Speakers

H. E. YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

OPENING CEREMONY-CHIEF GUEST

E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Immediate Past Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Hon. Matia Kasaja

Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Republic of Uganda

Dr. Protazio Begumisa

President,

Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU)

Ms. Asmaâ Resmouki

President,

Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA)

Ms. Rachel Grimes

President,

International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

Prof. P.L.O  Lumumba

The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law.  He is A Professor of Public Law and Founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law.  He has lectured law at the University of Nairobi, the United States International University (Africa), Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School).He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanzania.  He holds Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Nairobi and a LL.D from the University of Ghent.

Darrel Scott

Darrel Scott became a member of the IASB in October 2010, having previously been a member of the IASB’s IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) and a member of the IFRS Foundation’s Standards Advisory Council (SAC), now called the IFRS Advisory Council. Prior to joining the IASB, Mr Scott was Chief Financial Officer of the FirstRand Banking Group, one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa. He had responsibility for both Financial and regulatory reporting.

 

Rob Thomason

Rob has over 35 years’ experience working in higher education, consulting and executive development, in Australia and internationally. He is currently on the Executive Leadership Team of CPA Australia, with responsibility for all of their education activities. Rob has held a number of senior roles in education over the past three decades, having commenced his career in university management.He has worked with and for professional associations

AUGUSTINE ADDO

Mr. Augustine Addo is the Ag. Chief Executive Officer/Director, Members Services at the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana). A product of the University of Cape Coast, Mr. Addo previously worked with Ghana Breweries Limited as the Business Controller-Treasury and HR. He has wide and varied expertise in public financial management and has contributed largely to the processes involved in the adoption and implementation of IFRS, International Standards on Auditing (ISA) 

Ekune, Sunday Aniorgor,

Ekune, Sunday Aniorgor, FCNA was born on December 27, 1950 at Emu-Unor, via Kwale, Ndokwa West LGA of Delta State.  He is a member of various professional bodies including MABE London (1981), M. Inst. M England (1982), NIM (1986), IoD (2009). He undertook the Nigerian College of Accountancy Professional programme in 2009 and was also elevated as Fellow of ANAN (FCNA) in 2013. In 2015 he became a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. 

 Hajj Dr. Twaha Kigongo Kaawaase

He is an accountant by profession who has lectured, regulated and practiced accounting, auditing and finance for close to 29 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major) upper second degree of Makerere University, Kampala; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Finance (PGDip. Dev. Fin) and a Master of Social Science in Accounting and Development Finance (MSocSc-Accounting and Development Finance) both of the University of Birmingham (UK).

Willem du Preez

 is the Vice-President of Intercontinental Trust Ltd in South Africa primarily focusing on assisting, South African Clients with their requirements for global expansion. Willem is an experienced consultant assisting companies with their expansion into Africa, providing assistance with the implementation of the company’s strategic objectives. This includes but is not limited to providing input into business strategy and structuring, incorporating and maintaining corporate structures throughout globally.

 

Megan Zietsman 

Megan Zietsman became a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) in January 2014, nominated by the Transnational Auditors Committee. Ms. Zietsman has more than 26 years of experience, starting with Deloitte in South Africa. She is currently a Partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s professional practice network in the US, where she is responsible for leading the development and maintenance of auditing policies and guidance.

Advocate Mojankunyane Gumbi

Advocate Mojankunyane Gumbi is a human rights lawyer in South Africa. She has practiced as both an Attorney and later Advocate, since 1984. From 1987 to 1993 she practised from a public interest law centre run under the auspices of the Black Lawyers Association (BLA). She also served as the General Secretary of the BLA, an elected position. In 1993, she was requested to serve as the head of Adjudication of the Independent Electoral Commission for the first democratic elections in South Africa;

Oswald Martin Urassa

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Master of Business Administration (MBA); FCPA (T) Commonwealth Certified Trainer in Corporate Governance. He has worked with Institute of Finance Management (IFM): from Tutorial Assistant to Senior Lecturer – 1991 – 1998, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE): Finance & Operations Manager –1999 to 2007, National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB): Head of Treasury – 2007 to 2009, National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB): Head, Investor Relations 2009 to 2010, Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Co. Ltd (TMRC):

Isma’ila M. Zakari 

is a Chartered Accountant. Mr Zakari has a unique combination of practical expertise and experience in audit & assurance and corporate finance – advising companies on raising capital. He also specialises in insolvency, corporate & personal tax planning and tax compliance. He is the Managing Partner of Ahmed Zakari & Co. (Chartered Accountants), a firm he co-founded in partnership with other professional colleagues in 1998 providing Auditing & Assurance, Tax Advisory, Insolvency and Business Consulting and Business Valuation services to a wide range of clients in Nigeria.

David Keith Watkins

David spent 34 years in the UK public sector.  He began his career at the National Audit Office, where he gained his CIPFA qualification.  His experience in the NAO was mainly focused on auditing accruals accounts.  He moved to HM Treasury in 2000, where he worked on accounting policies for Whole of Government Accounts, including social benefits and tax. He became secretary to the Financial Reporting Advisory Board and developed the Government Financial Reporting Manual.

Brian McEnery

Brian is a Partner in BDO Ireland, specialising in two areas, corporate restructuring and healthcare consulting. Brian first joined BDO in 1995 and became a Partner in the firm in 2002. In 2003, Brian was one of the founding partners of a new office of Crowe Horwath and, in 2012, this office of Crowe Horwath merged again with BDO. Brian graduated with ACCA in 1993, becoming a member in 1998 and a Fellow in 2003.

Bruce Charles Vivian

Bruce qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2006. He worked for six years at PwC in assurance before taking a three year hiatus to serve in his local church. In 2013 he joined the learning & development unit at the Auditor-General South Africa as a manager for technical learning. He graduated with a Master of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016. He is currently the senior manager responsible for professionalisation at AFROSAI-E.

Charles Tilley OBE

Charles Tilley OBE, FCMA, CGMA is Executive Chairman of The CGMA Research Foundation, which focuses upon Management Accounting thought leadership including developments in external and internal reporting, performance management, and the development of the finance function. Formerly CIMA’s CEO, Charles is chairman of International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) professional accountants in business committee. He was previously the UK board member to IFAC, representing the UK accounting profession.

Eshetu Yimer LEGESSE

Eshetu is the Acting Manager for the Financial Management Division and Chief Regional Financial Management Coordinator at the African Development Bank. He has more than twenty-five years of experience on financial management and auditing.  He has been involved on financial management and disbursements of investment and budget support operations; and Public Financial Management (PFM) works, including Public Expenditures and Financial Accountability (PEFA) and Country Fiduciary Risk (CFR) Assessments.

Professor Mark Allison

Mark is Executive Director, Education for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  He is responsible for the Institute’s Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification system and has overall responsibility for the examination system, curriculum, accreditation of universities throughout the UK, authorisation of employers and overall ICAS education strategy for the CA and other qualifications developed and offered by ICAS.

Lucy Mbabazi

 is Country Manager at Visa Rwanda overseeing operations in Rwanda and Burundi. Prior to this role, she led the implementation of Visa – Government of Rwanda (GoR) Public Private Partnership initiatives 2011 – 2015 established to lay the foundation for digitization of Rwanda’s economy and financial inclusion. Lucy was also part of a team of seven who led the successful pilot of mVISA. Prior to Visa, Lucy served as Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Head of Information Technology at Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT)

Nikiwe Pinda

She has worked as;
Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC), Director and Shareholder at NV Corporate Trends Consult. South
Director and Shareholder Corporate Trends Consultancy Co. Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Lesotho PostBank, and LTD Legal Officer Lesotho Revenue Authority

Dr. Sebastian O. Okeke

 is an Agricultural Economist and Development Banker by training and experience.
He holds a BSc. Honors degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; MBA Finance and Banking from the Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Nigeria; and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria). He is a Member of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists and Ibadan Socio-Economic Club.

Papa Bathie GUEYE

Papa Bathie GUEYE is a partner at the Senegalese accounting firm RMA Senegal, which he joined in 2012 upon his return from the United States. He is a member of the Senegalese chartered accountancy board Ordre National des Experts Comptables et Comptables Agrées(ONECCA) where he oversees the equivalency committee as well as its Newsletter

Patrick Kabuya,

Senior Financial Management Specialist at the World Bank. His role involves supporting countries, and regional and global institutions to strengthen accountancy profession, corporate governance, and public finance management.  He serves in a number of leadership positions. He has extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in these areas.He holds a Masters of Commerce (International Accounting) degree from University of Johannesburg, and Bcom Accounting (honours) from University of Nairobi.

Theuns Holtshousen
Plays a pivotal role in the strategic direction and growth of the business across the African continent. His focus lies in market strategy and growing the market share. He is currently the Business Leader for CaseWare Africa within the Adapt IT Group and has been a pioneer in the software industry for more than 14 years. As an accomplished leader, with a demonstrated track record for driving market growth, Theuns has presented CaseWare around Africa, from Kenya, to Nigeria and Mauritius.

Willem du Preez

 Vice-President of Intercontinental Trust Ltd in South Africa primarily focusing on assisting, South African Clients with their requirements for global expansion. Willem is an experienced consultant assisting companies with their expansion into Africa, providing assistance with the implementation of the company’s strategic objectives. This includes but is not limited to providing input into business strategy and structuring, incorporating and maintaining corporate structures throughout globally.

Andrew Harding

Chief Executive – Management Accounting of The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of CIMA as it joined forces to create the world’s most influential accountancy Association, representing the full breadth of the profession. He served as Managing Director of CIMA from 2011 to 2016 and was responsible for the institute’s operational performance.

Arjuna Herath,

FCA, CGMA, FCMA, became Chair of the IFAC Professional Accountancy Organization Development Committee in January 2017, having served as a member of the committee since 2013. He was nominated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.Mr. Herath is a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young, Sri Lanka and Maldives.Mr. Herath is the Immediate Past President and a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Babatunde Adebisi SANDA

He had 36 years cognate experience, over 18 in Auditing and Consulting spanning 3 of the Biggest International Professional firms namely Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst& Whinney and PriceWaterHouse where he rose to the position of Senior Consultant in 1990. He retired as a senior partner of EY in December 2016. He is now into Economic, business and financial consulting.

Ms. Assietou Sylla Diouf

Director, Programming, Budgeting, Finance & Accounting Directorate, African Union Commission.

Assietou has worked a key finance executive in leading private and public financial institutions in Africa, Europe and Middle East (BCEAO), Credit Agricole, Barclays bank,  African Union) where she played a significant role in the implantation of international standards across the finance function.

Arnaud DEBRAY

Arnaud DEBRAY, 59 years old, is a Senior Partner at AXE CONSEILS, in Normandy, north of France (ten partners, eight offices and 140 staff), and provides services for clients across whole France on accountancy, tax, audit and associated services. He has been for 4 years, from 2013 to 2016, the Vice-President of the French Chartered Accountants National Institute and still represents this institute in Africa.

Imran Vanker

Joined the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) in January 2016. He was nominated by the independent audit regulator and standard setter in South Africa, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). He is the Director of Standards at the IRBA, responsible for the IRBA’s strategy on strengthening independent audit regulation in Africa.

Leigh Roberts

Chief executive of the Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africa.  She has been deeply involved in the development of integrated reporting in South Africa and internationally. She is the current chairman of the Working Group of the IRC which is responsible for developing technical guidance. She was involved in the development of the International Framework being a member of the Technical Task Force and Working Group of the International Integrated Reporting Council.  

Dr George Larbi

Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, World Bank, responsible for Financial Accountability and Reporting (FAR) and Public Sector and Institutions (PSI) departments in eleven countries in Africa Region of the World Bank. Prior to taking the role of manager he was Lead Public Sector Management Specialist and Governance Cluster Leader for East Africa. Before joining the World Bank in 2006, Dr Larbi taught for 12 years at the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham.

Mr. Lawrence Ssemakula

Accountant General, Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development

Mr. Semakula Lawrence is the Accountant General of Uganda. A position he has held since January, 2013. He joined the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in 2001 and prior to joining Government, Lawrence worked with Nile Hotel International (Now Serena Kampala) for a period of 11 years.

Prof. Samuel K. Sejaaka,

Partner, SNG Sejaaka, Kaawaase & Co.

Prof. Sejjaaka is a Certified Public Accountant and Professor of Finance and Accounting at Abacus Business School. Sejjaaka is the Chairman, Uganda Development Bank, Director and Chairman Board Audit Committee, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited; Director & Chairman Board Audit Committee, UAP old Mutual Life Insurance Limited; as well as the Chairman, UAP Old Mutual Financial Services Limited.

 

Ms. Zimkita Mabindla, Senior Executive, Corporate Reporting, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Senior Executive Corporate Reporting (SAICA). Zimkita is a qualified CA (SA) and has experience in internal and external audit and financial management. Before joining SAICA she had worked as a Financial Reporting Analyst for a listed JSE telecommunications company, an Associate Director for a Big 4 audit firm, a Group Financial Controller for a subsidiary of a multinational company and Chief Financial Officer for a small / medium sized entity in South Africa.

Dr. Asuman Guloba

Manager, Policy, Research and Innovation at the National Planning Authority (Uganda).

Dr. Asuman holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Dar Es Salaam, and an MA Economics from the same University. He holds a BA Economics from Makerere University-Uganda.He has serves as a Senior & Visiting Lecturer at Makerere University. He laso worked with the World Bank as a Country Economist in Zambia, an Economist with the World Bank Office in Uganda and a Principal Economist with Parliament of Uganda

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