Professor Sarah McVay
University of Washington

Sarah McVay is the William A. Fowler Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on the financial reporting environment—exploring how earnings quality, non-GAAP earnings, and earnings guidance vary with managerial incentives and characteristics, and firm-level challenges, such as ineffective internal controls or unusual events. She currently serves as an Editor for Review of Accounting Studies, and previously served as an Editor for Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Financial Reporting. Sarah is in her final year as the Vice President of Research and Publications on the Board of Directors of the American Accounting Association and is in her first year as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Committee. She teaches financial accounting and financial statement analysis.

Before joining the University of Washington in 2012, Sarah taught at New York University (2004–2007) and the University of Utah(2007–2012). Sarah received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2004),and Undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon (1997). Before entering the PhD program, she worked in public accounting (1997–2000) and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.

Professor Craig Deegan
University of Tasmania

Craig is Professor of Accounting at The University of Tasmania. Craig has held Professorial roles in Australian Universities for the last 30 years. Craig’s research covers various issues, including social and environmental accountability, financial reporting, and accounting theory. Craig is one of the most highly cited accounting researchers internationally, and in a number of leading international accounting research journals, his publications are identified as the respective journals’ most highly cited paper.

He is also the author of three leading textbooks in accounting theory, corporate accounting, and introductory accounting respectively. Craig has been the recipient of several prestigious research and teaching awards, including being the inaugural recipient of the AFAANZ sponsored Peter Brownell Manuscript Award. Craig has worked closely with all three Australian Professional Accounting Bodies and has been instrumental in advancing their initiatives in relation to accountability pertaining to sustainability-related matters.

Craig’s expertise is frequently sought by corporations, government and industry bodies on issues pertaining to corporate social and environmental accountability, financial reporting, and stakeholder engagement.