Ian Ball is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington, Chair of the Audit Committee for the financial statements of the New Zealand Government, Principal of Public Sector Performance (NZ) Ltd, an advisor on government accounting matters to Japonica Partners and a member of the Advisory Group for the Korea Institute of Public Finance.
He was Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) (2002-2013). Earlier, as Chairman of the IFAC Public Sector Committee (now the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board) (1995-2000), he initiated and led the development of International Public Sector Accounting Standards. While with the New Zealand Treasury (1987-1994) he was responsible (as Director of Financial Management Policy and Central Financial Controller) for the design of the New Zealand Government’s financial management system and the development of the Public Finance Act 1989.
He has also been Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington (1994-2002) and a member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Review Board and the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. In the period 2010-2014 he was closely involved in the development of Integrated Reporting, having chaired the Working Group and been a board member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).
Ian Ball is a Life Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He has accounting degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England.