Executive Director
International Federation of Accountants

Alta is Executive Director, Quality & Development at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where she is responsible for global accountancy profession development initiatives, including: accountancy capacity building and Accountability. Now.—an initiative focused on transparency and accountability in the public sector; quality and membership, including the IFAC Member Compliance Program; and human capital and intellectual property management.

She joined the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) in 2002, and served as deputy director before transitioning to IFAC, where she has served in various executive roles, including governance and nominations; strategic planning; risk management; finance; operations & information technology, human resources; and intellectual property. She has also overseen activities in relation to professional accountants in business and those working in small practices, as well as the IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway.

From 1997 through 2002, she worked at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), becoming its Technical Director in 2000. In 1996, she worked at Amalgamated Banks of South Africa where she was responsible for professional development of the internal audit function. Prior to that, she worked in the national technical and training office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Alta is originally from South Africa, qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA), and holds a Master’s Degree in financial management.