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IPSASB Announces Historic Female-Majority Board and Increased Geographic Diversity for 2022

Sep 30, 2021 | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) announced that in 2022 it will have a majority female Board for the first time. The IPSASB will be comprised of ten women and eight men beginning 1 January 2022.

The geographic diversity of the IPSASB will also increase with new members from China and Saudi Arabia.

The new appointees to the IPSASB have been selected following a rigorous nominations and interview process involving the IFAC Nominating Committee and IPSASB leadership, overseen by the Public Interest Committee. The IFAC Board approved the recommended candidates.

The four new Board members are:

  • Mr. Abdullah Al-Mehthil, Saudi Arabia
  • Ms. Claudia Beier, Switzerland
  • Mr. Maik Esser-Müllenbach, Germany
  • Ms. Liang Yang, China

The following two current Board members have been reappointed:

  • Ms. Luzvi Chatto, Philippines
  • Ms. Lynn Pamment, United Kingdom

“The IPSASB is leading the way with a majority female Board for 2022,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “Diversity of Board membership is essential to ensure the delivery of high-quality standards that can strengthen public financial management globally. The appointment of new members from the Asia and Middle East regions will also be important to ensuring that our outputs meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of users.”

The IPSASB also announced that Ms Lindy Bodewig of South Africa will continue her role as the IPSASB Deputy Chair for 2022. “I am extremely pleased that Lindy has agreed to serve as my deputy for another year. Lindy brings to our work the powerful combination of experience through her day job in government and national and international public sector standard setting. She has played a particularly important role as the chair of the Task Force of our high-profile project on Natural Resources,” said Mr. Carruthers. “I also want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing members, Mike Blake, Adrienne Cheasty, Bernhard Schatz, and Marc Wermuth for their many important contributions to our work during their time with the Board. We are extremely grateful for their dedication and commitment”.

About the IPSASB
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It also raises awareness of IPSAS and the benefits of accrual adoption. The Board receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact

About the Public Interest Committee
The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.