The 2015 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting

Keynote Speakers

Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

In 2005-2006 and again in 2014-2015 he held the prestigious Taussig Research Professorship at Harvard University.

His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture.

He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. In 2003 he wrote with Raghu Rajan a book entitled Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, which has been acclaimed as "one of the most powerful defenses of the free market ever written." In 2012 he wrote A Capitalism for the People, which the Financial Times described as a ”stimulating essay on the nature of American capitalism and the issues that will determine the pace of America’s relative decline.”

In 2004, Zingales received the Bernacer Prize for the best European young financial economist. In 2013 he was named founding director of the Center for Economic Analysis of the PCAOB. In 2014 he served as President of the American Finance Association.

David Wu

David Wu

David Wu is a member of PwC China’s Management Board, and also holds the following leadership roles: Beijing Senior Partner, North China Markets Leader, and China Government and Regulatory Affairs Leader.

David was a key player in developing and executing the roadmap for reforming China’s state-owned banks in 2003. He was one of the lead partners advising Bank of China on its reforms from 2003 to 2006, assisting with the resolution of problem assets, recapitalization, introduction of strategic investors, and the bank’s successful IPO.

David works closely with the ministries and government agencies that oversee China’s accounting profession, financial services industry and capital markets. David is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Jesse Wang

Jesse Wang

Jesse Wang is the chairman of Beijing Dalio Public Welfare Foundation, board member of China National Social Security Foundation,

Mr. Wang was an Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of China Investment Corporation (CIC) and Chairman of Shenyin Wanguo Securities Co. before his retirement in June 2013. He served External Audit Committee of IMF during 2012 and 2014 and chaired the Committee in 2014.

Prior to joining CIC, he was Vice Chairman of Central Huijin Investment Ltd and Chairman of China International Capital Corporation (CICC). He had also served as Chief Accountant, Director General of the International Department and then Assistant Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). He had held senior positions in some other Chinese financial institutions, including BOC International Holding/UK (BOCI) and China Jian Yin Investment Co. He was a commissioner of United Nations Compensation Commission (part time) during 1999 and 2004. Mr. Wang started his professional career as a public accountant in early 1980s.

Mr. Wang holds a doctor degree in accounting and serves as guest professor in a number of universities and an International Advisor to Booth School of Chicago University and a member of City of London China Council. He plays an active role in accounting field in China.

He assumes the positions as member of 11th National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a member of 3rd National Committee of China Economic and Social Council.

Doctoral Consortium

The second MIT Asia Conference in Accounting Doctoral Consortium will be held on July 12, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. The aim of the Consortium is to improve the quality of future accounting research by providing an opportunity for doctoral students in accounting from Asia and other areas to examine and discuss different accounting issues with a distinguished international faculty. Overviews of the current state of the accounting research will be included in the program of the Consortium. Students will also participate in social events to interact informally with each other and the faculty.

Nominations are by invitations only. Nomination submissions will be available soon. For more information regarding the Consortium and nominations, please contact Shannon Pasco.

Doctoral Consortium Speakers

Joe Piotroski

Joe Piotroski

Joseph Piotroski is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and was the inaugural Center for Global Business and the Economy Research Fellow at the GSB. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 2007, Professor Piotroski was an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (1999-2007).

Professor Piotroski’s research focuses on the economic impact of different financial reporting and governance practices around the world, and on how capital market participants use financial accounting information for valuation and investment purposes. Recent work focuses on the influence of legal, regulatory and political forces on transparency, corporate governance, and the efficiency of equity markets in international settings, most notably in the context of China.

Professor Piotroski has published research papers in numerous scholarly journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and Management Science. His research has been cited in the popular press, including Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Smart Money Magazine, Investors Business Daily, and Business Today (India), and highlighted on numerous investment-related websites. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting.

Professor Piotroski received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1999. He earned his MBA from Indiana University, BS from the University of Illinois, and worked as a tax consultant for Coopers and Lybrand in Chicago.

Edward Maydew

Edward Maydew

Edward Maydew’s teaching and research interests include tax strategy, financial accounting, corporate taxation, economic effects of taxation and the role of accounting information in valuation. He has received awards of excellence for his teaching and research.

Dr. Maydew is director of the UNC Tax Center.

He is coauthor of Taxes and Business Strategy: A Planning Approach with Nobel Prize winning economist Myron Scholes and accounting professors Mark Wolfson, Merle Erickson and Terry Shevlin. He is an editor of The Accounting Review.

The top academic journals in his field have published his research, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal and Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Dr. Maydew consults with prominent law firms and corporations on a variety of complex accounting and tax matters. Prior to earning his PhD, he was employed by a predecessor of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in its Chicago office.

He formerly served on the faculty of the University of Chicago.

He received a PhD from the University of Iowa and a BBA from Iowa State University.