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University of Waikato Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series


Tue 15 Nov 2016, 5:00pm–6:30pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Professor of Accounting Grant Samkin - ‘Moving beyond the green and purple: People I’ve known and places we’re going’.

University of Waikato accounting professor Dr Grant Samkin insists that “nobody ever wrote a TV show about accountants” because it’s “too boring”. But he does an excellent job of disproving that staid image of the profession through his own diverse body of research.

Born in India where his father worked in the tea plantations, as a child, Dr Samkin’s family followed the tea trail to England and then Uganda, before finally settling in South Africa. He initially visited New Zealand to play club rugby, before emigrating here in 1997.

Although he entered the profession almost by accident, Dr Samkin has been a Chartered Accountant for the past 26 years, and a university academic for the past 17 years. He lives in Mount Maunganui and is a lecturer in Hamilton at the university’s Waikato Management School.

“It’s very interesting to examine the stories that organisations tell about themselves because you get a much better sense of what they’re about than you do through the financial back-end numbers,” says Dr Samkin, who has analysed hundreds of annual reports.

He is currently developing a new accounting framework that will help external stakeholders to measure a company’s performance against biodiversity and natural capital targets.

Dr Samkin has a Doctor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. He is a co-author of all six editions of the market-leading textbook New Zealand Financial Accounting.

The Opus Cafe is open from 4:30pm. (Cash bar).

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