Henri Fortin is the Head of the World Bank Vienna Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) since January 2011. The CFRR is responsible for the World Bank’s corporate-sector financial reporting activities in Europe and Central Asia. Its activities include in particular: (a) the Road to Europe: Program of Accounting Reform and Institutional Strengthening (REPARIS), a donor-funded initiative aimed at creating a transparent policy environment and effective institutional framework for corporate financial reporting within South-Central and South-East Europe; (b) the Financial Reporting Technical Assistance Program (FRTAP) to support the correct implementation of the EU acquis communautaire in corporate financial reporting in four EU member states including Poland, under the Swiss Enlargement Contribution; and (c) the since 2013 the Strengthening Auditing and Reporting in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership (STAREP).
Between 2003 and 2010, he led the World Bank’s analytical, advisory and knowledge services in corporate financial reporting for Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities included the preparation of ROSC reports on Accounting and Auditing, managing a number of technical assistance projects to assist partner countries in implementing ROSC recommendations, co-authoring Accounting for Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, and leading the “CReCER” initiative on Accounting and Accountability for Regional Economic Growth. He also participated in a number of Financial Sector Assessment Program missions and worked on projects related to public financial management and the governance of state-owned enterprises.
He currently represents the World Bank on the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS of SMEs Implementation Group and on EFRAG’s SME Working Group.
Before joining the World Bank in 2003, he was directeur associé in the audit and business advisory division of Barbier Frinault, the French practice of Arthur Andersen, which he had joined in March 1991. In 1989-1990, he was a deputy commercial attaché at the French Embassy in Brazil. He has M.Sc. in management from HEC Paris (1989) and the Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Comptables et Financières issued by the Ministry of Education of France.