If I could achieve one thing during my presidency, it would be to build a better world for everybody through education. It's now my chance to champion ACCA’s open access policy – I am proud that we open doors for everyone with the motivation to succeed on their ACCA journey.’
—Leo Lee, President, ACCA

New Council officers announced for 2017 / 18

Leo Lee FCCA, director of Hong Kong based asset management company Benington Capital Limited, has become the President of global professional accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Leo now represents more than 200,000 members and 486,000 students around the world.

With over 25 years' experience in accounting, regulation and asset management, Leo is also an independent non-executive director of two Hong Kong listed companies.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Lee said: ‘It’s an honour to be elected to this position, and I thank my colleague Brian McEnery for his time as President over 2016 /17.

‘If I could achieve one thing during my presidency, it would be to build a better world for everybody through education. I will champion ACCA’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, innovation and especially opportunity; the opportunity the ACCA Qualification offers and the opportunities the profession creates. As a member of ACCA for over 40 years now, I have seen first-hand and from my own experience of how the ACCA Qualification provides immense opportunities and how it changes lives and transforms economies.

‘It’s now my chance to champion ACCA’s open access policy – I am proud that we open doors for everyone with the motivation to succeed on their ACCA journey.’

Leo has a wealth of experience to bring to his Presidency, having worked as a senior civil servant in the Hong Kong government. He has also held various posts in the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Hong Kong, including director of corporate planning, director of licensing and director of finance and administration.

Leo received his accountancy education Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and he also has an LLB degree from the University of London and an MBA from the University of Hong Kong.

At the AGM, it was also announced that Robert Stenhouse will become the Deputy President and Jenny Gu, the Vice President for 2017 / 18.

Profiles of ACCA’s Council can be found here: http://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/member/council-elections/todays-council/meet-your-council.html

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com