Executive Committee 2019-2020
Rosanne leads the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)’s Registry team which is responsible for providing efficient and accessible business registers that make it easier to do business.
In this role, she oversees the administration of over 30 legal registers, registers of companies and business names, and a range of professional and other registers.
The Registry team handles more than 3 million lodgements and facilitates more 120 million searches each year. Rosanne is also responsible for ASIC’s Customer Contact Centre, which handles over 900,000 enquiries annually. Rosanne has implemented major reforms including the National Business Names register and a new Financial Advisers Register.
She also leads ASIC’s work with government to substantially modernise business registers. Rosanne is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the president of the international Corporate Registers Forum, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and postgraduate qualifications.
Since 2005 Michael has been the Registry Services Manager at the New Zealand Companies Office. Between 1993 and 2005, Michael held the position of ICT General Operations Manager for the Ministry of Economic Development.
Within the Companies Office, Michael is responsible for the delivery of all New Zealand Companies Office services mainly through electronic systems and the internet for registers relating to Companies, Personal Properties Securities, Superannuation Funds, Incorporated Societies, Building Societies, Charitable Trusts, Unit Trusts, Friendly Societies Motor Vehicles Traders and Credit Unions. Michael also oversees the New Zealand Companies Office international registry reform projects within developing countries, working extensively in the Pacific region and in Africa.
Michael holds the executive position of Secretariat for the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) a role he was appointed to in 2011.
2020 Conference Director
Caroline Egesa joins the CRF Executive Committee as the Conference Director and liaison for the 2020 CRF Conference.
Caroline is a result oriented and competent Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all Courts subordinate with 9 years’ experience spanning across corporate secretarial, commercial law and corporate and finance management. She also has experience in administration and human resource management having carried out roles that required such skills.
Caroline holds an Honors degree in Law from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) UK, Uganda Law Society (ULS), East African Law Society (EALS).
Previously, Caroline worked with Diamond Trust Bank for 4 years as Company Secretary, Head Legal and Head of the Debt Recovery Unit having worked as Company Secretary of National Bank of Commerce prior to joining Diamond Trust Bank. Caroline also served as Associate Partner and Administrator with Muwema and Mugerwa Advocates for 4 years.
Ms Ada Chung is a barrister-at-law and a Certified Public Accountant. She was appointed as the Registrar of Companies of Hong Kong in August 2007 and has since been heavily involved in the rewrite of the Companies Ordinance, the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance and the introduction of electronic company incorporation and electronic filing of company information in Hong Kong.
As a representative of the Financial Secretary, Ms Chung is an ex-officio council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also sits on the Financial Reporting Council. Before her appointment as the Registrar, she was a Deputy Law Officer and headed the Civil Litigation Unit of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.
Ms K Latha is a Senior Deputy Director with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). She currently heads the ACRA Academy, which is the ACRA training arm. The ACRA Academy was set up in Oct 2016.
As Head of the ACRA Academy, Latha drives ACRA’s training strategies and initiatives to promote a high level of competency among ACRA’s stakeholders. She is responsible for public outreach efforts to educate and create awareness about business entities in Singapore. She works with both internal and external stakeholders to identify training needs and design learning programmes to meet these needs. She is also in charge of the e-Training Management System (ETMS), which is a platform offering courses and training programmes via digital means. In addition, Latha is also currently the Technical Advisor to the Registry Services Department. She advises the department on registration matters and reviews and documents policies. She also takes charge of projects involving the enhancement of the registry processes and the online filing system.
On the international front, Latha is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Corporate Registers Forum and a member of the International Business Registers Survey Working Group which issues the Benchmarking Survey and produces The International Business Registers Report. Because of her vast experience in registry work and ACRA’s online filing system, she is often called upon to make presentations to foreign delegations wishing to reform their registration processes.
Conductor Paul Masena
Mr Conductor Paul Masena was appointed as the inaugural Registrar General of CIPA in August 2013. He is charged with driving the strategic direction of the Authority and ensuring that CIPA delivers its mandate as per the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority Act, 2011.
Mr Masena joined the then Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (ROCIP) in 1999 as a Commercial Officer and rose through the ranks to Commercial Officer – Head of Companies and Business Names (2001), Senior Commercial Officer – Head of Copyright Section (2003), Principal Commercial Officer – Head of Companies Division (2007), Deputy Registrar (2009), Registrar (2011), until he become the Registrar General at the newly created parastatal (CIPA). He is credited with putting in place processes that significantly reduced the turn-around times for registering companies in Botswana, spearheading the amendments of the Companies Act, Copyright Act and the Industrial Property Act, and leading the transformation of ROCIP to an autonomous body. Mr Masena has also cemented CIPA’s relationship with international bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and the Corporate Registers Forum among others, ensuring that all CIPA activities are based on international standards.
A seasoned professional who has extensive experience in both Copyright and Industrial Property, Mr Masena was elected to chair ARIPO Administrative Council from 2009 to 2011. During his tenure as chairperson, ARIPO adopted the Swakopmund Protocol on Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore, approved a new organogram transforming ARIPO into a more effective organisation and registered a surplus budget.
Mr Masena is a holder of a Master of Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics and a Diploma in Trade Policy from the World Trade Organisation. He has also worked for the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Botswana Export Development and Investment Promotion Agency (BEDIA) as well as the Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (TIPA). He is currently a Board Member of Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Louise Smyth joined Companies House in September 2017 as Chief Executive and Registrar for England and Wales.
Before joining Companies House Louise held a number of senior positions at the International Property Office (IPO), including director of IT, Director of People, Places & Services.
Louise went on to become Chief Operating Officer in 2014, responsible for Corporate Services: IT, People, Places and Services and Finance.
Marija Boshkovska Jankovski
Marija Boshkovska-Jankovski joined Central register of the Republic of Macedonia in August, 2017 as General Director of the Institution. As professional in business economics and financial accounting management, she has been involved in the implementation of numerous development projects – essential for the progress of the Central register.
The Central register is self-financed government institution, which is currently in a process of upgrading the existing solutions with a new comprehensive service model – covering all significant aspects that directly affect the quality of services.
Her vision for the Central register arises directly from the needs of the private sector and all service users (including foreign and domestic investors), and from the institutional need to access and share up-to-date information in order to increase the efficiency of their work.
Ong Khiaw Hong
Mr Ong Khiaw Hong has held the position of Chief Executive of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) since 1 April 2017.
Mr Ong is was formerly the Deputy Commissioner (Corporate and Services Group) at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).
He started his career in the Administrative Service, serving in the Education and Defence ministries. He joined the Inland Revenue Department in 1991 from the private sector and was the Director (Taxation) at the Ministry of Finance from July 2000 to June 2002.
Mr Ong graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Honours)(Economics) from the Victoria University of Wellington on the Colombo Plan Scholarship. He has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
He also attended the International Tax Program at Harvard University A recipient of the Public Service Administration Medal (Gold) at the National Day Honours, Mr Ong has 32 years of extensive experience which spans across policy, operations, regulations and corporate governance in the corporate accounting and tax field.
Adv Voller is the Cabinet-appointed Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa. He was a member of the legislative drafting team for both the New South African Companies Act and the Regulations, the Companies Amendment Act as well as the Intellectual Property Amendment Act on Traditional Knowledge.
He is a panel member on the Take-Over Regulation Panel (TRP) on Mergers and Acquisitions, a board member on the Anti- Money Laundering council, a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council and the Ministerial Specialist Committee member of the Company law and Intellectual Property law committees. He is also appointed to the King Committee on Corporate Governance. He has also been elected for a second term 2019 to the Executive Committee of the Corporate Registers Forum, a body of Global Company Registrars.
As Head of the Intellectual Property Office of South Africa, Adv Voller also sits on the BRICS Heads of IP offices Committee made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Ross van der Schyff
Lawyer Ross van der Schyff is the Registrar for registers managed by the Companies Office, including the Register of Companies.
He is also the Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Plant Variety Rights.
Mr van der Schyff is the General Manager of Business Integrity Services, Market Services at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
He previously held a number of senior public service roles including General Manager of Resolution Services and Service Support and Design within MBIE Market Services.
Mr van der Schyff has also managed the Insolvency and Trustee Service and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Before entering the public service in 2003, he was a partner of a law firm, heading up its insolvency division.
In July of 2004, Marina joined the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) as a researcher servicing the Corporate Law Reform Committee under the Commission’s Corporate Law Reform Programme. In 2007 she joined the Corporate Development and Policy Division where she was the Senior Legal Researcher in the Law Reform, Policy and International Affairs Section. In June 2015, she became the Head of the Corporate Planning Section.
Prior to joining SSM, she was a Legal Editor with LexisNexis Malaysia, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. overseeing loose-leaf, textbook publications on various legal issues. She also worked on numerous projects in collaboration with the legal and medical fraternity.
Marina was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor to the High Court of Malaya in 1998.