Professor Brendan O’Connell
Ph.D., CA, CPA, FCMA
Head of Accounting and a Professor at RMIT and also President of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He has worked as an analyst and bond dealer with major investment banks and has been employed in leading universities in the US, Australia, and Asia including Monash University.
Professor Janek Ratnatunga
MBA, PhD (Bradford); FCA; CMA
Formerly, Dean and Head of Commerce at the University of South Australia for 4 years; before that held the Chair in Business Accounting for 18 years at Monash University, Australia. He has also held academic positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Canberra in Australia; and the Universities of Washington, Richmond, and Rhode Island in the USA. He is the Editor of the Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research. He has authored/co-authored twenty-five books on strategic cost management, entrepreneurship, financial accounting, accounting theory, and financial modeling; and over 250 academic and professional papers. He has worked in the profession as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and is a consultant for the World Bank. He is a world authority on the business and accounting implications of climate change and carbon trading. In January 2009, he was awarded the prestigious joint American Accounting Association, AICPA (USA), CIMA (UK), and CMA (Canada) Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award. The award is given annually to a paper published within the last five years in a refereed academic journal that has the greatest potential impact on Management Accounting Practice.
Professor Christopher D’Souza
Ph.D. (WITS). FCA, FCMA, CPA
Dean of International Business, Calwest University USA
Professor Christopher D’Souza has had extensive experience in International Business and Financial Management in both careers in leading traditional and online corporations. He has worked at a very senior management level in financial accounting, management accounting, and management/taxation consulting across many countries. His last role before he became a global educator was as CFO of Red Bubble, a leading online retailer. His career also includes being Dean at the Wharton Institute of Technology and Science. In recent times Chris travels the world giving seminars on strategy, marketing, and cost management issues.