Bernard Mawala, audit practice manager in assurance and financial advisory services at HLB Mekonsult, was nominated for TA & IAB Young accountant of the year award 2017

Mr Bernard Mawala is an Audit Practice Manager in Assurance and Financial Advisory Services division. He holds a
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA – T) and a registered member of the
NBAA in good standing. He has skills and experience in accounting, taxation, and external auditing accumulated over
more than four years of working experience. Before joining HLB MEKONSULT, Bernard worked with BK Associates as
Audit Assistant and Equity Bank as Relationship Officer Operations and Agency Banking Supervisor.

He has performed audit of more than 30 clients in various organization including Non-Government Organization,
Public and Private Entities.. Bernard is currently serving a diverse portfolio of clients in Public and commercial sector
for which he is providing various services ranging from accounting, investigations, assurances services, financial
management reviews etc.

Bernard has taken participated in numerous professional and technical trainings during his career in audit and advisory
services. These include audit methodologies, management skills, presentation skills, International Financial Reporting
Standards (IFRSs) and several Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses on a variety of topics in accounting
and finance management. He attended some of the professional education programs conducted with the NBAA as
well as those conducted by HLB International, in 2014 he attended Middle East and Africa conference which was held
in Mauritius and in 2015 he attended audit and tax conference which was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Audit
Training for English-Speaking African member firms September 2016 in Johannesburg South Africa.

He is also possesses excellent computer skills in computer applications such as words, Excel, PowerPoint, and
Publisher; He has also acquired adequate knowledge with Accounting Packages basic application level in Tally
Accounting, Quick-Book, Pastel, MYOB and PAYEASY +HR through working with various clients. He is self-disciplined,
hard-working, and flexible, with high level of integrity and openness, self-motivated and good communication skills
both in Swahili and English.

Over the past four years when I started my professional career it was with BK Associate – audit firm based in Dar es
Salaam I conducted audit for over nine months until December 2012, I felt I should grow my career in the banking
industry I joined Equity Bank Tanzania, for six months I moved from becoming a Retail Bank Teller, Corporate Bank
Teller then moved to the head office to champion launching of Agency banking in Tanzania, we went to Nairobi Kenya
for over two months for the training we came back and launched the product including preparing the brochures,
transforming them to our local language to ensure we captured both levels of the market. After all this I noted
possessing a CPA to me means a lot, I applied to MEKONSULT and get employed (it was an excitement this was 15
July 2013), with MEKONSULT I managed to move top the ladder very quick from being an Associate then Senior and
now audit manager at the age of 32 this is much I have achieved but lot more to come. There was a time when all the
managers left the company and I was a senior I was promoted to take charge of their position and successful handled
all the assignments that were pending.

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During my time with MEKONSULT I happen to receive different testimonials from client, this was communicated to
the managers and partner which I was then informed for the great and successful work I have done. I have also
received a number of testimonials for the good job I have performed to clients, few to mention are Institute of
Accountancy Arusha, Legal and Human Right Centre, Tanzania Women Lawyers Association, Tanzania Horticultural
Association, Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation etc.

Testimonials received from Client because of the good job Performed

Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Horticultural Association“We appreciation for your team
cooperation throughout the audit process, it has rather been a very positive capacity building value add programme
to us than a nervous and tensed exercise as perceived by traditional players in the same field.”

Silvian Sariko, Chief Accountant, Legal and Human Rights Centre “HLB MEKONSULT has exercised and shown
highest level of professionalism in the provision of external audit services.”

Development Plan

  • As part of the effort toward ensuring accountancy industry prospers I am mentoring two staff Peter Ndege
  • who is an audit supervisor toward becoming a member of our local professional regulator (National Board of
  • Accountant and Auditors) also Olalekan Adebayo who is pursuing his ACCA qualifications
  • As I am registered and allowed to sign auditors report with National Board of Accountant and Auditors (NBAA)
  • and given a practicing certificate (Associate Certified Public Accountant in Public Practice – ACPA – PP), I am
  • looking forward to devote my time in the industry and becoming a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA
  • – PP).
  • I am looking forward to commence studies on Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Fraud
  • Examiner.
  • I am also looking forward into open my own accountancy firm, where I will be able to experience my full
  • potential in career development of other colleague in the industry and transforming our industry.