Staff

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
Director
Paul Thompson is EFAA Director and a consultant dedicated to thought leadership and development of the global accountancy profession. From 2004 to 2016 Mr. Thompson worked for IFAC latterly as Director, Global Accountancy Profession Support, a role that extended to overseeing the IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway, research and innovation, and activities in support of small- and medium-sized practices (SMP) and professional accountants in business (PAIB). Mr. Thompson also serves on the SME Implementation Group, an advisory body to the International Accounting Standard Board (Board), and is a member of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), an advisory group providing strategic advice to the Business School. He advises developing professional accountancy organisations in Europe and Asia. Previously Mr. Thompson worked for Touche Ross & Co., London before going on to lecture on corporate reporting and analysis at universities in the UK, Singapore, and Malaysia. He has a number of publications in academic journals and the professional press in the areas of ethical finance, corporate reporting, corporate governance, integrated reporting, practice management and the future of the profession. Mr. Thompson graduated from the University of Warwick with a bachelor of science in accounting and financial analysis and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Thompson is an internationally ranked masters distance runner.
Sara Zambelli
Sara Zambelli
Head of Secretariat and of Public Affairs
Sara Zambelli joined EFAA in February 2018 as Head of Secretariat and Public Affairs. As EFAA’s permanent staff representative in Brussels, Sara monitors EU activities and gathers information and insights on issues relevant to EFAA and its members. Sara is also in charge of EFAA’s Secretariat, managing all day-to-day matters. Sara previously worked at the Brussels representation of Unioncamere Veneto and at RIAD (now Legal Protection International). She was trained in Law in Italy and Belgium and is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Special Advisors

Robin Jarvis
Professor Robin Jarvis
Special Advisor
Robin Jarvis is Professor of Accounting and Finance at Brunel University, UK. He was awarded the British Accounting and Finance Association’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to academic accounting and finance. He is a visiting professor at Bamberg University and sits on the editorial board of four academic journals. Currently, Robin is a member of the Board of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board where he chairs their Stakeholder Forum. From a European perspective Robin is a member of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group (FSUG) and a member of the Committee of Transparency and Independence of the EU’s Finance Watch. He was also a member of the EFRAG Board for 11 years. The IASB appointed Robin in 2005 to their working group to develop IFRS for SMEs. For many years Robin has held directorships in commercial companies. Prior to returning to academia Robin worked for the ACCA as a Special Adviser.
Robin Jarvis
Professor Luca Brusati
Special Advisor
Luca Brusati holds a Ph.D. in Management from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy); he is an associate professor with the Accounting and Control section of Udine University’s Department of Economics and Statistics (Italy). He teaches “Accounting and management” and taught “Advanced accounting”, “Management control” and “Public sector accounting” in the past.
He worked in over thirty countries spanning four continents and has almost thirty years’ experience in project management. He led the team from Udine University that implemented the “SME leaders and sustainability” project (2013-2016) and now leads the team involved in the “Integrated reporting for SME training” project (2019-2022) jointly with EFAA.
Upon appointment by the Italian Ministry of Education, he sat in the committee administering the state examination leading to the title of chartered accountant at Udine University for 2016 and 2017. Upon appointment by the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, since 2012 he chairs the board of Net Europe, a public-private, Italian-Slovenian European Economic Interest Grouping.
He sits in the editorial board of the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and from 2006 to 2015 he served as board member of the Italian Society of Accounting and Management Professors.