Richard Howitt, CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council
Plenary Speaker, Wednesday, August 8, 8:30am–9:45am
Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.
Richard travels extensively internationally to meet with the over 1,500 global businesses who are adopting Integrated Reporting as well as with advocates of Integrated Reporting in policy and investor communities. He is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments. He is also a member of the EU’s multistakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU. Richard has spoken widely on issues of financial stability, sustainable development and capital market reform as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the UNCTAD Expert Group on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and at other international fora.
Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009. He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016.
Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.
Baruch Lev, Philip Bardes Professor of Accounting & Finance, NYU Stern School of Business
Plenary Speaker, Wednesday, August 8, 8:30am–9:45am
Baruch Lev is the Philip Bardes Professor of Accounting and Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. In his current position, Professor Lev teaches courses in accounting, financial analysis and investor relations.
Professor Lev has been with NYU over 20 years. His primary research areas of interest include corporate governance; earnings management; financial accounting; financial statement analysis; intangible assets/intellectual capital; capital markets; and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Lev is the author of six books including Intangibles: Management, Measurement, and Reporting, Winning Investors Over (2012), and most recently: The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016). Lev has published over 100 research studies in the leading accounting, finance and economic journals and received numerous awards and honorary doctorates.
Before joining NYU, Professor Lev held academic positions at the University of Chicago, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, where he was dean of the business school, and University of California at Berkeley (jointly appointed by the business and law schools). Lev's practical experience includes auditing, and investment banking. He was also a partner in a consulting firm.
Professor Lev received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Hebrew University, Jerusalem; his Master of Business Administration and his doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago.
Bruce Mau, Chief Design Officer of Freeman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Massive Change Network (MCN)
Plenary Speaker, Monday, August 6, 8:30am–9:45am
Bruce Mau serves as Chief Design Officer of Freeman, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Massive Change Network (MCN), a global design consultancy based in the Chicago area.
The work of the Canadian-born designer, innovator, visionary and author has been dedicated to applying the power of design to transforming the world. Informed by three decades of design studio experience and collaborations with many of the world’s leading artists and architects, cultural institutions and global companies, Mau has evolved his own design thinking methodology to inspire innovative solutions to challenges in any context and on any scale.
Mau has written and/or designed more than 200 books, including the landmark architecture title, S,M,L,XL, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas; Massive Change and Life Style, both published by Phaidon; and the celebrated series, Zone Books. Mau’s “Incomplete Manifesto for Growth,” a 43-point statement of his thinking on creativity practice, has been translated into more than 15 languages and shared widely on the Internet for nearly 20 years.
Among the many distinguished honours and awards bestowed on Mau are the Cooper Hewitt Design Mind National Design Award; the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collab Award; the Global Creative Leadership Award from the Louise Blouin Foundation, and the AIGA Gold Medal for Communication Design. Mau was named the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Distinguished Fellow, Segal Design Institute, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Lillian F. Mills, University of Texas at Austin
Presidential Scholar, Tuesday, August 7, 8:30am–9:45am
Lillian is the Beverly H. and William P. O’Hara Chair in Business. She joined University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She earned her B.S. and M.S. from University of Florida, and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. She worked at the University of Arizona from 1997-2005. Her research interests in tax compliance, accounting for income taxes and effective tax rates, and international taxation arose through her professional experience, where she was a senior manager in taxation for Price Waterhouse. She enjoyed a consulting relationship with the IRS Large Business and International division for 20 years, and was a Stanley Surrey Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In 2005 she received the AAA/ Deloitte Wildman Medal for the published paper that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of accounting. She also won the American Taxation Association 2007 Manuscript Award and the 2015 JATA Best Paper Award. She has won several teaching awards, including ATA’s Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. She served as 2009-2010 president of the American Taxation Association and chaired the inaugural 2005 KPMG/ATA Tax Doctoral Consortium and the 2016 AAA/J. Michael Cook/Deloitte Doctoral Consortium. She served as an Editor at Contemporary Accounting Research from 2011-2014 and is presently serving as an Editor of The Accounting Review from 2017-2020.
Don Reed, Reediculous/Media
Luncheon Speaker, Tuesday, August 7, 12:00pm–1:45pm
Don Reed (HBO, THE TONIGHT SHOW, UNLEASHED) received wide acclaim for his 2016 Snap Judgment Performance of the Year -"I Miss Toni" and can currently be seen as a series regular on Amazon Prime's workplace comedy “Bartlett” about a struggling ad agency, co-produced by and recurring role starring Lin Manuel Miranda of Broadway mega-smash HAMILTON.
After multiple Snap appearances on the live shows and touring extensively alongside him - Don was referred to by NPR’s Glynn Washington as “a master storyteller.” His remarkable life stories fueled by his truly unbelievable talent lead everyone to remember no matter how awkward you are - no matter how much of an outsider you may be -- “Be yourself, simply be yourself” - Which is oddly contradictory because Don can become anyone. This natural multi-hyphenate has a career that spans film, television, stage, solo shows, standup, corporate events and even animation (Spiderman, The Flintstones, Mulan and many more). But Don contends he really only does one thing - entertain through… stories. No matter the platform or setting – it’ s all storytelling. Bob Read a producer at Chelsea and formerly The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has said, “Anyone looking for the next - but exceptionally different John Leguizamo need look no further than Don Reed.” He was the 2016 TBA: Theater Bay Area Award Winner for Best Solo Production and the 2017 Nominee the very next year for the same honor. A San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nominee and NAACP Triple Nominee for Best Actor & Best Playwright, Don has performed, written and directed across all mediums. His work on an HBO Partners and Crime Special of up-and-coming comedians years ago caught the attention of some major players and led to many recurring and guest starring roles on television, including “A Different World.” He has performed all over the country, parts of world, Headlined top clubs and over 300 colleges and universities. Corporate performances include: X-Box, 51Oakland, AIDS Foundation of San Diego, Summer Olympics, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Pacific Bell, ATT, UCLA Medical, Creative Mornings.
While writing and creative consulting on some half hour comedies -- Don wrote and directed several short films for HBO, once casting himself, inadvertently sparking the revival of his on-camera career. His HBO shorts garnered the attention of "MAD TV" executives who were producing NBC's "The RERUN Show" where he was cast as a series regular --giving him the freedom to jump back into the arms of his first love the stage. Don has since created a trilogy of critically acclaimed solo shows (East 14th, The Kipling Hotel, Can You Dig It?) and performed stand up for The Tonight Show studio audience warm-up for over 1,000 episodes not to mention spots on Comedy Central, NBC and CBS. Don is currently featured in the film “Unleashed” on NETFLIX. Like right this instant. You could stop reading this and watch it right now. You could.