Executive Committee 2019-20


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CA Maheshkumar is an active member of the Chapter since 2005. He has served as Executive Committee Member, in earlier four terms, as Vice Chairperson 2018-19, Treasurer (2017-18), Secretary (2015-16) and as Joint Treasurer (2014-15). As member of the team, he has been contributing to the overall Brand Development of the profession and creating more awareness about the qualification in Bahrain. He believes that all that he has achieved, both in his professional and personal life is largely because of this profession and he immensely credits, his Parents for letting him choose this path. He takes pride in being part of the CA fraternity and the opportunity given to serve the profession. He started his professional career in Bahrain as a Senior Auditor with BDO and since then has held several positions with various organizations and currently working as CFO of a real estate development company. His personal possessions in Bahrain are his Chartered Accountant spouse, his two sons and the many well-wishers and close friends. He believes and firmly practices "Live and let Live" approach to life.


Sandeep Shah, a professional with more than 12 years of rich and extensive experience in Compliance, Internal and Operational Audits, Statutory and Tax Audits of varied industries. Currently working with AMEX Middle East B.S.C. (c) in Compliance division. He worked with Ernst & Young, Bahrain - Audit and Assurance Services and PWC, Mumbai - Financial Services. He completed AMFI - Mutual Fund-Advisory Certification course (NSE India). He held position of Joint secretary Leo Club, Ajmer, India and actively associated with few social organizations in Bahrain. Sandeep loves outdoor and indoor sports including Cricket, Badminton, Tennis and Carrom. "Unity is strength…. When there is a team work and collaboration, Wonderful things can be achieved" - Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Ajay qualified in 2000 and is a member of the BCICAI since 2007. He was the Joint-treasurer of BCICAI 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.


CA Raghu Iyer is an active member of the Bahrain Chapter since 2005 and has served as an Executive Committee Member, during the year 2016-17. Raghu brings in a rich experience in a career, which spans over 25 years, in various positions including Audit, Consultancy and Management. His interest is towards software development in the financial sector where he has been serving for the past 20 years. Raghu is an ardent toastmaster and has been very active with ICAB Toastmasters since 2015 where he recently held the position as the President of the club. He loves public speaking, debate and leadership roles. Raghu is also a diehard cricket fan and has been the stand-in umpire of the Chapter’s Annual Cricket Tournament for the past 4 years. Raghu is also a trustee of a foundation in Chennai, which undertakes vocational training to the underprivileged and challenged children for the past 5 years. He is also a voracious reader about culture, traditions and history.


CA. Ragunathan is a member of the BCICAI since 2004 and has served as Treasurer of BCICAI during the year "2008-2009". He was also part of the Executive Committee of ICAB (Indian Chartered Accountants Bahrain) Toastmasters club and has been a regular volunteer for many events of BCICAI. He is currently working as the Head of Corporate Credit Analysis with Kuwait Finance House Bahrain (KFH-B) and is associated with KFH-B since 2005. He has worked previously with Assure Consulting W.L.L and a Private Bank in India. He has over 20 years of work experience in the field of Banking and Audit. He is passionate about organic products.


CA Sunita Gupta is a Fellow Chartered Accountant Qualified in 1998. Also holds the Certificate in banking risk and regulation from GARP USA and Cert CII from Chartered Insurance Institute UK. A rank holder in the CA foundation and Intermediate exams of ICAI, she has vast experience ranging from Audit, Finance, taxation and reporting including last 10 years in Bahrain with Society Generale Bank and Arabia Insurance Company Bahrain. At present Sunita is heading the Accounting and VAT function at Arabia Insurance Company. Sunita has been an active member of BCICAI and the women's BCICAI team and was an Excom member in the year 2018-2019.


Chetan has been with the GFH Financial Group since 2011. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is Senior Director in Infrastructure Development and in-charge of investments of GFH Properties. He is responsible for overall financial elements of existing large Infrastructure investment projects of Group's business, including financial management, structuring, and financial plans. He is also in charge of evaluating, managing, planning, leveraging the Real Estate development projects of GFH Properties to ensure that the Company's investments are performing at optimal levels with a special focus on the regional projects. His experience covers both emerging and developed markets, including the MENA region, GCC, and India. He has over 17 years of experience and worked at senior positions in several industries in Real Estate, Financial Consultant, Hospitality, Manufacturing, and Banks.


Bhavin is a finance professional with 15 years of experience in Private Banking, Corporate Banking and Retail credit. He is a Chartered Accountant from May 2004 batch. By qualification he is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He is currently working as Head of Private Banking for ICICI Bank Bahrain. For over 10 years he has contributed a section titled "Yuva Times" in an Indian magazine called "Divya Dhwani". "Yuva Times" intends to promote cultural, family, social, moral and patriotic values amongst new generation youngsters. It has a reach of close to 5000 families globally. He has actively participated in blood donation camps, social service camps and cultural events. He was nominated as a Sub Group Member of "Financial Market & Investor Protection Committee" of WIRC for the year 2017-18.


Garvita Shrivastava is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an MBA degree. She has worked with Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, Corporate Office, Mumbai. Presently, she is working with one of the Bahrain's premier business groups Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali Group. She has been closely associated and actively involved in organizing chapter events. She has served BCICAI as Executive Committee Member in earlier term (2018-19). She was adjudged as the BEST SPEAKER in International Speech contest in the Speech craft program 2018 organized by BCICAI in partnership with ICAB Toastmasters. She has keen interest in writing non-fictional articles, one of them published in BCICAI 9TH Annual International Conference, 2017 sovenir. Her spouse is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, an active member of BCICAI. She is a firm believer of the the following quote: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"- Helen Keller


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.


Jagadish, a qualified chartered accountant with more than 20 years of experience in audit, accounts and finance in the Middle East and India. He is currently working in the Oil & Gas industry as Finance Manager since 2008. He is also an active toastmaster. Love and passion for the view through the lens has made him an amateur photographer. Interested in music & sports like cricket, football & tennis