It is our privilege to welcome noted academics to present key findings of their current research.  Currently confirmed presenters include:

Professor Jacqueline Birt – University of Western Australia, Australia
Professor Merrill Warkentin – Mississippi State University, United States

Professor Jacqueline Birt

Professor Jac Birt joined the UWA Business School in January 2018. Previously she was employed at the UQ Business School, Monash Business School, the ANU and the University of Melbourne.  She is a Professor of Accounting and also the Head of Department – Accounting and Finance for the UWA Business School. Jac is a member of several external boards including Tranby College and is the immediate Past President of AFAANZ. She is also the current chair of the Chairs in Accounting and Finance (CAFF). She is a previous Deputy Editor at the Accounting & Finance Journal and an Associate Editor at the Accounting Research Journal. Jac’s research is predominantly in international accounting and accounting education. In international accounting she has published in areas such as segment reporting, voluntary disclosures and value relevance. In accounting education she has published in areas such as XBRL, ICT use in accounting, international student learning and blended learning. She has published over 30 refereed journal articles including Review of Accounting Studies, Abacus, Journal of Business Ethics and others. Jac is also the main author on the leading Wiley Australian accounting textbook – “Accounting: Business Reporting for Decision Making” currently being revised for its 8th edition.


Professor Merrill Warkentin

Professor Merrill Warkentin is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University. He is the James J. Rouse Endowed Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business. His research, primarily on organizational, contextual, and dispositional influences on individual behaviors in the contexts of information security, privacy, and social media, has appeared in MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Journal of the AIS, European Journal of IS, Information Systems Journal, Decision Sciences, Information & Management, Computers & Security, Journal of Business Research, and others. He is the author of over 300 manuscripts, including over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and author or editor of seven books, and his works have been cited about 18,000 times (h-index = 49). He has served in editorial roles for MIS Quarterly and other leading journals, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Capital. He has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist.