ICAZ appoints first Diaspora Council member
THE country’s oldest and largest professional accountancy organisation, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe, has appointed Benard Tapera, a director of internal audit at United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based telecommunications service provider, Emirates Telecommunications Corporations (Etisalat), to the institute’s Council.
Zimbabwe-born Tapera, who is also the chairman of the UAE Chapter of ICAZ, becomes the first Diaspora member to be appointed into the governing body.
He trained with Deloitte in Harare and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000. After qualifying, Tapera was seconded to the Deloitte office in London in 2001 where he spent five years before joining Grant Thornton in the United Kingdom in 2006.
He moved to the UAE in 2007 where he has since been based.
Prior to joining Etisalat, Tapera was audit partner with Grant Thornton in Dubai, where he was the head of audit and assurance services.
He successfully transformed the firm’s policies and procedures to acceptable levels from previously unsatisfactory ratings by the Grant Thornton International practice review.
Consequently, Tapera was invited to join the global firm’s review team and led teams carrying out reviews of member firms in the Middle East and Europe regions.
He was also an accredited trainer for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales students and sat on the Thought Leadership grouping of heads of audit firms in the UAE, whose primary focus was to discuss technical accounting and audit matters and share ideas on appropriate treatment within the local environment.
As evidence of his passion for knowledge sharing, Tapera has presented on technical issues at a number of high profile conferences, notably the World Accounting Forum held in Dubai in 2011.
Tapera has worked tirelessly to promote the chapter’s profile within two years of its formation, making it one of the most active chapters.
It was through his passionate presentation at the 2014 Winter School together with Gideon Nengomasha, a member of the UAE Chapter, that the ICAZ Council was convinced to approve the proposal to hold the Winter School outside the borders of Zimbabwe for the first time in the history of the institute.
Tapera is married to Norah and they have two daughters, Ratidzo (16) and Kudzai (10).