International Director of CIPFA, Alan Edwards, to Keynote FISC Conference

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Alan Edwards to focus on the role of PFM professionals in meeting the challenges of the 21st century at annual FreeBalance Conference

FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, is pleased to announce Alan Edwards, International Director of the Chartered Institute of Public and Financial Accountancy (CIPFA) , as a keynote speaker at the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event held on January 16-18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Edwards will brief senior government officials and Ministers of Finance about the impact of capacity building for performance management in the government sector, and the need for certification for modern Public Financial Management (PFM) professionals.

“Excellence in PFM improves government confidence, trust, and accountability in the public sector.” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “PFM expertise is critical for sustainable governance and economic reforms. We look forward to hearing Alan Edwards’ perspective on the ‘next steps’ in PFM.”

Alan Edwards brings 25 years of experience in government advisory and financial services. He is a former partner of PwC and KPMG in the public sector division. Mr. Edwards also held the position of Civil Government Industry Leader at IBM and was responsible for consulting and systems integration in the central and local government of the United Kingdom. Alan Edward’s current work includes projects to support public financial management professionals in Nigeria, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kosovo, Canada, and other European and African countries.

About FreeBalance    
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is a recognized as leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit

About FISC
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 16 – 18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).

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