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Sharon Ayson
Dr Sharon Ayson is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Newcastle. She researches in the areas of Corporate Governance and Boards, Boards and Strategy, and Top Management Teams. Sharon has published widely on these research topics.

Suzanne Benn
Professor Suzanne Benn is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in School of Management, UTS Business School. In this position she provides leadership within the Business School and across UTS, working with other disciplinary areas and external stakeholders to promote sustainability. She was previously Professor of Education for Sustainability, Director of ARIES and Head of the Graduate School of the Environment at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Ann Byrne
Ann joined ACSI in April 2008 and came from a background of superannuation/pension fund management at UniSuper and from The Superannuation Trust of Australia (now named AustralianSuper). Ann is an elected member of the UNPRI Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the AICD and a board member of Oxfam (Australia). In 2007, Ann was awarded the Fund Executive of the Year and was a member on the board of the ASFA. Ann is also and a member of the Monash University Department of Accounting and Finance Advisory Committee.

Hans-Martin Buhlmann
Hans-Martin is founder of the VIP Vereiningung Institutioneller Privatanleger e.V. (Association of Institutional Shareholders / Association des Actionaires Institutionels) and Club of Florence . Both are professional associations engaged in the interests of corporate governance for institutional investors that are established as service providers of individual investors in the European network. Hans-Martin has attended more than  1200 shareholders' meetings in Europe – mainly Germany – with public participation in discussion with the management.

Kevin Campbell
Dr Kevin Campbell is a senior lecturer in finance in the Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, and director of its MSc in Investment Analysis, a program parner of the CFA Institute. He has published widely in the fields of corporate governance and corporate finance and has held visiting positions at UNSW and UWA.

Thomas Clarke
Thomas Clarke is Professor of Management and Director of the Key University Research Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney. Formerly he was Professor of Management at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. His research has included being a member of the task forces for the UK Royal Society of Art’s Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry into the sources of sustainable business success; assisting with the development of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance in Paris; conducting a major ARC funded survey of The Changing Roles of Boards and Directors in Australia; and research with the Federal Treasury on The Regulation of Small Corporations. Among his publications are included: Rethinking the Company (1994) London: Financial Times; Theories of Corporate Governance (2004) London: Routledge; Corporate Governance and Globalisation (2006) London: Sage (with Marie dela Rama); European Corporate Governance (2009) London: Routledge (with Jean-Francois Chanlat); International Corporate Governance: A Comparative Approach (2012) London: Routledge Second Edition. He is the Corporate Governance and Sustainability section editor of the Journal of Business Ethics (Springer).

Julie Crews
Julie commenced her career in education. This was followed by a career which included roles in both state and federal government agencies such as The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, The Office of the Auditor General and The Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She has a doctorate in ethics and leadership and is a lecturer at the Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia) where she teaches business ethics, leadership and human resources management at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Simon Connal
Simon Connal is a founder of, and senior analyst with, Ownership Matters – an independent and Australian focused governance advisory business.  Prior to Ownership Matters, Simon worked as a banker, academic researcher and banking and finance lawyer in Australia and in London. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University and a Master of Laws from Cambridge University. He is also a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Marie dela Rama
Marie is a researcher at the Centre for Corporate Governance at UTS. She completed her PhD on corporate governance reforms in the Philippines and the fieldwork was funded by the Australian Government's Endeavour Research Fellowship. Her publications include Fundamentals of Corporate Governance (4 volumes, 2008, SAGE Publications) and Corporate Governance and Globalization (3 volumes, both edited with Thomas Clarke, 2006, SAGE Publications). Her work on corporate governance and corruption is a forthcoming publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Ian Dunlop
Ian Dunlop has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure, and international business, for many years on the staff of Royal Dutch Shell. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88. From 1997 to 2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Chairman of Safe Climate Australia and  Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Ian has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability and advises and writes extensively on governance and sustainability.

John Hewson
Dr John Hewson has had four careers: (1) Economics - The Commonwealth Treasury, RBA, IMF, UN, Professor/Head of School at UNSW and Dean, Macquarie University Graduate School of Management; (2) Business – A founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN AMRO Australia and Chairman/Director of many public/private companies and charities; (3) Politics - Chief of Staff/Advisor to Prime Minister Fraser and his Treasurer, and in the Federal Parliament Leader of the Liberal Party and Federal Opposition; (4) Media – regular contributor to the BRW, AFR, radio and television. In addition he has worked in Asia and recently was a Special Advisor to UNESCAP.

Anurag Hingorani
Anurag Hingorani is an educator and researcher in the broad area of marketing communications. His research has focused on consumer health and well-being via the study of communication strategies of skincare marketers and body image perceptions of consumers.  Anurag’s research interests include advertising education and corporate social responsibility.

Bryan Horrigan

Bryan is the Louis Waller Chair of Law, Associate Dean (Research), and Convenor of Commercial Law Group, Monash University Faculty of Law. He is also a long-standing consultant on public and corporate law and governance to law firms and government. He is author of Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century: Debates, Models and Practices Across Government, Law and Business (2010, Edward Elgar, UK).

Morten Huse
Morten is Professor of Management and Organization at the Norwegian Business School BI, Oslo and Tor Vergata University, Rome. He has published more than 15 books and 100 journal articles, including on boards, board diversity and entrepreneurship. His book, “Boards, Governance and Value Creation” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. Morten has been Director of International Programs at the Academy of Management (USA) and chairman of the National Association of Directors in Norway. He is the President of the European Academy of Management and sits on the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board

Coral Ingley
Coral completed is associate professor at the Auckland University of Technology. She completed her PhD in 2004, focusing on the strategic leadership role of the board in influencing corporate direction and organisational performance. Her research continues to develop the area of board effectiveness, expanding her enquiry to include the contexts of small and medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, as well as the orientation of boards toward stakeholders. Coral has authored over 50 academic papers, of which more than 20 have been published in refereed journals, covering a range of topics in management, marketing, international business and corporate governance.

Magdalena Jerzemowska
Professor Magdalena Jerzemowska  is an academic  at the University of GdaƄsk, Poland.  She is Head of the Department of Corporate Finance.   She has published in the fields of corporate governance, financial statement analysis and capital structure over the past two decades.

Alice Klettner
Alice Klettner is a researcher at the Centre for Corporate Governance. She has a First Class BA(Hons) degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in International Law from Sydney University and is currently undertaking her PhD at UTS. She studied law at the College of Law in London and admitted as a solicitor in both England and Wales and New South Wales. Her research interests include the links between corporate governance and corporate social responsibility and the development of international regulation in this area.

Vas Kolesnikoff
Vas Kolesnikoff is the Chief Executive of the Australian Shareholders’ Association.  He has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.  His has worked in chartered accounting and advisory with KPMG, investment banking with Macquarie Bank, Merrill Lynch, and Westpac Institutional Bank, where he has specialised in structured capital and acquisition finance.  He is a non-executive director of a private equity backed company and is a member of the Financial Reporting Council, ASX Corporate Governance Council and ASIC Consumer Advisory Panel.

James Lockhart
James was appointed Director of the Graduate School of Business, Massey University in August 2005 and subsequently to the role of Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Executive Education).  In that capacity Massey University delivered high-end programmes into include Fonterra, COMU (the Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit), ANZ/National Bank of New Zealand, Horticulture New Zealand, and BusinessNZ.  James is now the College’s Executive Education Consultant, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management teaching and researching in strategy and governance.

Jyoti Devi Mahadeo
Jyoti Devi Mahadeo is a lecturer at the University of Mauritius. She is also a doctoral researcher. Corporate Governance is one of her main area of research and she is well published in this field.  She has presented her works at both local and international conferences. She is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD).

Graeme Martin
Graeme is a Professorial Research Fellow in Management and HRM at University of Glasgow, Scotland.  He also teaches and currently holds/has held visiting international professorial appointments at Macquarie University in Australia, Ca Foscari University of Venice in Italy, Peking University in China and the University of Colorado in the USA.  He has published extensively in the fields of HRM, management and leadership and change management over the past two decades.

Gavin Nicholson
Gavin is an associate professor at the Queensland University of Technology Business School. Gavin is an experienced director, governance researcher and board consultant. He has published extensively in the leading journals of his field and currently overseas several large research projects aimed at understanding how boards operate. Gavin has provided advice on corporate governance and strategy to listed and large public companies, government owned corporations, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations and local government. He has published extensively in the area of corporate governance, co-authoring two books “Boards that Work: A New Guide for Directors” and “Board, Director and CEO Evaluation” and a manual for boards seeking to implement the ASX Corporate Governance Principles.

Pascal Nguyen
Pascal Nguyen is senior lecturer and teaches corporate finance at UTS. He received his PhD in management science from ESSEC business school in Paris and has published articles on dynamic asset allocation and banking regulation. His current research interest concerns the effect of various corporate governance mechanisms on a firm’s risk-taking and performance.

Justin O'Brien
Justin is Professor of Law at the University of NSW. He is a specialist in the dynamics of financial regulation, with particular reference to capital market governance. He has written extensively on the intersection between regulatory form and ethical considerations. He is the recipient of a range of major grants from the Australian Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council in the United Kingdom.

Roopinder Oberoi
Dr Roopinder Oberoi is Assistant Professor in Delhi University. She specializes in the area of Public Administration. She was awarded PhD from Delhi University and has taught at Delhi University for 7 years and National Defence Academy (India) for 2 years. In the Year 2009 she was awarded a Post-Doctorate Research Fellowship by the University Grant Commission. She has contributed nearly 20 papers in various national and international journals in the field of Public Administration, New Governance Paradigm for Indian Public Sector and Corporate Governance in Public Enterprises.

Akintola Owolabi
Dr Akintola Owolabi is a Chartered Accountant. He worked previously as a Lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is presently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the Lagos Business School, Pan-African University, Lagos, Nigeria. His teaching responsibilities and research interests include environmental and social accounting, management accounting, financial accounting and taxation.

John Peebles
John Peebles is one of New Zealand’s most experienced executive search recruiters. With over 35yrs experience in this field he won international recognition in 2008 when Business Week (USA) named him in the 50 most influential global head hunters. His practice appoints 35 board directors each year and 60 Chief Executive / Senior Executives. He held and holds a number of Board and Chair appointments.

Salman Afkhami Rad
Salman completed his bachelor and master studies in Economics and worked for several years as a financial advisor in different companies in Iran. He is currently a Finance PhD candidate at Waikato University of New Zealand. He is working on the corporate governance, firm performance and cost of capital in a comparative study between New Zealand and Singapore large listed companies.

Krishna Reddy
Dr Krishna Reddy is a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Convenor at the Department of Finance, Waikato Management School, The University of Waikato. He is the Course convenor for: Corporate Finance, Corporate Theory and Corporate Policy, Corporate Restructuring and Governance, and Personal financial Planning. Dr Reddy researches in the area of corporate governance, corporate finance, personal finance, market efficiency and mutual fund performance. Dr Reddy is also a member of the Board of Trustees of a number of Trusts providing services in the area of Kaupappa Maori health and wellbeing.

John Roberts
John Roberts is Professor and Chair of the Accounting Discipline at the University of Sydney. His recent research has focussed on corporate governance and, in particular, on understanding the dynamics of roles and relationships both within boards and between boards and institutional investors. He is a qualitative researcher who typically uses interview based research with executive and non-executive directors, CEO's and chairmen in FTSE companies, as well as with fund managers and investors to explore the actual processes through which corporate governance is effected and effective. He has published widely from this work both in academic journals and practitioner reports. His wider research interests include corporate social responsibility, organisational processes of control and accountability, narcissism and ethics.

Mark Starik
Mark Starik (PhD) is a Visiting Professor of Management & Sustainability at San Francisco State University (USA), on leave from his position as a Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy at George Washington University (USA).  He conducts research and teaches in the areas of Strategic Environmental/Energy Management and Policy.

John Trowbridge
John is Interim Director of the Centre for International Finance and Regulation. He was appointed to the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) after a distinguished career in the actuarial profession and in the insurance industry, holding consulting, executive and director roles. He has strengthened APRA's standing with the insurance industry and guided the enhancements of the general and life insurance prudential framework over recent years. He has carriage of the development of APRA's prudential standards on sound executive remuneration in regulated institutions.

Shann Turnbull
Dr Shann Turnbull has been a serial entrepreneur founding many firms with three becoming publicly traded.  As a private equity partner he participated in the acquisition and re-organisation of a dozen listed firms sometimes as chair/CEO.  He co-founded the first course in the world for Company Directors in 1975 and taught post-graduates at four universities.  His PhD dissertation showed how governance could be grounded in the natural laws of system science. He is a prolific writer on reforming capitalism with two articles re-published with the seminal contribution of scholars in the History of Management Thought (Ashgate).

Maarten van de Waerde
Maarten Vandewaerde is a doctoral researcher at the KIZOK Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Hasselt University, Belgium), where he is a member of the corporate governance and accountancy research team. His main research interest within this broad field involves the board of directors, a topic in which he focuses on the team dynamics that take place among directors. He has a particular interest in board leadership and has recently published a paper on shared leadership within the boardroom in Journal of Business Ethics.

Karen van Peursem
Professor Karen Van Peursem PhD, MBS (Hons), CPA (US), CA (NZ), is a Visiting Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.  Her primary areas of interest, publication, teaching and supervision are in audit, the profession and ethics; internal and fraud audit practices; and public sector accountability. She has over 28 refereed publications plus numerous professional, conference, text and working paper publications; and has served on a number of editorial boards. The 6th edition of the text Auditing: Theory and Practice in New Zealand was published this year with Pearson Education.

Aila Virtanen
Professor, Ph.D. (Econ) Aila Virtanen works at Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (Finland). Her main research interests are in corporate governance, ethics of accounting, international accounting, accounting history, and gender issues of accounting. She teaches courses in research methods, international accounting and ethics of accounting.

David Waller
David Waller is a Senior Lecturer in the Marketing Discipline Group, University of Technology, Sydney. David has over 20 years' experience teaching marketing subjects at several universities in Australia. His research has included projects on marketing communications, advertising agency-client relationships; controversial advertising; international advertising; marketing ethics; and marketing education.

Philippa Wells

Dr Philippa Wells holds qualifications in law, business, accounting and history. Originally from New Zealand, she currently holds a position as Associate Professor in Law and the University of Ballarat where she teaches and researches in a variety of areas, including governance (in the business and non-business contexts) , business and corporate law and environmental policy. She has also commentated on the media in relation to issues arising from decisions on marketing regulation.

Eliza Wu
Dr Eliza Wu is an Associate Professor in Finance at UTS Business School. Dr Wu has broad experience in teaching and researching within International Finance. Her research has been widely published in international Finance journals. Outside of academia, Dr Wu has worked in the Economic departments at the Reserve Bank of Australia and at the Bank for International Settlements’ Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific.