What Went Down During the Kreston World Conference 2023 in Dubai


On 4 – 7 December 2023, Kreston Global, in collaboration with Kreston Menon, hosted the Kreston World Conference 2023 in Dubai. Michael Goodrick, Managing Partner at KSW and Kamal Thakkar, Partner and Regional Kreston Director attended the conference that brought together representatives from 115 countries giving them the opportunity to collaborate and explore possibilities for business expansion and international collaboration.

The conference commenced with a captivating RRR dance, setting a vibrant tone for a day filled with energy. Sudhir Kumar, Director of Kreston Global Board and Kreston Middle East Chair, extended a warm welcome to all attendees. He introduced the enlightening Fireside Chat, featuring the Chief Guest, His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism.

Kamal Thakkar, Regional Director for Asia and Pacific at the Kreston Global Audit Group, played a significant role during the conference. He took the stage to discuss KSW’s collaborative efforts with other Kreston network members on a global bid for one of the world’s largest web service platform providers, highlighting the collaborative spirit of the Kreston Way. Additionally, he actively participated in the audit group meeting as an audit committee member for Asia Pacific. Kamal has been entrusted with the role of Asia Pacific steering committee chairman and shared insights on the committee’s initiatives during his presentation to the Middle East Conclave which preluded the conference.

Kamal Thakkar presenting to the Audit Group meeting

Our deepened engagement has resulted in increased referrals and heightened recognition for our firm, promising additional opportunities for our senior team members in diverse technical and business development realms. We are committed to maintaining robust connections with fellow network members, anticipating continued collaboration that will bring valuable projects from around the world. Presently, our primary sources of work are from the United States, Japan, and select firms in the UK.

Kamal Thakkar presenting with Rich Howard on collaboration amongst Kreston members

Similarly, our membership of the Kreston network allows us to provide competent professionals across the globe for our clients. If you have any tax, accounting or audit requirements overseas we are sure to be able to satisfy your needs. Feel free to ask us if you have any cross border or international questions.

Looking ahead, we are excited about participating in the conferences scheduled for 2024 in Brussels, Hanoi, and Berlin. These events provide valuable opportunities for networking and exploring new avenues for growth and collaboration.

Michael Goodrick and Kamal Thakkar with Kreston CEO Liza Robbins and Kreston Chairman Rich Howard

Kreston Stanley Williamson

*Correct as of 20 December 2023

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