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Aswin Vaidyanathan

Aswin Vaidyanathan

Partner and Head of Assurance

Aswin is the Head of the Audit assurance division and a partner with more than 19 years’ experience in advising dynamic companies and their stakeholders. He is also the Head of the Marketing communications and business development team, with experience in the field for more than 15 years.

He is a member of the Policy Board of Grant Thornton in Botswana.


Aswin has experience of providing services such as audit assurance, IT compliance and IS audits, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance, and taxation, both corporate and personal. He focuses on assurance services to public interest entities and privately owned businesses.

Sector experience

Aswin has a vast client base of mid-market entrepreneurial businesses, public listed entities and parastatal organisations. His experience includes companies in industries ranging from real estate, construction, manufacturing, mining, exploration, wholesale and retail.

He handles a variety of group clients, and his experience of being in Botswana for the last 20 years has given him exposure on country specific expertise for all the industries mentioned above. He specialises in audit assurance, as well as audits of Information Systems for parastatals.

Aswin has extensive experience in the Mining, Real Estate and Manufacturing sectors.

Professional qualifications and memberships

Aswin is registered as a ‘Certified Auditor of Public Interest Entity’ with Botswana Accountancy Oversight Authority (BAOA) since its inception. He is also a ‘Certified Auditor’ in Botswana approved by Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), a fellow member of BICA and associate member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Aswin is also a member of ISACA, the governing body of Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA), and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Madras, India.

He serves in the Professional and Training committee of BICA and also on the continuing professional development sub-committee of BICA.

He currently serves in the Methodology and Learning Sub Committee of Grant Thornton International Limited (GTIL), responsible for the network’s audit methodology and training needs. He is also a member of GTIL’s sub-committee for standards setting board providing suggestions to IAASB. He is also a member of GTI’s member firm review team.

Aswin has been extensively trained on Horizon methodology of audit adopted by GTIL which is fully compliant with the requirements of International Standards on Auditing. He is the IFRS champion for Grant Thornton in Botswana, trained by the IFRS team of GTIL. He also participates as a trainer in trainings conducted mainly for soft skills and marketing related training courses.

He is a member of the data privacy working group of GTIL representing Botswana. He is also involved in independence compliance procedures of the firm.

Community involvement

Aswin has been a member of the Private Business Growth Awards committee since 2015. Presented in association with Business Botswana and Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), this initiative is Grant Thornton’s biggest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity that encourages and honours the development of growing private businesses in the country.
Aswin is also involved in various other CSR activities of Grant Thornton in Botswana, the latest being Tshwaragano Primary School adopted in line with the “Adopt a school” program.

In his personal capacity, Aswin is a member and Secretary of the Botswana Hindu Charities Trust, Gaborone Masonic Trust and provides pro bona services to various not for profit organisations, including American Business Council of Botswana.

Presentations and publications

Aswin has been a member of Grant Thornton’s corporate Toastmasters club since 2014, which has facilitated development of communication and leadership skills. He has achieved “Competent Communicator” status.

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam.

  • B.Com
  • ACA (India)
  • FCA (Botswana)
  • CISA
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