James Mathew

“Vision, Speed & Determination define Dubai”

From a modest beginning at the age of 24 as a fresh chartered accountant, it has been a journey of hard work and willpower that established James Mathew as a stalwart in the accounting arena and a successful entrepreneur in the Middle East.

Today, 26 years later, he looks back fondly at his journey: “This city has given me the opportunity, conducive environment, and strength to reach this juncture. I have seen the city grow in the last few decades and believe that I have grown along with it. According to me, three words that define Dubai are – Vision, Determination and Speed,” he says of Dubai’s secret to success. The transformation of the city “is truly the result of the vision and determination of its leaders. It’s a place where dreamers come together to make their dreams a reality.” In a city where his own dreams have come true, and the result of his efforts have borne fruit, Mathew remains humble: “I owe my success to a lot of people who have inspired me, supported me and walked along with me.”

Mathew joined Horwath Mak, a member firm of Crowe Horwath International in 1996 and rose to a leadership position as Senior Partner. As the Managing Director of the consulting arm in Dubai, he has been instrumental in the firm’s overall growth and had relentlessly worked to establish it as a leading accountancy firm in the region. Looking at the future he says, “Dubai is moving towards a sustainable and long-term growth which is evident in the government’s vision and policies.”

He adds: “Dubai mirrors the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. His vision drives and inspires the world, who famously said ‘If we want to stay ahead, we have to move fast’ which seems to be the soul of Dubai.”