Free Public Lecture
198 Berkeley Street
Professor Gary Biddle will deliver the 79th CPA Australia – University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture, the longest-running lecture series at the University.
This lecture will consider how 'account ability' has shaped, is shaping and will shape civilisations, including our own, and how much the future rests in our hands. The influence of accountants is profound, wide-ranging and fast-changing, and our preparation for the future will determine the future of just about everything else.
Not unlike physicists who discern nature’s processes and how to influence them, academic and practicing accountants discern and influence civilisation’s processes from governance and finance to the arts, humanities and technologies physicists employ. With account ability and accountability, civilised behaviours and higher living standards are possible. Without them, civilised behaviours and living standards decline.
Through research and practice insights, we are developing new account abilities, and the pace must now accelerate. Arising information technologies thanks to accounting, notably AI, mean that we are at another inflexion point where our new abilities will define our influence. Exciting times for accountants to be sure, but times we have seen and prospered through before. Civilisation depends on it.
Professor Gary Biddle, Professor of Financial Accounting
Professor Gary Biddle
Professor of Financial Accounting
University of Melbourne
Gary C Biddle is Professor of Financial Accounting at University of Melbourne and lecturer at Columbia Business School, University of Hong Kong (HKU), and London Business School. Professor Biddle earned his MBA and PhD degrees at University of Chicago. He has served as professor at University of Chicago, University of Washington, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and as visiting professor at China Europe International Business School (China), Fudan University (China), University of Glasgow (UK), IMD (Switzerland), and Skolkovo Business School (Russia). In academic leadership, Professor Biddle has served as Dean and Chair Professor at HKU, and as Academic Dean, Department Head, Council member, Court member, Senate member, and Chair Professor at HKUST. He taught the first class and decade of the KelloggHKUST EMBA program and cocreated the EMBAGlobal Asia EMBA program, presently ranked 1 and 2 in the world (Financial Times). Professionally, he is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, AICPA, CPA Australia, and HKICPA. He is Accounting Area Editor for Journal of International Business Studies, Book Editor for The Accounting Review, and an editorial board member of other premier academic journals. Professor Biddle also has served on the American Accounting Association Executive Board, Accounting Hall of Fame Selection Committee, HKICPA Council, Accreditation and Financial Reporting Standards Committees of HKICPA, Hong Kong Institute of Directors Training Committee, and as President and cofounding Council Member of the Hong Kong Academic Accounting Association. Professor Biddle conducts research on financial and management accounting (teaching both), value creation, economic forecasting, corporate governance and performance metrics, including EVA®. His research appears in leading academic journals and in the financial press including CNN, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. He ranks among the top 0.4% in career research citations and recent downloads among all social scientists (Social Science Research Network). Professor Biddle has won 30 teaching honours, including three “Professor of Year” awards from the world’s topranked EMBA programs. Professor Biddle proudly serves as Independent NonExecutive Director and Audit Committee Chair of leading listed companies including Kingdee International Software and Shui On Land Limited, and has served as remuneration committee chair of closely held Chinachem Group. He also runs 10k races.