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PKF in Eastern Africa is marking its 50th year anniversary. Fifty years ago, the founding partners, Mr Ameer Kassim-Lakha and Mr Mohamed Abdulla started a chartered accountancy practice in Nairobi, with their eyes and hearts set on creating an East Africa wide firm. Today, PKF in Eastern Africa is in 9 locations in 6 countries, and counting, and is part of one of the top ten worldwide brands in accounting and advisory profession, PKF International.

For an overview of our journey, please click here.

In Nairobi

Nairobi (Headquarters)

The Partners of PKF in Eastern Africa recently hosted its clients to a cocktail party at the Kalamu Gardens, located at the Nairobi Office headquarters. This marked the beginning of a series of events to be held across 9 of the firm’s offices in the East African Region and the United Kingdom.

Our founding partners, Mr Ameer Kassim-Lakha and Mr Mohamed Abdulla were in attendance. Commending the current partners, Mr Kassim-Lakha expressed his confidence in the young professionals leading the firm and thanked the clients for their support. Mr Abdulla echoed him saying, “The biggest share of success of the firm goes to the clients. Very few are indeed fortunate like Ameer and myself to participate and be part of a magnificent and most memorable function to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the firm.” Mr. Alpesh Vadher, Nairobi Office Managing Partner, led a toast in their honor.

In his speech, our Chief Executive Officer, Mr Atul Shah gave an indication of the firm’s future plans stating “we are expanding into Somalia and Zambia and strengthening in Tanzania. We will pursue more mergers and acquisitions in Kenya and Uganda and grow KLSA London which is rebranding to PKF. We seek to create networks through which clients can pursue opportunities for their own growth in the region.” Noting that the current staff of 650 across the region will hit the 1,000 mark by end of 2015 he added that “this workforce will enable the firm to respond to Africa’s emerging needs which require more specialization and serve clients better.” Thanking the firm’s clients for their support over the years, Atul concluded “We owe it all to our clients!”

Also present were Mr John Sim, Chief Executive Officer of PKF International and Mr Theo Vermaak, PKF International Director for Africa. They recognised that PKF in Eastern Africa is an important part of the PKF International network.

Dr Jim McFie, the Director of the School of Accounting at Strathmore University, who was The Chief Guest, elucidated the firm’s journey alongside the development of the accounting profession in Kenya (click here for his speech). He singled out PKF’s growing Business Process Outsourcing services, challenging the firm and others to rapidly exploit the ripe international market which has potential to significantly increase youth employment.

Our success has been made possible by the enabling environment in which we operate and the quality of finance and accounting professionals. In our celebrations, the firm contributed Kshs 2.5, over a 5 year period to the Jim McFie Education Fund (JMEF). Additionally, our partners made personal contributions to the firm totalling Kshs 835,000. PKF as well the entire accounting professional have benefitted from the growth made possible by Dr McFie’s dedicated service to training and development hence why JMEF was chosen. For more information on the fund, click here.

Below is the cocktail party at a glance:

A time to catch up

Guests at the party

David Kabeberi making a presentation on the firm's journey

Guests listening to the presentation

PKF International CEO John Sim

Atul Shah, CEO, PKF in Eastern Africa


Anthony Kariuki (Country Manager, ACCA), Jim McFie (Chief Guest) and Rose Ogega (Former ICPAK Chairperson)

Dr Jim McFie, the Chief Guest

Partners presenting the firm's donation to the Jim McFie Education Fund's patron, Jim McFie

Partners presenting their personal contribution to the Jim McFie Education Fund. In the picture are (from left to right), Charles Oguttu, Shilpa Chheda, Ritesh Mirchandani, Jim McFie and Alpesh Vadher

Our founding partners cut the celebratory cake

Current and ex-partners and their spouses toast to the PKF clients

Ameer Kassim-Lakha, founding partner

Mohamed Abdulla, founding partner

Guests at the cocktail party


In London


Clients were hosted to a well-attended cocktail party on 9 September 2014. In attendance were the founding and retired partners in London including Pravin Malde, Champak Mistry, Fateh Ramji, Sadru Alibhai, Mohammed Bhimji, Mansur Abdulla and Ashvin Shah, Vipin Shah and Ashvin Kumar Shah. Ms Hilary Lindsay, the Vice President of ICAEW and Mr Paul Hopper of PKF Littlejohn also graced the celebrations.

“Over the past two decades we have seen many great firms and institutions disappear overnight {not that I wish to compare KLSA with others but refer to the reality in this business} (e.g. Arthur Andersen, PKF merged with BDO, Barings Bank, Morgan Stanley etc.). Most family businesses don’t last beyond the 3rd generation. But KLSA is still here...” said Ms Chheda when she announced KLSA’s move to join the PKF International network.


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