Since 2014 Thomas Pichler is an independent member of the Austrian Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (AFREP). He is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant specialized in financial services focused on the banking industry. He holds a Magister diploma degree in Controlling & Finance from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria. He has gathered over 14 years of credit risk and several years of audit experience working for different international enterprises. He worked in managerial positions providing audit and advisory services to financial institutions within PwC Zurich (Switzerland), PwC Sydney (Australia) and Deloitte Vienna (Austria). He has published on credit risk, international accounting and controlling and is lecturer at several different educational institutions.