya. He has over fourteen years of professional experience in Financial and Management Consulting. Joseph has several years of professional experience as an auditor in various industries. He has gained exposure in the Not-For-Profit sector having been engaged on assignments in a variety of non-government organizations and donor funded projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan among other countries.He has been involved as a Manager in the audits of various UN agencies including UNDP Kenya and Somalia offices, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)in Kenya and Somalia, and United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF)in Kenya. He has also been involved in the capacity assessment of implementing partners funded by UNDP-Kenya and UNICEF-Kenya. 

 

MELANIE GUERINOT 

Melanie is the firm's Resident Director in the newly established office in Djibouti. A citizen of French origin, and a lawyer by profession, Melanie has an impressive background in the judicial and fiscal environment in France, and brings to the firm a set of skills that will add value to our clients in the Francophone regions of Africa.
 

 


Contact Us
Coutts Otolo
Crowe Horwath EA
Geomaps Centre, Upperhill, 5th Floor
Nairobi
Kenya
+254 20 2329542 /43/44 Direct Line: 20 2329538