Sylvia Wei Yen Tsen
Job Title: Director, Quality & Member Relations
In her current role at IFAC, Sylvia Wei Yen Tsen oversees three distinct activity areas: the Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) and Compliance Program; the Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee; and the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms connected to IFAC through the Transnational Auditors Committee. Her portfolio of projects and activities ultimately contribute to advancing IFAC’s mission to support the development of strong professional accountancy organizations (PAOs) and to high-quality practices by professional accountants around the world.
Ms. Tsen oversees compliance with 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. She also engages with the donor community to establish sustainable support mechanisms that will ensure the growth and development of PAOs. Her responsibilities also include working with the SMP Committee and the Forum of Firms to develop guidance and resources to assist in the implementation of international standards and to provide a forum for PAOs and standard setters to address issues of relevance to practitioners.
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.