New chairs for ACCA’s global forums announced to lead fresh thinking in the debates of the accountancy profession


11 Dec 2013


Euro & Finance

Press release

Three new chairs have been announced to continue the leading role that ACCA’s global forums are developing on key issues in the global accountancy profession

Leaders from three continents will bring fresh thinking to issues in the accountancy profession by ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Global Forums.

New chairs from Africa, Europe and Asia have been appointed to ACCA’s public sector, tax and SME Global Forums.

They join leading academics, senior finance professionals from the public and private sectors, and business experts from around the world in ACCA’s Global Forums. They are adding their expertise and knowledge to the 10 forums which were launched in September 2011.

The new chairs are:

·       Rosanna Choi, chair of the Global Forum for SMEs – is a partner at CWCC Certified Public Accountants in Hong Kong. She has been involved with ACCA SME work for more than 10 years and has served on the committee and sub-committee of ACCA Hong Kong since 2002.

·       Tom Duffy, chair of the Global Forum for Taxation – is a consultant and partner at Affection in the UK. Previously Tom was head of UK tax and head of tax services at Royal Dutch Shell.

·       Stephen Emasu, chair of the Global Forum for the Public Sector – has been public financial management expert for IMF in Uganda since 2012, and a senior finance advisor with Adam Smith International on a security sector reform project with the South Sudan government since 2009. Stephen previously worked at the World Bank as a public financial management consultant.

ACCA extends its great appreciation to outgoing chairs Mark Gold FCCA (partner at Silver Levene in the UK and now chair of the FEE SMP Forum), Mukesh Gunamal FCCA, (Director of global tax quality and risk management at EY), and Datuk Wan Selamah Wan FCCA (accountant general of Malaysia and instrumental in the country’s public sector adopting accrual accounting).

Neil Stevenson, executive director-brand at ACCA, said: “I welcome the new chairs to our Global Forums. Through their leadership, our global forums champion leading issues and enhance the role the accountancy profession can play in supporting economies around the world. ACCA’s global forums now have members from 44 countries and form a unique resource in developing a global response to important issues, based on diverse inputs from experts across all sectors around the world.”

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Notes to Editors

1.      ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

2.      We support our 162,000 members and 428,000 students in 173 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 89 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

3.      Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.


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