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2014 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting Keynote Speakers
Industry Practitioner Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Paul Pacter
Paul Pacter was a Board Member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) from 2010 to 2012. He now is a consultant to the IASB. In that capacity he manages a project to assess progress toward adoption of IFRS in individual jurisdictions throughout the world.
Prior to serving on the Board, Paul held two concurrent positions:
Director in the Global IFRS Office of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Hong Kong (2000-2010).
Director of Standards for Small and Medium-Sized Entities (SMEs) at the IASB (2003-2010). In this capacity he helped the IASB develop an accounting standard that reduces the financial reporting burden on SMEs.
Pacter worked for the IASB’s predecessor in London from 1996-2000, managing projects on financial instruments, interim financial reporting, segment reporting, discontinuing operations, extractive industries, agriculture, and electronic financial reporting.
Previously, Pacter worked for the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board for 16 years, and, for seven years, was Commissioner of Finance of the City of Stamford, Connecticut. Paul was Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Governmental Accounting Standards Board (1984 to 1989) and a member of GASB’s pensions task force and FASB’s consolidation task force. He is co-author of two university textbooks and has published over 100 professional monographs and articles. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is a CPA. He has taught in several MBA programmes for working business managers.
Academic Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Krishna G. Palepu
Krishna G. Palepu is the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration and the Senior Associate Dean for International Development at Harvard Business School. Palepu’s current research and teaching activities focus on strategy and governance.
In the area of strategy, Palepu’s recent focus has been on the globalization of emerging markets, particularly India and China, and the resulting opportunities and challenges for western investors and multinationals, as well as for local companies with global aspirations. He developed and taught a second-year MBA course that focuses on those issues, and he chairs the HBS Executive Education program “Global CEO Program for China.”
In the area of corporate governance, Palepu’s work focuses on board engagement with strategy, and he teaches in several HBS executive education programs aimed at members of corporate boards.
Palepu is a coauthor, with Tarun Khanna, of Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution (Harvard Business Review Press, 2010). He also coauthored, with Paul M. Healy and Victor L. Bernard, the book Business Analysis and Valuation: Text and Cases (South-Western Educational Publishing, 1996) which received two accolades from the American Accounting Association: the Wildman Medal Award, for the book’s impact on management practice, and the Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, for its impact on academic research.
Palepu has served on a number of boards for public companies and nonprofit organizations. He has also served on the editorial boards of academic journals and consulted to a variety of businesses.
Palepu has a doctorate in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now Aalto University).
"When I get back to China, I will encourage students to be more active, to participate more. This is more important than telling them what is right and what is wrong."