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Nikhil Hira

Nikhil Hira is a partner in Deloitte East Africa based in the Nairobi office. He currently heads the tax practice for Deloitte in the region and is also the technology, media and telecom industry leader.

Mr Hira holds a BSc Joint Honours in Accountancy and Process Engineering from the University of Salford, England. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya. Mr Hira is also registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda and the National Accountants and Auditors Board in Tanzania.

Mr Hira has specialized in taxation since 1987 in various jurisdictions around the world, including the United Kingdom and East Africa. He has acted for and advised on a wide range of clients, from family businesses to multinationals on all aspects of taxation. His experience covers routine tax compliance work, tax planning, international tax and transaction advisory from both a direct and indirect tax perspective. In the 1990s, he was responsible for establishing the first practice in the region that focused only on indirect tax. During more than 30 years of experience, he spent 8 years working in a family business in India, which has served him well in advising clients in a professional capacity.

Mr Hira is a regular commentator on tax matters in the East African region and has, over the years, been involved in many successful lobbying campaigns to change or introduce new tax laws. Mr Hira is a past council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya and, during this period, has also served on the Tax & Public Finance and Professional Standards committees.