Vibeke Sylvest Barfoed
Chief Special Consultant, Danish Supervisory Authority on Auditing, Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
Vibeke Sylvest Barfoed has been the Head of the Secretariat of the Danish Supervisory on Auditing (DSAA) for 5 years. The DSAA is responsible for the inspections on Danish audit firms. The inspections are carried out by inspectors and reported to the Secretariat which prepares the file before presenting them to the DSAA. Vibeke is responsible for drafting the guidelines for the inspections and educating the inspectors who are auditors. In addition, Vibeke works on international issues on Auditing such as the 8th Company Directive and the Commissions Green Paper on Auditing. She regularly participates in European Group of Auditors' Oversight Bodies (EGAOB) and International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) meetings and is a member of the European Audit Inspection Group. Vibeke has a master degree in law from the University of Copenhagen and a master degree in public administration from Copenhagen Business School. To her present position, she worked for the Danish Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels.
Project Manager, Professional Oversight Board, UK Financial Reporting Council
John Grewe was a career civil servant for some thirty years, spending most of that time at the Department for Trade and Industry ( now the Dept for Business) but with spells at the Foreign Office and Cabinet Office. Between 1998 and 2004 he was the Director at the DTI responsible for Accounting and Auditing Policy. In particular, he was closely involved in the Government review of the UK regulatory arrangements for auditing in the wake of the Enron scandal in the US and the collapse of Andersen, that led to the establishment of the Professional Oversight Board (POB) as part of the Financial Reporting Council. He joined the FRC initially on loan to help to establish the POB, and is now a full time employee.He is the Secretary to the Board and is also closely involved both in cooperation within the EU and in monitoring the audit regulation undertaken by the UK professional bodies.
Director, Audit and Accounting Authority of Lithuania
Audrius Linartas is the Head of the Audit and Accounting Authority of Lithuania, which is responsible for issuing and implementing Business Accounting Standards in Lithuania. He is also responsible for public audit oversight in Lithuania. His particular areas of expertise include IFRS, ISAs and EU accounting legislation. Audrius has also filled the post of Chairman of Lithuanian Accounting Standards Committee since 2008. Before moving to his current position, he was a Deputy Chairman of the Insurance Supervisory Commission, having led the insurance accounting project in Lithuania. He was also a Chief Expert of the financial accounting inspectorate at the State Insurance Supervisory Authority under the Ministry of Finance until 2004. Since 2005, he has given lectures at Mykolas Romeris University. He has gained working experience at the audit oversight body in Norway and Sweden, the financial supervision authorities in Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden. He holds master's degree in Economic Analysis and Planning from Vilnius University.
Head of the Public Oversight Unit, Accounting Department, Ministry of Finance of Poland
The role of the Public Oversight Unit is to support the Audit Oversight Commission (AOC) in performing its tasks, particularly in the areas of international cooperation, legal and organizational matters. Aleksandra is responsible for materials for plenary meetings of the AOC and preparation of the AOC's decisions. She also represents the AOC at the meetings of the European Group of Auditors' Oversight Bodies, which is an advisory group to the European Commission. Working for the Ministry of Finance, she was also involved in the implementation of the project "Accounting and Auditing Reform in Poland", funded by the World Bank grant to support the reform of the audit oversight in Poland. Aleksandra has a M.A. degree in law and she is a graduate from the National School of Public Administration. She also took numerous courses in accounting.
Professor Dr. Kai-Uwe Marten
Deputy Chairman, Auditor Oversight Commission, Germany
Professor Dr. Kai-Uwe Marten has been Deputy Chairman of the German Auditor Oversight Commission (AOC) since its inauguration in 2005. He also chairs the AOC's Committee on Quality Assurance. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Deputy Chair of the German Public Oversight Board on Quality Assurance, the AOC's predecessor organization. This continuity has enabled him to gain extensive practical experience in audit regulation. Currently, Prof. Dr. Marten also represents the AOC in various international organizations, including the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) and the European Group of Auditor Oversight Bodies (EGAOB). In addition, the European Commission nominated Prof. Dr. Marten in 2005 as one of the two official observers to the IAASB's Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB). Since March 2008, he is a member of the PIOB. Prof. Dr. Marten has held a professorship for accounting and auditing since 1998. His research areas have primarily been directed at the fields of auditing, in particular quality assurance, public oversight, audit market research and the internationalization of accounting.
Deputy Director, Accounting Department, Ministry of Finance of Poland
Agnieszka Stachniak is a deputy director in the Accounting Department of the Ministry of Finance. She is responsible for accounting and auditing legislation, implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards, interpretations of Polish accounting regulations and international cooperation in accounting and auditing. Agnieszka is a member of the Polish Accounting Standards Committee. She represents Poland at EU bodies such as the Accounting Regulatory Committee (ARC), the Audit Regulatory Committee (AuRC) and the EU Council Working Party on Company Law. During the Polish Presidency in the EU in the second half of 2011 she will lead - as a Chairperson of this Group - the process of adopting the revised directive in the field of accounting that is planned to be submitted by the European Commission in June 2011. She is also the author of numerous articles on accounting and she used to be a lecturer at the National School of Public Administration and the Warsaw University. Mrs. Stachniak has a M.A. degree in accounting and she is a graduate from the National School of Public Administration. She is a statutory auditor.
Head, The World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR)
Henri Fortin became the CFRR's new head on 1 January 2011. Previously, Henri was Senior Financial Management Specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean Region at the World Bank. He lead the Reports on the Observance of Standards and Codes (A&A ROSC) Accounting & Auditing (A&A) program in that region and has been the lead author for 20 country reports since 2003. He has advised partner countries on implementing reforms and capacity development programs to bring their corporate financial reporting to par with international standards. He was also the World Bank's project manager for several related knowledge activities including the Accounting and Accountability for Regional Economic Growth (Contabilidad y Responsabilidad para el Crecimiento EconÃ³mico Regional or CReCER in Spanish) annual conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Henri holds a master's degree in management from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France.
Assessment and Advisory Group, The World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR)
Ranjan Ganguli is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) with experience in both private and public sectors in the UK and abroad, notably in Europe and Central Asia as well as in sub-Saharan Africa. He worked for KPMG in London from 1987 to 1992, and spent two years in each of their Hungary, Russia and Czech Republic offices from 1992 to 1998, helping establish their audit and advisory practices. From 1998 to 2001 Ranjan was based in Washington DC working as Senior Financial Management Specialist for the World Bank.
Since 2001 Ranjan has worked as an independent financial management consultant, primarily for the World Bank but also for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission and various country offices of the United Nations Executive Committee agencies. Ranjan has been a member of the Centre's Assessment and Advisory Group since 2009 helping to lead the Audit and Oversight Community of Practice (AOCoP) within the framework of the Road to Europe Programme of Accounting and Reform and Institutional Strengthening (REPARIS). Ranjan is a graduate of Manchester University with a bachelor's degree in Computing and Accounting.
Assessment and Advisory Group, The World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR)
Andrei Busuioc is a Financial Management Specialist with over 13 years of experience in the accounting and auditing area in both the private and public sectors as well as in lecturing. Prior to joining the Centre in 2008, Andrei worked in the World Bank Country Office in Moldova as a Financial Management Specialist, covering fiduciary activities, public finance management development, and corporate financial reporting development. He is an accountant by training, and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Andrei holds a university degree in economics from the Moldova State Agricultural University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. He has completed a postgraduate diploma in public financial management from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies, University of London. He speaks Russian, Romanian, English and basic Bulgarian.