ICAI International Conference – December 8-9, 2017 at Mumbai

ICAI International Conference - December 8-9, 2017 at Mumbai

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is organizing a two day International Conference on the theme “Accountancy Profession: Convergence and Sustainability in Digital Era” on December 8-9, 2017 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. The International Conference at Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is going to be an apt platform for ideas exchange and usher interactive dialogue amongst the global and local accounting fraternity and other stakeholders. The dawn of a digital society juxtaposed with traditional avatar of an accountant role is leading to reskilling need for professional accountants and Institute’s endeavour is to provide continuous education in the emerging context.

Ms. Rachel Grimes, President, IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) will be the Guest of Honor at the Conference. From ICAI, CA. Nilesh S Vikamsey, President, ICAI, CA. Naveen N.D. Gupta, Vice-President, ICAI , Central & Regional Council Members, ICAI would be attending the Conference along with number of participants from India and abroad.

A media interaction was organized today in Mumbai to share the highlights of the International Conference. During the interaction, CA. Nilesh S Vikamsey, President, ICAI said “The Chartered Accountancy profession in its multifaceted avatar, on one hand is working with Government and Institutions to anchor Governance for Sustainability and on the other hand is acting as a catalyst to business growth by adding elements of credence and trust to financial reporting through wider involvement of its members.”

He further added “In its perpetual quest for excellence, the CA Profession brainstorms continually to expand its horizon for development, progress and in turn excellence, this Conference will be a step in this direction.”

Ms. Rachel Grimes, President, IFAC has endorsed the increased use of artificial intelligence and bots in the professional routines of accountants. While interacting with the media Ms. Grimes added “Accounting industry needs to embrace technology to work smarter and more efficiently. The use of artificial intelligence and bots will encourage Auditors to look forward and will give them more time to analyze data.” The Accounting Industry shall be implementing the advance technology like Machine learning and AI, to streamline operations.

The International Conference starting from December, 8th shall dwell upon many important topics of economic relevance. Some of the major thematic issues of the Conference are:

  • Accountancy in the Disruptive Era
  • Future of Audit – Critical Issues
  • Technology Impact on Accounting
  • Taxation in the Disruptive Era – Challenges and Opportunities
  • GST: Leading to One Nation One Tax
  • Strengthening Public Finance with Accrual Information
  • Integrated Reporting – Future of Reporting
  • Indian Capital Markets – Anchoring Economic Growth
  • Financing India’s Growth–Challenges and Way Forward
  • Financial Sector Reforms – Empowering Economic Growth
  • GST – Enhancing Competitiveness, Transparency and Growth

There are various sessions during two day Conference which shall be addressed by eminent personalities from Government sector, Regulators, Global Accountancy Forums, Industry and practitioners etc. The list of the speakers is attached for reference. Given the stature of the event and the range of topics to be deliberated, the Conference provides a unique opportunity to access the emergence of new thought process on contemporary issues and professionally upgrade oneself. The conference brings together national and international perspective on issues of contemporary relevance to accountancy profession and is likely to see participation of about 1500 professionals and business leaders.

List of Speakers

Guest of Honor- Ms. Rachel Grimes, President , IFAC


National International
1.         Ms. Anita Pattanayak, Deputy C&AG

2.         Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara, MD, SBI

3.         Mr. UdayKotak, Executive VC&MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank

4.         CA. UpenderGupta, Commissioner (GST), CBEC

5.         CA. RakeshJhunjhunwala, Indian Investor

6.         ShriNareshSalecha, Principle ED (Finance), Ministry of Railways

7.         CA. P R Ramesh, FCA

8.         CA. NavneetMunot, ED& CIO, SBI Funds Management Pvt. Ltd

9.         CA. Khushroo B. Panthaky, FCA

10.     CA. Dinesh Kanabar, FCA

11.     CA. ShaileshHaribhakti, FCA

12.     CA. SandeepBaldava, FCA

13.     CA. Sunil B.  Gabhawalla, FCA

14.     CA. HimanshuKishnadwala, FCA

15.     Mr. AtulMehra , MD& Co-CEO – Investment Banking, JM Financial Ltd

16.     Mr. SiddharthSthalekar, Founder, Sacred Capital

17.     CA. SudhirSoni, FCA

18.     Ms. NishaPoddar, Senior Editor, CNBC-TV18

19.     Mr. NinadKarpe, Chairman – Western Region, CII

20.     Ms. RachanaBhusari, ‎Head – SME, ‎NSE

21.     Mr. S. P. Singh, Ex-IRS Officer

22.     CA. Gautam Narayan, Partner, Apax Partners

23.     Mr. Durgesh Shah, Director, Corporate Database Pvt. Ltd

24.     Mr. Deepak Sharma, Founder , SME Listing

25.     CA. V. Venkataraman, FCA

26.     Mr. RakeshAgarwal, Head – Product Management, Tally Solutions

1.      Mr. Nick Parker, President, ICAEW

2.      Ms. Joy Thomas, President & CEO, CPA Canada

3.      Mr. Richard Howitt, CEO, IIRC

4.      Prof. Arnold Schilder, Chairman, IAASB

5.      Ms. Monica Foerster, Chair, SMP Committee of IFAC

6.      Mr. Ian Ball, Chairman, CIPFA International

7.      Mr. Abdul Wahid Aboo, IFAC SMP Committee Member

8.      Mr. Robert Thomason, Executive General Manager, CPA Australia




ICAI Past Presidents

1.      CA. Amarjit Chopra, Chairman, NACAS

2.      CA. ManojFadnis, President , CAPA


ICAI Chapters Chairmen/Representative(s)
1.      CA. Suresh Panwar, Chairman, UAE (Abu Dhabi) Chapter

2.      CA. Naveen Sharma, Chairman, UAE (Dubai) Chapter

3.      CA. Ajay Agarwal, Chairman, UK (London) Chapter

4.      CA. Deepak Arora, Chairman, British Columbia Chapter, Vancouver

5.      Dr. VikasChaturvedi, Netherlands (Amsterdam) Chapter

6.      CA. Mubeen Khan, Past Chairman, Oman (Muscat) Chapter

7.      CA. B K Dugar, Secretary, Thailand (Bangkok) Chapter

8.      CA. UdayShanbhag, Chairman, Bahrain Chapter

9.      CA. GauravKakkar, Chairman, Doha Chapter

10.  CA. Narendra Kumar Somani, Chairman, Nigeria Chapter of ICAI

11.  CA. PragneshUdeshi, Chairman, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) Chapter