Andrew Staines
UK Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative (Economic Affairs) to the United Nations, Geneva
Chair of the 35th Session of ISAR
Chair of the ISAR Honours Review Committee 2019

Andrew Staines has an extensive experience in diplomacy, accountancy and the interaction of the two disciplines. He is a Chartered Accountant by training, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a past winner of the Hewitt Prize, delivered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His earlier career includes over five years working for Deloitte. Mr. Staines is also a charter holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He has served as Chairman of the working group to revise the Financial Regulations of the WTO, and as a member of the board of the WTO’s Pension Fund.
Mario Abela
Director, Redefining Value, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Mario Abela leads a number of initiatives aimed at helping companies to focus on longer term and sustainable value creation. He is a CPA and Chartered Management Accountant. His expertise is in corporate reporting and he has held senior management positions in both the private and public sectors in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Abela has extensive regulatory and standard setting experience. He is a visiting professor at IESEG School of Management in Paris. He is also an expert advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on corporate reporting and has been involved in developing indicators for reporting against the SDGs.
Madelyn Antoncic
CEO, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Madelyn Antoncic, Ph.D. is CEO of SASB, responsible for its overall strategy and external voice. Formerly VP and Treasurer of the World Bank, she oversaw $145 billion in assets, and several capacity building programs working with member countries. She is recognized for her financial innovation and implementation of disaster risk structures to help countries mitigate and transfer disaster risk. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve and held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and PFG. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Fulbright Award for International Cooperation; the National Partnership for Women and Families; and was named among the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk Management. She serves on the Board of Weill Cornell Medicine and S&P Global Ratings.
Arman Bekturova
Director, Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan

Arman Bekturova is currently the Director of the Department of methodology of accounting and auditing of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She joined the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2005 and has experience in of the Department of reporting and statistics of public finance and the Department of methodology of accounting and auditing. She was also Chairman of Coordination board on accounting under the Executive committee of the CIS. She participated in the development of laws on auditing activities (2007), accounting and financial reporting (2007) and state audit and financial control (2015). She is representing Kazakhstan in the Intergovernmental working group of experts on international standards and reporting (ISAR) in the United Nations.
Olivier Boutellis-Taft
Chief Executive, Accountancy Europe

Olivier has been Accountancy Europe’s CEO since 2006. He benefits from a diverse professional experience, having been a public prosecutor in France, a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a board member of the European Policy Centre, a director of XBRL international and a business and policy consultant. He regularly speaks on issues related to European affairs and the impact of technology on accountancy. A lawyer and economist by training, Olivier started his professional career in equestrian sports (jumping).
Jessica Fries
Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

Jessica Fries is Executive Chairman of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S). She has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to catalyse a shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions capable of achieving global change. While at A4S, Jessica has been responsible for establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as well as A4S’s CFO Leadership Network and capital markets programme. A chartered accountant who started her career at PwC, Jessica has written extensively on sustainable business and finance, and sits on a number of global boards.
David Gichana
Deputy Auditor-General of Kenya

David Gichana is the Deputy Auditor General Kenya, serving as regularity engagement partner. He has an extensive experience in the public sector in Kenya in accounting as well as auditing. He is a member of the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board of Kenya, where he has been instrumental in capacity building public entities in implementing IPSAS. Mr. Gichana is a Public Finance Management and auditing trainer, with experience at the African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions, the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya, and the Ghana Audit Service, among others. He is an adjunct lecturer with USIU Africa and is a PhD Finance candidate.
Gerbrand Haverkamp
Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

Gerbrand Haverkamp is the Executive Director of World Benchmarking Alliance, a non-profit bringing together investors, NGO’s, business platforms, governments and existing disclosure standards to develop free and publicly available benchmarks that rank companies on their contribution to the SDGs. He originally founded Index Initiative, one of WBA’s founding partners, and prior to this he worked for the Dutch Government in the areas of inclusive business, sustainable agricultural supply chains and food security.
Mardi McBrien
Managing Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)

Mardi McBrien joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2011 following a career spanning leadership role in environmental campaigning, public-private partnership management, and public policy. Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding board member of WOCAN – Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Holding a double degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from SOAS, UCL. In 2013, Mardi was awarded environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.
Edward Olowo-Okere
Director for Financial Accountability and Reporting, The World Bank

Edward Olowo-Okere is currently the Director of the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice responsible for Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia. Also, he is the Head of the Bank’s Financial Management Family. Edward had previously held the following positions at the World Bank: Senior Advisor, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Vice-Presidency Unit; Chief Strategy Officer, Governance Global Practice; Director of Operations Services, Africa Region; and Regional Manager for Financial Management, Africa Region. His experience in development work includes preparation of sectoral and regional strategy, operational policy reforms, knowledge management, and operations quality and portfolio management. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998, Edward worked in Great Britain, New Zealand, and Nigeria. He holds a Ph.D. in Management with specialization in Change Management and Public Financial Management from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).