Staff listing

Find out more about staff members at Deakin Business School's Department of Accounting.

Here you can see staff profiles, link through to their publications and get in touch.


Department Head
Professor Anne Wyatt

Director of Research 
Associate Professor Karen Lai

Director of HDR 
Associate Professor Arifur Khan

Director of Teaching 
Dr Sutha Kanapathippillai

Director of International 
Dr Simona Scarparo 

Seminar Coordinators
Dr Abdifatah Haji
Professor Simon Fung

Course directors


Master of International Accounting - ACCA Course Director
Dr Samuel Cheung

Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)
Dr Belete Jember (BJ) Bobe

Master of Professional Accounting and Finance (MPAF) Course Director

Dr Sutha Kanapathipillai

Master of Financial Planning (MFP) Course Director

Marc Olynyk

Chartered Accountants Foundations (CAF) Course Director
Dr Mohammad Muttakin

Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) Course Director
Associate Professor Karen Lai

Emeritus Professor

Adjunct Professor

Professor Lakshman Walawata


Professional Research Fellow

Associate professors

Senior lecturers


Professor of Practice

Research fellows

Teaching scholars

Administrative staff


P = Principal
A = Associate

Name PhD topic Supervisor
Sumon Bhattacharjee Translation of Integrated Thinking and Connectivity: An Exploration of Integrated Reporting Practices Dr Simona Scarparo (P) 

Dr Campbell Heggen (A)

Xiaoran (Nancy) Cao

The Causal Effects of Affiliated Hires on Audit QualityProf. Simon Fung (P) 

Dr Samuel Cheung (A)
Gimhani EkanayakeCorporate governance and debt contracts

Assoc. Prof. Arifur Khan (P)

Prof. George Tanewski (A)

Chun Lu

Three essays on topics of finance, accounting and marketing interface

Prof Ferdinand Gul (P)

Prof Mike Ewing (A)
Kaddijatou MannehCrowdfunding for SMEs - A Comparative analysis between UK and Australia

Prof George Tanewski (P)

Sidharth MurthyImpact of Board on Financial Reporting Mediated by CEO Characteristics

Prof Ferdinand Gul (P)

A/Prof Alex Yao (A)

Minh Nguyen Duc

An empirical analysis of loan pricing differentials between SME and large corporate loans – an Australian emphasis

Prof George Tanewski (P)

Angel SungThe Effect of Internal Governance on Audit QualityProf Simon Fung (P)

A/Prof Karen Lai (A)
Ngoc Tao

Independent directors' monitoring ability and audit fees

A/Prof Karen Lai (P)

Prof Ferdinand Gul (A)
Shruti VermaGovernance and Accountability: The Contemporary ApproachProf Ferdinand Gul (P)

A/Prof Karen Lai (A)