The ceremony, organised by ICAEW and sponsored by Emirates NBD, was hosted by award-winning broadcaster Richard Dean from Dubai Eye, and attended by leading finance professionals from across the region. The keynote speaker was Olympic sporting legend and London Olympics organiser Lord Sebastian Coe KBE.
The awards were spread over ten categories and celebrated the very best of accountancy and finance from throughout the Middle East. Winners were selected by a judging team of 13 recognised and respected industry experts from accounting, finance and business.
Peter Beynon, ICAEW Regional Director Middle East, said, “It has been excellent to have the chance to recognise and reward the very best of our profession from across the Middle East. The vital work that finance professionals do throughout the region can sometimes be overlooked but with talented people like these, we can all do business with increasing confidence. The winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
Among the winners were H.E. Mohammed Alabbar from Emaar, who was awarded Business Leader of the Year, CFO of the Year Prasanth Manghat from NMC Health and Muhra al Mulla from Deloitte, who was crowned Young Accountant of the Year. PwC won Firm of the Year, while Tamkeen was recognised for Excellence in Training and Development of Finance Professionals.
Surya Subramanian, Group Chief Financial Officer from Platinum sponsor Emirates NBD, said, “The finance profession in the Middle East is growing and becoming stronger every year. We congratulate all the winners for their dedication and on achieving personal excellence whilst also helping ensure prosperity for the region.”
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