AKW Team includes ex-bankers, consultants, qualified Chartered Accountants, Lawyers and Compliance officers with relevant Compliance, Risk & Governance and Accounting, Taxation and Audit experience.
The Compliance Consulting team manages engagements around Policies & Procedures, CDD/KYC Remediation, Compliance Monitoring and Sanctions Review, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Defining and Designing AML Framework for DNFBPs in the UAE and outsourced AML Compliance Officer.
The Accounting, Taxation and Audit team specializes in Outsourced Accounting, Tax Procedure Follow Ups, VAT Compliance and Refund processing, Internal Audit, Annual Financial Statement Audit and Liquidation of UAE Companies.
Served over 500+ businesses in UAE with a team of over 30+ Experts. International and Local GCC experience, Customer-Centric and Cost Effective Value added services to clients
Faisal is a qualified Chartered Accountant and carries more than two decades of experience with Advisory Services at Price Waterhouse Coopers in London, KPMG and HSBC Bank. Currently, Faisal is leading AKW Consultants Group of Companies headquartered in the UAE. He has led projects for a number of banks and organisations across the GCC Region and in Afghanistan in Financial Due Diligence, Business Plan Design, Regulatory Compliance, AML matters and developing Anti-Fraud departments in the banks. In addition, Faisal is also leading Tax, Audit, Accounting & Internal Audit Services in the UAE and manages clients across Middle East, UK and Europe.
Biraja Jena is a Senior Advisor for Financial Services and a Member of the Board of Directors at AKW Group. A Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) with 35+ years of professional experience at top management levels of large Corporates and Banks across a wide spectrum of businesses including strategies, taxation and finances. He brings an in-depth exposure into Investment Banking, Finance, Wealth and Corporate Affairs, Risk Management, Business Strategies, Taxation, Corporate and Commercial Laws, Audit & Assurance, Projects and International Trade at top management levels in India, UAE, Japan and Europe. Biraja Jena has been a seasoned auditor for large Public Sector banks in India including State Bank of India.
Tasawwar brings over three decades of experience as a Business Development Officer in the Insurance Industry heading a team of 80+ agency force. He has been primarily responsible for sales of insurance products and built Financial Advisory and Wealth Management portfolios including multiple individual and corporate investment clients. For the past 3+ years, he has been leading the business development team at AKW and his role involves researching organisations in GCC to find new opportunities for the firm, contacting potential clients to establish rapport and arrange meetings, planning and overseeing new marketing initiatives and increasing the value of customers by maintaining a long term sustainable business relationship.
Sadi started his career working at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Thereafter, he co-founded an educational and management consultancy which has a global presence. He has also been a co-founder in various other start-ups achieving tremendous success an as entrepreneur. His key competencies are in building new strategy for large companies and banks. He has led several strategic acquisitions across multiple industries including Financial Services Sector, Aviation Industry, Healthcare, Food & Beverages, Oil & Gas and FMCG Companies. He specializes in Regulatory Compliance, Due Diligence and AML/CFT matters.
Manali is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 13+ years of specialist indirect taxation, accounting and auditing experience. Prior to joining AKW, she worked as Manager, Taxation with Mayur Batra Group in Dubai leading a team of VAT experts. She has led VAT Consulting assignments, including VAT Health Check, VAT Process Audits, Excise tax Compliances Review and fronted tax audits by the UAE Federal Tax Authority for UAE based companies. Manali worked for 10+ years as Deputy Manager in the Indirect Taxation department with ASA & Associates LLP and Wahi and Company LLP (Chartered Accountants) in India.
Raza is a Business Graduate working with AKW as a Business Manager. He is currently heading the Business Development team along with working on certain key consulting projects. He has 3+ years of work ex with American Express as a Relationship Manager and Infoedge India Ltd as a Key Accounts Manager. His areas of interest include Fintech, Marketing, Business Development, Product & Process Management. His core competencies lie in Customer Relationship Management, Company formation and Regulatory Compliance.
Ans is a qualified ACCA and a Certified Accounting Technician (‘CAT’) with more than 10 years of tax and accounting experience. He holds Accounting Software Consulting Certifications and is an expert Trainer on Accounting Software Solutions and embedding system changes with respect to UAE VAT and Accounting. In 2018, Ans qualified with the FTA as a GCC Tax Specialist and has been advising companies on a variety of Accounting and Tax Compliance matters. Prior to joining AKW, Ans worked as Accounts Manager with a large UAE headquartered retail group for 4 years and as Assistant Manager with Crowe Howarth for 2+ years.
Muhammad is a qualified ACCA with 8+ years of accounting, taxation and audit experience with PwC. He specialises in accounting and taxation and is an expert in Quickbooks, Tally, Oracle, SAP, Focus and other accounting software implementation and support.