Is the growth of digital assets a pressing issue for accounting and corporate reporting?

Dialogue Series – Is the growth of digital assets a pressing issue for accounting and corporate reporting?

The AASB, jointly with CPA Australia and CA ANZ, will hold its fifth AASB Dialogue Series on Wednesday, 8 February 2023 (4:00 PM-5:15 PM AEDT)

Please register via this link.

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Jackson
Scientia Associate Professor in the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation at UNSW 

Andrew Jackson is a Scientia Associate Professor in the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation at UNSW Sydney. Andrew primarily researches in financial accounting and financial statement analysis. His research focuses on earnings co-movements and decomposing earnings into market, industry and firm idiosyncratic components. This research has the potential to improve the understanding of the sources of earnings and the degree to which a firm’s earnings are related to industry peers. Through his research, Andrew aims to lead to improvements in decision-making by users of financial statements, such as improving the ability to forecast future earnings and value assets. He is also interested in how accounting information is used by capital market participants, including issues on earnings co-movements, corporate disclosure, stock return volatility, the timeliness of earnings and asset pricing models. Andrew is the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Management,  President (Australia) of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), and a member of the AASB Academic Advisory Panel.

Panel Discussion


Eric Lee
AASB Research Principal

Eric Lee has over 18 years of experience across academic, technical accounting and standard-setting roles. As the head of research at the AASB, he leads and manages the AASB research program to enhance the process of evidence-informed standard-setting for all sectors. A key responsibility of the role is to identify and develop research projects and thought leadership papers that are most relevant to the AASB work and its strategic directions. He also plays a significant role in developing relationships with Australian and international researchers and standard-setters.

Panel Discussants

Anne Bean
Senior Practice Fellow at the AASB

Anne Bean is a Senior Practice Fellow at the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

Immediately before this, Anne was an academic at QUT and Griffith universities with research interests in derivatives and complex financial transactions. Before her academic career, Anne was an audit director with KPMG in Australia, the South Pacific, the UK, Europe, and Central Asia. Anne has also held senior consulting roles with listed companies in Australia and the UK. This experience brings a diverse perspective to the AASB’s projects. Anne is also a member of CAANZ.

Greg Valles 
Managing Director at Valles Accountants Pty Ltd

Greg Valles, Managing Director of Valles Accountants, with over 35 years experience in the industry, acquired a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and worked at the Australian Taxation Office for more than 15 years.

Valles Accountants includes a team of Chartered Accountants by profession, Greg has grown his experience and has great networks in all facets of business, government in Federal, State & Local, and institutional at Corporate and Banking levels. Greg provides high-level consultancy for large projects ranging from $150-211 million in the Agricultural, Oil & Gas and Coal spaces. He creates proposals for investors, banks and other external bodies, whilst ensuring all legal frameworks are addressed, and applies his accounting, entrepreneurial and practical skills to ensure the project is de-risked and palatable.

Valles Accountants are also leaders in the Web3 space, being involved in cryptocurrency since late 2015, assisting many local Australian ICOs through the complex taxation issues surrounding coin raises and preparation of financials for businesses relying on crypto transactions. We are now the cutting edge Accountants in the Blockchain, Crypto, NFT, DeFi and DAO space. We actively liaise with Blockchain Australia and have been sponsors to Blockchain conferences. We continue to liaise with high ranking ATO Officials in relation to Cryptocurrency policies. And continue to provide cryptocurrency tax advice to our clients.

On a personal note, Greg is a board member of Blockchain Australia, a board member of the Starlight Foundation, is on the Business Advisory Board of the Australian Business Accounting Expo, and has been short-listed for a Corporate Advisory of the Year for Blockchain Australia 2021, Professional of the Year 2022, and a sponsor of the Good Friday Appeal and Liberty Victoria.

Ram Subramanian
Senior Manager of Reporting and Audit Policy team at CPA

Ram Subramanian is Senior Manager – Reporting and Audit Policy within the Policy & Advocacy team at CPA Australia.  Ram’s role involves effectively communicating key messages on financial reporting and audit matters to finance professionals and others with a stake in business and social organisations.  His responsibilities include formulating policy positions on behalf of CPA Australia and its members and commenting on reporting and audit developments, including input to developments in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Ram is also involved in the development of technical guidance and resources for CPA Australia’s membership and other stakeholders, and representing CPA Australia in various forums. Previously, Ram has worked in senior roles within the public practice sector in the United Kingdom for a number of years. Ram’s previous role involved managing the technical advisory services of a major professional accounting body in the United Kingdom. 

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