Full Name: CPA EVANSON NG’ANG’A
Professional & Education Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Hons) University of Nairobi
- Certified Public Accountant, CPA(K)
- Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)
ICPAK Registration Number: 9991
Position Nominated for: Council Member
I am a Partner at MAZARS (formerly KOKA Koimburi & Co.) where I specialise in the financial sector and trans-national companies’ audits; ICT advisory services; forensic investigations; and a resource on technical matters touching on IFRSs & ISAs. Prior to joining MAZARS, I worked for two other audit firms (Ashwin Brothers and Khalid & Co.) in various positions.
I am a board member at ISACA Kenya Chapter serving as Treasurer; prior service includes chair/membership in other committees. I have also served as a director at Mhasibu sacco and a member/chair of various committees.
I have acquired invaluable expertise in the areas of: accounting, taxation, audit and investigation services in my working experience. I posses excellent business acumen and have acquired key skills in corporate governance and strategy policy & formulation through board training and experience.
I am committed to mentoring young and upcoming CPAs in our firm and especially those who come in through our robust internship programme. I am also actively involved in the Youth ministry at PCEA St. Andrews Church where I fellowship.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL BODIES:
- Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
- ISACA (Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
- The Institute of Directors (IOD), Kenya
- Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)
INVOLVEMENT IN INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES
- Chair, IFRS 9 sub-committee (2017) working under professional standards committee.
- Member of practitioners’ development committee (PDC) from 2013 to date.
- Analyst during the pre-budget session (2017/2018) at local fm station behalf of ICPAK.
- Member of the taskforce developing professional fees guidelines for fair remuneration of professional services rendered by CPAs.
- Involvement in validation workshops key among them: Audit Framework on model audit file for public sector audits aimed at enhancing audit quality and building capacity of the practitioners.
- Facilitator during the 7th National Practitioners Growth Forum.
- Evaluator for the Financial Reporting (FiRe) award promoted by ICPAK; PSASB; CMA; and NSE between 2012 and 2015.
I received a Commendation Award in 2016 for my outstanding contribution to the Institute and the CPA profession.
SUITABILITY FOR COUNCIL ELECTION:
“The stone age didn’t end because they ran out of stones.” SECURING OUR FUTURE
As we celebrate ICPAK at forty (40) years, we’ve made significant strides thanks to the great sacrifice and service of many who have offered their resources, time, talent and skill. It’s now our turn to respond to the emerging challenges and keep up with the speed of today’s ever changing digital world in order to achieve greater relevance to our diverse membership.
I have been an active member in good standing since joining ICPAK and I’ve had the honour of being engaged in various roles by different Councils which has enabled me acquire the relevant skills and knowledge on how the Council and ICPAK operates; and acquaint myself with the expectations of our diverse membership. This experience shall help me assume my new role as a Council member with diligence, if elected.
1) Networking – “Every collaboration helps us grow”
I plan to build on the mutual recognition agreements and memorandum of understanding with National & County governments; Private & Public institutions; and other stakeholders. And also reach out to additional strategic partners to increase opportunities for CPAs locally, regionally and globally. This I‘ll achieve by:
- Lobbying for opportunities for the Small and Medium Practitioners from development partners; Office of the Auditor General (Outsourcing of audits); Central Bank of Kenya (Outsourcing inspection and compliance audits); Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (Outsourcing examination of the records for compliance); Ministry of Education (Outsourcing of audit work for both Secondary and Primary Schools, including the related Associations).
- Lobbying for opportunities for accountants in Public Sector by advocating for restriction of accounting positions to CPAs. In addition, advocating for school bursars to be CPAs.
- Lobbying the Commission on Revenue Allocation for ICPAK to be given a permanent position in the County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) as an organisation representing professionals in each of the forty seven 47 counties.
- Lobbying for Independent Board Audit Committees for Public Institutions and ICPAK to be given a permanent position. Also seek additional opportunities for CPAs to sit on various committees, boards, and commissions as finance experts.
- Encouraging formation of strategic partnerships between ICPAK and likeminded professional bodies such as the Federation of Kenya Employers; Institute of Directors Kenya; ISACA; Law Society of Kenya; etc.
- Growing the Institute’s profile internationally to ease transfer of skills across borders for CPAs wishing to practice/work in other jurisdictions.
2) Innovation – “Great things never came from comfort zones”
Our history has shown that making the hard decisions has propelled us to new heights even when these would have appeared not within the ICPAK’s core mandate but meant coming out of our comfort zone making us become a the first professional body to achieve key milestones. These include:
- Acquisition of the land where we now have our: Beautiful ICPAK complex, providing an additional revenue stream; and KCA University, a chattered university offering quality education at reasonable cost.
- Electronic voting system which was internally developed and has: Enhanced CPAs participation in electing their Council; Reduced election related costs; and Generates revenue when offered as a service to other entities.
- Picture our Institute reaching the next level of success and you will realise that “Creating a better future requires creativity in the present”. These are my proposals:
- Setting-up an incubator at ICPAK to nurture innovative start-ups and would be a first by a professional body. Our young CPAs, KCAU and KASNEB students form a quick base which we could tap into. ICPAK would generate revenues from commercialisation of these start-ups.
- Build ICPAK brand eminence through innovation thought leadership.
- Embrace technology to enhance service deliver to CPAs 24/7 e.g. Implementation of online CPD events; full roll out of the CRM system processes; rolling out the ICPAK mobile application.
- Encourage KASNEB syllabus revision and revolutionise the accountant being released to the market.
- Cloud computing where ICPAK offers services such as: storage; collaboration; and software as a service. This shall help reduce set-up costs for CPAs and create new revenues for ICPAK.
- Re-engineer our trainings and equip CPAs with the relevant skills to see them embrace and thrive in technology, reducing the impact of expected redundancies.
- Assessing immense possibilities of Blockchain and how ICPAK can play in this arena. The National Government has adopted it to tackle land fraud and streamline land records; and The Central Bank of Kenya shall soon be adopting it. The key attribute of Blockchain – it is transparent and incorruptible.
3) Accelerate – “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
I plan to direct immediate focus on the following areas which appear to have taken a bit of time to actualise, these include:
- Implementation of online CPD events to enhance convenience and compliance.
- Rolling out of the Audit Software aimed at empowering the small practitioners with affordable technology, better service delivery and enhanced audit quality.
- Rolling out of the ICPAK mobile application.
- Development and promotion of a whistle-blowing policy and mechanism that supports CPAs.
- Issuance of guidelines on ethical marketing and advertising for professional accountants.
- Amendments of the Accountants Act to open up business at different levels of the profession through multiple licensing of services e.g. book keeping; tax; business valuation; forensic audits, etc.
- Increased benefits to CPAs from the benevolent scheme which currently caters for the last expense only.
4) Judiciousness – “Statistics are no substitute for judgement”
I’ve been engaged in various roles at ICPAK which has enlightened me on Council and ICPAK operations; and acquaint myself with the expectations of our diverse membership. This experience shall help me assume my new role as a Council member with diligence. If elected, I will:
- Apply thoughtfulness in decision making at the Council, when engaging CPAs and other stakeholders.
- Prudently direct and administer the resources that shall be placed under my authority.
- Seek full realisation of the ICPAK strategic plan towards tangible results to CPAs and the profession.
- Ensure we consolidate the gains made so far and act on the pending and emerging issues that are important to CPAs; the Institute; and our Nation.
- Operate as part of a team and serve for the greater good of the Institute acknowledging that “The strength of the team is each individual member and the strength of each member is the team.”
- Apply due care and skill in all my undertaking while serving the Institute, as I have always done.
5) Empower – “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
I will focus on improving efficiency and effectiveness of service provision to CPAs by:
- Using technology to enhance service deliver to CPAs 24/7 e.g. Implementation of online CPD events; full roll out of the CRM system processes; rolling out the ICPAK mobile application.
- Embracing devolution and strengthening the ICPAK branch system which has proved to be an effective way of identifying and eliminating quacks.
- Effective contribution on National and County legislations to safeguard CPAs interests.
- Maintaining Institutional relevance and growth by responding to emerging challenges and increasing member interaction.
- Re-engineering and customising trainings to enhance capacity building opportunities to specific membership in all segmented areas.
- Sourcing for funds for capacity development and technical assistance for CPAs.
- Encouraging diversity in Council and Committees composition.
- Enhancing the value proposition products and member experience.
- Institutionalising the internship program, Trainee Accountancy Practical Experience Framework (TAPEF).
- Enhancing ICPAK’s involvement in schools by establishing school based clubs especially at this opportune time when our education system is under-going reforms.
- Encouraging the establishment of an ICT and Innovation committee to look into the value adding opportunities and the impact of emerging technology which ICPAK could pursue.
- Encouraging the establishment of a Public Sector Committee to look into the needs of Public sector accountants and develop practical advocacy solutions.
“Your vote when counted counts, and also counts when counted” CPA EVANSON NG’ANG’A
I humbly request for your vote, support and goodwill, to join the Council
Thank you for your time and consideration; God bless you; God bless ICPAK; God bless Kenya CPA Evanson Ng’ang’a
————-“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” ABRAHAM LINCOLN ——-