Ian Ball, the former Chief Executive officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and Professor Bob Eccles, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, were presented with the honours at a Joint ACCA Council and International Assembly Dinner at the Royal Society of Arts in London.
ACCA President Martin Turner said that Ian Ball was being bestowed the honour in recognition of his contribution to the development of the global profession and for championing the cause of improving financial management in the public sector.
Professor Eccles was presented with honorary membership of ACCA for his contribution to developing the thinking behind Integrated Reporting.
Martin Turner said: “Both have made significant contributions to the development of the profession around the world. They have progressed and promoted the profession, while also forging ahead with new thinking on accountancy and business.
In making the award to Ian Ball, Martin Turner said:
'Ian Ball has just retired as CEO of IFAC, after a decade at the helm of this esteemed global organisation with which ACCA has an excellent working relationship. Ian’s record of achievement is well known and in making this award, ACCA is highlighting the important work you have done in developing the global profession. We are impressed, that even after retirement, you continue as a principal adviser – in a voluntary capacity –representing IFAC as a member of the board and as chair of the working group of the International Integrated Reporting Council.'
Receiving his award, Ian Ball said: 'Thank you for this amazing honour - knowing how hard people work to achieve membership makes this award very important to me, as does the fact that it comes from an organization, ACCA, with such a great reputation as one of the leading global accounting institutions. The way in which ACCA manages to pursue its objectives and be successful, while maintaining an active commitment to the public interest, has enhanced your reputation around the world.'