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ACCA and IAAER announce the recipients of their first Scholars Programme


09 Jun 2022



Scholarships have been awarded to five academics through the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IAAER (International Association for Accounting Education and Research) Scholars Programme.

The unique scheme aims to strengthen the accountancy profession by providing intensive mentoring and other support for carefully selected accounting academics in emerging and transitional economies.

The five scholars are:

  1. Raquel Sarquis PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  1. Karol Marek Klimczak PhD, Associate Professor of Management at Lodz University of Technology, Poland.
  1. Mohamed Aminu Sualihu PhD, Assistant Professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Zayed University, UAE.
  1. David Mathuva PhD, Senior Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Programmes at Strathmore University Business School (SBS), Kenya.
  1. Habil Joanna Krasodomska PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Financial Accounting at Cracow University of Economics (CUE), Poland.

Professor Keryn Chalmers, IAAER’s President  says: ‘IAAER is delighted to be partnering with ACCA to support talented accounting researchers and educators in emerging regions. In the interests of strengthening the accounting profession, the scholars will benefit from mentorship by leading academics and presented with exciting opportunities to grow their global professional networks.’

Sharon Machado, head of business reporting at ACCA adds: ‘We are delighted to announce the first cohort of scholars for this innovative programme. They had a great opportunity to present their research ideas and receive feedback from ACCA’s panellists and audience at ACCA’s Global Virtual University Conference on the 31 May – which proved to be an insightful and engaging session with them.’

The ACCA / IAAER Scholars Programme provides these scholars with financial support, of up to £3000 for each of two years. They will also attend and participate in high quality IAAER-linked workshops and conferences including the 14th IAAER World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers to the held in Paris, France on 1-2 December 2022.

Full biographies of the Scholars are listed below.

Full biographies

Raquel Sarquis has a PhD in accounting from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and has received two awards for the ‘Best PhD thesis’. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), teaching financial accounting in both undergraduate and graduate courses. She was one of the grant recipients of the IAAER – KPMG Research Opportunities (Round 6) –Informing the IASB Standard Setting Process. Her research interests are related to financial accounting and IFRS Standards. She has authored research papers published in the main international accounting congresses and in international journals, such as Accounting and Business Research (forthcoming), Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (2021) and Australian Accounting Review (2018).

Karol Marek Klimczak PhD is associate professor of management at Lodz University of Technology (Poland), previously with Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland), University of Navarra (Spain) and Kozminski University (Poland). He served as visiting professor at Bucharest Academy of Economics (Romania), HEC-Paris (France), and INSEEC (France). He was a researcher-in-residence at HEC-Paris (France) and Yale School of Management (USA). He studies how corporations communicate with stakeholders in financial markets via financial statements, annual reports and disclosures. In his research, he uses quantitative methods, combining econometrics and corpus linguistics. Recently, he edited a monograph Organizational Change and Relational Resources with Routledge, looking at corporate strategies in challenging times. His earlier monograph Corporate Financial Communication in Poland offers an insight into disclosure practices. He has also been published in journals such as Journal of Business EthicsAccounting in Europe, International Journal of Business Communication, and Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

Mohamed Aminu Sualihu PhD has over 10 years of experience teaching accounting-related courses in higher education. He is currently Assistant Professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Zayed University, UAE. Prior to taking up this position, he held various academic positions at Monash University and Charles Darwin University. His research focuses on corporate governance, executive compensation, financial reporting issues, corporate investment decisions and behavioural finance. He has published in international accounting and finance journals including International Journal of Managerial FinanceJournal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics and Journal of Corporate Finance. Mohammed Aminu Sualihu obtained a first class honours degree in Accounting from the Islamic University College, Ghana, a Master by Research in Finance from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei and a PhD in Accounting from Monash University, Australia.

Dr. David Mathuva PhD is a Senior Lecturer and Director, Undergraduate Programmes at Strathmore University Business School (SBS). David also serves as the Academic Director (MSc. Development Finance) at SBS. He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Accounting and Finance). David is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. Previously, David worked at KPMG Kenya in the Risk Consulting department. David has taught for over 13 years at both academic, professional, and corporate/executive levels and has published 19 research articles in peer-reviewed and well-rated journals. He serves in the Editorial Boards of Journal of Accounting in Emerging EconomiesEmerging Markets Case Studies and the African Accounting and Finance Journal. He is also the VP-Africa representative in the InSPiR2eS global network. His research interests are on the interlinks between Accounting and Financial Markets.

Dr. Habil. Joanna Krasodomska PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Financial Accounting at Cracow University of Economics (CUE) in Poland. She completed her PhD at Jagiellonian University. Her publications address both corporate financial and sustainability reporting, and her primary research interests centre on non-financial (sustainability) disclosures, integrated reporting, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, and extended external reporting assurance. Joanna is a member of the European Accounting Association (EAA) Stakeholder Reporting Committee. She was also appointed as Poland Representative to the EAA Board (2021-2024). She is a member of the International Association for Accounting Education & Research (IAAER), Accountants Association in Poland (AAP), (Polish) Association for Sustainability in Finance & Accounting (ASFA), and Chapter Zero Poland. From 2016 to 2018, she was a member of the Academic Research Support Group appointed by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

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