International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), representing Africa and the Middle East, has announced the appointment of Isma’ila Muhammadu Zakari, a past president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the managing partner, Ahmed Zakari & Co. (chartered accountants) to serve on the Board of the IFAC.
According to a statement from ICAN made available to BusinessDay, Zakari will join IFAC and accounting professionals across the globe to support global economic growth and development, as he brings to IFAC his over 30 years continuous professional experience in various aspects of accounting, finance entrepreneurship, audit and assurance, tax advisory and insolvency.
IFAC is the global organisation for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies.
IFAC comprises more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost three million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
Zakari until this appointment served as the managing partner of Ahmed Zakari & Co. (chartered accountants), a firm he co-founded in partnership with other professional colleagues in 1998 providing Auditing & Assurance, Tax, Advisory, Insolvency, Business Consulting and Business Valuation services to a wide range of clients in Nigeria.
Zakari is a Fellow of ICAN and a member of the ICAN Governing Council since 2004. He has served on many ICAN committees as chairman or member at different times.
He is also a Fellow of the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) where he also serves as Council Member.
He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1986 and Kings College Lagos in 1982.
He is a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru Jos having successfully attended the Senior Executive Course No. 33 in 2011.
Zakari has attended numerous training courses in Nigeria and overseas. He is a regular speaker in the fields of Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Corporate Finance, Insolvency, Leadership and Practice Management.
He is actively involved in serving the public interest and the development of his community. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Jigawa Forum in his home state – Jigawa State.