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IFRS Foundation Conference: Amsterdam 2017

29 - 30 June 2017

Hotel Okura - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kathryn is a senior technical manager at the IASB.  Kathryn spent the last two years working on the leases project, which resulted in the issuance of IFRS 16 Leases, and now leads the IASB’s activities to support implementation of IFRS 16.  Prior to joining the IASB, Kathryn worked as a technical analyst at Tesco plc, providing IFRS support and training to the group and local finance teams.  Kathryn previously worked as an audit manager for EY in London, working with clients in the retail and technology sectors.

Mr Edelmann served as a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany (DRSC) from 2006 until 2011. He is a former Head of Group Reporting at Deutsche Bank AG, where he was responsible for internal and external reporting activities between 1997 and 2011. During his time at the Bank, he oversaw a number of major projects including the Bank's conversion from US GAAP to IFRS Standards in 2007. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mr Edelmann worked at KPMG for nine years providing audit services primarily for financial institution. During that time with KPMG he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Until joining the IASB he was a senior adviser at German consultancy firm zeb/rolfes.schierenbeck.associates (Zeb). Mr Edelmann was also a member of the Accounting Working Group of the German Banking Association for 14 years and served as its Chairman from 2004-2011.

Mr Hoogervorst is a former chairman of the executive board, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), and a former chairman of the IOSCO technical committee. He was appointed as a co-chair of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group, a high level group of business leaders with experience of international markets, to advise the IASB and the FASB on their joint response to the financial crisis. He also served as Chairman of the Monitoring Board of the IFRS Foundation, oversight body of the IASB.

Between 1998 and 2007 Mr Hoogervorst held a number of positions in the Dutch Government, including minister of finance, minister of health, welfare and sport, and state secretary for social affairs. Prior to this Mr Hoogervorst served both as a member and senior policy advisor to the Dutch Parliament and the Ministry of Finance. He also spent three years as a banking officer for the National Bank of Washington in Washington, DC.

Mr Hoogervorst holds a Masters degree in modern history (University of Amsterdam, 1981) and a Master of Arts degree in international relations (Johns Hopkins University school of advanced international relations, majoring in international economics and Latin American studies).

Rachel Knubley is a Technical Principal at the IASB. Since joining the IASB in 2006, Rachel has worked on a number of major projects including the Leases and Insurance. She led the development of both the Leases Discussion Paper and the first Leases Exposure Draft. Rachel is now leading the IASB’s project to revise its Conceptual Framework. Before joining the staff of the IASB, she worked for PwC providing accounting advice on both UK GAAP and IFRS.

Sue Lloyd was appointed as Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board in October 2016, having served as a Board member since 2014. In February 2017 Ms Lloyd was appointed as Chair of the IFRS Interpretations Committee.

Prior to being appointed to the Board, Ms Lloyd served as IASB Senior Director of Technical Activities, leading the technical staff in the development of new IFRS Standards, and as Director of Capital Markets, with specific responsibilities for the Board’s work to reform the accounting for financial instruments.

Ms Lloyd also worked for the Board as a technical project manager between 2002 and 2004 and has held various positions in investment banking both in the UK and in Australia and is a former member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board. She has a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Henry Rees is Director of Implementation and Adoption Activities at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). In this role, he is responsible for activities supporting the implementation of IFRS Standards. In his time at the IASB he has worked on a number of technical projects and, in particular, was closely involved in the development of the new revenue recognition and leases standards. Before joining the IASB in 2003, he worked in KPMG’s United Kingdom audit practice. He is an English Chartered Accountant.

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Mary Tokar

Ms Tokar is a highly-respected figure in the field of international financial reporting.  Prior to joining the IASB, she served as the global leader for KPMG’s International Financial Reporting Group, leading KPMG’s dialogue with the global accounting regulatory and standard-setting communities.  Ms Tokar has significant experience in the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) in both developed and emerging economies, having worked in KPMG’s global IFRS group with engagement teams and clients around the world in their transition to and application of IFRSs.  She served as a member of the IFRS Interpretations Committee between 2001 and 2007 and was a KPMG global leader for employee benefit and share-based payment accounting. Previously, Ms Tokar worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as the Senior Associate Chief Accountant, International, in the Chief Accountant’s Office. At the SEC Ms Tokar was the lead SEC representative for international accounting issues, and she chaired an international committee of securities regulators working on disclosure and accounting issues for the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

Patrina Buchanan is an Associate Technical Director at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Patrina works with Director of Implementation and Adoption Activities Henry Rees on activities supporting the implementation of IFRS Standards, and leads the work supporting the IFRS Interpretations Committee. Patrina has worked on a number of technical projects at the IASB and, in particular, led the development of the leases and consolidation standards. Before joining the IASB in 2004 she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belfast, Brussels and London. Patrina is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Kumar Dasgupta is a Technical Director at the IASB and is responsible for the financial instruments project. Kumar’s journey with IFRS Standards started in London when he joined the IASB as project manager and was responsible for the current standards on financial instruments. Subsequent to the IASB, he worked with Barclays Capital UK from where he moved to practice advising clients on financial instrument accounting issues and valuations under IFRS Standards. Prior to joining the IASB he was the National partner responsible for Treasury and Financial Instruments Accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in India. Kumar is a Chartered Accountant and alumni of London Business School where he did his Masters specialising in quantitative finance.

Ms Flores joined the Board in 2017. She has almost four decades of experience with financial reporting both from a company perspective and from a standard-setting point of view. She served as Chief Executive Officer of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and Chairman of EFRAG’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) from 2010 to 2016.Prior to joining the Board, she briefly returned to work as a partner at accountancy firm Mazars in Paris, France, where she also worked from 2002 to 2010. Ms Flores has worked as Chief Financial Officer for more than a decade for both listed and private groups, including CFO of BPI Group, Intertechnique subsidiary IN-LHC and Thomson Group subsidiary Auxilec SA. She has a Master in Business Administration from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris.

Manuel joined the IASB in 2008 and is Project lead for Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Equity. He was also project lead on IAS 19 Employee Benefits. He has worked on numerous Exposure Drafts including: Financial Instruments: Expected credit losses 2013; Revenue from Contracts with Customers 2010 (Joint with the FASB) and
Defined benefit plans 2010. Prior to joining the IASB, Mr Kapsis worked in audit for PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers (Australia), UHY Hacker Young and UHY Haines Norton.

Aida is a qualified Accountant and an MBA with over 15 years of experience of IFRS implementation and standard-setting. Aida is particularly skilled in leading new initiatives and change as well as research. Prior to joining the IASB in 2008, Aida held positions as senior consultant with Corporate Solutions Consulting in Eastern Europe and CIS and as Independent - Assistant IFRS Trainer with the Chamber of Commerce Bosnia.

Andrea Pryde is an Associate Technical Director at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and is responsible for standard-setting activities other than financial instruments. Andrea has contributed to a number of technical projects at the IASB, most recently leading the development of the new Standard on insurance contracts. Before joining the IASB in 2002, she worked in Andersen’s audit practice in London. Andrea qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, after graduating with a first-class honours degree in Chemical Physics from Edinburgh University.

Mr Cooper became a member of the IASB in 2007 having previously served on a number of IASB advisory groups, including the working group related to the development of IFRS 2 Share-based Payment and the joint international group advising the IASB and FASB on financial statement presentation. He was also a member of the IASB’s investor advisory group from its inception, now called the capital markets advisory committee. Prior to joining the IASB Mr Cooper was a Managing Director in the equities division of UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1997 as an analyst specialising in equity valuation and accounting for which he was voted the #1 analyst in Europe for several years. Subsequently he was also appointed as a member of the UBS research global investment recommendations committee and the investment committee of the UBS UK pension fund. Mr Cooper has also had other investment banking related roles including corporate finance advisory at Schroders, now part of Citigroup, and financial analysis education and training. Mr Cooper qualified as an accountant in 1983 and has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Mr Kumar's role is to support the IASB (the Board) in its efforts to improve the knowledge of IFRS Standards; To work with the IASB technical staff to develop both educational materials for the investment community and presentations for investor outreach activities; To develop and maintain an internal investor education programme and materials for both IASB staff and Board members; To manage external relations, the organisation’s investor events and its internal training programme. Prior to joining the IASB, Mr Siddhant worked in investment banking, as an equity anlayst and as a capital markets lecturer across London, Dubai and India.

Raghava Tirumala is a Technical Manager at the IASB leading the IASB’s activities to support implementation of IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. He is also the project manager of the IASB’s goodwill and impairment research project. Before joining the staff of the IASB he spent 12 years with accounting firms providing audit and accounting advisory services, out of which he spent 6 years with PwC India providing IFRS and US GAAP accounting advisory services to various multi-national groups in India.

Professor Jan Peter Balkenende (born in 1956), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010.has been a partner at EY between 2011 and 2016, focusing on corporate responsibility, international affairs and areas at the interface of the public and private sectors. Since 1 July he has been External Senior Advisor to EY. Since 2010, Jan Peter Balkenende has been Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Matt Tilling is the Director of Education at the International Accounting Standards Board. In this role he is responsible for a range of educational activities including conferences, framework based teaching, professional development materials and the Guide through IFRS Standards. Prior to joining the Foundation he was based in Perth, Western Australia, where he split his time between professional accounting and academia. As a senior manager at BDO he was responsible for the strategic development and delivery of customised professional development programmes and for providing technical accounting support for both internal teams and external clients. At the University of Notre Dame in Australia he was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Accounting programmes. He lectured on technical accounting topics, wrote several textbooks and researched disclosure-related issues.

Michelle Fisher joined the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in March 2012 and has been working on the goodwill and impairment project since September 2015. Before joining the IASB, Miss Fisher worked as a Senior Technical Manager in the Technical Department at Deloitte Hong Kong for eight years.  Before moving to Deloitte Hong Kong in 2003, Michelle worked for three years in the Assurance and Advisory Department at Deloitte in the United Kingdom. Michelle Fisher is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and has an honours degree in Mathematics.

Uni Choi is a Practice Fellow at the IASB. She is part of the Financial Instruments team with specific responsibility for the impairment and classification and measurement of IFRS 9 and a research project on financial instruments with characteristics of equity. She is currently on secondment to the IASB from KPMG UK where she holds a Senior Manager position.

Annamaria Frosi is a visiting fellow at the IASB. She is part of the Disclosure Initiative team and has worked on the development of the IFRS Practice Statement Making Materiality Judgement. Before joining the staff of the IASB, she spent 7 years working at EY Italy, where she was part of the Professional Practice Group and collaborated with the Italian Standard Setter (OIC).

Mr Martijn Bos is Policy Advisor at Eumedion Foundation, a corporate governance platform for institutional investors in The Netherlands. He helps enact the dialogue between institutional investors and the 75 largest listed companies in the Netherlands on topics like strategy, reporting and sustainability. He is a member of IASB’s Capital Markets Advisory Committee, the Dutch Accounting Standards Board, and EFRAG’s User Panel. Before his current role, Mr Bos held positions as a buy-side corporate bond analyst and as an M&A advisor.

ichard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.

Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora. Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009.  He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016, succeeding the IIRC’s first Chief Executive, Paul Druckman. Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.

At Roche, Ian has been responsible for the IFRS financial statements since 1998, and has implemented many changes to accounting standards.  He has supported Roche's Investor Relations department with analyst meetings and questions. As part of this he has worked on Alternative Performance Metrics including the design and implementation of the current Core Results Concept used by Roche. Previously Ian worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an Audit Manager in the UK, Russia and Estonia.  He is UK Chartered Accountant.

Gerben Everts is Board Member of the AFM, starting in 2011. His main areas of responsibility are: regulation of capital markets, infrastructure, asset management, financial reporting, corporate governance and auditing. He is a member of the IOSCO, ESRB and IFIAR Boards and Chair of the Monitoring Group. He came from Dutch asset manager APG and held several ancillary (inter)national positions in the field of financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance for representative organizations of institutional investors. From 2002 to 2006 he worked in Brussels for the European Commission, DG Internal Market. There he was directly involved, inter alia, in the coordination of the Financial Services Action Plan of Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. Everts worked from 1998 to 2002 at the Dutch Treasury where he was involved in the introduction of independent public supervision on financial reporting, market abuse legislation and EU Council negotiations on IFRS and takeover bids. Everts studied both Economics and Law from 1989 to 1996, started as an auditor at Price Waterhouse, and became CPA in 1998.

As CEO since 2006, Olivier provides leadership and vision to Accountancy Europe. He benefits from a diversified professional experience, having been a public prosecutor in France, a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a board member of the European Policy Centre, a director of XBRL international and a business and policy consultant. He regularly speaks and lectures on a broad range of topics related to corporate governance and European affairs. A lawyer and economist by training, Olivier started his professional career in equestrian sports (jumping).