Prof Brendan O’Connell “How Accounting and Finance Professionals Can Help in Climate Action”


Accounting and finance professionals, as providers and interpreters of both financial and non-financial information for organisations, can play a crucial role in assisting their organisations to address the challenges faced by climate change. This Webinar will explore some of the ways that accounting and finance professional can help in this area together with some of the challenges faced in obtaining useful information for related decision-making.

Prof Brendan O’Connell PhD (Monash), FCPA, CA, CMA

Professor Brendan O’Connell is Professor of Accounting at RMIT and also the President of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants.

Brendan has extensive teaching and research experience in leading Australian and United States universities including RMIT University, Monash University, and the University of Richmond in Virginia. His research focuses on corporate scandals, corporate collapse and business ethics, and has written case studies on Enron, HIH Insurance, and James Hardie.

Brendan authored the module on corporate governance for the foundation segment of the Australian CPA program; ‘Ethics and Governance in a Global Environment’. He has also published numerous papers in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Accounting Auditing and FinanceAbacus, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Prior to working in academia, Brendan worked in the investment banking industry with Bankers Trust Australia, as a financial analyst with ANZ Banking Group, and in corporate recovery with Pannell Kerr Forster. He is a current member of the Victorian Divisional Council and Victorian Division Executive Committee of CPA Australia.