Job Title: Executive Director, Quality & Member Relations
Over the course of more than 12 years with IFAC, Sylvia W.Y. Tsen’s responsibilities have progressed significantly to her current role. She has a deep knowledge and broad experience with IFAC member organizations around the world. In her current position, Ms. Tsen is responsible for member engagement and compliance matters as well working directly with the Forum of Firms and Compliance Advisory Panel. Ms. Tsen is also responsible for IFAC’s operations, including IT.
In overseeing the IFAC Member Compliance Program, Ms. Tsen directs the application of the IFAC Statements of Membership Obligations, which requires members to adopt and implement international standards as well as establish quality assurance and investigation and disciplinary systems. She also engages the donor community to establish sustainable support mechanisms to ensure the growth and development of strong professional accountancy organizations (PAOs). In her role with Forum of Firms, Ms. Tsen supports their relationships with international standard-setting boards and other organizations whose work seeks to enhance broader audit quality.
Ms. Tsen’s portfolio of projects and activities ultimately contribute to advancing IFAC’s mission and support the development of strong PAOs and high-quality practices by professional accountants around the world.
Through her previous work in KPMG’s Audit and Assurance Practice and International Head Offices and as an auditor 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.
Ms. Tsen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Canada) with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. She is a Canada-qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of CPA Canada.