Keynote Speakers



Professor Gary Monroe is an internationally renowned researcher in auditing with an emphasis on audit judgment and the economics of auditing. His main research area of interest is auditing, but he also conducts research in CSR, banking and finance, financial accounting, business ethics and management accounting. With respect to research methods, Gary has published papers using archival, experimental, survey and qualitative research methods. He has published articles in: AAuditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting,Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, The British Accounting Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Abacus, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Accounting and Finance, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, The International Journal of Accounting, International Journal of Auditing, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research,Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, Australian Accounting Review, Accounting Education, International Journal of Business Studies, Accounting Research Journal.
He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Accounting and Finance [ABDC rank A]. He was also an editor for Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory [ABDC rank A*] from 2016 - 2020 and the Finance Section Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics [ABDC rank A / FT50] from 2011 - 2015. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of international journals.
He was Chair of the Accounting Panel for the Australian Business Deans Council 2019 Journal Quality List Review.
He has received awards for his research and teaching awards for his undergraduate teaching and PhD supervision.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the accounting academic profession in Australia, he was made a Life Member of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand in 2013.



Senior Lecturer Dr. Lei Xu, University of South Australia, Australia


Dr. Lei Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Finance within University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business. In addition to his academic roles, Lei is an active member on boards and committees across the University of South Australia. This includes current positions on the University of South Australia Research Integrity Committee, University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business Academic Unit Board, and University of South Australia, Australia (UniSA) Business Safety and Wellness. His broader community contributions are as an Executive of the Association of Overseas Chinese Professionals in South Australia, and as a Justice of Peace for South Australia. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of Economics & Politics, an ABDC A-ranked journal.
His research interests cover banking, financial markets, financial systems, and Fin-tech. His recent research has focused on both theoretical and empirical examination of emerging financial issues in China. His continuous research efforts have led to impactful publications in prestigious international and national journals and conferences.