Executive Committee 2020-21


"Ajay qualified in 2000 and is a member of the BCICAI since 2007. He was the Secretary of BCICAI for the term 2019-20 and Joint-treasurer for the term 2018-19. He has over 20 years of work experience. He has managed a variety of topics such as Compliance, Financial Crime, Data Privacy, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Audit, IPO and Corporate Governance. He is currently the Head of Regional Compliance and Company Secretary for AXA Insurance for the Middle Eastern Region.

Besides his CA, he holds B.Com from M.G. University, Diploma in Insurance and Risk Management from ICAI (securing All India 2nd rank) and Award in Insurance from CII, UK. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and Certified Insurance Supervisor (AFIRC).

Ajay is an active sportsman playing in the cricket league in Bahrain besides being regular participant in other sports activities. He is also a volunteer for the AXA Hearts in Action which organizes Corporate Responsibility events."


"Santhosh is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 Years of professional experience. He is a Certified Oracle ERP Consultant in Finance and Supply Chain. He has vast experience in Project Management, Product Management, ERP Implementation, Business Consulting and Accounting in addition to IT Audit. He worked in different industries like Automobile Banking, Chemical, Construction, Engineering, Textile, etc.

Santhosh is currently working with EK Kanoo Group of Companies as Manager, ERP Audit. A new domain and innovative work profile. Before joining E.K. Kanoo, he worked with US MNC’s like IBM, KPMG and Oracle.

He served in the Executive Committee of BCICAI many years in the past. He was the Secretary of the Chapter for the year 2017-18. He held the position of President of ICAB Toastmasters Club for the Year 2016-17. He is closely associated with many social organizations in Bahrain like Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam."


Sharmila is a Chartered Accountant qualified in 2002 . She is also Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and holds cerfication in IFRS from ICAI and Certified Fraud Detection And Prevention Analyst from IACVA. With over 18 years of professional experience in Audit and Finance, Sharmila is in Bahrain since 2005 and since then worked in Insurance and Finance industry at different position like Internal Audit Manager, Group Finance Manager etc. She served in the Executive Committee of BCICAI in 2015-16 and was the Jt Treasurer of the Chapter for the year 2017-18. She was also appointed Auditor for the BCICAI for year 2019-20. She is member of C2A Toastmasters Club and was a part of the women's BCICAI team which conducts separate CPE programs for women members in Bahrain for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.


Clifford Dsouza is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds certification in IFRS from ICAI, have 26 years experience in the field of Accounts and Finance, prior to coming to Bahrin had workd in Oman in FMCG sector, presently working with Asia Jewellers since 1997 as Finance Manager. Served in the Executive Committee of BCICAI in 2014-15 and was Jt Treasurer of the Chapter for the year 2015-16 , was also appointed as Auditor for the BCICAI for the year 2016-17. He is a active member in ICAB Toastmasters Club and been part of the committee member of ICAB


"Riya Bhansali is a chartered accountant, certified yoga instructor and a life coach. Being passionate about entrepreneurship and wellness she started her career in the field of yoga and life coaching. She has her own start up 'Riyyog' where she promotes physical fitness via yoga and mental health via coaching. Her aim is to lessen the pain in people's lives.

She's a corporate trainer and within 2 years she has trained more than 3000 people both in India and Bahrain in corporates like Xerox ltd, J.W.Marriott, Y K .Almoayyed etc . Being passionate about filmmaking she also educates people via her YouTube channel:Riya Bhansali which promotes yoga and life coaching . Her hobbies include painting, reading books and writing. She publishes her articles every month for Bahrain confidential magazine and her own website as well."


Bharat Venkat is a member of the BCICAI since 2014. He is a Director in Assure Consulting WLL and responsible for client relationships and adding value to them by determining, developing and delivering innovative strategies. Bharat has over 13 years experience in various positions including Consultancy, Audit and Governance Risk & Compliance. His interest and expertise is towards providing the entire gamut of Consultancy services which any Business would require during its Launch - Growth - Maturity - Decline phase, i.e. Feasibility study, Policies & Procedures, HR & IT Advisory, Internal Audit, Fraud Investigation, ISO, Business Valuation and Financial Due Diligence. Bharat is a passionate toastmaster and has been active with ICAB Toastmasters since 2018, where he recently has been elected as Vice President Education for the term 2020-21. He is a diehard cricket fan and likes to read books about psychology and life.


Roanna Miranda is a Chartered Accountant with Masters degree in Commerce and a Certification in IFRS by ICAI. She has over 9 years of experience in auditing field. She is currently working with Grant Thornton, Abdulaal as an Assistant Manager for 4 and a half years and was a Deputy Manager in Deloitte Haskins and Sells, Mumbai where she served for 4 and a half years. She loves travelling and is a pro-environmentalist at heart who wants to leave the world in a much better place to live in. She has has been an active member in BCICAI,as well as the WICAB since 2016. She had also been a member of the ICAB Toast Masters Club for three years (2016-18).


"Vivek Gupta is an active member of CA fraternity since the year 2012 and has a record of meritorious performance with achievement of All India Rank in Chartered Accountancy curriculum examinations. He became a qualified Chartered Accountant in the year 2016 and is a member of BCICAI since 2017. Besides being a Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor's degree in the field of Commerce and is a CFA Level III Candidate (USA) presently.

With an overall work experience of more than 7 years, he has extensive experience in Risk Management and Financial Planning & Analysis with leading banks of India and Middle East (ICICI Bank Ltd., India and Kuwait Finance House B.S.C. (c), Bahrain). As part of professional competence, Vivek has managed to learn and implement skills in the fields of Financial Modelling, IFRS Compliance, Risk / Quantitative Analysis, Enhancement of Executive Management Reporting Processes, Capital Planning and Trend Forecasting.

During his association with BCICAI, he has been an active participant in the events and activities organized by the chapter. Being passionate about helping people change their lives in simplest and realistic way possible, he has an inclination towards promoting physical & mental fitness, dancing and athelitics and has been a part of the BCICAI marathon team in the past."


Gaurav is a Chartered Accountant with 8 years of experience in the field of Banking, Manufacturing and Real estate businesses. Presently he is working with Yateem Group. He has been an active member and closely associated with the chapter events. His spouse is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, an active member of BCICAI. He is a travel enthusiast who loves to explore new places and adventurous sports. His hobbies include listening to music and playing cricket.


"Finance professional for more than 4 years of experience in Investment banking, Private equity and consulting industry with companies like Bank ABC, Investcorp, and GFH Financial group BSC etc. Currently with GFH group, he is responsible for overall financial element of large infrastructure investment project of group’s business, including financial management, structuring, taxation and financial planning. He have been awarded Certificate of Financial Modelling by EY and have created various financial/investment models and MIS for rational decision making.

He has been active member of the chapter from 2016 and has volunteered for Annual Conferences and other sporting events of the chapter. Hailing from Jaipur, he likes to fly Kites, play cricket, chess and football and started a football club majorly for the CA members in Bahrain. "


"Natasha is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 5 years of work experience. She has worked in various sectors such as international taxation, VAT in GCC and investments reporting. She moved to Bahrain in 2018 and is currently working as the Investments Accounting and Reporting Manager in AXA Insurance.

She has been with the Chapter since 2018 and has actively taken part in Chapter events and volunteered in the Annual International Conference. Being passionate about social service, she was part of the Make A Difference organizaton as a teacher in Bangalore. She is an avid reader and loves cooking, travelling and music."