Our Faculty of Specialist Instructors
Our courses are taught in 4 different languages by an international faculty of instructors comprising over 30 subject-matter specialists based around the world, each of whom has the technical knowledge and the teaching skills to communicate advanced accounting issues to a senior and discerning audience. Our instructors include:
Grant Thornton is involved in teaching a number of IASeminars events in Canada and the USA.
Bill Kemp is an IASeminars senior instructor and consultant specializing in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the comparison of IFRS with UK, US and Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). In the recent past, he has delivered public and in-house training courses around the world to a diverse audience from industries including financial services, retail, real estate, oil & gas, telecoms, and IT. He is a UK chartered accountant, and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Oxford University. An experienced educator, he was formerly Managing Director of a major London financial training company. Bill’s work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis and business valuation, and he teaches on the International Accounting MSc program of the London School of Economics.
Claire Dean is an instructor and consultant specializing in IFRS, UK GAAP and finance training. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Claire moved into training, delivering exam based courses for various financial qualifications and provided IFRS training to Ernst & Young's qualified staff. Claire then joined Ernst & Young’s Financial Reporting Advisory team in London as a Senior Manager. In this role she provided technical advice in all aspects of UK GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to clients of E&Y, including working on IFRS conversions. Aside from being an experienced IFRS instructor, Claire also delivers financial training to the Analysts at many of the large investment banks across the world, runs finance courses for non financial managers and teaches the professional chartered accountancy examinations. A member of the ICAEW herself, Claire has a 1st class Honors degree in Accounting and Finance.
Bob Hawken is an international instructor and consultant specializing in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and US / UK / Canadian GAAP. A training professional with considerable experience of presenting in the continuing professional education market, Bob also worked for many years preparing candidates for professional qualifications - including those offered by professional bodies such as the ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, CIMA and AAT. Bob originally qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant in the audit division of Arthur Andersen, where he worked on clients in many different industries including services, manufacturing, distribution and publishing. He then moved into the financial training sector, working for a total of some 12 years for one of the major UK accountancy training organizations, where he was ultimately promoted to Managing Director. While retaining these management responsibilities, Bob continued to develop and deliver training to many clients. He later chose to pursue his career as an independent consultant in this area.
Karen Kalishek is an international instructor and consultant specializing in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP). She has delivered training courses around the world including in the USA, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Caucuses, the Balkans, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Karen has also assisted several national governments in the reform of their accounting systems and in the implementation of international standards and best practices. As well as teaching for IASeminars and others, Karen also has written technical accounting material for publication. She is a US Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), a Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (C.F.E.). Prior to entering the international arena, she taught graduate-level business and finance courses in the USA as well as CPA examination review courses. Karen was formerly Senior Vice-President in a regional bank holding company and also served for eight years on the accounting examination and licensing board of her state.
Vivek Mande is the White Nelson Professor of Accounting at California State University, Fullerton where he was named 2005-2006 Professor of the Year for the College of Business and Economics. He was the 2007-2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow, and also Director of the University's Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance (CCRG) which organizes SEC financial reporting conferences for Boards of Directors, audit committees, auditors and accountants. Vivek is an experienced consultant on Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 issues, and has provided training to foreign private issuers on US GAAP issues. He was the 2001-2002 Academic Fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington DC. As well as research and publication on these topics, Vivek has made presentations on US accounting issues in numerous countries including Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Germany and Singapore. He obtained his Ph.D from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.
Domingo Marchese is the Senior Partner of a large regional Auditing & Consulting firm in Tucuman, Argentina, related in Argentina with Deloitte. He is also a consultant on IFRS issues with the Deloitte LATCO group (Latin America, excluding Mexico, Brazil and Chile). From 2001 - 2007, Domingo was a member of the IFRIC (International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee) of the IASB, and he was also a member of its predecessor body the SIC (Standing Interpretation Committee). He is currently a member of the CENCYA - the Accountancy & Auditing Standards Commission of the Argentine Federation of Economic Sciences Professional Councils. He is also a Professor at the University of Tucuman in Argentina, and Professor in Post-graduates courses and Masters in many Universities in Argentina, author of several books and numerous papers on Accounting, and a regular lecturer at conferences about IFRS for professionals in Latin America and about other accountancy and auditing issues in Argentina.
Alan Mayo is a highly experienced instructor in the field of international financial reporting. He teaches seminars around the world on subjects including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Alan was formerly a founding member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Client Training business in London, which delivered UK and International GAAP courses to a wide range of multinational clients. Alan also managed a team within PricewaterhouseCoopers UK that provided training and change management support to the UK public sector as it transitioned from cash to accruals based accounting, working with organizations such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. An independent training consultant since 2001, Alan has been an associate instructor with IASeminars since 2004. His recent public-sector consultancy work has focused on developing the financial management skills of UK government agencies, and he has delivered training courses for various UK local authorities, government bodies and public agencies as they transition from their current UK-based accruals standards to IFRS or IPSAS-based accounting standards. Alan is a UK chartered accountant with over 20 years experience as an auditor and consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both London and Paris.
Daniel Pharaon leads the internal audit department of Midis Group Ltd., a large IT group with operations in 27 countries in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He previously spent 5 years with KPMG in Lebanon, where he was the manager in charge of the international banking practice serving clients such as HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citibank. He also worked on international clients in other sectors (e.g. manufacturing), and was regularly involved in IFRS issues. Daniel is a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA.), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and he has an IFRS Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is a part-time instructor with Morgan International for courses leading to the CPA, CIA, CMA, and CFA credentials. Daniel has been involved in the preparation and delivery of many other training courses on topics such as IFRS, internal controls, financial statement analysis and fraud management. Daniel is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Danny Tan is an independent instructor and consultant with over 25 years of experience as a qualified accountant in the UK and Malaysia. He specializes in financial reporting issues (IFRS, Malaysia, Singapore & UK GAAP). An experienced instructor, Danny designs and conducts IFRS courses for several professional institutions in Asia. He is very active in the regional accountancy profession - for example he is currently serving as a project manager to the Malaysian Accounting Standard Board for projects on Fair Value Measurement, Reporting Financial Performance, Financial Reporting for SME's, and Government Grants. He is also a Council Member of the Malaysia Division of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is a Fellow of both CIMA and of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and of the Malaysian Institute of Taxation. Danny holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Manchester Metropolitan University, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and a Master in Advance Business Practice from University of South Australia.
Susan Thetford is an international instructor and consultant specialising in the implementation and application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). A specialist in bank accounting issues, she has presented conferences, seminars and workshops in the USA, the UK, Mongolia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Africa, and the Balkans. As well as teaching for IASeminars and others, Susan has written IFRS technical material for a major US publisher. She is a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and was the Regional Accountant for a Federal banking regulator in the USA for ten years. Prior to that she was a Senior Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, working with clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, financial institutions, manufacturing, hospitality, broker/dealers, and oil and gas exploration and development. Susan is a former Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
Eamonn Walsh is PwC Professor of Accounting at University College Dublin where he has served as Dean of the Smurfit School of Business and Chairman of the Accounting Department. His primary research, teaching and consulting interests are in the areas of financial analysis, equity valuation and US securities markets. A co-author of three books, his research has been published in Accounting Organisations and Society, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance. He was the founding editor of European Accounting and served as associate editor of the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance. Prior to joining UCD, he held faculty positions at the London School of Economics and New York University. A consultant to a number of leading European, US and Asian corporations, he has also completed assignments with governmental organizations, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. He was the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Excellence in Education Award and has been a presenter at the World Economic Forum.
Robert W. Walter is a practicing securities attorney with more than 10 years of experience presenting continuing education courses on topics including IFRS, SEC reporting and compliance, XBRL reporting, revenue recognition, business law, and ethics. His legal experience encompasses advising issuers in initial and repeat public offerings, acquisitions, complex reporting issues, and internal investigations, as well as representing buy-side and sell-side participants in going private, management buyout, and other M&A transactions. He is a past member of the Standing Advisory Group to the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB); the author of five books on business finance, public offerings, and ethics; has authored numerous papers and multimedia presentations for national webcasts and conferences, state CPA conferences, and accounting publications; and is active in counseling Boards of Directors and audit committees on financial reporting, accounting, disclosure, and obligations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, practices before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Colorado Bar.
Tariq Zia is a US CPA specializing in Oil & Gas accounting issues under both IFRS & US GAAP. He has worked in both Texas and in Saudi Arabia for several of the 'Big Four' accounting firms over the past 12 years, servicing multinational corporations in the Oil & Gas and other industries. Tariq was for example a designated subject matter expert for the Oil & Gas sector at KPMG in Saudi Arabia, where he worked on multinational clients. Tariq has extensive experience in teaching accounting courses, including at Deloitte & Touche where he was a National Instructor delivering courses to various levels of staff and management on topics such as Introduction to US GAAP & GAAS, and convergence of IFRS with US GAAP. His work experience includes audits of SEC registrants and private clients from the Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Retail and Service sectors under both US GAAP and IFRS; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance related work; and advisory work in the area of GAAP convergence. Tariq currently serves as senior advisor to a large multinational chemical manufacturer, which involves complex accounting issues and transactions under both US GAAP and IFRS.