Dr Tarek Rana was recently appointed as an executive committee member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Albury-Wodonga branch. CAANZ was created though the amalgamation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and has a membership of 115,000 professionals.
For an accountant, being named a member means receiving the Chartered Accountant title. This title is an internationally recognised professional designation that reflects the highest standards of ethical, professional and technical expertise. To qualify as a Chartered Accountant of CAANZ, members have to gain and maintain one of the toughest professional accountancy and finance qualifications in the world.
“Being on the AW regional committee of CAANZ provides La Trobe Business School with an opportunity to engage more with one of the largest accounting professional bodies in the world and within the regional business community,” Dr Tarek Rana said. “I am keen to build on this relationship, not only to foster growth within La Trobe Business School, but also to increase students’ employability.”
Dr Tarek Rana is La Trobe Business School’s Campus Coordinator for the Albury-Wodonga campus and a Lecturer in Accounting. Prior to becoming an academic, Tarek was a Principal and senior manager of professional accounting firms in Sydney and Canberra. He has over ten years public practice experience in business services, taxation, auditing, and financial planning as well as consulting services including financial management, cash flow management, and performance management.
When it comes to engaging with diverse stakeholders including academic colleagues, students, staff, business organisations, and the public service, Dr Tarek Rana demonstrates a consistently proactive approach. With CAANZ, Tarek maintains the same positive and proactive approach: “This relationship can be very meaningful to the broader Albury-Wodonga region in the sense that it can make important contributions to businesses and the professional community in this area.”
As an example of these contributions, in collaboration with the CAANZ Albury-Wodonga committee, Tarek is planning to develop projects with regional significance, including costing public services associated with an ageing population and regional community development.