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10th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences, Plenary sessions will take place in the main auditorium and will involve all conference participants. The opening plenary sessions will take place on the first day of the conference and the closing plenary, include concluding remarks of speakers will take place on the second day of the conference.

The Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners. This year's plenary speakers include:


Professor Dr. Gabriël A Moens
Curtin University and Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland. Australia.
Gabriël A Moens is Professor of Law and Director of Research, Curtin Law School. He is also Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Prior to his current positions he served as Pro Vice Chancellor (Law, Business and Information Technology) and as a long-serving Dean and Professor of Law at Murdoch University. He also served as Professor of Law and Head, Graduate School of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia and as Garrick Professor of Law and Director, The Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, The University of Queensland. He undertakes teaching and research in Constitutional Law, Banking Law, European Union Law, International Commercial Law, International Arbitration Law and Comparative Law. He also teaches International Business Law and European Union Law at the University of Notre Dame, London Law Centre. Professor Moens is a past winner of a University of Queensland Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1999, he received the Australian Award for University Teaching in Law and Legal Studies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Trade and Business Law Review. In 2003, the Prime Minister of Australia awarded him the Australian Centenary Medal for services to education. In 1995-1996 he was a Visiting Professor of Law at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Utah. He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law in 2002-2003. In 1997 and 2000 he successfully coached the T C Beirne School of Law (The University of Queensland) team to win the prestigious Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. He also co-coached the winning City University of Hong Kong team in the Ninth Willem C Vis (East) Moot in 2012 and the 20th Willem C Vis Moot in Vienna in 2013. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) and Chartered Arbitrator (CArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and Fellow and Deputy Secretary General of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ACICA Review and is the co-author of a Commentary to the ACICA Arbitration Rules. Professor Moens is a MembreTitulaire, International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM WA) and a Director of the College of Law Western Australia. In 1998, the Asian Development Bank, Manila retained him to train officials of the Ministry of Law and Justice of his Majesty's Government of Nepal. He has taught extensively in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. He is co-author of The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia Annotated (8th ed, 2012), Jurisprudence of Liberty (2nd. ed. 2011), Commercial Law of the European Union, 2010, and International Trade and Business: Law, Policy and Ethics (2nd ed, 2006).

PLENARY SPEECH TITLE: THE TIPPING POINT: A USEFUL TOOL FOR MANAGERS


Professor Dr. Danture Wickramasinghe
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Danture Wickramasinghe is professor of management accounting at the University of Glasgow. He has joined Glasgow after 19 years of research and teaching at the University of Manchester and a 1 and ½ years at the University of Hull as Professor of Management Accounting and the Director of the Centre for Accounting and Accountability Research. Previously, he has taught management accounting and related subjects at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and the University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka), and had a visiting appointment at Paris-Dauphine University, France. Formerly, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance and the Head of the Department of Commerce at the University of Colombo, and the Head of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Ruhuna. At Manchester, he was the Programme Director of M.Sc. (Accounting & Finance) programme and the Coordinator of the Management Accounting Module on the MBA-worldwide programme.
He has produced a number of research papers out of a large project funded by CIMA and has publications in international journals including Accountability, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Advances in Public Interest in Accounting, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavioral & Research and Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change. He is the co-author of Management Accounting Change: Approaches and Perspectives (2007), a social theory based management accounting text, a guest editor of the special issue on Management Accounting in Less-developed Countries (2007) at Accounting and Organizational Change and the co-editor of Handbook of Accounting and Development (2012). He continues researching on management accounting issues in both advanced capitalist countries and emerging/ less-developed countries. Professor Wickramasinghe has over 25 years of experience as an enthusiastic and talented university teacher at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBS levels, has produced a number of PhDs, supervised 100s of Master's dissertations, and acted as internal and external examiner for over 10 PhD candidates. He is a regular speaker at research and professional forums, including the workshops organized by CIMA. Currently, he is the Chief External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University and the External Examiner at the University of Aberdeen and continues PhD supervision at Manchester.

PLENARY SPEECH TITLE : BIO-POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT RESEARCH


Professor Dr. Cheryl Lynn Duckworth
Nova Southeastern University, USA
Cheryl Duckworth is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. A peace-building program leader and conflict resolution policy analyst, she has served such organizations as the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy and the Center for International Education. She has lived in Zimbabwe and Paraguay, and published and presented globally on her two passions, peace education and peace economics, exploring ways to transform the economic, political, social and psychological root causes of war and violence. Selected publications include her book which explores the role of dignity in social movements, Land and Dignity in Paraguay, and an article on her implementation of critical peace education curriculum in a juvenile detention home. A proponent of engaged scholarship, she co-edited Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement: Partnerships Transforming Conflict, which examines how engaged scholarship can enhance the field of conflict resolution. In 2014, she published Teaching About Terror: 9/11 and Collective Memory in US Classrooms, which analyzes the narrative today's students are receiving about 9/11, and the implications of this for global peace and conflict. Most recently, she contributed a chapter to The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: An Analysis (Volume II).

Dr. Duckworth has trained hundreds of students, teachers and community leaders in peace education and conflict resolution both in the US and internationally. Currently she serves as the faculty advisor of NSU's Peace Education Working Group and on the Advisory Board of the Hope Development Organization, a women's rights and peace building organization in Pakistan, and Women's Promise, which advocates for and empowers women's leadership for peace globally. She has also appeared on peace-building related media, such as PRESSedent and The Doug Noll Show.

Duckworth teaches qualitative research methods, foundations of conflict resolution, History, Memory and Conflict Resolution, and peace education. She is active in the International Studies Association, the Comparative and International Education Society and the International Peace Research Association. As a model of engaged scholarship and student-centered curriculum, she also developed a Global Hybrid Course which examined peace education and peace building in Morocco. She also blogs at Teach for Peace.

PLENARY SPEECH TITLE : STUDENTS CAN CHANGE A SCHOOL: YOUTH LEADERSHIP FOR INTERFAITH DIALOGUES


Professor Dr. Kamran Ahmed
La Trobe University, Australia
Kamran Ahmed is a Professor of Accounting & Finance, La Trobe Business School. He was Head of School of accounting from 2006-2010. Professor Ahmed began his academic career in Australia in 1988 at the Australian National University, and later had academic appointments at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of New England prior to joining La Trobe University in 1999. He had visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia, Exeter University, the University of Houston and Monash University. Professor Ahmed's research interests are corporate disclosure, corporate accounting policy choice, earnings management, international accounting harmonization, accounting and reporting practices in South Asia, and microfinance reporting. Professor Ahmed has published in such scholarly journals as Abacus, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting Education, Accounting and Finance, British Accounting Review, Corporate Governance: an International Review, Critical Perspective on Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, and Journal of International Accounting Research. Professor Ahmed has supervised several Honors, Master and Ph.D. candidates. He is currently on the editorial board of several journals including International Journal of Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, and Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, and has been an ad hoc reviewer for several other reputed refereed journals.

PLENARY SPEECH TITLE: INTEGRATED REPORTING AND VALUE CREATION


Professor Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia.
Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid is Professor of Political Science, School of Distance Education, and Consultant Researcher with the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. In 2008-09 and 2015-16, he held Visiting Fellowships with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, respectively. Trained as a political scientist and political economist at the universities of Oxford, Leeds and Newcastle, United Kingdom, his research interests lie within the field of political Islam in Southeast Asia. Ahmad Fauzi has published fifty scholarly articles in leading journals such as Indonesia and the Malay World, Islamic Studies, Asian Studies Review, Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Asian Journal of Political Science, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Sojourn, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Round Table and Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. He regularly contributes book chapters to edited volumes; recent ones include 'Religious Diversity in Malaysia: Between Islamic Orthodoxy, Unorthodoxy and Deviancy', in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (ed.), Islam and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific (Singapore: World Scientific, 2018); 'Islamic education in Malaysia: Between neoliberalism and political priorities in light of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015' (with Mohd Haris Zuan Jaharudin), in Cynthia Joseph (ed.), Policies and Politics in Malaysian Education: Education Reforms, Nationalism and Neoliberalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2018) and the latest, 'Islam, Political Culture and Practical Spirituality in Kedah, a State in Northwestern Malaysia', in Ananta Kumar Giri (ed.), Practical Spirituality and Human Development: Creative Experiments for Alternative Futures (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Ahmad Fauzi's published research monographs bear such titles asIslamic Education in Malaysia (RSIS, 2010), Political Islam and Islamist Politics in Malaysia (ISEAS, 2013), Middle Eastern Influences on Islamist Organizations in Malaysia: The Cases of ISMA, IRF and HTM (ISEAS, 2016) and The Extensive Salafization of Malaysian Islam (ISEAS, 2016). Ahmad Fauzi's research has earned him airtime over international media outlets such as Singapore's Channel News Asia and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), besides giving occasional commentaries over Malaysia's media channels such as The Star, The Edge, The Malay Mail Online and Free Malaysia Today. In May 2017, Ahmad Fauzi represented Malaysia at the Russia – Islamic World Strategic Meeting held in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russian Federation. Since January 2019, Ahmad Fauzi has been chief editor of Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies (USM Press).

Professor Dr. Bjoren Willy Aamo
University of Norland, Norway
Bjørn Willy Åmo works as a professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the Bodø Graduate School of Business at University of Norland, Norway. He has published more than 50 ISI papers in various research journals on different topics of entrepreneurship. His research interests relate to entrepreneurship education, corporate entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship and business start-up. He is also a senior reviewer of many international journals of repute and performed guest editor services in many conferences. He teaches Marketing, entrepreneurship and small business management as well as in research methods. He is a member of the Norwegian Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Kashan Pirzada
University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Kashan Pirzada is a senior lecturer of Accounting at the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, Universiti Utara Malaysia. He has joined TISSA-UUM after 11 years of research and teaching at the University of Malaya, Institute of Business Management, SMI University and PAF-KIET University. Dr. Pirzada working experience includes an extraordinarily diverse range of University programmes and conferences, editorial activities, international study, and professional internships. He is the founding editor of the Global Journal of Business and Social Science Review, Accounting and Finance Review, Journal of Business and Economics Review and Journal of Finance and Banking Review that are indexed in several prestigious databases.

Dr. Pirzada research interests focus on corporate governance; corporate disclosure and consequences; corporate social responsibility and sustainability and Institutional Ownership and Capital Structure effects and has published in International academic journals, such as Elsevier Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, British Accounting and Finance; Polish Journal of Management Studies; Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, and International Journal of Economics and Management.

Dr. Pirzada has supervised a number of Master and Ph.D. candidate and act as an external examiner. He has been a lead guest editor for Elsevier Procedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Pertanika of Social Sciences and Humanities, and International Journal of Economics and Management. He is currently on the editorial board of several journals, including Polish Journal of Management Studies, International Trade and Business Law Review and International Journal of Ethics and Systems. He is a regular speaker at research and professional forums, including the workshops.

PLENARY SPEECH TITLE: NOMINATION COMMITTEES AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: LESSONS FROM MALAYSIA AND THE UK