AVCAL picks Yasser El-Ansary to succeed outgoing CEO Woodthorpe


melbourne-night-australia_sqThe Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) has appointed Yasser El-Ansary as its new chief executive officer.

El-Ansary, who currently serves as a senior executive at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, will start his new job on November 20 this year. He will replace Katherine Woodthorpe, who announced her decision to resign last month.

At his present post, El-Ansary is responsible for the institute’s public policy and advocacy work with government.

AVCAL’s new CEO has also worked PwC, Rio Tinto and Australand Property Group. He also has experience as a policy adviser with the Federal Department of the Treasury in Canberra.

AVCAL chairman John White said, “Yasser’s front-line experience in working constructively with the government on business policy issues and, at the same time, representing the diverse interests of a large membership body like the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the media equips him well for the leadership role at AVCAL.

“His professional background in tax and policy gives him a head-start on some of the key policy issues facing Australia’s private equity and venture capital industries, particularly in areas such as the on-going reforms to the managed investment trust regime and the need to support innovation and technology through the research and development tax incentive and industry innovation funds.”

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