2016 CAW Ambassadors: Taking the profession forward

OYW Canada
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

26 September 2016

Every year, Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) sponsors a delegation of young leaders from their member bodies to take part in the One Young World Summit.

This year's event, which runs from 28 September to 1 October in Ottawa, Canada, brings together young people from all over the world who have the desire and drive to affect change on a global scale.

The attendees from Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) are offered the chance to network with other influential future leaders and showcase the value of the profession.

Speakers at this year's summit include activist and musician Bob Geldof,  BBC World Service correspondent John Simpson, Academy Award-winning Jon Landau and cultural icon Cher.

We caught up with this year's CAW delegates ahead of the 2016 summit, including ICAS representative Rimla Akhtar MBE CA, who is this year's winner of the One Young CA competition.

The 2016 CAW One Young World Delegates

Rimla Akhtar MBE CA, ICAS Ambassador, 2016Rimla Akhtar MBE CA

"I help nurture, support and develop others, particularly those from minority communities, so that they too may work towards reaching their potential."

Rimla is an Inclusion & Diversity Consultant with RimJhim Consulting in London.

She is the first Muslim woman to sit on the FA Council and is Chair of the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation. Her work spans as far afield as the US, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and across Europe.

Rimla was named Sky Sports and Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2013, FA Grassroots Hero in 2013 and was a member of the 2009 Muslim Women Power List.

She was awarded her MBE in 2015 for championing equality in sport. 

Louw Barnardt, SAICA Ambassador, 2016
Louw Barnardt

"I believe that entrepreneurship is the only way in which the major issues of unemployment and poverty can be addressed on the African content and worldwide."

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

Louw is Managing Director of OutsourcedCFO in Cape Town, South Africa.

His company works with entrepreneurs who have strong ethics and who offer socially beneficial products and services to help give life to their business dreams.

Louw is passionate about the role of education and incubation in creating an entrepreneurial eco-system where young people have the ability to build a business and a life for themselves that is purposeful.

He has written for Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, VentureBurn and has appeared on EBiz Radio.

Katie Feld, ICAEW Ambassador, 2016
Katie Feld

"I’m passionate about professional and personal development that actively contributes to my community."

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Katie is an Audit Manager in Financial Services at BDO in London.

She was a founder of the firm’s 'Financial Services Women’s Network' and acts as a mentor within BDO as well as external institutions.

Katie also designs and delivers national training courses for audit staff, including the development of new audit software.

She works closely with BDO's international offices and speaks French, Spanish and Portugese.

Wesley Lye, ISCA Ambassador, 2016
Wesley Lye

Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)

Wesley is an Assistant Manager with PwC Singapore.

He is a member of the PwC Corporate Responsibility Committee and has been actively involved in organising firm-wide service projects such as Banda Street 2013 and 2015.

Wesley has volunteered regularly in the local community for the past 14 years and has also participated in overseas community service trips to Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos, three of which he helped to coordinate.

He is currently serving as a Youth Ministry Leader at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Olivia MacDonald, CAI Ambassador, 2016
Olivia MacDonald

"I hope to use my qualifications in accountancy to highlight the impact chartered accountants can have on worldwide issues, reaching further than business."

Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)

Olivia is a Senior Associate at PwC Ireland.

She has devoted her time to youth engagement and, in 2014, travelled to Washington DC with the Washington Ireland Program and worked with Citizens for Tax Justice.

Olivia launched the Ireland chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI), the largest personal and leadership development organisation for young people in the world. She remains Local President in the South East.

She hopes to revive the JCI spirit in Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny to support local entrepreneurs and innovators.

Keisha Taura, CAANZ Ambassador, 2016
Keisha Taura

"I have a strong focus on improving the way of life for generations to come. I aim to inspire the youth to enter the accounting field as they are the future leaders of our country."

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (SAICA)

Keisha is a Student Brand Champion for CAANZ in Auckland, New Zealand.

She is dedicated to raising the Maori profile within the accountancy sphere and is part of the Whai Ake Mentoring program, a support network for young Maori students.

Keisha has attended the Nga Kaitatau Maori o Aotearoa (Maori Accounting Network) Annual Conference for the past two years.

She is also currently a member of Matatapu, an association aimed at supporting Maori studying all areas of learning.

Charles Zhang, CAANZ Ambassador, 2016
Charles Zhang

"I believe that supporting the nascent social enterprise space of Sydney buoys the national culture of positive change and quite importantly reinforces the prospects of future change to come."

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (SAICA)

Charles is a Consulting Director at 180 Degrees Consulting and heads up Operations at start-up Deliveroo.

He is currently engaged with leading several initiatives with local and national not-for-profit organisations to help tackle their complex problems and increase their social impact.

Charles is a firm believer in volunteering and has involved himself in causes such as the St Vincent de Paul’s Night Patrol in Sydney and Resto van Harte in the Netherlands.

He was National winner of the Future Leader in Accounting & Financial Management Award.

Find out more about One Young World from Founder Kate Robertson.


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