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12th Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences, Plenary sessions will take place in the main auditorium and will involve all conference participants. The opening plenary sessions will take place on the first day of the conference and the closing plenary, include concluding remarks of speakers will take place on the second day of the conference.

The Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners. This year's plenary speakers include:

Professor Dr. Gabriël A Moens
Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland. Australia.
Gabriël A Moens is Professor of Law and Director of Research, Curtin Law School. He is also Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Prior to his current positions he served as Pro Vice Chancellor (Law, Business and Information Technology) and as a long-serving Dean and Professor of Law at Murdoch University. He also served as Professor of Law and Head, Graduate School of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia and as Garrick Professor of Law and Director, The Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, The University of Queensland. He undertakes teaching and research in Constitutional Law, Banking Law, European Union Law, International Commercial Law, International Arbitration Law and Comparative Law. He also teaches International Business Law and European Union Law at the University of Notre Dame, London Law Centre. Professor Moens is a past winner of a University of Queensland Excellence in Teaching Award. In 1999, he received the Australian Award for University Teaching in Law and Legal Studies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Trade and Business Law Review. In 2003, the Prime Minister of Australia awarded him the Australian Centenary Medal for services to education. In 1995-1996 he was a Visiting Professor of Law at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Utah. He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law in 2002-2003. In 1997 and 2000 he successfully coached the T C Beirne School of Law (The University of Queensland) team to win the prestigious Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. He also co-coached the winning City University of Hong Kong team in the Ninth Willem C Vis (East) Moot in 2012 and the 20th Willem C Vis Moot in Vienna in 2013. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) and Chartered Arbitrator (CArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and Fellow and Deputy Secretary General of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ACICA Review and is the co-author of a Commentary to the ACICA Arbitration Rules. Professor Moens is a MembreTitulaire, International Academy of Comparative Law, Paris, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM WA) and a Director of the College of Law Western Australia. In 1998, the Asian Development Bank, Manila retained him to train officials of the Ministry of Law and Justice of his Majesty's Government of Nepal. He has taught extensively in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. He is co-author of The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia Annotated (8th ed, 2012), Jurisprudence of Liberty (2nd. ed. 2011), Commercial Law of the European Union, 2010, and International Trade and Business: Law, Policy and Ethics (2nd ed, 2006).


Professor Dr. Danture Wickramasinghe
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Danture Wickramasinghe is professor of management accounting at the University of Glasgow. He has joined Glasgow after 19 years of research and teaching at the University of Manchester and a 1 and ½ years at the University of Hull as Professor of Management Accounting and the Director of the Centre for Accounting and Accountability Research. Previously, he has taught management accounting and related subjects at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and the University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka), and had a visiting appointment at Paris-Dauphine University, France. Formerly, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance and the Head of the Department of Commerce at the University of Colombo, and the Head of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Ruhuna. At Manchester, he was the Programme Director of M.Sc. (Accounting & Finance) programme and the Coordinator of the Management Accounting Module on the MBA-worldwide programme.
He has produced a number of research papers out of a large project funded by CIMA and has publications in international journals including Accountability, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Advances in Public Interest in Accounting, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavioral & Research and Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change. He is the co-author of Management Accounting Change: Approaches and Perspectives (2007), a social theory based management accounting text, a guest editor of the special issue on Management Accounting in Less-developed Countries (2007) at Accounting and Organizational Change and the co-editor of Handbook of Accounting and Development (2012). He continues researching on management accounting issues in both advanced capitalist countries and emerging/ less-developed countries. Professor Wickramasinghe has over 25 years of experience as an enthusiastic and talented university teacher at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBS levels, has produced a number of PhDs, supervised 100s of Master's dissertations, and acted as internal and external examiner for over 10 PhD candidates. He is a regular speaker at research and professional forums, including the workshops organized by CIMA. Currently, he is the Chief External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University and the External Examiner at the University of Aberdeen and continues PhD supervision at Manchester.


Professor Dr. Kamran Ahmed
La Trobe University, Australia
Kamran Ahmed is a Professor of Accounting & Finance, La Trobe Business School. He was Head of School of accounting from 2006-2010. Professor Ahmed began his academic career in Australia in 1988 at the Australian National University, and later had academic appointments at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of New England prior to joining La Trobe University in 1999. He had visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia, Exeter University, the University of Houston and Monash University. Professor Ahmed's research interests are corporate disclosure, corporate accounting policy choice, earnings management, international accounting harmonization, accounting and reporting practices in South Asia, and microfinance reporting. Professor Ahmed has published in such scholarly journals as Abacus, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting Education, Accounting and Finance, British Accounting Review, Corporate Governance: an International Review, Critical Perspective on Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, and Journal of International Accounting Research. Professor Ahmed has supervised several Honors, Master and Ph.D. candidates. He is currently on the editorial board of several journals including International Journal of Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation, International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, and Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, and has been an ad hoc reviewer for several other reputed refereed journals.


Professor Dr. Musa Mangena
Nottingham University, United Kingdom
Musa Mangena joined the Nottingham University Business School as Professor of Accounting in January 2020. He is a qualified Corporate Governance Professional and Associate Member of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Musa joined the Business School from the University of Essex, where he was Professor of Accounting and Head of Accounting Group. He previously was Professor of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Nottingham Trent University and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Bradford.

Prior to becoming an academic, Musa spent many years in the banking sector where he held senior positions in different functions such as banking operations, international financial markets operations, and finance and administration. In his last role, he managed a US$75 million World Bank funded project on enterprise development in Zimbabwe, supporting small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs).

Areas of Expertise
Musa's interests are in accounting and corporate reporting, corporate governance, CSR/sustainability and executive compensation. His work has been widely published in accounting and management journals, including among others, Review of Accounting Studies; British Journal of Management; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; British Accounting Review; The International Journal of Accounting; Accounting and Business Research and European Accounting Review. He has supervised several PhD students to completion in these areas of research.


Professor Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia.
AHMAD FAUZI ABDUL HAMID is Professor of Political Science, School of Distance Education, USM, Penang, Malaysia, and member of the Political Futures Experts Group (PFEG), International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has held Visiting Fellowships with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (2008-09); the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore (2015-16); the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (October-December 2020), and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom (January-June 2021). Trained as a political scientist at the universities of Oxford, Leeds and Newcastle, United Kingdom, his research interests lie within the field of political Islam in Southeast Asia. Ahmad Fauzi has published over fifty scholarly articles in leading journals such as Indonesia and the Malay World, Islamic Studies, Asian Studies Review, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Journal of Political Science, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Sojourn, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Round Table and Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. He regularly contributes chapters to edited volumes, such as 'Secularism and Ethno-religious Nationalist Hegemony in Malaysia', in Vidhu Verma (ed.), Secularism, Religion, and Democracy in Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019) (with Zairil Khir Johari); 'Injecting God into politics: Modelling Asma'ul Husna as a Sufi-based panacea to political conflict in contemporary Malaysia', in Sarwar Alam (ed.), Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith (London and New York: Routledge, 2020) (with Noorulhafidzah Zawawi); and 'Regaining the Islamic Centre? A Malaysian Chronicle of Moderation and its Discontents', in Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman (ed.), Pathways to Contemporary Islam: New Trends in Critical Engagement (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020). Ahmad Fauzi's research monographs bear such titles as Islamic Education in Malaysia (Singapore: RSIS, 2010), Political Islam and Islamist Politics in Malaysia (Singapore: ISEAS, 2013), Middle Eastern Influences on Islamist Organizations in Malaysia: The Cases of ISMA, IRF and HTM (Singapore: ISEAS, 2016) and The Extensive Salafization of Malaysian Islam (Singapore: ISEAS, 2016). Ahmad Fauzi's research has earned him airtime over international media such as Singapore's Channel News Asia, Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He gives occasional commentaries over Malaysia's media outlets such as The Star, The Malay Mail Online, The Edge, Free Malaysia Today, Harakahdaily and the Chinese-language Sin Chew Jit Poh. In May 2017, Ahmad Fauzi represented Malaysia at the Russia–Islamic World Strategic Meeting held in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russian Federation. In December 2018, Ahmad Fauzi was appointed to the Malaysian Home Ministry's panel of experts to advise the government on terrorism cases investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012. Ahmad Fauzi has been on the editorial boards of USM's flagship social science and humanities journals Kajian Malaysia: Journal of Malaysian Studies and Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities since 2014, and since 1 January 2019 has been leading Kajian Malaysia as editor-in-chief. In August 2020, Ahmad Fauzi was elected to USM's Senate.


Dr. Kashan Pirzada
University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Kashan Pirzada is Senior Lecturer of Accounting at Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA) and the Associate fellow of Asian Research Institute for Corporate Governance (ARICG).

Dr. Pirzada began his academic career in 2009 at the Bahria University and received a Ph.D. degree in 2017 from the University of Malaya. He had research and academic appointments at the Institute of Business Management, University of Malaya, SMI University, and the PAF-KIET University prior to joining University Utara Malaysia in April 2018. He had visiting appointments at the Bahria University and Mohammad Ali Jinnah University.

Dr. Pirzada's research interests are in accounting and corporate governance, corporate disclosure, CSR/Sustainability and earnings management, corporate reporting practices in ASEAN. Dr. Pirzada has published more than 30 papers in such scholarly journals as Social Responsibility Journal, Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, British Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, Polish Journal of Management Studies, African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Journal of Security and Sustainability Issues, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, and International Journal of Economics and Management.

Dr. Pirzada has supervised several master's degrees and 4 Ph.D. candidates to completion. He is currently on the editorial board of a number of reputable refereed journals such as the International Journal of Ethics and Systems, Polish Journal of Management Studies, International Trade and Business Law Review, Founding Editor of Accounting and Finance Review, Journal of Finance and Banking Review, Journal of Business and Economics Review and has been an Adhoc reviewer for several other journals including the Journal of Applied Accounting Research and Financial Innovation. He is a regular speaker at research and professional forums, including the workshops.


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