CRF 2019 will be in North Macedonia.
In 2019 the CRF annual conference will once again bring together representatives from around the world to share and discuss knowledge and experiences under the general theme “Transforming Registries into Cross Border Enablers – Beyond National”.
The upcoming CRF conference will be hosted by the Central Register of the Republic of North Macedonia, in the period 7-11 April 2019 in Skopje and Ohrid. During this 4 day period, representatives from 80 countries will get the chance to work alongside with their colleagues from around the world while also enjoying a lot that North Macedonia has to offer in the wonderful spring time.
A draft program is available here. It will be updated regularly.Download PDF
1 Kuzman Josifovski Pitu
Republic of North Macedonia
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Executive Director Registry
Rosanne is an Executive Director at ASIC. Rosanne has primary responsibility for ASIC’s Registry group, which delivers ASIC’s strategic priority of providing efficient and accessible business registers that make it easier to do business. The ASIC Registry group administers the companies and business names registers, and a range of professional and other registers. Each year the ASIC registry receives over 3 million lodgements, facilitates more 120 million searches, and handles over 900,000 enquiries. Rosanne has led the many significant reforms including the delivery of new registers and major technology upgrades. She is currently part of the leadership team planning to modernise Australia’s 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 post-graduate qualifications.
Principal Policy Adviser Companies House
Stacey-Jo is a Principal Policy Adviser at Companies House UK, within the Strategy & Policy team. She is responsible for developing new, as well as amendments to existing, legislation in conjunction with colleagues in the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other government departments. She also works with colleagues in Companies House to ensure any changes to legislation are implemented in the best way from an operational perspective.
Stacey-Jo has a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations and has previously worked as an operational manager for a data quality company, supporting e-commerce and supply chain management.
She has been involved in international registry benchmarking since joining Companies House in 2008 and has led the International Business Registers Report since 2018.
Recep Bozer was born in 1985, in Eskişehir, Turkey. He has a B.A. degree in Computer Engineering in 2008. He later earned a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering in 2011. He has been working as a Trade Expert at Ministry of Trade, General Directorate of Domestic Trade since 2010. His main field of expertise is Central Registration Recording System (MERSİS) of Turkey. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.
Mojca Kunšek, Master of Economics, has been director of Agency of Republic Slovenia of registers and related services (AJPES) since 2013, member of EBR Board since mid 2018 and member of new EBRA Board.
Mojca's journey has gone from being a portfolio manager to consultant of managers’ board, member in supervisory boards and assemblies in different public and commercial institutions. For her contribution to improving woman management in Slovenia, she received annual award Artemida of 2014 received by The Slovenian Association of Managers. Under her leadership, AJPES received numerous awards or was in the final selection in the various areas of its activities (IT, social responsibility, contribution to the entrepreneurship progress, etc.). She is also the author of several articles in some journals and web sites for professionals and management.
Nowadays, she is actively involved in the development of electronic services for reducing administrative burdens, main Business Register overhaul and update of BRIS, promotion of LEI and exchanging best pracsis between registers users, providers and regulators. She believes that good communication is the main factor to achieve the objectives and goals.
Manager of Applications and Data
Karla joined the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in 2004 as an Investigator for the National Enforcement Unit (NEU). This unit was responsible for enforcing a number of pieces of legislation. Following this in 2012, Karla was appointed as Manager of Registries Integrity and Enforcement. This Team ensures integrity of the registers by proactively monitoring their use.
Kitty is the Registry Solicitor of the Companies Registry of Hong Kong, leading the Legal Services Division. She was a member of the Companies Bill Team for the rewrite of the Companies Ordinance and was involved in the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance. Recently, Kitty has participated in implementing the new initiatives relating to the licensing regime for trust or company service providers, and presenting the case of Hong Kong in the Financial Action Task Force’s mutual evaluation on Hong Kong’s anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism system.
Business Relations Manager
At the GLEIF, Ricco Dun is mainly responsible for a) business development projects and b) the connections between the world of the business registers and the world of the Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs). It is important that these worlds understand each other and cooperate. There are already 6 national business registers (becoming) active as a LEI issuing organization.
He is also the Chairman of the Board of the European Business Register (EBR). EBR is the cooperation between business registers from 25 European countries in which they facilitate the exchange of business register information between themselves and for their customers.
He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF). Within the European Commerce Registers’ Forum (ECRF), he has been a member of the Working Group BR2BR (on the interconnection of business registers) and the auditor of the financials.
He has worked for many years as the Manager of the Business Register of The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce. Before that, he has had several legal and sales & marketing functions, including e.g. the development of all internet based activities for the dissemination of information from the business register.
He has represented the Netherlands during the negotiations on the EU Directive on the interconnection of business registers in the European Council Working Party and during the discussions on the implementation of the Directive in the Company Law Expert Group for the Business Registers Interconnection System (CLEG-BRIS) of the European Commission.
Head of Court Registers Department
Ingmar Vali is a visionary, a practitioner and a team leader in the field of e-governance.
In 2002, Ingmar joined the technology competence centre of the Ministry of Justice to build the next generation Land Register and Business Register. Today Ingmar is a driver of innovation in all registry fields. Moreover, the passion of Ingmar has always been business analysis and change management. In recent years Ingmar has been leading the analysts’ team in multiple countries in the domain of business registration transformation.
Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Friendly Societies
Maureen O’Sullivan was appointed to the roles of Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Friendly Societies in March 2015.
Ms O’Sullivan joined the Department of Industry & Commerce in 1991 has served in the Department of the Taoiseach, the Competition Authority and the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation. She served in the Companies Registration Office and the company law area earlier in her career and subsequently in a number of senior roles in the Department in the Industrial Relations, Labour Market Policy, Human Resources and Workplace Relations areas. Until her appointment as Registrar Ms O’Sullivan was responsible for the implementation of the Workplace Relations Reform Programme which amalgamated five industrial relations and employment rights bodies into two.
Since her appointment as Registrar of Companies and Registrar of Friendly Societies, Maureen has overseen the implementation of the Companies Act 2014, the introduction of mandatory electronic filing for annual returns and the migration of the Registry of Friendly Societies to a new, modern IT platform with the option of electronic filing for the first time. Work is currently underway to migrate the Companies and Business Names database to the new platform and to introduce the new Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Co-Operatives.
Ms O’Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree, Certificates in Public Management and Public Sector Human Resources and a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance.
Head of International Relations Unit
Mari Khardziani is Head of International Relations Unit at National Agency of Public Registry (NAPR) under Ministry of Justice of Georgia, in charge of international relations and coordination/management of international projects. Since January, 2016, she is also a member of UNECE WPLA Bureau and permanent correspondent of EuroGeographics.
After working in private sector for 5 years, in 2004 she moved to NAPR - a government authority responsible for land administration, business registry, geodesy, mapping and addressing in Georgia, where she worked at different positions, including over 12 years at managerial position. Being at NAPR since its foundation, she was involved in implementation of the reforms and made a valuable contribution to creation of a well-functioning and sustainable land and business registration systems in Georgia. Her top skills and competences cover international relations, organizational leadership and management, strategic planning, project management and land administration.
Ms. Khardziani holds Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
Monica Canafoglia is a legal officer at the International Trade Law Division (ITLD) of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, which is the substantive secretariat for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). She is currently serving as secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group I (Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and coordinating the UNCITRAL presence on social media. Before joining the International Trade Law Division Monica worked for other agencies of the United Nations system. Monica is a licensed lawyer in Italy, her home country. She also holds a Master degree on Public Policy and Management.
Head of Corporate Compliance and Disclosure Regulation
Joey Mathekga is the Head of Corporate Compliance and Disclosure Regulation, a unit in the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa, responsible for the XBRL Programme Roll Out as a Programme and Business Owner.
He joined the Department of Trade and Industry and its related agencies on 08 February 1995. On 01 May 2011 he joined CIPC after its establishment in terms of the Companies Act, Act 71 of 2008 as amended. The mandate in the unit he oversees includes amongst other things, Investigation of Companies Act contraventions; analysis of Annual Financial Statements; registration of Prospectuses (Share Offerings of Company Securities) and Administration of Reportable Irregularities by Independent Reviewers.
A former ExCo member of the Corporate Registers Forum for two terms. Made presentations in conferences on Company Registrations and Compliance in various regions internationally, viz. Malaysia, Hong Kong, UK, New Zealand, Botswana, UAE, amongst others. He has Individual Certification on XBRL Foundation Certificate Program. Qualified with a National Diploma in Municipal Administration (Tshwane University of Technology/ TUT); Advanced Management Programme and Executive Development Programme (National School of Government in conjunction with University of Pretoria and TUT respectively), Certificates in Corporate Law and Advanced Corporate Law (Tshwane University of Technology). Attended a Year Programme on Advanced Corporate Law and Securities Law at University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2018.
As the XBRL Programme Owner, he oversaw the Conceptualisation and Approval of the CIPC’s XBRL Business Case; Base Taxonomy Development; XBRL Portal Development which includes Business Intelligence Capability; Change Management and Regulation/ Enforcement of the CIPC XBRL Mandate which became effective 01 July 2018.
Marija Boshkovska-Jankovski has joined Central register of the Republic of North 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 - crucial 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.
Director of the Corporations Section
Mike Powell serves as the Deputy Director of the Business & Public Filings Division and Director of the Corporations Section with the Texas Secretary of State. He has served in this capacity since 2014 and has been with the Secretary of State since 2005. Mike received his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and his law degree from South Texas College of Law. He is a licensed attorney in Texas.
Mike has worked with public records and registries for 33 years. He began his career marketing and selling access to public records from the days of floppy disks and dedicated computers to his current position with the secretary of state. Mike worked eight years with an international service company in several capacities submitting filings, receiving service of process, and improving delivery of documents from the public registry to the customer. Mike’s current position requires him to synchronize five teams of 87 employees to provide excellent customer service and exceed their performance measures.
Mike is a frequent speaker on topics related to Business & Public Filings. He is recognized as a national expert on regulating athlete agents and is an observer to the Uniform Laws Commission, Athlete Agent Act. Mike is vice president and serves on the IACA Board of Directors.
Head of the Client Support Division
Kersti is one of the main organizers of the upcoming European Business Registry Association (EBRA) Conference, 5-7 June 2019, Tallinn, Estonia.
She is the Head of the Client Support Division at the Centre of Registers and Information Systems. Her division advises clients on the use of various systems including e-Business Register, e-Land Register, Company Registration Portal, EBR etc. For more than 10 years in the agency, she has also been involved in training and consultation activities and has coordinated the data entry of annual reports.
Project Group RegisSTAR Judge, Local Court Münster
Nicolas graduated from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) in Münster in 2009 und passed his second state examination in law in 2012. He was appointed as a judge in 2012 and worked in various areas of law. In 2018, he joined the Pro-ject Group RegisSTAR, which works on behalf of the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the German electronic Business Register system as well as the International Business Register interoperability.
Abdul Rasheed KP
Companies Registration Office Manager
Abdul Rasheed KP currently heads the Companies Registration Office of the Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”), in Doha, Qatar. Rasheed is a former officer of the central civil service in India and has officiated as Assistant Registrar of Companies and as Assistant Official Liquidator in a major state in India.
A lawyer by profession, Rasheed has worked with leading law firms in India and Qatar in senior positions, prior to joining the QFC. His career also includes stints as a law officer in the economic offences wing of India’s federal investigation agency - the Central Bureau of Investigation; and in a senior position in the Indian banking arm of a global financial giant.
He has published several articles on law, corporate governance and related subjects in leading newspapers and journals; and some of his talks have been broadcasted. Rasheed is a member of the Executive Committee of CRF.
He is a member of the International Bar Association. His personal interests include literature, music and travel.
Specialist Sales Consultant
Ben has the unique role of Specialist Sales Consultant at CoreFiling. He is an expert in the field of data collection and data modelling, particularly when applied to company registries, regulators and other public facing organisations. During his eight years at CoreFiling, he has held a number of different positions that have seen him deliver consultancy, thought leadership, solution architectures, training and advice to both consumers and producers of business data.
Ben's current focus is to develop and encourage new uses of standards and data-centric solutions to increase the value and reduce the cost of data throughout reporting ecosystems. He holds a MEng and PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of York, UK.
Director, Business Strategy, ISC
John Murray is an experienced IT professional, globally recognised as a thought leader in the corporate register domain. With 20 years’ experience advising on and implementing registers around the world, John has an extensive track record of providing value-add solutions to clients in the government and services sectors.
John founded Enterprise Registry Solutions Limited (ersl.ie) in 2002, a Dublin based technology company, that delivers solutions to modernise a variety of register types to clients around the world. In 2017, ERS was acquired by ISC (TSX:ISV), and John continues to provide his expertise as Director of Business Strategy.
John has been instrumental in a number of notable registry projects, including serving as technical manager of the European Business Register (ebr.org), as a team lead on European Commission research projects focused on register interoperability and cross-border services (BRITE and eCODEX) and as a member of the Management Board of the eSens research project for the creation of a pan-European platform for cross-border services. In addition, he has worked with clients to develop fit for purpose technology solutions and performed organisational reviews, that have defined the blueprint for numerous transformation projects to modernise statutory registries.
John’s previous experience includes Management Consulting at Deloitte, specialising in software development projects. He is a graduate of University College Cork (NUI) with a dual degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (first class honours).
Senior Manager, Data Service (Information Resource Department)
Ms Queenie Chang is a Senior Manager, Data Service, with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
She leads the business planning and provisioning of ACRA’s data services to Singapore government agencies, the business community and the general public. As part of her role, Queenie is the primary contact for these stakeholders, supporting their services and partnering them on their innovation journey to enhance or develop new information products.
Queenie is also the lead driver in the implementation of ACRA API Mall services which was officially launched in December 2018. This service makes available real time ACRA’s business and financial data to public subscribers through Application Programming Interface (API). The API Mall is part of ACRA’s open data initiative to encourage innovation and co-creation with the private sector and in line with the Singapore government’s Smart Nation vision.
Essah Abdul Manaf
Deputy Director, Legal and Business Management Department
After leaving the corporate world, I joined Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA) in 1999. Have been attached with LFSA’s business unit for nearly 20 years since joining Labuan FSA. During my career with the Authority I have been exposed and served in various positions. Given me the opportunity to be familiar with various financial and non-financial business activities that the Authority regulates and supervises throughout the years of service. These include processing of licence applications and handling of operational matters among others for insurance, banking, leasing, money broking, foundation, trust and partnership.
I was also the Project Manager for the implementation of COR@L System currently used by Labuan FSA’s ROC Unit. COR@L is an acronym for “Corporate Online Registry at Labuan FSA”. This is an online delivery system that promotes convenience and security to the users with real-time access. Labuan FSA has invested in an online system since 2004 and committed to continuously improve its delivery system in support of the ever-changing business environment.
As a Deputy Director, I am responsible for the smooth operation of the Business Operations Unit and ROC Unit. I was also part of the team representing LFSA during the APG Mutual Evaluation on Malaysia that started in 2014 and completed in 2016 with the acceptance of Malaysia as FATF member as well as the team for country evaluation conducted by the OECD in 2018.
Founder & CEO
Russell founded kompany in 2012. Beforehand he was the CEO of 123people.com, the largest people-search engine (50 million monthly uniques, operating in 13 countries). He expanded the company from a garage operation to a profitable business and oversaw the sale to a publishing company for EUR 15m. Previous roles include head of betting product management at online gaming company bwin and various management positions in the mobile industry. He stems from NYC but spent half of his childhood in Austria. Russell holds a BA in International Studies, a Master's in European Integration, and a MSc/MAS in Telematics Management.
Alexandre Taymans specializes in financial sector and supervisory aspects of AML/CFT, with a particular focus on the topic of beneficial ownership. His recent experience include the design of Belgium’s ultimate beneficial owner register and it’s legal framework as well as the effective implementation of risk-based AML/CFT preventive measures, controls and assessments. As a Policy expert within the Belgian Ministry of Finances, he has also been in charge of the preparation and execution of evaluations conducted by the FATF, Moneyval and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of information for Tax Purposes. Alexandre Taymans holds a M.A. in Sociology and in Law
Director, Human Capital Division
Samsiah is in charge of Human Capital at the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) a role she was appointed at in 2017. She oversees the Human Capital Planning, Human Capital Services and Relationship and Human Capital Development in SSM. She is also currently part of the Strategic Steering Committee overseeing the human capital aspects under the SSM Transformation Programme (SSMTP). Samsiah, an accountant by profession, was previously attached to one of the top 4 accounting firms in Malaysia and was also attached to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. She also has experience in Procurement and Administration, Registry Compliance, Corporate Resources, Monitoring of Auditors and also overseeing the development of the SSM Headquarters located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We are delighted to have such prestigious speakers from registries across the globe.