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  • Dr. Guido Sopp
  • Team IFRS Enforcement and Technical Accounting
  • FMA, Austria

Dr. Sopp, CFE serves as an accounting expert in the Accounting and IFRS Enforcement unit at the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). He was involved in the establishment of the IFRS Enforcement Function at FMA. A respected and highly sought-after speaker/trainer and thought leader, he is the co-Lead of the European Banking Authority (EBA) Workstream on IFRS 9 and supports ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) Enforcement Session (EECS). He actively lectures IFRS accounting at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna. Prior to that,he was lecturing Risk Management in Financial Institutions at the University of Saarland, Chair of Banking, Germany. His doctoral thesis titled IFRS in Banking Supervisory Law was published in 2010 at the University of Saarland, Germany. Since then, he has been widely published in German and Austrian journals with distinguished speaking engagements across Europe.

Some of his published works and speeches being:
• Expected Credit Losses – Specific issues for banks, WPg 2018 (German Journal)
• Accounting for virtual currencies, IRZ 2018 (German Journal)
• IFRS 9 ECL and hedge accounting, WPg 2017 (German Journal)
• Prudential Consolidation – EBA Draft RTS, ZFR 2017 (Austrian Journal)
• Prudent Valuation and IFRS 13, WPg 2016 (German Journal)
• IFRS 9 – Through the perspective of a regulator (TBM Credit Risk Conference, Frankfurt, 2018)
• IFRS 9 – A regulatory perspective (Fleming. Credit Risk Forum, Vienna, 2017)
• IFRS 9 – Impairments in the regulatory spotlight (GLC Credit Risk Forum, Amsterdam, 2016)
• IFRS 9 Expected Credit Loss Model – A supervisory perspective (CFP, IFRS 9 Impairment &
• Implementation, London, 2016)
• IFRS 9 – Expected Credit Loss Model (Fleming. Credit Risk Conference, Amsterdam, 2015)
• IFRS Workshop for Regulators, Panel Discussion (Worldbank, Vienna, 2014)
• Enforcement: The FMA’s Challenges in Monitoring Financial Statements of Financial Institutions (Worldbank, Financial Regulators
and External Auditors: Building a Constructive Dialogue,Vienna, 2013)

  • FCPA Dr. Jim McFie
  • Chairman
  • School of Accountancy, Strathmore University-Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Jim Mcfie's background in Mathematics, intensive engagement in IFRS and Business sense makes him a must-hear as the Global Insurance Sector sets plans for transition to IFRS 17.

Currently the Chief Judge of the Financial Reporting Excellence Awards hosted by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Chairman of, the Nairobi Securities Exchange listed, Sasini Limited. Director and the Head of the Board Audit Committee of the Standard Media Group Limited and SBM Bank Limited and Chairman of the Registration and Quality Assurance Committee at ICPAK.

Between 1993 and 2002 he was a Director of the Kenya Capital Markets Authority, a Member of the Kenya Value Added Tax Tribunal and a Trustee of the Kenya Corporate Governance Trust and of Jitegemee Trust. From 1974 to 1978 he worked in the Nairobi office of Ernst and Young, as an auditor and as a tax and management consultant, before becoming the training manager of the firm.

While the Nairobi born Jim McFie is currently the Chairman of the School of Accountancy at Strathmore University, Nairobi, he lectures and does research in financial and forensic accounting, auditing and accounting fraud, taxation and tax fraud, cybercrime and governance.
He has a BA and an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and a PhD in Accounting from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

As the World Insurance and Financial markets grapple with the transition plans, from the flexible IFRS 4 to the now water-tight and Global IFRS 17, Dr Jim Mcfie Research, Capacity Building and Corporate Business leadership backgrounds will be impactful.

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