GGI Italian Business Summit, May 29-31, 2015 (Florence, Italy)


GGI and our member firm, Studio Sistini Grossi, invite you to Florence for the third GGI Italian Business Summit … which on the Saturday morning will be in a special venue where we will be surrounded by masterpieces of art from the Renaissance.

There is also a very comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities, including a “Made in Italy” cooking class, an intensive shopping session, a game of golf, a tour of “Galleria dell’Accademia” and a full-day trip to EXPO2015 in Milan.

If you love Italy, you won’t want to miss this GGI Italian Business Summit!

Please note that Registration for this event would be directly with the host firm. Download the Registration Form from the GGI Website.  (Registration Deadline: 19 April 2015)

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GGI Leadership Forum, June 11-14, 2015 (Eisenberg, Austria)

Registration is now open for the GGI Leadership Forum, which will be held at the beautiful Hotel Das Eisenberg in Austria from June 11-14th.
“Eisenberg is always my favourite Conference – intimate, challenging discussions, and great food!”
- Paul Simmons from GGI member firm Haines Watts
We are delighted to have two keynote speakers confirmed:  Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Estonian Parliament as well as a member of the European Union Affairs Commission in the Estonian Parliament, and Prof Dr Teodoro Cocca, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of GGI as well as Professor of Asset Management and member of the Research Institute for Banking and Finance at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

Online Registration is available at the GGI Website. Log In > Click on the Events tab > Locate the Event > Click on the Pen & Paper icon to register.


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Global Village on the Move 2015 (India)


GGI continues to collaborate with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA, by sponsoring some of our young GGI professionals to attend their Global Village on the Move program in India in 2015.

Global Village on the Move is a highly acclaimed applied leadership and cross-cultural training program which takes place in different locations each year throughout the world. The program is specifically aimed towards young professionals, and seeks to integrate elements in leadership, entrepreneurial skills, business and industry knowledge together with the tools to build a powerful global network.

“DRDA has been fortunate to have two rising stars participate in the Global Village Program.  We have seen personal and professional growth in their understanding of client service, teamwork, corporate and international culture and an expanded view of opportunities and markets.  As a Firm our young leaders were energized and other staff are incentivized to continue their careers and development at DRDA.  Our corporate culture and future is enhanced by participation in the Global Village Program.  I encourage other Firms to reward themselves and their young leaders with this opportunity.”

-Doug Dickey, DRDA PLLC

GGI will sponsor five young professionals from our member firms to attend the Global Village on the Move program which will take place between October 19-29th, 2015 in Virar and Mumbai in India. The theme for this event is “Emergence of India as an Economic Power in the Global Marketplace”. The GGI sponsorship will include all of the classes, workshops, food and accommodation. Participants will have to make their own visa and travel arrangements to get to India, as these costs are not included in the scholarship.

Please click on this link to download a copy of the Application Form.

The 2014 edition of the program took place in Kazan (Russia) and was a great success. During the nine days, the GGI delegates together with some 30 other attendees from 11 countries experienced exciting panel sessions, interesting presentations, lectures about Russian culture and sightseeing tours whilst at the same time improving their leadership, networking and team-working skills.

“I am profoundly grateful to have been a part of Global Village on the Move’s 2013 class. I had the unique and enlightening opportunity to learn and discuss business concepts, negotiation techniques, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial ideas amongst some of the world’s most talented leaders. Accountants, lawyers, business managers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world gathered in Shanghai, China to share their business ideas and cultural influences. I felt honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of intelligent and innovative people. Not only did I get to explore the beautiful history of Shanghai and other parts of Eastern China, I was inspired by the other participants in the program and I made friends across the globe! I am forever thankful to Geneva Group International for selecting me to be a part of Global Village on the Move.”

-Raven J. Akram, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

Applications are open to all GGI member firms, and each firm may nominate only one candidate per firm. Candidates should be mid-level managers with at least three years’ experience (at the position, but not necessarily at the same firm) and young professionals (individuals with a professional qualification or an undergraduate degree). The recommended average age would be 22-35 years.

Please click on this link to download a copy of the Application Form.

GGI will be looking for qualifications such as personal values, ethics, motivation, skills and the benefit that the applicant hopes to derive by attending and contributing to the program. There will be one scholarship awarded per region.

The deadline to submit your application for the program is Friday, April 3, 2015.


Completed application forms should be returned directly to Dr. Marco Izzo via email ( or fax (+41 44 2561811). The application form is also available in the internal area of the GGI website (Documents > Global Village on the Move) together with testimonials from previous programs.

We very much look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Marco Izzo.

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GGI announces Despacho Acevedo y Asociados, SCP as a new member firm in Mexico

Despacho Acevedo y Asociados, SCP, headquartered in Mérida, Yucatán, was founded in 1949 by Joaquín Acevedo Ruiz del Hoyo. In 1997 it was developed further by Javier Acevedo Menéndez who is the third generation to run this firm.
The firm provides professional services to clients both nationally and internationally, and is active in the spheres of: Legal, International Trust and Estate Planning, Tax Consulting and Management Consulting.
Despacho Acevedo y Asociados, SCP has long-term and extensive experience with clients in the fields of commercial transactions. Over time, in response to the requirements of their client base, they have established five specific practice areas: Corporate, Labour, Litigation and Tax.
The firm, with 14 professionals whom have expertise in different sectors, are led by two Partners and offer high level services in two operating languages: Spanish and English.


Gerardo Acevedo

Mérida (Yucatán)
T: +52 999 920 28 11
F: +52 999 925 37 22


GGI expand horizons in Asia with new member in Vietnam

DCPA Auditing and Consulting Co are the newest member of GGI, and originated in Hanoi in 2005. In the past ten years the company has gone from strength to strength demonstrating that they are a dependable and trustworthy CPA firm. In 2006 the company added an additional office in Ho Chi Minh City in order to promote their services in southern Vietnam.

DCPA provides three major categories of services: Audit & Accounting, Tax Services, and Research & Business Consulting. The company are committed to assisting foreigners doing business in Vietnam and specialise in providing international quality services with local expertise and best practices.

DCPA employs 16 professionals led by three Partners, who are able to serve their clients in English, Vietnamese and French.


Truong Nguyen Tran

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
T: +848 5411 0609
F: +848 5411 0610


Rao and Ross grow GGI’s presence in UAE

Rao and Ross were founded in 1983, in Dubai, which is now the base for their head office. Over 30 years later, the firm has a well-established presence in the region with additional offices in Ajman and Hamriyah Free Zone and they cooperate with a wider network of associates throughout the whole country.

Rao and Ross’ high level service focuses primarily in accounting. Some of the services rendered by the company include Statutory, External and Internal Audit, Accounting and Financial Management Consultancy, Feasibility Studies, Formation of Offshore Companies and Allied Services.

The company defines themselves as being a complete solution provider as a Consultant for Corporate Business & Financial Management, Project Development and Infrastructure, Audit, Accounts Management.

The firm’s multi-disciplinary team of 11 full-time professional staff including two Partners serve their clients primarily in English.




Navin Devjani
United Arab Emirates

T: +9714 3538338



GGI North American Best Practices Conference & Developing Leaders Conference, Las Vegas, USA: May 14-16, 2015

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The Best Practices & Developing Leaders Conference will take place in Las Vegas on 14-16 May 2015.  This is a dual track program that will run in parallel.  The Best Practices Conference is specifically for all Managing Partners and Firm Leaders to share ideas, experiences, views and visions. The Developing Leaders Conference is for all junior professionals, new partners, and associates for professional skills development, and for opportunities to network with colleagues from other GGI member firms.

There will be ample social opportunities for participants at both conferences to meet, network and connect with each other.

More information is available via the GGI intranet: Log In > Click on the Events tab > Locate the Event > Click on the Document icon to download the official documents and registration form for these events OR Click on the Pencil & Paper icon to Register (you can use the registration form on either event to register for one/both events). EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION 28 February 2015.

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GGI Latin American Regional Conference, San José, Costa Rica: 16-19 April 2015

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The GGI Latin American Regional Conference, kindly hosted by GGI member firm Guardia Montes & Asociados, will be held in San José, Costa Rica, on 16-19 April 2015. > NOTE: This conference will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English.

More information is available via the GGI intranet: Log In > Click on the Events tab > Locate the Event > Click on the Document icon to download the official documents and registration form for this event. Registration by email only. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION 28 February 2015.

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Nominate: GGI Member Firm of the Year

excellenceThe “GGI Member Firm of the Year” award has been created to recognize GGI member firms that are prominent in particular areas of expertise and excellence within the GGI community. The awards reflect the innovation, achievement, strategy, progressive and inspirational changes taking place within the industry.

All GGI members are eligible to submit one nomination another GGI member as the “Member of the Year”. Award nominations must be received before 15 June each year. Non-GGI members are not permitted to submit nominations.

To make a nomination, you must first be logged in to the website.  First, go to GGI Website > Log in as Member > GGI XLNC Awards Tab > GGI Member Firm of the Year > Submit Nomination.

The judging panel which is comprised of GGI’s Executive Committee and GGI’s Executive Management will scrutinize all nominations received to ensure that they meet the specific criteria for the GGI Member of the Year Award and will compile a shortlist from the nominated firms on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Reliability
  • Professionalism
  • Best practices
  • Response behaviour
  • Reputation
  • Certification and further training
  • Outstanding commitment
  • Client Services
  • Professional qualifications

Criteria such as particularly sustainable office management (e.g. paperless office), or excellent working conditions and social responsibility (employer of the year), and rapid but sustainable growth are also taken into account.

Award Ceremony
The awards are presented during the Gala Dinner at the GGI World Conference.

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