Each committee meets regularly and produces regular newsletters with key technical updates for the membership. The committees are comprised of members from around the globe who share best practice information and updates from their region.

Find out more about our committees below.

Accounting & Assurance Committee

The Assurance Committee helps member firms by providing advice and information on assurance matters worldwide. It is responsible for the development, maintenance and monitoring of the DFK quality programme.
The quality control programme is based on international standards issued by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) which is committed to protecting the public interest by developing high-quality international standards, promoting strong ethical values, encouraging quality practice, and supporting the development of all sectors of the profession around the world.

Our objectives are to ensure that all of our member firms perform quality services of the highest professional standards. Although all of our members are independent accounting firms, they are required to fully comply with the international quality standards from IFAC.

We also provide assistance to our members through our private members site where we share technical knowledge between members, provide sample templates and documents to our members, and issue a bi-monthly newsletter to our members on current developments with International accounting and assurance standards.

The members of the committee are all partner, director or other management level professionals within their firm, with highly advanced technical knowledge of (International) accounting and audit standards and principles, theory and concept.

Most of the committee members are also technical director of their respective firms and/or national groups or hold other technical positions.

Special Interest Groups
The committee has set up special interest groups which are driven by one or more committee members and supported by other specialists from other DFK member firms.

The groups assist member firms for the benefit of their services to clients. Any international topic that can be of value for DFK International and their member firms can be a special interest.

At this moment we have set up groups on:
•    IFRS for SMEs
•    ISA-Clarity

As an illustration of the work of Assurance Committee members, Ashutosh Pednekar (M.P. Chitale & Co. Mumbai) was recently interviewed at the ISACA Annual Conference of the Mumbai Chapter. The theme was IT Governance and he had presented a paper on IT Governance in a multi-location infrastructure industry. Read the interview.

Radlee Moller (Australia)
Anton Lewis (South Africa)
Beatrix Arlitt (Germany)
Jose Maria Hinojal (Spain)
José Luis Ramírez (Mexico)
Murtuza Vajihi (India)
Natalie Kelly (Ireland)
PierGiuseppe Ferri (Italy)
Phoebe Elliot (Canada)
Xerxes J.Medora (Singapore)
Willem van der Berg (USA)
Eric Vilmint (France)


Information Technology Committee

The DFK Information Technology Committee was formed to share with all member firms best practices in using information technology for small to medium-sized accounting firms.

The committee meets bimonthly to discuss lateste IT best practices and how best to share these with the DFK member firms.

Projects undertaken by the committe include regular surveys of member firms IT arrangements to enable the committee to understand and tailor their work to the needs of the members.

A newsletter is also regularly circulated featuring articles written by our committee members.

Meet the Commitee

Robin Davis (UK)

Robin Davis (UK)


Alex Farrugia (Malta)
Boris Vidas (Croatia)
Jake Lehmann (USA)
Jeff Edwards (USA)
Rahul Doshi (UAE)
Ragunathan Kannan (India)
Ray Mack (Canada)


International Marketing Committee

The DFK International Marketing Committee's (IMC) mission is to help brand the name of DFK worldwide, and to identify and share best practices in marketing and business development with all DFK members.

The members of the IMC, who collectively represent all DFK regions, meet bimonthly and publish a segment in the DFK International quarterly newsletter. These newsletter articles update DFK members as to what the IMC is currently doing, and what the committee has accomplished each quarter.

The bottom line of the IMC is to help all members of DFK generate new business, especially business that is conducted across national boundaries.

Catarina Zagalo

Catarina Zagalo

Chair, DFK Portugal


International Tax Committee

The Tax Committee helps member firms by providing advice and information on tax matters worldwide. It is responsible for the development, maintenance and monitoring of the DFK quality programme.

Some of the resources available to DFK International member firms and their clients include:

  • Seasoned international tax advisors located throughout the Americas, Asia -Pacific and Europe who can deliver timely tax advice.
  • International tax "products" which foster consulting on such topics as:
    • Transfer pricing reviews
    • Holding company structure locations
    • VAT
    • Financing structures
    • Repatriation of profits
  • A regular international tax newsletter to keep updated on legislation changes and the latest tax planning issues and solutions.
  • International tax seminars dealing with current international tax issues.

The ITC is ready and able to assist member firms dealing with cross-border transactions. 

Ryan Dudley (USA)
Adnan Islam (USA)
Arnaud Rudowski (France)
Benjamin Bohlman (USA)
Benjamin Miller (USA)
Carolina Mateo (Spain)
Dario Gamba (Australia)
Emma Brown (UK)
Eddie Murphy (Ireland)
Guisy Pisanti (Italy)
Harm de Boer (Netherlands)
János GIRÁSZIN (Hungary)
Johan Dens (Belgium)
John Grummet (Canada)
Michel Jaggi (Switzerland)
Miloš Mitrić (Serbia)
Oscar Marquez (Mexico)
Ragunathan Kannan (India)
Roberta Zara (Brazil)
Thomas Adcock (UK)
Tim Kelleher (Australia)
Wolfgang Saelzer (Germany)
Matthijs van Dorssen (The Netherlands)
Ashwini M R (India)
Augusto Paulino Pequena (Portugal)


International Women in Leadership Committee

DFK International Women in Leadership Committee formed on International Women’s Day 2018.

The Committee is comprised of 20 women from 13 countries. The committee meets every few months to plan upcoming projects and to discuss how to make the association more inclusive and the ways it can support females in their career progression.

Completed Projects

The DFK International Women in Leadership (DFK IWIL) committee has launched the DFK IWIL Mentoring Programme.

The DFK IWIL committee encourages female inclusion and progression within DFK International and a key element of this is members providing their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another colleague.

The DFK IWIL mentoring programme fosters relationships through one-to-one confidential conversations. The mentee is encouraged and challenged to achieve their potential and aspirations. They also have to opportunity to discuss challenges facing women in the workplace and how to navigate them.

Meet the Committee

Catarina Zagalo

Catarina Zagalo

Chair, DFK Portugal

Harriet Greenberg

Harriet Greenberg


Anne Brady (Ireland)
Barbara Pawlik (Poland)
Beatrix Arlitt (Germany)
Cheree Woolcock (Australia)
Emma Brown (UK)
Helen Rutter (UK)
Michaela Lamb (UK)



Valuation Special Interest Committee

The purpose of DFK’s Valuations Special Interest Group (VSIG) is to enhance the knowledge and quality of valuation services of member firms by raising awareness of new valuation issues and sharing knowledge and best practices. 

Members of the VSIG will accomplish this by identifying and developing certain industries, business types and valuation issues in which they have deep valuation capability and build on that through raising awareness and sharing knowledge across DFK firms.  The sharing of ideas, knowledge and best practices will be done through discussion in virtual bi-monthly meetings, in-person training at future international conferences and the use of guest speakers.  The VSIG will also selectively make contributions to regulators and policymakers of oversight organizations. In addition, the VSIG will become a forum for making referrals to DFK member firms based on expertise and geographical area.

Ron Martindale (Canada)
Emma Brown (UK)
Francesco Nicolini (Italy)
Frank van Ee (Netherlands)
Gina Miller (USA)
Hugo Salgueiro (Portugal)
James O'Connor (Ireland)
Marnie Silver (Canada)
Ragunathan Kannan (India)
Robert Shelton (Australia)
Salvador Marin (Spain)
Shane Browning (New Zealand)
Tim Kelleher (Australia)
Varun Kale (India)
Wilco Dokman (Netherlands)
Xerxes J.Medora (Singapore)


Accounting Services Committee

More info coming soon