Gavin C. Lee
Assistant Professor, Virata School of Business,
University of the Philippines - Diliman
Former Director of CFA Philippines
Prof. Gavin Cheng Lee, CPA, CIA, MSF, CFA is the Vice-President for Academic Relations and the Program Director of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the Philippines, Inc. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Accounting and Finance of the University of the Philippines where he teaches Fundamental Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing Theory, Financial Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Macroeconomics, and Financial Risk Management.
Lee is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Lee has a Master of Science in Finance degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy degree, both from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Lee serves as Director of Education Sector of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Eastern Metro Manila Chapter, the national professional accountancy body of the Philippines that focuses on four areas of practice for a CPA: Public Practice, Commerce and Industry, Education, and Government.
Lee was also a former member of the board of advisers of Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the Philippines, Inc., an association of local investment professionals, consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisers, and other financial practitioners, that has served CFA® charterholders and CFA® Program candidates locally since 1997.
About the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
The Philippine Institute of Certified Accountants or PICPA is the accredited professional organization (APO) of CPAs by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and has been awarded twice as PRC most outstanding APO from among other professional organizations. PICPA was founded in November 1929 by a group of illustrious pioneers in the accounting profession: Enrique Caguiat, Santiago de la Cruz, Francisco Dalupan, Jaime Hernandez, Felipe Ollada, Ramon del Rosario, Antonio Sanchez, Jose Torres, Artemio Tulio, Clemente Uson, and Jesus Zulueta. W. W. Larkin, holder of CPA Certificate No. 1, was its first president.
The group set forth the following objectives:
- To promote and maintain high professional and ethical standards among accountants;
- To advance the science of accounting;
- To develop and improve accountancy education;
- To encourage cordial relations among accountants, and
- To protect the Certificate of Certified Public Accountant granted by the Republic of the Philippines
Over the years, PICPA has been sustaining its accreditation with PRC. The accreditation started on October 2, 1973, when PICPA was awarded Certificate of Accreditation No. 6, by then PRC Chairman Eric Nubla, after having complied with the requirements for accreditation under Presidential Decree No. 223. This distinction, which recognized the Institute as the bonafide professional organization of CPAs, likewise gave PICPA the responsibility of setting into motion a scheme for the integration of all CPAs in the country.