Moving from diversity to inclusion in accounting education
Founder and principal of DXP Consulting
Mary Clarke is the founder and principal of DXP Consulting. A genuine desire to make a difference was the motivation for Mary to establish DXP Consulting a year and a half ago.
Through DXP Consulting, Mary provides policy, analysis and strategic advice. Areas of focus have included the demand and supply conditions of the professions, education policy, skilled migration policy and impact, Indigenous opportunity, and business strategy.
Mary’s immediate past position, as Head Education Policy for CPA Australia, mixed policy, strategy and operational functions within the role and team. The Team’s responsibilities included the accreditation of programs of accounting, oversight of the professional year program for accountants, grant funding support for research that advanced the interests of the profession, the Indigenous Accountants Australia initiative, and education policy and advocacy.
Prior to CPA Australia, Mary held executive roles in the Victorian public service, worked in the New Zealand public service, and influenced and shaped policy and strategy through consultancies, research and advocacy roles outside of government.
Mary holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration and an Honours degree in Economics.
She is a slowing runner, chocoholic, and a proud mother of three.
Monash University and Co-Founder of The Accountability Institute
Nick works as an Innovator, Instigator and Disruptor to create future-oriented business education programs that focus on innovation, creativity and design thinking. He has a particular passion for accountability where he co-founded The Accountability Institute – a progressive platform with an aim of fostering collaborations between art, science, technology and economics, bringing these fields into conversation to create a new language of business – a language of accountability. He researches in the areas of integrated thinking, learning technologies, holistic systems design and regenerative economics. This has led to the awarding of competitive research funds of over a million Australian dollars, including Federal State level grants in both Australia and Germany. He has published widely in international accounting and education journals, been invited to present at research centres and professional organisations in the UK, US Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He instigated Monash Business School’s newly created Artist-In-Residency program, conceptually designed the world’s first ever accounting perfume and together with the accounting profession is embarking on research that investigates a Queer perspective of accounting. He is the International Outreach Chair for the American Accounting Association’s Teaching and Learning Curriculum Section and Co-Chaired the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Accounting Education Special Interest Group for the past seven years. Nick is an Associate Editor of Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Education and Higher Education Research& Development (HERD) journal.
Reconciliation facilitator of the School of Accounting for the Business College's Ngulu Reconciliation Committee (NRC)
Pavithra gained experience as a chartered accountant working in the financial services industry prior to joining academe. She has been employed in higher education since 2001 and had worked at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka prior to joining School of Accounting at RMIT University in 2007. She teaches accounting theory and ethics at postgraduate level and has had the honour of receiving a number of teaching excellence awards.
Pavithra’s current research interests are focused on accountability in diverse settings including human rights and corporate accountability, gender issues in accounting and accounting education. She had received many internal and external research grants.
Currently, Pavithra holds the position of reconciliation facilitator of the School of Accounting for the Business College’s Ngulu Reconciliation Committee (NRC) that maintains a just and equal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and for the RMIT community to deepen its understanding of Indigenous self-determination.