The Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences will feature keynote 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 keynote speakers include:
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.
Professor Dr. Gabriël A Moens,
Curtin University, 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).
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.
Professor Dr. Kamran Ahmed
La Trobe University, Australia
Kamran Ahmed is 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.
Dr. Nadir Ali Kolachi
Professor of Management & HRD
Skyline University, University City of Sharjah,
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Dr. Nadir Kolachi is a Professor of Management & HRD at Skyline University (UAE). He has more than twenty (20) years of experience in different capacities at National & International levels. He has earned an MBA, MS, PhD & Post Doc in Management & HR fields. He has an utmost patience in Management & HRD Training with special focus on Human Resource Management (HRM), Humanitarian HRM (HHRM), Employee Social Welfare, Organizational Development, Training & Development, Public Administration, Legal Aspects of HRM, Employee Branding, Comparative Management, Organizational Communication, Recruitment & Selection, Workforce Diversity, Comparative Corporate Culture and many other relevant subjects. Dr. Nadir has participated in various International research forums as Keynote Speaker and Conference Presenter at USA, UK, Brazil, Poland, India, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Lithuania, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Jordon, France, Slovenia, Croatia, UAE and many other countries. He is a Certified Corporate trainer in USA & UAE. He has published more than thirty (30)research publications in reputable International Journals. He has also published two books on Modern teaching & Professional development. He has served as Session Chair, Reviewer, Editor and Member of the Academic Board at various places. Dr. Nadir is also attached with many reputable Business Schools as Academic & Research advisor for Management & HR fields. He has also developed modern HR models and shared with other colleagues around the world. He is also associated with different organizations for community service activities in UAE and other countries.