Mervyn King has chaired and been a director of several companies listed on the JSE and is probably best known as the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. However, he also serves as President of the Advertising Standards Authority, First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions in the country, Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the United Cricket Board and of the Automobile Association, Strate, the settlement arm of trades in equities and other instruments in South Africa, and of Brait Societé Anonyme.
He was the South African representative at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for nine years and still acts as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes.
He is associated in numerous ways with several other organizations including the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, the World Bank and the United Nations, amongst others. A committed South African, dedicated campaigner for justice and fairness, an accessible and selfless man, Mervyn King has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business and corporate governance issues in 39 countries, has written a book, The Corporate Citizen, and has received many awards.
Robert G. Eccles is the first Non-Executive Chairman of Arabesque Partners, the first ESG Quant Fund with headquarters in London and a research group in Frankfurt. He is a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic that remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice, and public policy perspective. An award-winning author of twelve books, he is the world’s foremost expert on integrated reporting and one of the world’s leaders on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies. His most recent book, with Michael P. Krzus and Sydney Ribot, is The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives and Materiality. Bob is the founding chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and was involved in establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council. One of his current priorities is “The Statement of Significant Audiences and Materiality Campaign” being done in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible for Investment and the UN Global Compact.
In 2011, he was selected as one of the world’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and in 2014 and 2015 was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.
Jane Gleeson-White is the author of four books, including Six Capitals or Can Accountants Save the Planet? (2015) and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice created modern finance (2012). Six Capitals was nominated for 2015 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Age Book of the Year and the Queensland Literary Awards. She has a Bachelor of Economics with a Double Major in Politics and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. Her other books are about literature: Classics (2005) and Australian Classics (2007).
Barry C. Melancon is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the national professional association of CPAs, with more than 412,000 members worldwide. As head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Melancon is called upon to represent the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise. Under Melancon, the Institute has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to benefit not only the profession, but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public. These include audit quality centers; private company reporting standards; eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL); the computerized CPA exam; and two consumer financial literacy education programs. Also under Barry’s leadership the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) developed a joint venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally. More than 150,000 management accountants now hold the CGMA designation worldwide. Melancon also serves as the CEO and a board member of the Joint Venture, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, which oversees all CGMA activities internationally.