Philomena Leung, FCCA NSW & ACT
Philomena is Professor and Head of the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University. She has held various senior academic leadership roles at Victoria University, RMIT University and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, since she emigrated from Hong Kong in 1990. Philomena has been instrumental across a number of collaborations between universities, TAFE NSW and the Australian accounting profession. She was one of the few academics in the 1990s to implement compulsory accounting ethics education in Hong Kong and in Australia. Currently, Philomena is Chair of the Education Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Australia, NSW council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and Panel Chair of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.
As a long-term member of the ACCA, Philomena was the inaugural chair of the Australian and New Zealand committee when she merged the ACCA memberships between Australia and New Zealand. Philomena and the recent ACCA President Professor Barry J Cooper were the two academics who established the ACCA training centres with universities and institutions in China in 1989, working on the creation of the ACCA profile over 10 years. Their achievements saw a handful of ACCA students grow into thousands of members in China. In terms of research, Philomena has been published extensively in academic journals, in the areas of auditing, ethics, governance and accounting education. She has also led major international research projects in ethics and internal auditing and was the lead researcher commissioned to develop a model for ethics education in accounting for 160 countries under the auspices of the International Federation of Accountants. She is joint editor for Managerial Auditing Journal and a lead author for Modern Auditing and Assurance Services in Australia. Philomena has a PhD (RMIT) and a Master of Accounting and Finance (Glasgow). She was an auditor with one of the international audit firms in Hong Kong before joining academia and has held senior academic roles since 1976 in Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.