James Mathew

The Beginning

It is often said humble beginnings set the stage for magnificent successes. The formative years of James Mathew's life laid the foundation for his successful innings in the world of international business. Born to devout parents Mr P. S. Mathai and Mrs Thankamma Mathai in the historic Calicut district of Kerala, James Mathew was taught life’s most important lessons of integrity, hard work and invincible power of prayer by his role model – his mother. Parents are the first teachers and home is the first school, James Mathew attributes his professional success, spiritual aptitude and personal growth to his parents for the values they inculcated in him. Driven by a go-getter attitude James Mathew, at the tender age of 11, left the cosy comforts of life he had known in Calicut to head for a formal education from Sainik School in Trivandrum. He credits Sainik School for instilling in him personality traits like discipline, sportsmanship spirit and the grit to commit to hard work. During his days as a residential school student, he spent endless hours on the athletic track getting an adrenaline rush in the world of athletics and games. Even today James Mathew’s sporting records have not been broken in 200 and 400-meter races. James Mathew was good at studies but when it came to his favourite subject Mathematics; he excelled at it. His passion for number crunching led to him being the only student who scored 100% in Mathematics throughout college

His exceptional ability with numbers grabbed eyeballs of his college professor who advised him to pursue accountancy over other clichéd career options of the time. It came as no surprise when this prodigy in Mathematics went on to become a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and later a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Denver, Colorado, United States of America. The foundation had been laid for an adroit entrepreneur with acute precision for numbers to enter the playing field of international business in the UAE

As he shifted gears from being a Senior Auditor with Mahendra & Asher towards setting up his own business, James Mathew was fully backed by his wife Mrs Bindu James. Since the beginning, Mrs Bindu James is actively involved in the day to day running of his successful business which has contributed immensely to his growth and achievements. Together this duo accomplished great heights both in their personal and professional life. They treasure a beautiful family blessed with two daughters.

James Mathew

The Journey

The success story in the land of gold is also the story of inuring the adversities of nature and glow of sheer hard work and determination. Mr James Mathew moved to Dubai in the year 1992 and started working as a Senior Auditor for Mahendra Asher & Co. (UAE) until 1996

A person of acute business acumen and leadership cannot hold back from unleashing his entrepreneur skills for too long. He joined Crowe Mak (then Horwath Mak), the United Arab Emirates-based full member firm of Crowe Global in 1996 as a Partner and carved his niche to be among the management leadership. Today, he is the Group CEO of Crowe in UAE & Oman and Board Member of Crowe Global.

Mr James Mathew is well known and commands respect for his vast knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of running an enterprise and economic affairs which he has earned from the 27 years of working in the Middle-East market. He has helped more than 500 clients in establishing and operating their enterprises successfully for more than 2 decades. More than his professional talent and skills, it’s his cheerful and charismatic personality which makes him a popular face in the business circles. He has held many key positions in important organizations.

James Mathew

Professional Affiliations and Positions Held

In a career spanning 27 years James Mathew’s contributions have been the following:

  • Elected Secretary General of the Indian Business Professional Council (IBPC) Dubai – the only representative organization of the Indian business and professional community operating under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • 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, since 2008
  • Appointed Member of the International Accounting and Audit Committee of Crowe International representing Middle Eastern firms
  • 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
  • Elected General Secretary of the board of Dubai Quality Group (2004 – 2008)
  • On an international platform, James is a nominated member on the Management Board of multinational companies based in India, Singapore and USA
  • 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
James Mathew

The Person

A strong value system and principles of ethics heavily influence James Mathew’s decision-making skills. Humility is the essence of this successful business leader he advocates maintaining relationships over burning bridges. James Mathew’s philosophy of friendship does not figure in the bank balance or net worth of his friends but extends solely on genuinity. People in his close circle credit his success to the humble and polite ways adopted by him at all times. James Mathew’s stupendous rise from a senior auditor to a business leader on foreign soil speaks reams about his success story which has many more chapters to be filled in future

  • In the course of his 27-year long career, James Mathew has flourished in the international audit network through distinguished professional affiliations and achievements both in India and the U.A.E
  • A synergy of business acumen and academic excellence, James Mathew is renowned within the Crowe International network for his exemplary brand-building strategies in the Middle East region
  • Renowned speaker on topics pertaining to finance, audit, accounting, business and global economic trends
  • Acknowledged and appreciated in Dubai SME circles for promoting Small and Medium Enterprises and moderating relevant discussions involving industry stakeholders and leaders of UAE banks
  • Widely published in international publications and print media, both in UAE as well as India.

The competitive edge of this Keralite number-cruncher can be gauged from the fact that despite his simpler beginnings, he held the fortitude to establish a formidable business entity on Gulf shores from scratch. However, James Mathew, the astute professional does not limit himself to the world of business alone. 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. Dubai Chapter of the ICAI is one of the largest chapters outside India comprising more than 2000 members based in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. During his tenure, Dubai Chapter was adjudged “The Best Overseas Chapter” of ICAI – 2013 for the first time.

James Mathew in his capacity as the Secretary General of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) was actively involved in representing the largest diaspora of the UAE at varied platforms both in the UAE and India. IBPC Dubai, one of the largest representative organizations of Indian business and professionals in the UAE with almost 1000 members and still counting. This sparkling alumnus of St. Joseph’s College - Devagiri, Calicut has been showered with laurels over the last 27 years - both in India and UAE. The magic potion to his success formula could be attributed to his passion to excel in everything he does. Be it the boardroom battles or a panel discussion on the world of finance, James Mathew with his unmistakable humility, inimitable sense of humour and sharp numerical genius, inevitably wins over every audience he interacts with, to build lasting relationships both in the world of business and life. Undoubtedly, the brand of James Mathew resonates loud, clear and successful in the business corridors of UAE