Our Faculty of Specialist Instructors
Our courses are taught by an international faculty of instructors comprising over 30 subject-matter specialists based around the world. Each IASeminars instructor has the technical knowledge and the teaching skills to communicate advanced accounting and other financial issues to a senior and discerning audience.
In pursuing its broad range of worldwide professional activities over the last 15 years, IASeminars has also collaborated with a number of prestigious organisations that have sponsored, endorsed, marketed, branded, hosted or spoken at our events. These business partners include several major accounting firms, specialist consultants and professional institutes - see our current affiliations page.
Bronwyn Kemp is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and Registered Auditor with the South African Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors and is currently the Head of Audit for Tabaldi Education, and a faculty member at IASeminars. Bronwyn has had 20 years of experience in the auditing profession in both the private and public sectors. Bronwyn served her training contract at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has since spent time as an audit partner of a small practice, senior management at a medium-sized national audit practice and as a senior audit manager and engagement leader for the Auditor General South Africa. She has spent significant time on quality control and related reviews, as well as running a provincial training office in the position of the SAICA registered training officer. Bronwyn continues to serve on training sub-committees of the boards of both SAICA and the IRBA. Bronwyn has lectured auditing at an undergraduate, post-graduate and professional level. Bronwyn is passionate about auditing profession, professional education, governance and ethics, and making the profession and its standards and regulations practical, attainable, credible and value-adding.
Faatima Kholvadia is an Instructor in International Accounting Standards (IFRS) and lectures at Tabaldi Education. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, Faatima worked as a public accountant at PwC specialising in the Mining and Oil & Gas industries. She also lectured at the University of Witwatersrand while completing her Masters in Commerce (Accounting). Faatima is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant and has worked in the UK, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
Vivek Mande is the Ernst & Young 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.
Alan Mayo is a UK chartered accountant and highly experienced instructor in the field of international financial reporting, with a particular professional interest in IFRS for oil and gas companies, IPSAS and financial management for the public sector. Alan has delivered oil and gas in-house programmes for such organisations as ENI, Gazprom, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and National Oil Corporation of Kenya. His recent in-house IPSAS clients include UNICEF, ECOWAS and The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Alan began his professional career as an auditor with PwC before co-founding their client training business in the UK. During this time he worked on the privatisation of British Gas, taught financial reporting and financial controllership programmes for Shell and managed a team providing training and change management support to UK public sector entities as they transitioned from cash to accruals based accounting, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. On leaving PwC, after nearly 20 years, he set up his own financial training business, which focuses on supporting local authority staff in all aspect of financial management. Alan is a member of the ICAEW Financial Reporting and Business and Management Faculties and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Richard McCabe is a recently retired accounting executive with experience in the utility and energy marketing industries. Richard led his company’s transition from Canadian GAAP to IFRS and provided dual reporting in IFRS and US GAAP, following his company’s recent acquisition by a major US-based conglomerate. His company was the only Canadian electricity utility that that was able to recognise its regulatory assets and liabilities fully under IFRS. Richard was a participant in witness panels before his company’s regulator to support their biennial rate applications. He was an active member and later the Chair of the Finance and Accounting Committee of the Canadian Electricity Association and was actively involved in the initiative to gain full recognition of a utility’s regulatory assets and liabilities under IFRS. As a result of his experience, he was appointed as a member of the Consultative Group to the International Accounting Standards Board on the potential recognition of regulatory assets and liabilities under IFRS. The group has been partially successful to date with the implementation of IFRS 14 and is continuing to work with the IASB towards full recognition. Richard is a Chartered Accountant, Scottish and Canadian, and an MBA. During his career, Richard has been a Controller and an Internal Audit Director and has held senior positions with the utility regulator in Alberta, the predecessor to the Alberta Utilities Commission, and in the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta.
Saket Modi specialises in training courses on advanced accounting, financial reporting and financial analysis topics, particularly with regards to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), financial instruments and corporate finance. He has worked with listed companies and major accounting firms, and has facilitated workshops in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Saket is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, has completed the IFRS certificate course offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and also holds the IPSAS certificate from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). As well as being a qualified accountant, Saket is also a CFA® charterholder.
Robert Moulin is an international trainer and consultant specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards. He has been designing and delivering IFRS training courses for over 15 years, in such regions as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Far East. Rob’s teaching work also includes preparing candidates for the final level corporate reporting exams of several global accountancy bodies. An experienced facilitator, Rob also leads workshops for senior managers and owner-entrepreneurs to help develop their business strategy and financial and commercial awareness. He has worked in various senior financial positions for companies large and small, including global players such as Bacardi and Mattel. Also a trained journalist, Rob has produced and presented financial programmes for the UK’s national TV broadcaster. Robert is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Pateel Papazian has professional experience both in the USA and Lebanon. A Certified Public Accountant from the state of California, she holds an EMBA degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She has worked in public accounting (CPA firms) for over nineteen years, including nine years in the USA. As a Director at KPMG – Lebanon from 1998 to 2008, she has audited clients including commercial companies and non-profit organizations reporting under IFRS and USGAAP. In 2008 she moved to the microfinance sector as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of one of the leading microfinance institutions in Lebanon where she was responsible for the overall financial management of the Institution. In 2010 she joined AUB as Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance and was in charge of planning, supervising, coordinating and performing complex financial analysis, accounting process and control analysis, internal and external reporting and other related work. Pateel has been working as a self-employed financial trainer and consultant since October 2012. Her curriculum as a financial trainer includes seminars on Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Financial statements analysis. Pateel is fluent in four languages: English, Arabic, French and Armenian.
Bob Phelps BA, FCA is a trainer of long standing in the business and financial community. He specialises in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), UK GAAP and US GAAP. This has involved him partnering in learning projects with a wide variety of different clients in both the private and public sectors. Working around the world, he has designed and delivered training within varying corporate and national cultures and has gained valuable experience of learners’ needs in what can be very different and challenging contexts. Recently he has delivered training courses to range of sectors including banking, insurance, legal, retail, real estate, oil and gas, waste disposal and engineering. Bob is a UK Chartered Accountant and was educated at private schools in Trinidad and the UK and at the University of Wales. An experienced accountancy exam tutor, he was formerly involved in the start-up and management of a regional training centre of a national financial training company. Bob’s work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis, business valuation and bank prudential regulation.
Caroline Pontoppidan is an experienced educator and researcher based in Denmark and specializing in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and other international accounting and auditing issues. Since finalizing her Ph.D. in auditing, she has carried out research on the development of public sector accounting at the global level as well as providing training services for various public sector entities on International Standards of Auditing (ISA) as well as on the interpretation and application of IPSAS. Caroline previously spent 3 years in Japan teaching and researching emerging accounting and auditing issues, and she also worked for a United Nations agency for five years where she was tasked with assignments on business process re-engineering and the provision of technical advice on accounting and internal control systems.