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Our Leaders

Our Leaders

Hisham Ali Mohamed Taher

Founder member & Chairman of HLB Hamt

hishamAn accomplished leader and planner with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Auditing, in addition to this he is backed up with prestigious certifications like Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Consultant (CFC), Certified Budgeting Professional (CBP), A Certified Strategic Planner and a member of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) USA, as well as Arab Society of Certified Accountants (ASCA).
He possesses a distinguished career with Ministry of Finance, UAE as Senior Financial Controller (Year 1995 -2006) and as General Manager of Al Taher Group of Companies.
Apart from this, he is also very well known for his association with the charitable institutions and sports associations in the country. Currently he is also holding the position of General Secretary, Asian Chess Federation and presents his views on financial and related matters through various media. Hisham’s other areas of expertise includes the corporate business particularly real estate, local & international share markets.

John Varghese

Managing Partner

1-199x300John has that enchanted charm when it comes to leadership. Under his guidance, HLB Hamt has scaled up to new heights. He is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and possesses more than 30 years of experience in the accounting and auditing profession. His knowledge of the UAE business rules and regulations enable him to advise clients on many aspects of their financial as well as business matters. As Managing Partner, John leads from the front, setting, implementing and monitoring HLB Hamt’s corporate strategy. He is also the firm’s point of international contact for HLB International.

Vijay Anand

Partner and CEO

2-199x300Vijay, a strategic and innovative leader, has been instrumental in defining the organization’s service strategy and vision. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 26 years of post-qualification experience in various industrial and commercial matters. Prior to his current role, he spent several years with world renowned audit organisations consulting and advising the best innovators and companies among the Fortune 1000, and holds extensive experience working with large multinational clients in a variety of industries. He is the mentor of HLB Hamt’s audit committee and coordinates the IFRS technical team in the organisation.

Manoj Kumar


3-199x300A qualified CPA from USA, Manoj Kumar is a seasoned professional having over 20 years
of extensive experience in auditing and business consultancy services. Handling the audit responsibilities of various multinational companies, Manoj has chiseled his skills in designing and implementing accounting and financial reporting systems. He also possesses sound working knowledge in the areas of Payroll, IT and accounting services.

Jay Krishnan


4-199x300When it comes to perfection, Jay Krishnan always goes that extra mile. A Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA) and Certified Cost and Management Accountant (ICMA), Jay Krishnan leads the Tax and Consulting wings of HLB Hamt.
He has a long international career in the field of Auditing, Finance & Consultancy Services and also worked for international accounting firms in India & the Middle East. Jay Krishnan is involved in attending and presenting many international conferences and events and his thorough knowledge on international tax and transfer pricing makes him a matching advising partner to the clients in United Arab Emirates.



5A thorough professional with more than 16 years of experience in the Audit and Advisory services, risk management, quality assurance and forensic accounting domain. Sumesh holds a Masters Degree in Commerce and is a Certified Management Accountant from IMA. He possesses deep knowledge and experience in the development of accounting systems, financial planning and management consultancy projects that HLB Hamt undertakes. Sumesh has immense experience in the implementation and review of internal control systems and also acts as a coordinator responsible for ensuring HLB Hamt’s continuing compliance with ISO 27001: 2013 and ISO 9001:2008.

Nithin.N. K,


Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India having 10 years of experience in accounting and auditing profession. He has managed clients in different industry verticals – Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Food & Beverages, Hospitality & Leisure, Media & Entertainment. Prior to his position in HLB Hamt, he had worked in an international clothing brand and F&B chain in UAE where he gained experience in the retail industry. In addition to accounting and auditing profession, Nithin has experience in business consulting with emphasis on business valuation, IFRS compliance and systems designs.

Gireesh Kumar


Gireesh Kumar is a Certified Management Accountant (ICMA) and having professional experience of
more than 20 years in audit and advisory services in UAE and India. He has an extensive experience in
implementation of accounting policies and procedures in different industries. He has sound working
knowledge in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Standards Auditing
(ISA). He is an effective communicator and organizer with excellent analytical, planning and problem-
solving skills. He is also an expert adviser for his clients to identify the business risk and improve their

Raghunath T


Raghunath is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and a graduate in Mechanical Engineering with over 20 years of corporate experience. He has worked with various multinational companies in India and with large regional business groups in the Middle East. He handles the Organizational Consulting business that helps our clients to address their people and process related challenges. His specialization includes Strategy Consulting, Change Management, Business Processes, and Performance Management Systems. His team also handles specialized HR assignments, and areas like Business Plans and Feasibility Studies.

Vimal Rama Chandran


Vimal Rama Chandran is having more than 15 years of corporate experience in IT, IT Audit, Business
Advisory Services & ERP Implementation with an excellent understanding of underlining fundamental
principles in ISMS, PMP, IT Infrastructure, and Software. He is also CISA, COBIT Certified Assessor and
Certified Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lead Auditor. He has done implementations of
policies & procedures for operating IT with best controls adopted from standards. He has also been
involved in executing several projects involving Business continuity management & COBIT assessment
projects. He is also having to substantiate experience in strategic & operational plans for IT
Management, being an engineering graduate in IT, he can add significant value to the client by using his
technical skills in projects.

Sajin Rasheed


Mr. Sajin has been associated with HLB HAMT since 2005. He heads the External Accounting and Payroll
Outsourcing Division of HLB HAMT and is responsible for making strategic decisions for the overall
Division. He has over 13 years of experience in the field of finance and payroll. His dynamic initiatives at
HLB HAMT have been pioneering for the industry. Under his leadership, the division commenced its
transformational journey, reaching out to customers across the GCC and Africa region. Mr. Sajin has
played a significant role in shaping policy guidelines and system design for obtaining ISAE 3402 Type II
certification for HLB HAMT.

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