Choi Dhal, a senior certified public account (CPA), has been appointed as a member of an accountancy education panel with an international accountants' organization, a group representing Korean CPAs said Monday.
Choi is the first among over 4,000 female Korean CPAs to become a member of the international body.
The Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants (KICPA) representing some 17,000 CPAs nationwide said Choi will serve as one of at least 10 members of the International Panel on Accountancy Education with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
IFAC Board established the panel to contribute to the advancement of accountancy education through providing strategic advice and facilitating access to expertise and resources.
Her four-year term will begin Sept. 1. Choi could be eligible for reappointment for a second term based on her performance.
Choi, the current head of the education department at Korea's leading assurance, tax, and consulting services firm Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was reportedly recognized for her excellent understanding and knowledge about a broad range of accountancy practices.
She will be tasked with providing quality education for budding accountants about the fast-changing business environment concerning business models, technology and workforce.
In the process, she will share her understanding of the opportunities and challenges affecting the accountancy.
Choi's appointment is in line with the growing presence of female CPAs in Korea, which reached 4,022 in 2018, accounting for 19.2 percent of the total.
This is about an eight-fold increase over the past decade. There were only 264 female CPAs in the late 2000s, accounting for 4.97 percent of the total.
"This is an honor for the Korean accountant circle. We will continue to boost efforts to nurture the next generation of accountants," a KICPA official said.