| Dean, School of Business
Hong Kong Baptist University
Prof Simon S M Ho joined the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) as Dean of the School of Business since January 2004.
Before joining HKBU, he taught at the School of Accountancy of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for more than 20 years. He served as Director of the Centre for Accounting Disclosure and Corporate Governance from 1998 to 2004 and Director of the School of Accountancy at CUHK from 1995-2002. Under his leadership, CUHK became the first accounting school outside North America to receive the AACSB accreditation in 1998.
He was born and received basic education in Hong Kong. He obtained a BBA degree from the University of Washington (USA), a MSc degree (with distinction) in Information Systems from the London School of Economics (UK), and a PhD degree in Accounting from the University of Bradford (UK). He is a member of several professional organisations in accounting and information systems.
Before joining the Chinese University in 1992, he was an audit staff at a certified public accountant¿s firm, a financial system analyst and assistant consultant at the Hong Kong Productivity Council. He was Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the 2002 IAAER World Congress of Accounting Educators, Member of the Public Education Committee of Independent Commission Against Corruption, Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Journal of Business Management, Guest Editor of the Management Accounting Research, and member of several committees of Hong Kong Society of Accountants.
Among major outside services, he is currently Member of the Accountancy Training Board of the Vocational Training Council, Member of the Inland Revenue Department Board of Review, Honorary Professor of Henan University, External Assessor of the Research Grant Council, the Vice President of the International Association for Accounting Education & Research (IAAER), Member of Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Conference on International Issues, Council Member of Asian Academic Accounting Association, Founding President and Council Member of Hong Kong Academic Accounting Association, and Foreign Advisors of the Japanese Institute of International Accounting and the Chinese Accounting Professors Association (CAPA).
Being the first Chinese serving on the Council of IAAER, he is also the first Hong Kong expert serving on the Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting & Reporting (ISAR) of the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He has assisted the Working Group in developing international corporate disclosure guidelines and the Global Accounting Curriculum Model.
He has been serving as a consultant or advisor to a number of companies and non-profit organizations including Hong Kong Women¿s Council, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Independent Commission Against Corruptions, Hong Kong Youth Institute, and Hong Kong Police. Currently he is also a Senior Advisor to the Shenzhen GTA Co.Ltd.
His major research interests include financial reporting and disclosure issues, corporate governance, strategic risk taking, business and professional ethics. He publishes in many international refereed journals and is a columnist in the local financial newspaper Hong Kong Economic Journal. His recent works on corporate governance, family ownership and disclosure in the region have received wide attention and several awards. He has successfully supervised several PhD and MPhil students.
He was elected as Chairman of the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Council in late 2003.