DFK International is celebrating being named Association of the Year at the International
Accounting Bulletin Industry Forum and Awards 2015.
The top honour was awarded to DFK International at the prestigious awards ceremony to
showcase excellence in the accounting profession held at the Kensington Close Hotel in
Martin Sharp, executive director of DFK International, collected the prized trophy on behalf
of DFK International for the Association of the Year category also being contested by
finalists INPACT and Praxity.
The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges including Jane
Howard, partner at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Ndungu Gathinji former chairman
of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and former IFAC board
member, and Mark Koziel, vice president ‐ firm services & global alliances at the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
To win the category, DFK International had to demonstrate the execution of profitable
growth strategies, be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently
delivers high‐quality professional services and excelled in a number of key strategic and
operational areas over the past 12 months.
DFK International’s entry was based upon its contribution to advancing the profession for
more than 50 years and its significant progress in recent years in gaining new members,
enhancing members’ cooperation and creating special value for members through its
investment in IT infrastructure.
In announcing the winners, the International Accounting Bulletin said: “DFK International is
the second fastest growing organisation in the top 10 global associations in financial year
2014. It has expanded its presence beyond its traditional footholds of Europe and North
America and added members in all regions.
“DFK International sustained growth despite some challenging conditions in key markets as
well as its all rounded nomination with a particular focus on sustainability, and its internationally driven mind set and resilience in front of adversity were all contributing factors for the association’s win in this category.”
Demetris Demetriou, president of DFK International, said: “DFK International is delighted to
have been selected as the winner of the International Accounting Bulletin Association of the
Year Award 2015.
“These Awards celebrate excellence in the international accounting profession and it is
therefore a tremendous honour to be recognised as the leading association in front of such
a distinguished industry audience.
“It recognises the advances that DFK International has made which over the last year has
seen our continuing expansion with high‐quality accounting and consulting firms worldwide,
and it will no doubt help to inspire us to achieve our greater ambitions going forward.”
The forum and awards ceremony is aimed at UK, European and global accounting firm
leaders and brings together some of the most prominent figures in the industry.
Talks at the event focused on the accountancy landscape in 2015, disruption, data security
and digitalisation, with a panel of expert speakers debating what the accounting industry
will look like in 2020.
The Association of the Year Award follows on from the world survey conducted by the
International Accounting Bulletin earlier this year which saw DFK International record one of
the highest growth rates of fee income in the world in 2014 to be ranked seventh largest
DFK International has over 400 offices in more than 90 countries worldwide. For more information please see www.dfk.com
The full list of winners can be viewed at: