Editor's note

Issue 645 • May 2023

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International Accounting Bulletin and The Accountant teams are ready as co-hosts to welcome you all to the IAFA 2023, our 12th annual event, to be held this year at Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City on Thursday 29th June. We are looking forward to an exceptional day of industry presentations and panellists:  

Key speakers include:

Puja Shah, Senior Manager, Audit and Assurance, Deloitte
Samantha Louis, CEO, Praxity Global Alliance Limited
Francesca Lagerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Baker Tilly International
Mark Koziel, President and CEO, Allinial Global
Lisa Jefferies, Global Vice President of Client and Partner Services, AICPA
Mark Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, Inflo Software
Elena Meskhi, Owner and CEO, Elena Meskhi & Co.
Clive Webb, Head of Business Management, Policy and Insights, ACCA
Mark Hollingworth, Head of Partnerships, AccountsIQ
Richard Cassidy, Chief Commercial Officer, Dayshape
Tony Szczepaniak, CEO, LEA Global
Ville Somppi, Vice President of Industry Solutions, M-Files
Shimona Pinto, Senior Corporate Solutions, Moxo
Jeff Gramlich, Managing Director & Head of Accounting, Validis
Will Farnell, Founder and Director, Farnell Clarke
Christine Nicholson, Award Winning Business Mentor, Author and Speaker
Rob Brown, Host, Accounting Influencers Podcast
Jim Bourke, Global Technology Advisory Services Leader, HLB International
Mónica Bové Boyd, Partner/Digital Transformation, Bové Montero y Asociados 

In this issue, read my interview with BDO’s Global CEO Pat Kramer who discusses his vision and strategy for the network; Lyndsay Hardwick of Milsted Langdon talks about preparing the next generation of accountants; AgencyAnalytics’ COO Alexandre Lamoureux describes a lean and sustainable approach to starting and growing a SaaS business by boot-strapping; FloQast’s MD, Adam Zoucha suggests means to keep your staff happy and engaged through the Close process; entrepreneur, author and winner of The Apprentice Season Four (US), Dr. Randal Pinkett provides a blueprint for measurable and impactful DEI initiatives; Gareth Smyth, founder and CEO of Hilton Smythe Business Advisors, describes a typical day in the life of an entrepreneur with its highs and challenges; JP Perez-Etchegoyen, CTO at Onapsis proposes immeasurable cost-savings can be made by investing in a proper cybersecurity solution to mitigate risk in times of economic crisis; and Senior Vice President of Applications, Oracle, Guy Armstrong further posits that CFO decisions need to be data driven when facing market challenges. 

There are also ranking reports and tables for Ghana and Nigeria with further staff and fee tables for Kenya. Do also read the usual news round-up.  

We look forward to all our engagements with you throughout this year. Please do get in touch and share your plans and themes with our readers.

Zoya Malik