Davis Kallukaran, CFE
CFE commands respect while generating fraud awareness
Having founded Horwath Mak Ghazali, one of the top five auditing and business advisory firms in the Sultanate of Oman, Davis Kallukaran, CFE, FCA, has worked hard to command respect and receive recognition for his hard work. He says “everything depends upon how you package yourself, like any other product — it is personal branding that is crucial for the profession.” Kallukaran shares how being involved in professional organizations both locally and internationally helps develop his personal brand and adds credibility to his organization’s name.
I was born in India, in the state of Kerala. I had my early education in my hometown of Trissur.
In 1995, I founded the firm Ghazali Mak and Associates in the Sultanate of Oman in association with Mak and Associates from Dubai and Muna Al Ghazali, an Omani national. The firm evolved over the years, and since 2008 it has been a member-firm of Crowe Horwath, a top 10 global accounting network. Horwath Mak Ghazali was continuously engaged by the courts as expert auditors in various cases. These developments aroused my enthusiasm to look into the activities of the ACFE. I was awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential in 2006. Due to the inadequate numbers of qualified CFEs in Oman, our attempt to establish a chapter did not materialize until 2015. The chapter was established on June 7, 2015, and I am proud to be one of the board members.
As the managing partner of Crowe Horwath Oman, I command respect among the business community, regulators and our peers. One of the most rewarding aspects of one’s career is recognition. I was first recognized in 2006 when I was awarded the CFE — it was a great feeling of achievement when I received the letter awarding the credential. I have also received the Pinnacle Award from Crowe Horwath. While presenting the award to me, the CEO of Crowe Horwath said:
“In the simplest of terms, this award is granted to individuals who donate their time and talent in extraordinary fashion to advance the cause of our international network. Time doesn’t permit us to recognize each individual that we consider, and the good news is that we had several individuals who we felt worthy of consideration.”
If you speak from another angle, the whole recognition is due to the good work being done by our people. You can succeed only if you have the right people.
I should say that the sky is the limit for people entering into the accounting and auditing professions. Apart from the regular audit, tax and risk advisory services, forensic accounting, corporate finance, management consultancy practices and corporate governance are opening up a plethora of opportunities for professionals. Courts are very much dependent upon forensic professionals to provide expert opinions, and accountants are required in every field of business.
A brand is not going to give you any mileage unless you create brand awareness in your local market. The same goes with your qualifications.Davis Kallukaran, CFE
Sultanate of Oman
When I am not working, I like to spend time with my wife, Elizabeth, and our children. The three boys are all grown up now. I also like reading inspirational books and listening to Hindi music.
ACFE membership is open to individuals of all job functions, industries and levels of experience who are interested in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud. If you want to level up your anti-fraud career, we can help.