Plenary Speakers

 

The Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences Series 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. GCBSS plenary 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. Yasushi Suzuki,
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
Dr. Yasushi Suzuki is a Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He graduated Bachelor of Art Science Politics Science in Vedic University (1986). After that he went on the Master of Science at SOAS, University of London, UK and get an LLM (International Economic Law) at Birkbeck, University of London and completed a Ph.D. program in economics at the University of London. Before becoming an academic, He had been a practitioner as Vice President of the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB), Singapore and Deputy General Manager of LTCB, New York. Currently Prof. Suzuki teaches at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. Specialization and his interests are issues of banking and financial institutions, political economy, institutional economics and the 'economic philosophy'. He has written 43 journals and been awarded as the best paper at the International Conference of Art, Social Science and Technology (ICAST) in South Korea.His work has appeared in Review of Political Economy, International Review of Comparative Public Policy, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies.

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.

Professor Dr. Christine Mallin
University of East Angila, United Kingdom
I joined Norwich Business School (NBS), University of East Anglia's in September 2012 as Professor of Corporate Governance; I am also the Head of the Accounting, Finance and Governance (AFG) Group. Prior to joining NBS, I worked at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham for 12 years where I was Professor of Corporate Governance & Finance, and the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance Research. I began my academic career at the University of Nottingham in 1988 where I was also awarded my PhD in Finance. I subsequently lectured at Warwick Business School and in 1995 was appointed to my first Chair at Nottingham Trent University. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

I have undertaken a wide range of corporate governance research over the years and published widely in academic and professional journals. I have been invited to serve on several national and international committees on corporate governance (details in 'External Activities').

I was a Director (2000-2006), and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee (2004-2006), of the Aston Reinvestment Trust (chaired by Sir Adrian Cadbury) which was launched in 1997 as a pioneer of social investment and has become the leading local community finance initiative in the UK.

From 2000-2007 I was the Editor of 'Corporate Governance: An International Review' and remain on the Editorial Advisory Board. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of several other journals including the European Journal of Finance.

The fourth edition of my book 'Corporate Governance' was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. I am also the Editor of several books published by Edward Elgar: 'Handbook on International Corporate Governance'; 'International Corporate Governance: A Case Study Approach'; and 'Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study Approach'.

Professor Dr. Musa Mangena
Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom
Musa Mangena joined the Nottingham Business School as Professor in September 2011. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the Bradford University School of Management. He has taught on a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules, including Business Accounting (MBA); Accounting and Finance (MSc); Strategic Accounting (MSc); Corporate Accountability (MSc); Strategic Accounting and Management Control (Level 3); Corporate Reporting (Level 3); International Accounting (Level 3); Corporate Financial Analysis (Level 2); Financial Accounting (Level 2) and Introduction to Accounting and Finance (Level 1). He has also undertaken other academic roles including director of studies for the BSc Accounting and Finance; director of studies for the BSc Financial Planning (which he designed); Course Approval and Review; Undergraduate Programmes Committee and Doctoral Research Board.

He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Secretary. Prior to joining the academia, Musa spent many years in the financial services sector where he held senior positions in different functions such as banking operations, financial markets operations and finance and administration. He also managed a US$75 million World Bank funded project involving enterprise development in Africa, supporting small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).Musa is the Co-ordinator for the Money, Finance and Risk (MFR) Research Group and is a member of the Research Policy Group (RPG).

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. Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid,
School of Distance Education,
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia.
Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid is Chairman of Political Science, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. He graduated from the University of Oxford (B.A. Hons. Philosophy, Politics and Economics) in 1992, the University of Leeds (M.A. Politics of International Resources and Development) in 1994 and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (Ph.D. Politics), United Kingdom, in 1998. At USM, since July 1998, he has been teaching undergraduate courses in political science at the School of Distance Education, and managed a postgraduate course, 'Islam in Southeast Asia', for the M.A. in Asian Studies offered by the School of Social Sciences from 2010 to 2013. He has been held visiting research fellowships at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (September 2008 – January 2009), and the Asia Research Institute (ARC), Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (February 2009). Dr. Ahmad Fauzi has participated in international research projects funded by, among others, the Ford Foundation, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), USA, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI). He has published in leading international journals such as Indonesia and the Malay World, Islamic Culture.
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