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Oct 14, 2020 | New York, NY | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is pleased to announce new appointments and re-appointments to take effect on January 1, 2021.

The four new Board Members are:

  • Ms. Saadiya Adam (Senior Professional Manager: Standards, Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), South Africa)
  • Prof. Vania Borgerth (Retired accountant and a PhD Candidate in Accountancy, Fucape Business School, Brazil)
  • Mr. Sung-Nam Kim (Non-partner advisor, EY Korea, Korea)
  • Mrs. Yaoshu Wu (Director of Professional Standards and Technical Guidance Dept., the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA), China)

The following three current Board Members will continue their service for a second term:

  • Mr. Brian Friedrich (Principal, friedrich & friedrich corp., Canada)
  • Prof. Winifred Kiryabwire (Associate Professor of Law, Makerere University, Uganda)
  • Prof. Jens Poll (Audit Committee Chair, Non-Executive/Supervisory Board Member, Germany)

"I welcome such an accomplished group of volunteers to the IESBA,” said Stavros Thomadakis, IESBA Chairman. “As an international standard setter, it is critical we incorporate voices from different cultures and professional backgrounds. Our new Board makeup expands our reach in both areas, and advances our commitment towards gender parity.”

The IESBA also welcomes the appointment of Caroline Lee from Singapore as Deputy Chair for 2021. Ms. Lee has over 30 years of experience in the public accountancy profession and is a partner at KPMG and Asia Pacific Head of Quality & Risk Management. She is also a member of the Singapore Public Accountants Oversight Committee’s Ethics Committee. She has been a Board member of IESBA since January 2017 and of its Planning Committee since January 2019, and has played an instrumental role on its projects to revise the fee-related provisions and Part 4B of the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards).

“Ms. Lee has shown an unwavering commitment to the IESBA and to the development of international standards in the public interest,” said Dr. Thomadakis. “I value her insights, expertise and strategic thinking.  I look forward to working together with Caroline in her new role. I also want to thank our departing Deputy Chair Richard Fleck, who has been my close associate and friend and who has contributed decisively and generously to IESBA’s most ambitious projects such as NOCLAR, Long Association, Role and Mindset, and Non-Assurance services.”


About the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee makes recommendations to the International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) Board and Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) on the composition of the IAASB and IESBA.

The Nominating Committee is guided in its work by the principle of selecting the most suitable person for the position. In doing so, it endeavors to balance the nominee’s abilities and professional qualifications with the representational needs of the board, such as broad regional and professional representation and gender balance. The PIOB representative observes the selection process for IAASB and IESBA memberships with regular updates to the PIOB. To learn more about the Nominating Committee, visit their website here.


About the IESBA

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is an independent global standard-setting board. The IESBA serves the public interest by setting ethics standards, including auditor independence requirements, which seek to raise the bar for ethical conduct and practice for all professional accountants through a robust, globally operable International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards).

The IESBA believes a single set of high-quality ethics standards enhances the quality and consistency of services provided by professional accountants, thus contributing to public trust and confidence in the accountancy profession. The IESBA sets its standards in the public interest with advice from the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) and under the oversight of the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB).