Hrishikesh Desai

Department of Accounting


Hrishikesh is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Accounting. His research interests include, but are not limited to, financial reporting, accounting regulation, and judgement and decision-making.

He holds two Master’s degrees in Commerce (M. Com.) from the University of Mumbai and the University of Melbourne. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He is also a CFA (USA) charterholder.

Hrishikesh has interned with Mumbai-based public accounting firms in various auditing, financial risk management, and taxation roles from 2007-09. Subsequently, he also worked as an analyst intern with the Deutsche Bank Group on their flow credit trading desk in 2010 and then as a financial analyst with General Mills (a US Fortune 500 FMCG company) in their baking and organic foods division in 2012-13. Prior to relocating to Australia, he worked as a cost analyst and controller in the dairy division of Bakhresa Food Products Ltd., one of the largest industrial conglomerates in East Africa, as part of a humanitarian project in Zanzibar in 2014.

During his Ph.D. studies, he has presented parts of his thesis at the 2017 AFAANZ Doctoral Consortium (Adelaide), and the 2017-19 Accounting Workshop for Experiments (AWE) Doctoral Consortium (University of Melbourne).

He has been awarded the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics Doctoral Program scholarship (2015), the Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship (2017), and the International House Graduate scholarships (2017 & 2018).