Professor Barry Cooper becomes Vice President of ACCA
Professor of Accounting at Melbourne’s Deakin University, Barry J Cooper, has been elected as Vice President of ACCA on 16 September at London AGM of ACCA.
Professor Cooper is Professor of Accounting and currently Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the Faculty of Business Law at Deakin University, Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Education and Ph D degree and is a Fellow of ACCA. He chairs ACCA’s Research and Finance Committees and sits on number of other committees.
Professor Cooper has previously been Head of the Accountancy Departments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic (1987 – 1991) and The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University (1993 – 1997). He was also National Director – Member Services of CPA Australia (1998 – 2000), when he was responsible for its member services and professional development operations throughout Australia and Asia.
He returned to RMIT University in December 2000 until moving to Deakin University in 2007, where he teaches and researches in the areas of auditing, professional ethics, corporate governance and accounting education.
In his spare time, Professor Cooper follows his passion as an organic olive oil grower and processor.
Professor Cooper said: “I am very honoured to have been elected to this position by my 35 colleagues on ACCA Council, who represent our members throughout the world. ACCA is a professional body that has made a difference, not only in the developed world, but more importantly, in developing countries.
“ACCA’s global reach into 170 countries has provided professional qualifications to students in parts of the world where higher education is often inaccessible to most young people. In doing so, ACCA has changed their lives and is helping those developing countries achieve economic growth through the provision of accountancy skills and qualifications. As an educator, this is an issue I feel strongly about and I look forward to passionately supporting ACCA’s global mission in my Vice Presidential role,” he said.