Job Title: Director, Public Policy and Regulation
Dr. Gary Pflugrath joined IFAC in 2011 and commenced his current role as Director, Public Policy and Regulation, in January 2013. In this role, Dr. Pflugrath has responsibility for the public policy and regulation function of IFAC, which, as the global organization representing the accountancy profession, researches and represents the views of the profession and its stakeholders. IFAC takes a leadership position on public interest issues where the accountancy profession’s expertise is most relevant.
Since 2015 Dr. Pflugrath has also been responsible for overseeing IFAC’s performance reporting and risk management activities, and managing its Planning and Finance Committee. Over this period he has participated in IFAC leadership’s work with respect to international standard-setting boards’ governance arrangements. In 2016, he also assumed responsibility for the organizational governance activities of IFAC, including overseeing IFAC Board and IFAC Council arrangements, meetings, and agendas.
Dr. Pflugrath’s positions prior to joining IFAC include nearly 20 years at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where in 2002 he was the senior manager responsible for the Bank’s accounting policy and reporting. He then moved to the University of New South Wales (UNSW), as a lecturer in accounting, to pursue his ambition to complete doctoral studies. Subsequently, he held the position of policy adviser (audit and assurance) at CPA Australia.
Dr. Pflugrath holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Degree, (Chisholm Institute of Technology, now Monash University), and a Master of Business Administration Degree (University of Melbourne). He received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from UNSW in 2008. He has published referred articles in several academic journals, including Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the International Journal of Auditing. Dr. Pflugrath has been a CPA in Australia for more than twenty years.