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ICAEW Global Skills Conference


8-10 September 2020

Meet our expert speakers throughout the three day virtual conference they will be providing practical guidance and insights to help you and your career.
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10 September 2020
Andreas Malais
Andreas Malais Consultant, Deloitte Cyprus

Andreas graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Finance, Accounting and Management degree. He is currently a consultant in the Financial Advisory Services department in Deloitte Cyprus while studying towards the ACA qualification. He is involved in major valuations and financial modelling engagements for clients in various industries.

10 September 2020
Anna-Maria Itsiou Marketing Manager, ICAEW

I’ve been with ICAEW for over four years, working on a variety of projects aimed at inspiring and supporting future chartered accountants, and anyone interested in finance, business and accounting. I love finding innovative ways to help people at different stages in their life develop their professional skills and follow a career they’re passionate about.

8 September 2020
Audrey Yeow
Audrey Yeow President, ICAEW Malaysia Student Network

Started the ICAEW journey as a CFAB student in 2015 and sat for the case study (last paper) in August 2019. Currently working full time as an audit senior in Ernst & Young in the oil and gas sector and on runs the ICAEW Malaysia Student Network (IMSN) as the president. 

9 September 2020
Bonnie Tham Head of People, BDO in Malaysia

Before her current role, Bonnie was an Executive Director of Advisory at BDO where she led various advisory engagements in areas of Corporate Finance and Transaction, Risk Advisory, Corporate Recovery, Restructuring and Forensic. She has over 18 years of Financial Advisory and Audit experience. 

10 September 2020
Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark Head of Programme Development, BPP

In his role Daniel is responsible for overseeing product strategy for all accounting and tax programmes. This means ensuring programmes are of the highest standard and keep pace with technology and best educational practice. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY and has experience in finance, management and HR, including a stint as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs.

10 September 2020
Edward rowe
Edward Rowe Head of Internal Audit/TMM / Head of IA Ops, Mubadala,

Edward is an FCA (ICAEW) with 16 years’ experience in governance, risk and internal audit. After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry, Edward’s career started in London with Grant Thornton, where he trained under an ACA contract. After qualifying, Edward moved to KPMG to work for the Audit Committee Institute and onwards to a Head of Audit role at a UK-based Western European distribution company.

8 September 2020
Fraser Deas
Fraser Deas Head of International Education Services, British Council China

Fraser leads the British Council's International Education Services work across China and East Asia. In his role he supports UK education providers with their international work across the region, delivering bespoke marketing and research services to grow their brand, recruit students, develop international partnerships and manage alumni relationships. Fraser currently divides his time between Kyoto and Beijing.

9 September 2020
Christopher Jeffery
Christopher Jeffery Dean and the Chief Academic Officer, British University Vietnam

Chris was appointed Dean and the Chief Academic Officer of British University Vietnam in 2010 and has been active within the Board of BBGV for 9 years, he was National Vice Chair for 2 years and elected Chair in 2019. Based in Hanoi he is Board Member of the Vietnam Business Forum and his interest range from education, charity to advocacy.

9 September 2020
Georgi Stoyanov
Georgi Stoyanov Audit manager and Head of IFRS Committee, Grant Thornton Bulgaria.

Teaching is his second passion after accounting and teaches various internal and external courses. He is currently an ACA student and CPA candidate in Bulgaria and in his free time practices yoga, writes articles, cycles and reads books

10 September 2020
Hien Vo
Hien Vo Director, Alvarez & Marsal's Transaction Advisory Group

Hien Vo is a Director with Alvarez & Marsal's Transaction Advisory Group in London. He specialises in financial due diligence for corporate and private equity clients. With 12 years of professional experience, Mr Vo has advised clients across a range of industries including, inter alia, leisure, education, software, and business services. Prior to joining A&M, Mr Vo was in the Transaction Service team at EY and KPMG. He started his accountancy career with PwC in Audit. Mr Vo earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics. He is a qualified chartered accountant, and a Knox prize winner and a member of the ICAEW since 2011.

10 September 2020
Hai Doan
Hai Doan Audit Senior, Deloitte LLP, Singapore

Hai Doan is a newly ACA qualified. He holds Bachelor Degree in Accounting from School of Accounting and Auditing, National Economics University in Vietnam. He has more than 5 years experience in financial audit across Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Hai is currently an Audit Senior at Deloitte LLP, Singapore. With this role, he manages the audit team to perform interim and year end audit of clients, both public and private, in various industries and areas.

8 September 2020
Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen Senior Manager, Financial Advisory, Deloitte Asia Pacific

Hoa is currently a senior manager in the financial advisory service practice of Deloitte Asia Pacific. Hoa accumulates 10 year experience working in Europe and Asia Pacific in both audit and financial advisory. She advises foreign investors and large local corporations on market entry research, mergers and acquisitions and general advisory. Hoa covers a wide range of sectors such as retail, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing as well as hospitality.

8 September 2020
Iris Goh
Iris Goh Senior Human Resource Manager, Mazars Singapore

Iris Goh has more than 20 years of solid working experience in areas such as Human Resources, Corporate secretarial and as an educator specialising in Human Resources Modules. Iris holds an MBA majoring in Human Resource Management, a BBA majoring in Finance and a post-graduate certificate from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK. 

10 September 2020
Jack Henman
Jack Henman Marketing Executive, ICAEW

Part of my role at ICAEW is travelling across the United Kingdom talking to students and enlightening them about careers in chartered accountancy I encounter thousands of budding undergraduates and school leavers studying an array of different disciplines searching for their next step, and I am only too happy to recommend a truly fascinating livelihood such as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

10 September 2020
Matthew Pearce
Mathew Pearce CFO, Saudi British Bank

He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Saudi British Bank where he has led the Finance and Treasury Operations units through its ongoing public merger with Alawwal Bank since 2016. With over 20 years of international experience in financial services, mostly gained in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Saudi Arabia, where he served in a number of senior finance leadership roles in HSBC across retail, private, wholesale and investment banking, as well as insurance, and asset management. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the ICAEW.

9 September 2020
Mark Billington Regional Director South-East Asia, ICAEW

Mark has been the Regional Director, South-East Asia since 2009, and he took over the Greater China portfolio in 2019. He leads all ICAEW activities across ASEAN and is focused on building out the brand across all markets in the region. After qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1990, Mark worked in a variety of industry verticals in the Telecoms sector for multi-national, national and start-up companies.

10 September 2020
Michael Armstrong
Michael Armstrong Regional Director for Middle East, Africa and South Asia, ICAEW

Michael joined ICAEW in July 2014 as our Regional Director for Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA). Prior to joining ICAEW, Michael spent 35 years with KPMG. He joined KPMG in London in 1978 and qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1982. Michael has more than 25 years of experience working in the Middle East. He was appointed as Partner in 1988. He served as Partner in Charge of KPMG's practice in Oman.

8 September 2020
Michael Ho Wan Kau
Michael Ho Wan Kau Auditor in the Assurance Line of Service and the Human Capital Partner, PwC Mauritius

Michael Ho Wan Kau graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences and is an ICAEW member since 1995. He is currently a licensed Auditor in the Assurance Line of Service and the Human Capital Partner in PwC Mauritius. Michael has always stayed in practice after joining the profession in 1990 and became an Assurance Partner in 2007. He has developed special interest in financial reporting and internal audit. In his more recent role as Human Capital Partner, he has implemented wellness programs to encourage staff to have a balanced lifestyle amidst the challenges of increasing client demands and rapid changes in the profession.

9 September 2020
Mervyn Ramsamy
Mervyn Ramsamy Director of Human Resources, BDO Solutions Mauritius

With over 20 years of experience, Mervyn is an accomplished Human Resources Leader with significant experience. A talent catalyst with direct operating experience in Asia and Europe, he has contributed to the development of significant cross-cultural flexibility and capability in global workforce management.

10 September 2020
Nassim Gribi
Nassim Gribi Marketing Executive, ICAEW

I know all about our routes to chartered accountancy and the qualifications you can gain from them. Becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant is an exciting career full of reward and progression. Ready for the opportunity? Then visit ICAEW Training Vacancies for the latest student roles in business and finance.

8 September 2020
Peter Tavener, FCA COO and CFO Beehive

Peter is part of the founding strategic management team at Beehive where he is the Group COO and CFO. Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors. 

8 September 2020
Sharon Spice
Sharon Spice Director,Global Student Recruitment and Marketing team, ICAEW

Sharon heads up the team who promote ICAEW qualifications and the profession to potential new students and their support network. She also oversees the team who provide support to ICAEW’s existing global student population.

8 September 2020
Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive, Institute Student Employer (ISE)

Stephen was appointed Chief Executive of the ISE in June 2013 following seven years as Head of Graduate Recruitment UK & Ireland at Ernst & Young, one of the largest recruiters of graduates in the UK. Prior to EY, Stephen managed graduate recruitment and development programmes at PwC and Safeway as well as working in the public sector where he developed and managed a number of careers related programmes. Stephen has extensive experience in the recruitment and development of students, both graduates and school leavers.

9 September 2020
Stuart Pedley Smith
Stuart Pedley-Smith Head of Learning, Kaplan

Stuart Pedley-Smith is a qualified accountant who has spent much of his career in professional education. As Kaplan’s Head of Learning he is responsible for the companies learning strategy, promotion of best practice and in supporting a culture that will deliver excellent student outcomes. Stuart's interest in learning started in the mid-90s when he first began teaching accountancy students, something he continues to do. This insight together with experience gained within Kaplan and its evidence-based approach led to the publication of his book on examinations and continues to inspire his monthly blog.

10 September 2020
Stoyan Karasanov
Stoyan Karasanov Tax advisor

My name is Stoyan Karasanov. I graduated London School of Economics and political science. Now I live and work in Sofia, Bulgaria. I am accountant and tax advisor. I established my own small practice a few years ago and currently manage a team of five people. I started the ACA qualification, because it will help me develop professionally and will give more credibility to the services we provide. In my free time I like to go to the gym, do hiking and skiing in the winter. 

9 September 2020
Sumi Shah
Sumi Shah Finance, IT and HR Partner, Flemmings

After graduating in Psychology, from the University of Warwick, she pursued a career in Chartered Accountancy with BDO Binder Hamlyn. After qualifying she joined the NatWest group as a Business Analyst where she discovered a passion for IT. Sumi joined Flemmings as a Partner in 1999 and has recruited and trained over 400 accountants. She has a passion for training and developing her trainees not only their technical skills but also their personal, professional and IT skills. Sumi is proud to be the mother of two children who have excelled in their academics and are now well on their way to successful career paths in their respective fields

9 September 2020
Sylvia Stephanie Chan Zhao ACA studnet, Associate PWC

Sylvia was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. She has stayed in Singapore since her family moved in 2006, and in January 2019, completed her undergraduate studies in Singapore Management University, School of Accountancy. Sylvia is currently completing her ACA qualification and works in PwC Singapore’s General Assurance department as an associate, specialising in the real estate industry. During the March 2019 Financial Accounting and Reporting exam, she was awarded Global Joint First Place and the Spicer and Pegler prize. She is the second ACA student to have achieved a global prize. Sylvia is fluent in English, Mandarin, Hokkien and Tagalog. 

8 September 2020
Takis Charalambous ACA

Takis is an ICAEW member (ACA) while also graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Management and an MSc in Corporate Finance both from Cass Business School in London. He has recently joined one of the largest retail furniture companies in Cyprus as a 3rd generation family member. He is involved in various projects such as improving the customer service experience, optimizing company’s operations as well as the digital transformation of the company.

10 September 2020
Tan Wei Jian
Tan Wei Jian Venture Capitalist, Kairous Capital

Tan Wei Jian is a full-fledged ICAEW chartered accountant and is currently a venture capitalist with Kairous Capital specialising in early-stage investments across China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. At Kairous Capital, he predominantly focuses on appraising investment opportunities within the eCommerce, fintech and HR tech verticals. Prior to joining Kairous Capital, Wei Jian was operating within the internal audit function across the Financial Services industry, first with AmBank Malaysia covering its Personal and Commercial Banking business; and more recently with the Royal Bank of Canada covering its Capital Markets and Treasury Services businesses across Asia-Pacific. Wei Jian has been an ICAEW member since 2018, and is also currently the Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT) for Kairous Capital. 

10 September 2020
Tanya Worsley Kaplan

After completing a degree in History and Sociology at the University of Exeter Tanya went on to qualify as a chartered accountant (ICAEW) in 2003 working in the fields of audit and corporate finance. She joined Kaplan’s Manchester office in 2004 as a tutor specialising in management accounting, business strategy and financial management. In 2009 Tanya was involved in the set up of the Live Online division in Kaplan taking on the role of operations manager and going on to lead the division. Tanya now heads up Kaplan’s Global Accountancy initiative and manages the international markets teams for both Kaplan Financial and Kaplan Publishing.

9 September 2020
Tran Thuy Trang
Trang Tran HR Director, Deloitte Vietnam

Trang joined Deloitte Vietnam in 2004 and is currently leading the Human Resources and Learning function, she is also a member of Deloitte Southeast Asia Talent committee.

9 September 2020
Vandana Saxena Poria
Vandana Saxena Poria Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker and Chartered Accountant.

Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker and Chartered Accountant, Vandana Saxena Poria is a disruptive visionary and master storyteller, founder of ‘The Human Alarm Clock”, her third venture - She is passionate about disrupting people’s mindsets and getting them to think holistically – for profit with purpose and balance. She’s played an important role in UK-India trade and investment and was honoured with an OBE – the UK equivalent of a Padmashri in 2008 from the Queen.Last year she was voted in the top 100 influencers between the UK and India.