Job Title: Senior Director, Quality & Member Relations
Sylvia Wei Yen Tsen has been with IFAC for more than ten years in a variety of roles. She has built deep knowledge and broad experience. In her current role, Ms. Tsen oversees several key IFAC activity areas and stakeholder groups. These include overseeing the Quality operating line—including Transnational Auditors Committee and Forum of Firms; the IFAC Member Body Compliance Program, Compliance Advisory Panel, and member body engagement program; and 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.
In overseeing the IFAC Member Body Compliance Program, Ms. Tsen directs the 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 professional accountancy organizations. Ms. Tsen also works with the Translational Auditors Committee 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.
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.