About the Author
Kurt Ramin (Dubai, UAE), until recently served as Director and Advisor at AccountAbility and the IFRS Foundation, both located in London. His work at the IFRS Foundation and the IASB involved introducing IFRS and XBRL to more than 80 countries. During his tenure with the IFRS Foundation he lead XBRL International as Global Chairman and was a member of the European Union Commission's High Level Expert Group on Intangibles. From 2008 to 2012 he was Treasurer for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's largest association of nature conservation agencies, headquartered in Switzerland. Prior to joining the IFRS Foundation (and its predecessor, the IASC Foundation) he was a Global Capital Markets Group Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and Chief Financial Officer at several international companies. Cornelis Reiman (Bangkok, Thailand), is an international board advisor. Previously, he was President of an economic development entity promoting International Financial Reporting Standards in developing countries. Before that, he was Dean and Vice President of universities in Thailand and Singapore. Prior to academia, he consulted in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors on corporate management and strategic planning. The global IT provider IBM, and the former accounting services firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., employed him earlier. Cornelis has a Ph.D. in Economics and enjoys exceptional professional qualifications, including FCPA (Australia and Singapore), FCIS, Chartered Accountant, and Senior Member with the Australian Computer Society. Presently, he is an Independent Director on the board of the Chamber of Accountants of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, he advises CPA Russia.