23 May, 2022 – Since it’s formation seven years ago, Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) has gone from strength to strength. It has grown to encompass 15 Chartered Accountancy bodies across the world – representing 96% of the global profession.
The CAW Board voted unanimously to expand – creating two additional seats that are being filled from among its member institutes, ensuring Chartered Accountants Worldwide continues to offer the breadth and diversity of perspectives that reflect the global impact and relevance of the Chartered Accountancy profession.
We are delighted to announce two new Board members (Dr) Debashis Mitra, President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and William Mandisodza, CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe. The new Board seats are for a two-year term and will rotate by region at the end of the term.
Says Michael Izza, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, of the new appointments: “We are delighted to welcome Debashis and William to the CAW Board. They represent two important markets and will each bring different perspectives and insights to the CAW Board. Our organisation has grown exponentially in the past seven years, and it is important that the Board reflects the members we serve. Chartered Accountants are difference makers and as such we must offer our members – and beyond – the breadth and diversity of perspectives needed to make an impact globally”.
On his appointment Debashis said “It is a real honour to be joining the Board of Chartered Accountants Worldwide. I look forward to working alongside the other members to elevate the profile of Chartered Accountants across the world as being invaluable members and advisers of business that are able to make a tangible difference”.
William Mandisodza echoed Debashis’ sentiments: “I am very proud to be asked to join the Board of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and represent the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe. Being part of this unique global family will help to drive forward change in key areas such as sustainability, thus safeguarding the future for generations coming up behind us.”
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About Chartered Accountants Worldwide
Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), is a global family that connects over 1.8 million fellow Chartered Accountants and students in more than 190 countries. Together, we support, develop, and promote the role of Chartered Accountants as trusted business leaders, difference makers and advisors. Being part of CAW means members are connected to accountancy professionals from Chartered Accountancy institutes globally, who uphold the highest technical and ethical standards. Our profession has been involved with setting global accounting and auditing standards and leading the development of Chartered Accountants since the very beginning. Through its 15 member institutes, ( https://charteredaccountantsworldwide.com/member-institutes/) Chartered Accountants Worldwide is committed to promoting the expertise and skills of Chartered Accountants and the difference they make to individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.
About the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) is the national accountancy body of Singapore. ISCA’s vision is to be a world-class accountancy body of trusted professionals, contributing towards an innovative and sustainable economy. There are over 33,000 ISCA members making their stride in businesses across industries in Singapore and around the world.
Established in 1963, ISCA is an advocate of the interests of the profession. Complementing its global mindset with Asian insights, ISCA leverages its regional expertise, knowledge, and networks with diverse stakeholders to contribute towards the advancement of the accountancy profession.
ISCA is the Designated Entity to confer the Chartered Accountant of Singapore – CA (Singapore) – designation.
ISCA is a member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, a global family that brings together the members of leading institutes to create a community of over 1.8 million Chartered Accountants and students in more than 190 countries.
For more information, visit www.isca.org.sg.
Annex – Biographies of CAW Board members
Mr William Mandisodza
William graduated from University of Zimbabwe and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 with KPMG.
He spent seven years with Deloitte LLP in London, providing assurance services and advisory to financial services clients. He provided leadership to teams during the financial reporting challenges brought by the financial crisis of 2008.
William has a wealth of senior managerial experience both locally and internationally as well as cross sector exposure. He held various senior positions in public practice and commerce.
William has been heavily involved with financial reporting and related government policy formulation. He was member of the Zimbabwe Public Accountants and Auditors’ Board Taskforce on hyperinflation accounting and functional currency change.
CA (Dr) Dabashis Mitra
CA (Dr) Debashis Mitra is President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the year 2022-23. After being part of the Central Council for the period 2016-22, Dr. Mitra is serving his third consecutive term in the Council. He has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 34 years.
Furthermore, Dr Mitra, a senior practicing member, is also a Cost Accountant, Company Secretary, holding a master’s degree in commerce; is a Law graduate and a qualified Information Systems Auditor. With a keen interest in academic research, he is doctorate in the complex area of accounting standards and has been awarded his PhD on the topic “A Critical Study of Select Indian GAAP, US GAAP & IAS / IFRS”.
On an International front, Dr Mitra is a member of the Board of South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA) and representing ICAI on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).
As president of the ICAI, CA (Dr) Debashis Mitra is the Chairman of all standing Committees of ICAI i.e. Executive, Finance and Examination Committees besides being the ex-officio member of all non- Standing Committees and editor of ICAI journal. He has held several key positions in the Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICAI), including: viz., Chairman, Board of Studies of ICAI (Academic), Director, Accounting Research Foundation, Vice Chairman, Auditing & Assurance Board, member, Disciplinary Committee, Bench 4 of ICAI. He has also held key positions as former Chairman of the Eastern Indian Regional Council of ICAI as well as the Guwahati Branch of EIRC of ICAI.