Accounting’s Version of the Ironman
Philippe has developed and instructed IFRS and U.S. GAAP courses for longer than he can remember. For him, there is nothing better than spending three weeks in a row in the classroom, preferably working with diverse audiences in every possible corner of the world. He routinely wins the company’s “Ironman” award for most days on the road. A firm believer in the need to continually acquire new knowledge and experience, he’s quite the lifelong student. In fact, when he was completing a CFA program shortly before his 60th birthday, Philippe’s classmates confused him with one of the proctors. Well, he might have been a peer in that course, but he certainly could teach them a thing or two about global accounting.
In the late 1990’s, Philippe led two economic-cooperation projects funded by the European Commission and the World Bank — helping the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance adopt International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). He has also acted as independent consultant and expert witness in several high-profile litigation cases.
Philippe is a U.S. CPA, recipient of an Elijah Watt Sells award, and a CAIA Charter Holder (passed level II of the CAIA exam in March 2016). He also co-authored the book IFRS: 500 Multiple Choice Questions (published by Wolters Kluwer) and is an associate professor of advanced accounting at the Free University of Brussels.
When he is not in the classroom, Philippe explores the woods around Brussels with his Siberian husky. He enjoys classical music and is an avid reader of history books.