Originally from Calicut in Kerala, James Mathew is one of the most eminent Chartered Accountants in Dubai. In his prolific career spanning 25 years in Dubai, he grew from being an auditor to heading an International Accountancy Network in UAE & Oman. James Mathew is the Group CEO of Horwath Mak, a fulltime member firm of Crowe Horwath International. Ranked eighth accounting network globally, Crowe Horwath is a leading audit and accounting network of 216 independent accounting and advisory firms spread across 129 countries.

Horwath Mak,

A full-time member firm of Crowe Horwath International

Incorporated in 1981, Horwath Mak is a force to reckon with in the professional services sector in the UAE. The Firm became the part of Crowe Horwath network in 2008. They don the role of business advisors and provide seamless services across myriad sectors and industries. Over the last 36 years, the Firm has established a strong network across the Emirates with offices located in Dubai, DIFC, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone, Hamriyah Free Zone, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC) and Oman in the Middle East region. The company’s canopy of services includes Audit, Internal Audit, Company Formation, Business Advisory, Feasibility Studies, Due Diligence, Valuations, Corporate Restructuring, Risk Management and Tax Advisory. Horwath Mak UAE is licensed by the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai.

Greeting Prime Minister of India Hon. Shri Narendra Modi during his UAE visit.

Horwath Mak has a staff strength of over 250 which includes Chartered Accountants, Auditors, Audit and Professional Consultants from various domains including VAT, Corporate Finance, Company Incorporation and Technology. Approximately 2500 clients belonging to various spheres and industries across the region avail the audit and advisory services of Horwath Mak.

The International Accounting Bulletin positions Crowe Horwath International as the 8th largest global network of independent audit and advisory services firms in the world. As one among the largest global professional service organizations, Crowe Horwath has 216 independent Member Firms and Business Associates operating from 764 offices around the world. Its 35,327 partners and staff in 129 countries are committed to quality service in order to increase the profitability and competitiveness of their clients.

Mr. James Mathew with Bollywood Icon, Mr. Shahrukh Khan

In the present scenario, businesses operate in a dynamic environment where exposure to international practices and knowledge is as vital as local working experience. With this perception, Horwath Mak International Consulting is a unique amalgamation of international exposure and local expertise which delivers cutting-edge solutions and advisory to our clients. Today Mr. James Mathew is an established accounting profession and leads the team of auditors and international consulting. Apart from his professional skills, it’s his understanding of the intricacies of present business environment, international scenario and stature in the business circles through the various portfolios that he adorns like former Chairman of ICAI Dubai Chapter, past Secretary General and incumbent administrative board member of International Business and Professional Council (IBPC) Dubai that makes him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Middle East region.

Meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Hon. Shri Pinarayi Vijayan

The CEO in focus

Mr. James Mathew is a Fellow Charted Accountant (FCA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Denver, Colorado, United States of America. Born in an earnest Christian family to Mr. P. S. Mathai and Mrs. Thankamma Mathai in Calicut district of Kerala, he left Calicut at the age of 11 for a formal education from Sainik School in Trivandrum. After schooling, he went to St.Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode to pursue Bachelors of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Statistics. During his days as a residential school student, he spent endless hours on the athletic track. James Mathew has sporting records in 100, 200 and 400 meter races, some of which are in his name even today.

Receiving the NRI Excellence Awards from Legendary Mammooty

His passion for numbers leads him to score 100% in Mathematics throughout college. Mr. James Mathew moved to Dubai in the year 1992 and started working as a Senior Auditor where he practiced for four years. In 1996, Mr. Mathew joined the team of Horwath Mak as a Partner and grew to the helm of affairs by becoming the Group CEO of its UAE & Oman operations.
He has helped more than 500 clients in establishing and operating their enterprises successfully for more than 2 decades.

Mr. Mathew with UAE business leaders, Mr. Kulwant Singh and Dr. BR Shetty

He has held many key positions in important organizations.

  • Administrative Board Member Incumbent (Year 2017-19) and past Secretary General (Year 2015-17) of Indian Business and Professional Council, Dubai.
  • Elected Chairman of Dubai Chapter Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). During his tenure, Dubai Chapter was adjudged “The Best Overseas Chapter” of ICAI – 2013.
  • Appointed to the Board of Assessors of the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Business Award
  • Appointed Member of the International Accounting and Audit Committee of Crowe Horwath International
  • Elected General Secretary of the board of Dubai Quality Group (2004 – 2008)
  • Founder Member and Secretary General of IBPC East Coast (2000)
  • Elected Secretary General of Indian Social Club, Fujairah – UAE (1999 – 2000)
  • Member of Toast Masters International
  • On an international platform James is a nominated member on the Management Board of multinational companies based in India, Singapore and USA.
  • Served as Independent External Auditors of IBPC during the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • James Mathew was shortlisted as one among the ‘Super 100’ Business Leaders in the Middle East and Africa region.
  • Awarded for “Leadership Excellence” by the World Malayalee Council in 2015
  • Adjudged as one of the most Successful Non-Resident Indians from the State of Kerala by the “Dhanam Publications” in March 2011.
  • Awarded “Indira Global Super Achievers Award” in 2008 by The Indira Group of Institutions, Pune, Who’s Who in America, 2007
  • Awarded NRI Excellence Award in Financial Consultancy and Excellence by Kairali TV, Malayalam Communications Ltd. India
  • Recognized among World’s Greatest Leaders 2016-17 by Asia One & URS Media Publications
  • 2017 Brand Ambassador Award at the 9th Annual Leadership & Management Congress Week by Alleem Foundation, UAE

In discussion with Union Finance Minister, GOI Hon. Shri Arun Jaitley

He is an active contributor to the UAE’s diverse business and professional community through participation in various social and cultural forums and organizations. His tenure as Chairman of the Dubai Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) reflects his rise to the top echelons of a professional body of accountants and auditors where his leadership principles were lauded by all and sundry.

He found the perfect companion in Mrs. Bindu James, to accompany in the journey of greater heights in personal and professional life. The treasure a beautiful family, blessed with two daughters. Since the beginning, Mrs. Bindu is actively involved in the day to day running of his successful business which has contributed immensely to his growth and achievements.

Felicitating Union Railway Minister, GOI Hon. Shri Piyush Goyal