Job Title: Senior Director, Quality & Member Relations
In her current role at IFAC, Sylvia Wei Yen Tsen oversees three distinct areas: the Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) and Compliance Program; the Professional Accountancy Organization (PAO) Development Committee and PAO capacity building initiatives; and the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms that conduct transnational audits and are committed to applying international professional standards. She also oversees operations and IT.
Ms. Tsen’s portfolio of projects and activities ultimately contribute to advancing IFAC’s mission to support the development of strong PAOs and to high-quality practices by professional accountants around the world.
Among her responsibilities, Ms. Tsen oversees IFAC’s member relations and the member compliance program, including application of the IFAC Statements of Membership Obligations (SMO), which require IFAC members to adopt and implement international standards as well as establish quality assurance and investigation and disciplinary systems and IFAC’s membership process. She also engages with the donor community to establish sustainable support mechanisms that will ensure the growth and development of PAOs. Ms. Tsen also works with the Forum of Firms to engage with international standard setters and other organizations whose work is seeks to enhance broader audit quality.
Having worked previously for KPMG in their Audit and Assurance Practice and International Head Offices, and practicing as an accountant in the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Canada, Ms. Tsen brought a diverse range of public practice experience when she joined IFAC in 2003 as a technical manager for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. She went on to oversee the then newly established Member Body Compliance Program and SMO implementation as senior technical manager before advancing to her current role.