The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has established a Members Advisory Board (MAB), consisting of prominent chartered accountants from across the Middle East. The Board will meet regularly to identify and discuss the issues faced by the accountancy and finance professions and provide advice to the ICAEW Middle East operations.

The Members Advisory Board, chaired by Edward Quinlan, Ernst & Young Country Partner, UAE, consists of a mix of members working in accountancy firms, in senior positions within business and in academia.

Its main purposes are to work with the ICAEW Regional Director Amanda Line to identify emerging major issues and the key business issues that affect the accountancy and finance professions and ICAEW members in the region, act as a networking facility and provide strategic advice on ICAEW’s Middle East activity.


The first meeting of the Members Advisory Board was held at The Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai, in November.

Amanda Line ACA, Regional Director, ICAEW Middle East, said:

“The ICAEW has a broad range of members in the Middle East with varied and very valuable experience. Drawing on their know-how will help us get closer to the key issues in the accounting and finance professions regionally and provide the right type of support for our members in the region. I am very grateful for the time, effort, input and support these members provide and look forward to working closely with them.”

Edward Quinlan, Ernst & Young Country Partner, UAE, and the Board Chairman, said: “The global economic crisis has resulted in new challenges for the accountancy and finance professions globally. In the Middle East, the development of a more sound and transparent financial reporting and auditing system is one major challenge that has been made even more obvious by the crisis. By working together with peers from across the whole spectre of the professions, we can help drive development in the areas where it is most needed.”

The ICAEW Members Advisory Board is made up of:

– Edward Quinlan, Country Partner, UAE, Ernst & Young (Dubai) – Chairman
– Jassim Abdul-Aal, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton, (Bahrain)
– Helal Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre
– Sameer Al-Ansari, Chief Executive Officer, SHUAA Capital and Executive Chairman, Dubai International Capital (Dubai)
– Nick Benge, Partner, BDO Patel (Abu Dhabi)
– Dipak Chummun, Group Head of Business Performance at Emirates NBD (Dubai)
– Ashish Dave, Executive Director, ABRAAJ Capital Limited (Dubai)
– Alekh Grewal, CEO, Mannai Corporation (Qatar)
– Warwick Hunt, CEO Middle East Region, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Dubai)
– Charles Milner, Managing Partner, KPMG Safi Al-Mutawa & Partners (Kuwait)
– Anis Sadek, Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche (Dubai)
– Jeannette Vinke, Senior Lecturer Accounting and Finance, American University of Sharjah, School of Business and Management (Sharjah)
– Daren Warner, CFO Wholesale Bank Finance MENA & Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank, (Dubai based)

More information about the ICAEW Middle East can be found at'

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