Paul Thompson

Technical Director

Paul Thompson is EFAA Director and a consultant dedicated to thought leadership and development of the global accountancy profession. From 2004 to 2016 Mr. Thompson worked for IFAC latterly as Director, Global Accountancy Profession Support, a role that extended to overseeing the IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway, research and innovation, and activities in support of small- and medium-sized practices (SMP) and professional accountants in business (PAIB). He advises developing professional accountancy organisations in Europe and Asia. Previously Mr. Thompson worked for Touche Ross & Co., London before going on to lecture on corporate reporting and analysis at universities in the UK, Singapore, and Malaysia. He has a number of publications in academic journals and the professional press in the areas of ethical finance, corporate reporting, corporate governance, integrated reporting, practice management and the future of the profession.

Sara Zambelli

Head of Secretariat and of Public Affairs

Sara Zambelli joined EFAA in February 2018 as Head of Secretariat and Public Affairs. As EFAA’s permanent staff representative in Brussels, Sara monitors EU activities and gathers information and insights on issues relevant to EFAA and its members. Sara is also in charge of EFAA’s Secretariat, managing all day-to-day matters. Sara previously worked at the Brussels representation of Unioncamere Veneto and at RIAD (now Legal Protection International). She was trained in Law in Italy and Belgium and is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Lilit Ghukasyan

Communication and Event Assistant

Lilit Ghukasyan was born and raised in Yerevan. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Economics from Yerevan State University, she moved to the UK, London to continue her education at LSC (London School of Commerce), postgraduate programme. She moved to Brussels in 2012. Lilit has worked in different companies, mostly in the Marketing, Communication and Event Management departments. She was previously working at NGO- Engineers Without Borders, as a Marketing and Communication Officer. She speaks several languages: Armenian, Russian, English, French and Dutch.