Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Mechai Viravaidya (Former Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister, Thailand)

Mechai served as deputy minister of industry from 1985 to 1986 under prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda. He served as senator from 1987 until 1991. During this time AIDS appeared in Thailand, and he increased his efforts to promote sexual-safety awareness.

A military coup in 1991 installed prime minister Anand Panyarachun who then appointed Mechai minister for tourism, information and AIDS. He was able to start a large and quite successful AIDS education campaign and served until 1992. At that time he became the chairman of the Foundation for International Education, the non-profit organization that serves as the governing body of NIST International School. Mechai continued to serve as the chair until stepping down in May, 2002.

In 1995 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, for “service to Australian-Thai relations and contributions to the world AIDS debate”.

In 2004, Mechai again became a senator. In 2006 he won praise from the toilet industry (but criticism from the retail industry) for proposing that retailers be obliged to build a public toilet for every 10 square metres of retail space.

As of 2007, he continues to oversee rural development and health initiatives as the Chairman of PDA, now the largest NGO in Thailand, with 600 employees and 12,000 volunteers. On May 29, 2007, PDA was awarded the 2007 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Gates Award in recognition of its pioneering work in family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.This award came with funds of $1,000,000.

Gilad Livne (Exeter, UK)

Gilad’s teaching involves financial statement analysis, international accounting as well as introductory and advanced financial accounting courses. Gilad has taught on Undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, Sloan and MSc programmes. In addition to teaching at Cass and LBS, Gilad has also taught at Lancaster University, HEC Paris, New Economic School (Moscow), Oulu University and on various company-specific programmes. Gilad has also conducted consulting activities on corporate disclosure issues. Current research looks into auditor independence, international accounting, fair value accounting, and compensation. His research has been published in Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and European Accounting Review. Gilad has widely presented his research in conferences and universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Roger Burritt (ANU, Australia)

Roger Burritt is Honorary Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society at The Australian National University. He has research interests in environmental and sustainability management and accounting. Roger publishes widely in sustainability accounting, management and en­vironmental journals, and presents regularly at international conferen­ces. As a founder member of EMAN – AP he is a long time supporter of the development of environmental and sustainability accounting in the Asia Pacific region.

Stephan Vachon (Ivey Business School, Canada)

Stephan Vachon is an Associate Professor at the Ivey Business School (Western University, Canada), the Ivey Business School PhD Program Director and the Western University’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability Program Chair.  Prior to joining Ivey in 2011, Dr. Vachon was an associate Professor and Department Chair at HEC Montreal. He has published extensively in the area of Sustainable Supply Chain and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the International Journal of Production and Operations Management, IEEE Engineering Management Review, and the Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Sebastian Kummer (WU Vienna, Austria)

Professor Dr. Sebastian Kummer is Full Professor and Head of Institute for Transport and Logistics Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. As a practice-oriented scientist, Prof. Kummer and his team conduct scientific research and corporate projects in the fields of logistics, controlling, supply chain management and sustainability. He developed the Austrian Masterplan for logistics and is member of scientific and industry boards e.g. the Logistics Hall of Fame which honours leading figures in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

Katherine Christ (UniSA, Australia)

Dr Katherine Christ is a Lecturer in Accounting in the School of Commerce. She has a PhD in environmental accounting focusing on water management in the Australian wine industry as well as a First Class Honours Degree in Commerce. She has previously received funding from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority and her research has been published in high level international academic journals and professional publications such as Acuity Magazine, International Accountant, The Sustainability Report, Accountancy Futures and The Conversation. Katherine is committed to both the provision of high quality education to the students in her charge as well as undertaking research with real world impact.