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The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Conference and Awards 2016

Date 05 October 2016

This event has now taken place, we will be announcing the 2017 edition soon. Pictures and presentations from this year’s event can be found on the relevant pages.

BREAKING – See our award page for an exclusive early winner announcement 

The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Conference and Awards has grown from strength to strength in recent years. Starting as an awards reception in 2012, we will be returning to London in 2016 with a full day’s conference followed by a gala awards ceremony aimed at UK, European and global accounting firm leaders.

Bringing together some of the most prominent people from the industry the focus of the talks will consider the global accountancy landscape in 2016, adapting to the digital age, revaluating audit, the rise of non-financial reporting and the latest innovations in the market. Our expert speakers will conclude the forum by debating the future of the accounting industry.

The evening will host a gala dinner to celebrate winners of The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards 2016, celebrating excellence in the accounting profession.

Attend The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Conference and Awards to:

  • Get access to exclusive research on the accountancy industry
  • Discover new case studies from across Europe and beyond
  • Benchmark your strategy against other firms and networks
  • Meet and build relationships with senior influencers from across the industry

The event is an opportunity to share ideas, discover trends and network with peers across the accountancy, while enjoying exclusive research and case studies delivered by thought leaders.

The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Conference and Awards 2016 provides a setting to engage in a dialogue with the community of decision-makers and influencers.

We invite you to become an active voice in this discussion to shape the future of accountancy.

Register now


Firms, Networks and Associations – Full Day Conference & Awards Dinner


Industry solution providers –  Full Day Conference & Awards Dinner


Awards Only Ticket


Bring the team! 3 places for the price of 2*

To register now, or for more information, send an email with the option you’ve chosen to:

Zoi Kotzampasi  T: +44 (0) 20 3096 2587 E:

Terms and Conditions

Changes and Cancellation We reserve the right to change event details if necessary, although we will endeavor to keep all changes to a minimum. We will inform you as soon as possible of important changes, for example name or date changes.

Substitutions may be made in writing at any time and will incur no penalty fee. Cancellations without a substitute delegate received a month prior to the event will be subject to a 20% cancellation charge. Delegates canceling after this date without a substitute delegate will be required to pay the full fee and no refund will be made. Cancellations must be received in writing or via email and will not be accepted over the phone.

Force Majeure. We reserve the right to cancel the event by reason of Force Majeure, included but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions, acts of war or violence, malicious damage, explosion, earthquake, strike, civil disturbances, political unrest, riot, labour dispute, power cuts or any other extraneous variable beyond FNP’s control.

*3 for 2 offer applies to the standard rate price only available to Firms, Networks and Associations.

Bernard Peter Agulhas, CEO, Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA)

Bernard Peter AgulhasBernard is passionate about ensuring that South Africa’s auditing and reporting standards stay on par with global benchmarks. For six consecutive years while he’s been heading the statutory audit regulator, South Africa has been ranked number one for its auditing and reporting standards.
Prior to being the IRBA CEO, he was the organisation’s Technical Director and largely responsible for audit and ethics standard-setting for the profession in South Africa. During that period, he was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of the International Standards on Auditing (ISA) in South Africa. He also played a part in the international standard-setting activities of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) as a technical advisor to the South African member, in addition to providing technical support on the redrafting of three of the ISAs for the IFAC in terms of its five-year Clarity Project.

Sue Almond, Partner Grant Thornton

Sue-Almond_Grant_ThorntonSue has had a distinguished career in the global audit and assurance profession, re-joining Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance in 2015. She works closely with the firm’s leadership, focusing on quality and excellence. Sue led the ACCA’s external affairs programme and remains an active member of IAASB working groups on Data Analytics and Integrated Reporting.

Amy Askew, Partner, Menzies

Amy AskewAmy joined Menzies in 2005, qualified in 2008 and became a partner in 2014.

In 2015, Amy won the prestigious ‘Young Accountant of the Year’ at the International Accounting Bulletin Awards.

Amy acts primarily for the firm’s larger SME clients working closely with the owners and directors. Acting as a strategic advisor, she combines her ability to identify and solve business issues to guide her clients towards achieving their business goals.

Amy advises a wide range of companies with a particular emphasis on technology companies, construction businesses and international groups and specialises in business and share valuation for privately-owned businesses.


Hilde Blomme, Deputy Chief Executive, Federation of European Accountants (FEE)

Hilde BlommeHilde Blomme is Reviseur d’Entreprises (Belgium), MBA, FCCA, CPA. She joined FEE in 2003 as Director of Practice Regulation. In 2011, she became FEE Deputy Chief Executive. In her role, she focuses on supporting and advising FEE governing bodies related to public policy and technical matters, co-developing FEE strategy with a focus on public policy and regulatory matters, representing FEE on professional and technical matters and developing FEE staff.

As FEE Board Member, Hilde advises on public policy, regulatory and technical matters, co-develops strategy and represents FEE in areas like accounting, reporting, auditing and ethics.

Prior to this assignment, she spent nine years with PwC as an external auditor, consecutively in Brussels, New York and London dealing with both multinational and SME audit clients. Prior to joining PwC, she spent three years with local Belgian auditing firms serving SME clients. She started her professional career at Morgan Guaranty Trust in Brussels.

Paul Bulpitt, Head of Accounting, Xero & Co-Founder, The Wow Company

Paul BulpittPaul’s role as Head of Accounting at Xero is to champion the perspectives of both the practices and small businesses that use Xero. It’s a unique position which plays a part in the future direction of the Xero product and ecosystem.

Paul is also co-founder of The Wow Company, a national firm of accountants offering proactive service to small businesses across the UK, from start-up to £5m turnover.

David Chitty, International Accounting & Audit Director, Crowe Horwath International

David ChittyDavid is International Accounting & Audit Director of Crowe Horwath International. Prior to taking this appointment in 2010, David was an audit partner with the UK member firm of Crowe Horwath International.
David was a member of the Council of the ICAEW from 2001 until 2013 and a member of ICAEW’s Audit Committee from 2010 to 2015. He represented ICAEW as the UK member of the IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) Small & Medium Practices (SMP) Committee from 2007 until 2012. David is currently an elected member of the IFAC Transnational Auditors’ Committee (TAC).

Faye Chua, Head of Business Insights, ACCA

Dave ClementeFaye Chua is ACCA’s portfolio head – business insights, leading ACCA’s future research and its global research and insights programme with a focus on the future directions of business and the accountancy profession across a range of subjects and disciplines. Faye has over 10 years of experience in research across different sectors of the economy and has worked in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Dave Clemente, Manager – Cyber Risk Research, Deloitte UK

Dave ClementeDave Clemente is a researcher at Deloitte UK, where he analyses difficult cyber security challenges faced by a variety of industries. Prior to this, he was a researcher at PwC and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). His areas of expertise include technology and cyber security policy, and he has authored numerous publications and appeared regularly in the media. He has a BA in International Relations and a MA in Near and Middle East Studies.

Adriano Corrêa, Partner, Financial Advisory Services, BDO Brazil

Adiano CorreaAdriano is responsible for the team technical management and projects of Business Strategy, Corporate Finance, IT Risk Advisory Services, relationship management with clients, coaching and training. He also participates in the Methodology Committee of the areas of Advisory and Audit of BDO Brazil.


Adriano has a history of ten years of excellence in audit work, Financial Consultancy, RAS IT and Business Strategy. He has extensive experience in leading teams, financial performance improvement, business development, project management, cost optimization and profitability, and market opportunities identification. He serves in the areas of Audit and Advisory, offering Audit and Corporate Finance services including Valuations, Economic Analysis and Profitability, Strategic Planning, Business Plans, Feasibility Analysis, Risk Audit, Organizational Restructuring, Accounting Reviews, Accounting Auditing, Impairment and advice on Mergers and Acquisitions (M & A). Adriano worked at BDO Canada 2012-2014, getting international experience and expertise in the area of Natural Resources.

Paul Druckman, CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council

Paul DruckmanPaul is Chief Executive Officer of the IIRC. Paul is well known and respected in business and in the accounting profession worldwide. Following an entrepreneurial career in the software industry, Paul operated as a non-executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors until taking over this post. Formerly a Director of the UK Financial Reporting Council; member of the City Takeover Panel; and President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Other interests have included chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board.


Anders Heede, CEO EMEA and Global Head of Network Development and Advisory, BDO International Limited

Anders Heede
Anders started his career working in industry, developing new business areas, managing turnarounds, doing PE sales and executing growth strategies for industrial and pharmaceutical firms in global markets. He has used his industry experience within management consulting where he advised Fortune clients on strategy and top business issues at McKinsey & Co.

Anders joined BDO Denmark as CEO in 2008. Under his leadership, BDO Denmark grew from €70m to €120m revenue through a number of mergers. BDO captured the number 4 place in the market, ahead of EY.

As CEO EMEA, Anders drives the growth and facilitates mergers across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Education: M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration (Marketing & Strategy)
Academic Experience: Co-author of “Economical Marketing”

Paul Kazarian, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Japonica Partners

Anders Heede
Paul B. Kazarian is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Japonica Partners and the Charles & Agnes Kazarian Philanthropic Foundations. Japonica is a private investment firm that focuses on underperforming global special situations where they discover large value gaps that can be closed with transformational turnaround plans. Major public investment situations include: $690 million reorganization of Fortune 200 Allegheny International as the lead investor/sponsor; $1.5 billion turnaround of Fortune 300 Sunbeam-Oster, Inc. as Chairman, CEO, CFO, and majority stockholder; $1.6 billion white knight for Fortune 300 CNW Corp. as the largest private stockholder; $2.4 billion restructuring proposal for Fortune 100 Borden, Inc. as the lead sponsor; and, Greek government turnaround as one of the largest private investors in the €29.6 billion of Greek government long-term bonds. Prior to founding Japonica in 1988, Kazarian was an executive at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Kazarian has an MBA from Columbia, an AM from Brown, and a BA from Bates. Kazarian is an American of Armenian descent, whose grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide.

Mark Koziel, Vice President – Firm Services & Global Alliances, AICPA

Mark Koziel

Mark Koziel is Vice President – Firm Services & Global Alliances at the AICPA, overseeing the development, ongoing improvement and delivery of services to members in PCPS/Firm Practice Management and International relations.
Prior to this, Mark served as Director of Media Planning for a political consulting firm after a twelve year public accounting career in several accounting, auditing and consulting roles at an accounting firm.
Mark was a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs and one of the founding members of the Young CPAs committee. He served as Chair before being appointed to the Buffalo Chapter Board, serving as President 2003-2004.

Mark was named in the top 10 of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today in 2015 and has been in the Top 100 list since 2008. He has been in the CPA Practice Advisors’ 25 Thought Leaders list 2012-2016, and in the Global Accounting Power 50 list 2014 and 2015.

Contact Information:
AICPA, 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707, Direct dial – (919) 402-4808
Email –

Franklin Lau, Chief Executive Officer, Reanda International

Mr. LauFCPA (Practising), FCCA, FCPA (Aust.)

  • Associate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1988
  • Associate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 1989
  • Associate member of CPA Australia since 2009

Mr. Lau has been the CEO of Reanda International since June 2010. He is also the managing partner of Reanda Lau & Au Yeung (HK) CPA Limited, a CPA firm registered in Hong Kong.
Mr. Lau has over twenty five years’ experience in auditing, regional tax planning, operation re-engineering and financial arrangement. This included being financial controller for 2 listed companies in Hong Kong, as well as audit manager in Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Thuto Masasa, Partner, Nkonki Incorporated

Thuto MasasaThuto has mixed responsibilities in Assurance Services and Integrated Reporting, is a member of the Integrated Reporting Council (IRC) Working Group and a representative of Nkonki in the International Integrated Reporting Council’s (IIRC) Business and Public Sector Pioneer networks. Thuto has contributed to IIRC’s thought leadership initiatives in respect of Integrated Reporting, including the State Owned Companies Integrated Reporting Awards and the JSE Top 100 Listed Companies Integrated Reports since their inception in 2011.

Thuto has 10 years’ experience as a qualified chartered accountant working in commerce, assurance and corporate advisory services, as well as working in transportation, aviation, telecommunication, construction, agriculture, manufacturing media and development finance sectors. Past experiences include working for Cummins, a Fortune 500 company, and facilitated training in various countries in Africa, Asia and Europe through Deloitte.

One of her passions is building and developing South Africa’s youth, participating for three years in the Spirit of the Youth Programme, and entrepreneurship programmes of the African Leadership Academy. Thuto also served as a board member of Beyond the Lemonade Stand in 2013.

Omar El Sabh, Digital Marketing Manager, RSM Egypt- Consulting | FPO

Omar El SabhMr. Omar El Sabh is the P.R and Social Media Manager at RSM Egypt Consulting FPO as well as the founder of Ripplemark Egypt for digital marketing services as of November 2014. He currently holds a professional diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute in Ireland and has undergone familiarisation trainings in various digital marketing channels & platforms. He has worked with over 25 brands in the past 3 years, helping them develop social media strategies and online advertising campaigns. His strong suits include Facebook advertising, P.R and communication and client management. His most notable achievement worth mentioning here was in succeeding to nominate RSM Egypt last year in the finalists for the social media category, this achievement he stresses was a collaborative effort, one he could not have done without his team.

Hermann SidhuEY Global Assurance Digital Leader

Hermann SidhuHermann is currently EY’s Statutory Reporting Center of Excellence leader, a high-value, technology driven proposition, which transforms statutory audits for our largest current and prospective clients. The center provides leading practices and develops cutting-edge tools and technologies for executing global audits. The center continues to drive significant innovation through data analytics, robotics process automation and a suite of client facing digital project management tools. He has also helped develop EY’s centralized audit approach in shared services center environments. Currently based in Dublin, Hermann has extensive international experience having worked in Japan and the US.

Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, UK

Prem SikkaPrem Sikka is professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, UK. His research on accountancy, auditing, tax avoidance, tax havens, corruption, corporate governance, money laundering, insolvency and business affairs has been published in books, international scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on radio and television programmes to comment on business matters. He has advised and given evidence to parliamentary committees. He holds the Working for Justice Award from Tax Justice Network, Accounting Exemplar Award from the American Accounting Association and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Accounting and Finance Association and PQ Magazine.

Michael Zimonyi, Policy & External Affairs Manager, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Michael ZimonyiMichael Zimonyi manages CDSB’s policy work and oversees communications. He joined CDSB in 2012 to lead the development of digital reporting standards (XBRL) lead regulator and corporate engagement as well as communications. Prior to joining CDSB, Michael has worked at a global pharmaceutical corporation and at the sustainability think tank Forum for the Future. Michael has a degree in Chemistry with Environmental Science from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


International Accounting Bulletin and The Accountant Awards 2016 will take place on 6th October

International Accounting Bulletin and The Accountant Awards 2016Ahead of this year’s TA and IAB Awards on 6th October, we are thrilled to be able to make an exclusive announcement ahead of the awards ceremony. This year’s Special Editors Award has gone to Paul Kazarian for his contribution to strengthening democracy through government financial management, and we are delighted to offer our congratulations. Paul will be in attendance at the event so we hope that you join us there to celebrate, and of course to recognise the winners across all of our awards categories for 2016, which will be revealed during a Gala dinner that night

The list of award categories and judging criteria for 2016 can be found below. 

Network of the Year

The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees in this category must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

Judges will consider 
  • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region’s economic performance)
  • How effectively the network has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets 
  • Evidence that the network has consistently provided a top-level standard in network-wide audit quality 
  • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice 
  • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry 
  • Evidence of client satisfaction 
  • Evidence that the network has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients 
  • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public 
Rising Star Network 
The winner of this award might not be a household name but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market. Nominees in this category must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network. 
Judges will consider: 
  • Evidence of successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the network’s global position and reputation across the world Improved performance by fee income and global expansion 
  • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
  • Proven innovation to enhance the network’s delivery services
Association of the Year 
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas
over the past 12 months. 
Judges will consider
  • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region’s economic performance)
  • How effectively the association has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets 
  • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice 
  • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry 
  • Evidence of client satisfaction 
  • Evidence that the association has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
  • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public 
Rising Star Association 
The winner of this award might not be a household name but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation. 
Judges will consider
  • Evidence of the successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the association’s global position and reputation across the world 
  • Improved ranking/market position/increased number of members
  • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
  • The use of innovation to greatly enhance the network’s delivery of services 
Audit Innovation of the year 
This award will be given to a practice, network or association, which has with a new initiative or innovation in audit made a major change in improving audit quality, efficiency or added value to clients. This innovation could be an addition to an existing audit product/process or a completely new initiative.
Judges will look at the benefits and cutting edge thinking behind the innovation.
This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm or is a project. 

Judges will consider 
  • Evidence of improvements in efficiency, accuracy and reliability 
  • Client satisfaction and added value
  • Contribution to improved audit quality and reliability
  • Potential to keep the relevance and value of assurance services, at a time when firms grow revenues through advisory and ancillary services 
Advisory Project of the year
This award will be given to a local firm or global network/association which has been working on an advisory project or projects of significant importance or scale demonstrating the organisation’s advisory abilities.
The judges will be looking at how a firm or global network/association has developed certain advisory capabilities and successfully helped clients with its expertise on specific assignment. Nominations are welcome from all advisory areas. Special consideration will be made for projects with a social and environmental impact. 
Judges will consider: 
  • Evidence that an organisation’s advisory service has made an important difference to the success of a specific client project 
  • Evidence of outstanding innovation demonstrated during the work on the project which has benefitted a client/industry 
  • Nominations for advisory assignments which have played an important role in wider society will receive special consideration, as well as those with an approach that promotes healthy and constructive competition or collaboration within the winner’s different service lines 
Employer of the Year 
All accountancy stakeholders are
encouraged to nominate, for example: single firms, global associations and
networks, regulators, professional bodies, standard setters. 
In this category the winning single firm or professional body will demonstrate its commitment to its workforce through staff retention strategy and innovative thinking in securing new talent.
The winner will be widely acclaimed for the training and development of its employees as well as their benefits structure. Judges will look for evidence of creative solution to attracting and retaining talent as well as growing a diverse workforce and leadership.

Judges will consider 
  • Evidence of creative solutions for attraction and retaining talent
  • Evidence of commitment to a diverse workforce 
  • Evidence of industry leading methods and efforts in the area of human resources
  • Evidence of high staff satisfaction and high retention rates will also be taken into account 
Sustainable organisation of the year 
The winning organisation will have demonstrated a commitment to go the extra mile internally with regard to sustainability via a specific initiative. The winning initiative or internal overall strategy would have been rolled out in the past year or launched as an addition to an existing initiative. Judges will be looking for a winner that demonstrates how it has integrated and reported the non-financial KPIs that are material and impact the bottom line while also have a societal dimension (for example, disclosures which help its stakeholders to have better overall understanding of the risks faced by the organisation; effective use of reporting frameworks such as that of the International Integrated Reporting Council; making a significant contribution to the community the organisation operates in). Local, regional and global initiatives welcome. 
Judges will consider 
  • Evidence of how the initiative has impacted the firm 
  • An overview of the wider implications of the initiative
  • Evidence of successful employee involvement in the initiative/project
  • Special consideration will be given to initiatives that have created a market-wide benchmark 
Sustainability champion of the year
The winner will have demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in the financial and accounting sectors by being a driver for change in other organisations. The winner will have developed solutions, tools, innovative thinking and products with the aim of helping organisations develop long term strategies towards a more sustainable economy.

Judges will consider 
  • The winner’s achievements in the past year in helping others in their sustainability practices
  • Relevance of the winner’s activities for the financial and accounting sectors 
  • Advocacy of a sustainable agenda and promotion of a responsible corporate culture
  • Encouragement of long-term thinking and awareness of codes of good corporate governance and ethics 
  • Evidence of a solid grasp of the different frameworks and new standards on sustainability and non-financial information, with a knack for improving them and tailoring them to client’s needs 
Accountancy software of the year
The winning accounting practice software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software. 
Judges will consider 
  • Showcasing the innovation and market leading technology
  • Evidence of how the effective deployment of the software has reduced costs, improved quality and/or increased opportunities for growth 
  • Evidence of how the product has helped users and achieved high levels of user satisfaction 
  • Proven track record of new software/technology developed to assist the accounting profession 
Communication Campaign of the year 
This award will recognise the work of a communications/marketing/brand ambassadors team across the whole range of accountancy stakeholders (firms, professional bodies, federations, standard-setters, regulators, etc). The winner will have contributed to making successful a campaign that, while being relevant, has excelled in the way it has been communicated.
Judges will consider
  • Substance, relevance and importance of the campaign/s or initiative/s that has been promoted 
  • Creativity, wittiness and originality of the format, language, style and tone used to address your audience
  • Ability to explain a technical topic, grabbing the attention of the targeted audience, with an underlying ambition of reaching or getting other professions or industries (investors, politicians, lawmakers, civil society, etc.) interested
  • Dexterity in capturing the philosophy, values and core mission of your organisation, effectively transmitting a vital message to the winner’s audience 
Thought Leadership Initiative of the year
This category will celebrate the success of a firm, network/association, professional body, regulator, professional federation etc., which has with its thought leadership initiative made a significant contribution towards trying to raise a particular issue, sparking or making a lasting impact on industry debates. Nominations welcome on thought leadership initiatives from the financial and non-financial arena.
Judges will consider
  • The impact the thought leadership has had towards influencing a particular topic 
  • Evidence of engagement from stakeholders
  • Thought provoking content and fresh ways of looking at a particular topic 
Long-lasting impact

Professional Body of the year 

The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: finance and business world, government and society as a whole. The winner will be a top influencer that not only serves effectively its membership but also safeguards the public interest nature of the profession, as well as contributes to the values and skills that accountants should master. 

Judges will consider
  • Full disclosure of membership information, such as fully qualified members or members pursuing the professional body’s qualification, including country-by-country disclosure for global bodies
  • Evidence of a strong and/or sustainable growth and development strategy, which meets market demand for skilled professionals 
  • An effective good governance structure, that upholds and supports principles of public interest
  • Evidence of its influence in the industry of a country, region or internationally, through thought leadership campaigns, constructive lobby initiatives and/or research efforts 
  • Relevant, innovative and successful professional qualification, if applicable
  • Solid oversight of its certification/examinations and/or regulatory powers of the profession, if applicable 
Accounting capacity building champion of the year
The winning accountancy stakeholder will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing the profession in emerging countries and/or regions where it is acknowledged that the accountancy infrastructure can be improved. The successful organisation will have contributed (financially and/or by sharing expertise through secondments or other means) to create a more robust framework for doing business, reinforce institutions and strengthen government accountability. 
Judges will consider 
  • Initiatives in the field of accountancy education that have attracted talent and improved the quality of university and professional bodies’ syllabus 
  • Professional training projects or ad hoc programmes that have empowered practising or part-qualified accountants working for government, accountancy firms, businesses or organisations involved in the development of the country’s financial infrastructure 
  • Cooperation initiatives that have improved the regulation and oversight of the accountancy profession
  • Advocacy projects that have raised awareness on the importance of strengthening public finance management or helped drafted or passed laws that have or will improve government accountability
Young Accountant of the Year 
The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to his or her employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. The young accountant will be a professional employed in practice, business, government or another organisation in which his or her accountancy skill has become an essential asset. 

Personality of the Year
We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession and who has made a significant contribution in the past year. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business. 

Lifetime Achievement Award
 This award recognises consistent levels of achievement within the profession over a number of years. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

The finalists for the The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards 2016 are listed below. Winners will be announced at The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards on 6th October 2016. 

Accountancy Software of the Year
  • BlackLine
  • Crowe Horwath LLP (USA)
  • EY
  • Xero
Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
  • International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Advisory project of the year
  • Allinial’s Communities of Practice Model
  • HLB Russia’s Prime Advice
  • SKP Business Consulting LLP’s Restructuring Assignment with Mauritian Based Textile Group
Association of the Year
  • IAPA International 
  • Morison KSi
  • Praxity Global Alliance
Audit Innovation of the Year
  • PwC’s Halo
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Icount
  • KPMG’s Dynamic Risk Assesment 
Communication Campaign of the Year – Global Organisation
  • BKR International’s Multi – Media Visibility Campaign
  • Grant Thornton’s Tax is Sexy
  • INPACT’s Strengthening of the Brand
  • KPMG’s COP21 Communications Campaign
  • Nexia International’s Re branding 
  • Praxity’s Resources Initiative to Connect Member Firms from Across the World
Communication Campaign of the Year – Single Entity
  • Japonica Partner’s Work on IPSAS
  • Kingston Smith LLP’s Creative Vision Award
  • Mark Paneth LLP’s Puzzles Advertising Campaign
  • PP&C Auditors Independence’s (Brazil) Collaboration with
Employer of the Year
  • Foo Kon Tan LLP (HLB International)
  • Grant Thornton International 
  • Nexia International 
  • Plante Moran (Praxity)
  • WithumSmith + Brown, PC (HLB International)
Network of the Year
  • Baker Tilly International 
  • Nexia International 
  • Reanda International 
  • RSM
Professional Body of the Year
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
  • Institutes of Management Accountants (IMA)
Rising Star Association of the Year
  • Abacus Worldwide
  • AGN
  • Allinial
  • Alliott Group LTD
Sustainability Champion of the Year
  • Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)
  • KPMG
  • Nexia SJ Tanzania
Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year  
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
  • Guru & Jana, Chartered Accountants (HLB International)
  • Japonica Partners
  • KPMG
  • Rehmann (Nexia International)
  • RSM Egypt – Consulting FPO

The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin’s Conference brings together some of the most prominent people from the industry the focus of the talks will consider the accountancy landscape in 2016: industry disruption, big data, analytics and the latest innovations in the market. Our expert speakers will conclude the forum by debating the future of the accounting industry. 
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