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IFRSĀ® Foundation Conference: Dubai 2017

IFRS and the Middle East

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 October 2017

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.

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).

Gary Kabureck is a prominent and highly respected financial reporting practitioner.  Since 2001, he has served as the Chief Accounting Officer (and since 2003 as a Corporate Vice President) for Xerox Corporation – a Fortune Global 500 constituent, $22 billion technology and services company operating in more than 160 countries. With global responsibility for both IFRS and US GAAP accounting processes and a team of more than 1,200 accountants worldwide, he has oversight of Xerox’s accounting policy development, implementation of new accounting procedures, internal and external financial reporting, as well as internal controls. Prior to becoming Chief Accounting Officer, Mr Kabureck held various senior accounting positions at Xerox, beginning in 1985. His professional career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1975, where he worked for ten years.

In addition to his practical experience, Mr Kabureck is recognised as a leader in the accounting profession worldwide. He is an active member of Financial Executives International (“FEI”) – a leading association for senior level finance executives. Since 2006, he has participated in FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting and for many years  has led the liaison between accounting standard-setters and FEI members regarding technical matters. Mr Kabureck also serves on a range of other advisory boards, including those to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) andpreviously the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He is a frequently sought speaker on a wide variety of professional accounting and auditing matters.

Mr Kabureck graduated from the University of Bridgeport, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting as well as a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant and in 2008 was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Hall of Fame.

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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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.

Dato’ Faiz is the Executive Chairman of PwC and has been an Assurance partner in Financial Services since 1996.

Dato’ Faiz is very active in the profession and the accounting world. Among others, he is the President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), past Chairman of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB) and was recently appointed Chair of the Islamic Finance Consultative Group of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Faiz was educated in Malaysia and UK and read law at the University of Durham before being called to the English Bar. He has been honoured by being invited to be a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Nottingham.

When he’s not busy at work, Dato’ Faiz enjoys fiddling around with his cameras and working on his photography skills around the world.  He is also a self-confessed geek and enjoys flying drones and testing out the latest  gadget.

Yusuf heads the Accounting Advisory Practice of KPMG in the Lower Gulf and has been in this role for the past 3 years. He has headed many significant IFRS 15, 16 and 9 impact assessments and implementations at major clients in the United Arab Emirates. In his previous role, he served as the Head of the Department of Professional Practice of KPMG in the Middle East South Asia region, where he responded to technical queries of audit teams of 17 countries and provided partner technical training. Yusuf serves on many local technical committees and regular forums. His experience is primarily in financial services, real estate (development and construction), airlines and retail.

Khurram Bhatti is the Assurance Partner at Grant Thornton UAE. He also heads and manages all quality control related elements for the firm and is the assigned Quality Control Partner who sits on the senior leadership team.

Khurram has extensive experience which spans over fifteen years which has seen him work in the United Arab Emirates, the CIS region, Pakistan and within Europe. His diverse international experience has allowed him to continue adding a dynamic difference to the clients which he services whilst supporting them to grow.

Khurram is an expert in Islamic Finance Consultancy and has a meticulous understanding on Islamic commercial ethics, Islamic corporate governance, Islamic financial techniques and assets and fund management to name a few.

He has been instrumental in advising the Central Bank, SCA (Securities and Commodities Authority) and DFSA (Dubai Financial Services Authority) on industry best practise and ethical and professional standards. Along with this, he has been sitting on various expert panels and is registered with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Auditors Association.

Khurram has also written various articles on corporate governance, ethical matters and Islamic Finance in key UAE and international publications including Arabian Business, Accountant Middle East Magazine and the Ethical Boardroom Magazine, to name a few.

Mr Subramanian is Group Chief Financial Officer at the Emirates NBD Group in Dubai. Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the Middle East.

He is also the Director of Emirates NBD Properties, Emirates Money Consumer Finance, Tanfeeth LLC, Network International and Emirates NBD Egypt, as well as being a regular speaker at key accounting forums.

His previous roles include serving at the Ministry of Finance and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in Singapore and being a past member of the Audit Committee for the Infocomm Development Authority in Singapore.

Mr Subramanian is a Chartered Accountant (India) and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), from Kolkata University.

Mr. Arvind Baghel joined the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in November 2015 and heads up the Prudential Supervision team.  Prior to assuming his current role, he worked as Head of Supervision with the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas and before that with the Office of The Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) in Canada.

At OSFI he held senior and executive level positions in banking and insurance supervision, leading the implementation of risk based supervision, and risk based capital requirements.  As Managing Director of OSFI’s International Advisory Group he has assisted various regulatory authorities around the world in developing and implementing risk based supervision. He has also worked for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and in public accounting.

Mr. Baghel has been a member of various international regulatory bodies including the Implementation Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.

He is an alumni of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Physics. He subsequently studied accounting at Strathclyde University in Scotland. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Certified Professional Accountants of Canada.  He is also a Chartered Insurance Professional and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Naweed Lalani is an Associate Director, Audit and Credit Rating Agencies in the Supervision Division. He joined the DFSA in November 2010 and is currently responsible for the supervision and monitoring of DFSA Registered Auditors and Credit Rating Agencies.


Prior to joining the DFSA, Naweed was associated with Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various capacities and gained his experience in Assurance, Risk, Transaction Advisory, Islamic Finance and Frauds, Investigation and Dispute Services.

Naweed represents the DFSA at the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) and Asian-Oceania Standard Setters Group (AOSSG). He is a member of International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Advisory Group on Shari’a Compliant Instruments and Transactions and also chairs the IFIAR’s Task Force for Smaller Regulators. Naweed is also a regular speaker in the local universities and regional forums on the subject of public oversight.   

Naweed’s credentials include setting up the DFSA’s audit monitoring regime for small and medium sized audit firms, expansion of DFSA’s audit oversight to Public Listed Companies (PLCs), issuance of first ever public report on DFSA’s audit monitoring, equivalence recognition by European Commission and enhancements to the audit oversight regime.

Naweed holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Master of Business Administration Degree and is a Chartered Accountant. Naweed also holds International Compliance Association’s Advanced Diploma in Anti Money Laundering.

Dr. Jagadish Dandu has joined College of Business at Zayed University in Spring 2014. While pursuing his Ph.D. he worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Instructor at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He has taught courses in Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Derivatives, Computer Programming and Business Statistics in College of Business at UTEP. Prior to his academic pursuits he had done his graduate work in Computer Science at UTEP and has diverse industry experience as Software Engineer and Manager of Information Systems in several companies in Silicon Valley and El Paso, USA. He is actively involved in research in the areas of Corporate Financing, Governance, Investment activities and Earnings Management. He was a presenter, discussant, and session char in several major Finance conferences including FMA and SWFA. He has an active cross disipline collaborative research interest in the area of financial implications of information security.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development in the new Cabinet announced in February 2016.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak joined the Federal Government in 1992 and held a number of government portfolios including Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and held the position of Minister of Education. Besides his ministerial responsibilities, he is Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak was also Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University from 1983 to 2013; Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology from 1988 to 2013; and President of Zayed University from 1998 to 2013 .

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan received his education from the British Midfield School until the high secondary level before joining Magdalen College at Oxford University-UK .