Plenaries

Mervyn King Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes. He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, is Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chairman of the Good Law Foundation.

He is Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London, Chairman Emeritus of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years. He is chairman of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chairman of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. He recently received the ICGN Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting quality corporate governance globally

He has been a chairman, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world. He is the author of four books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Chief Value Officer”. He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.

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Judy BrownJudy Brown is a Professor of Accounting in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington.  She entered higher education as a mature student after working for more than ten years for a trade union, gaining her PhD in 1995.

Her research and policy-related work focuses on the study of accounting and accountability practices in politically contentious areas such as labour relations and sustainability. A key emphasis is on the use of accounting in enabling or constraining democratic participation in organizational and civil society contexts. She has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and supporting innovative PhD studies; and teaches in research methodology, social and environmental accounting, and financial reporting. Over 2011-2015, she led a research project on Dialogic Accounting: The Challenge of Taking Multiple Perspectives Seriously funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund.

Judy has published on accounting, pluralism, sustainability and democracy in journals such as Accounting, Organizations & Society, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Ecological Economics andBusiness Strategy and the Environment, and co-authored two books and several contributions to edited volumes. Her work has been widely cited in and beyond accounting. She is an Associate Editor for Critical Perspectives on Accounting and an Editorial Board member of several other journals, including the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, Issues in Social and Environmental Accounting, Advances in Public Interest Accounting and International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education.

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Rosemary MarrowA permaculturist since the 1980’s, Rosemary Morrow is based in the Blue Mountains (NSW) and is internationally renowned for her ecosystems design skills, ground breaking teaching techniques and her commitment to working with and for people who need it most. She tirelessly works around the globe to support humans in building sustainable and ethical livelihoods. Her work has taken her into communities dealing with utmost adversity, such as East Timor, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Albania, Solomon Islands, and Vietnam, to name a few. Rosemary is the 2017 Advance Global Australian Agriculture Award Winner and Co-Founder of the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute (BMPI).

Her current work and passions are centred on converting refugee camps into ecovillages and on developing holistic, permaculture based solutions and disaster planning for the adverse impacts of climate change, such as the failing snow melt from the Himalayas affecting farmers in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, rising sea levels threatening communities in river deltas and coastal areas around the globe, and the increasing number of natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and droughts.

Rosemary Morrow is one of Australia’s formidable global thinkers.

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Panel discussion: Sustanainability in education

Panel Facilitator – Professor Michaela Rankin
Panel Members – Professor Mervyn King, Professor Carol Adams, David Robertson, Dr. Djuke Veldhuis

An interdisciplinary facilitated discussion on how Universities and Business Schools can create meaningful sustainable development/sustainability education curricula. With a heady mix of governance experts, practitioners, scientists and educators the discussion aims to explore – university governance, curricula design, multidisciplinary perspectives, educators, university management, students and industry.

  • How can we work to achieve transdiciplinary perspectives in our students learning?
  • Where do universities need to move to create greater multi-disciplinary practices?
  • How can we best design for sustainability education in our ‘classrooms’?
  • Do we need to start questioning where learning occurs?

What are the greatest behavioural challenges we need to overcome to move towards more sustainable education and professions?

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