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5 Women to Watch in Accountancy

September 10, 2020

Worldwide accounting diversity is a hot topic. In recent years the accounting profession has made big strides towards gender equality, but there’s still a long way to go before equality is fully realised.

Did you know that in the USA, even though women make up more than half of all accounting employees, less than a quarter are partners and only 11% of Fortune 500 CFOs are women?

INAA is proud to showcase the growing accounting diversity, and at every opportunity we want to help do our bit to commend the achievements of incredible women in accounting. Continue reading as we celebrate the accomplishments of these 5 female INAA members.

María Cristina Larrea, Brea Solans & Asociados

As a partner of Brea Solans & Asociados (BS&A) since 2006, Maria has extensive experience providing her clients with specialised advice on audit and consultancy across both the public and private sector.

In a previous life Maria served as audit manager at Deloitte & Touche and as an independent consultant. During her time at BS&A, she has served as a technical consultant in different international arbitrations and expert examinations for local and international companies in the insurance, energy, finance and construction areas. 

Currently, Maria is in charge of the Technical Department and the Training Department of BS&A, and is a proud member of the Board of Experts of the Arbitration Court of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange. Beyond the services that BS&A offers, members like Maria are business people with extensive knowledge to provide integral support in strategic, operating and management issues.

If Maria’s incredible experience didn’t already speak for itself, her main expertise lies in auditing for limited companies and in accounts preparation for not-for-profit organisations. At INAA, we’re extremely proud to have both BS&A and Maria as members within our family of international accounting firms.

Ibidun Bola Akinjayeju, Ijewere & Co

Ibidun is a Director of Ijewere & Co. with over 18 years experience in business advisory services and audit under her belt. As a qualified Chartered Accountant since 2001, Ibidun has worked in the world of auditing for a wide variety of organisations across multiple sectors of the economy as team leader. 

As the current Director in charge of the Business Advisory and Management Service of the firm, on a daily basis, Ibidun plays an essential role in helping Ijewere & Co. to become a world class professional practice with efficient service delivery.

Backed with her previous experience in charge of audit of NEPZA, being involved in the establishment of Pension Liability of NNPC for BPE, and the financial due diligence in the sales of BOI shares in Afribank by BPE, Ibidun’s track record speaks for itself. We are proud that Ibidun and Ijewere & Co. are members of the INAA network.

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Ibidun Bola Akinjayeju

Debbie Bartlett, McGregor West Pty Ltd

Debbie has worked with McGregor West since 1992, from a graduate accountant position to becoming a partner in July 2010. As a long-standing employee of McGregor West, Debbie has cultivated an impressive amount of experience in providing accounting, taxation, payroll and administrative services for individuals, family-owned and medium sized businesses and self-managed superannuation funds. 

In the past Debbie has been involved with financial planning compliance and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the accounting and payroll records, including the quality control systems for McGregor West.

While Debbie’s main area of expertise lies in tax and personal compliance, she is also highly experienced in accounts preparation for limited companies. Her specialised experience also includes: payroll, personal compliance, corporate compliance and international tax. Beyond any doubt, Debbie and McGregor West are an asset to the INAA membership portfolio.

Joan Ellenbogen, Crawford EllenbogenLLC

Some accountants choose a niche to specialise in while Joan lives and breathes hers. As the third-generation owner and CEO of a family business, Joan's expertise is grounded in a lifetime of experience dealing with closely-held businesses and their owners. 

Her practical, hands-on understanding of closely-held business issues – combined with her dual degrees in accounting and law – lend a unique scope and depth of insight to her client services. Her impressive background distinguishes her record as a CPA and business consultant.  

Joan speciality lies in advising family-owned and closely-held businesses and their owners. Aligned with her own values, she provides business consulting, tax, estate and succession planning, as well as traditional accounting and tax services.  In addition, Joan has served on the board of Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation and on its Strategic Planning & Audit committees

Along with her extraordinary list of achievements and acclamations, Joan previously served on the board of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as on the INAA board for two terms, and rotated off the board in November 2013.  

Joan’s accomplishments have also helped other women in the financial sector, and she was a finalist for the 2008 ATHENA award recognizing professional excellence, dedication to community service and efforts in assisting other women to attain professional excellence.

Gaby Van Loock, @TheOffice

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Gaby Van Loock

Gaby has long-standing professional experience, both in Belgium and abroad as a Chartered Accountant and certified tax advisor. Currently, Gaby is one of two partners @TheOffice along with Lode Ilsen who co-founded the company.

Throughout her time as an accountant, Gaby has worked within a variety of companies,  from local medium-sized private businesses to large international and/or public companies, including services and industrial companies, venture capital funds and holdings. 

While her speciality involves accounts preparation for limited company, she is also highly experienced in corporate consultancy. Impressively, Gaby can turn her hand to anything from successfully auditing a limited company, to providing specialised business valuations, corporate finance consultancy or even international corporate compliance. 

Backed by her experience in local and international consolidations, due diligences, mergers, scissions and other special assignments (IFRS and Belgian GAAP) as prescribed by the Belgian Commercial Law, Gaby is a force to be reckoned with in the world of accountancy. We’re proud to have Gaby and @TheOffice as members of the INAA family.

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