Sylvia Wei Yen Tsen

Title: Executive Director, Knowledge, Operations & Technology

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 the issues and opportunities facing IFAC’s members—professional accountancy organizations.

As Executive Director, Sylvia is responsible for IFAC’s:

  • Small- and medium-sized practices and small- and medium-sized entity initiatives;
  • Professional accountants in business initiatives, including integrated reporting and technology trends;
  • Global Knowledge Gateway, a web-based information resource for professional accountants;
  • Nominating Committee;
  • Operations and IT; and
  • Forum of Firms and Transnational Auditors Committee.

Ms. Tsen’s portfolio of projects and activities ultimately contribute to advancing IFAC’s mission and support professional accountants around the world. Previously, Ms. Tsen oversaw the Member Body Compliance Program, implementation of the IFAC Statements of Membership Obligations, and the Quality & Membership Team.

Before transferring to IFAC in 2006, Sylvia was a Technical Manager for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. She has held various executive roles at IFAC since.

Sylvia’s professional career includes working with KPMG’s International Department on IFRS implementation and KPMG’s Risk Management Committee; in the New Zealand Treasury’s Accounting Policy Team supporting the adoption of accrual-based standards; and as an audit manager in New Zealand and Canada.

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.


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