Professor Ian Ball

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Professor of Practice - Public Financial Management School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Ian Ball is Professor of Public Financial Management, and the first Professor in Practice at Victoria University of Wellington. During his career Ian has been an academic, a senior public servant, an accounting standard setter, an international consultant on public financial management, and chief executive of an international organization.

Other roles Ian currently holds include: Chairman Emeritus of CIPFA International, Chair of the Audit Committee for the financial statements of the New Zealand Government, Principal of Public Sector Performance (NZ) Ltd, advisor on government accounting matters to Japonica Partners and member of the Advisory Group for the Korea Institute of Public Finance.

Ian 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), he initiated and led the development of International Public Sector Accounting Standards.

While with the New Zealand Treasury (1987-1994) Ian 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 was 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. More recently Ian 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.

Ian Ball is a Life Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and an honorary member of a number of other professional accounting organizations. He has degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England.

Ian has been recognized in New Zealand and internationally for his work in public sector accounting and public financial management, including the International Federation of Accountants’ Gold Service Award and the Valued Contribution to the Profession award in New Zealand. He has published and presented extensively in public sector accounting and financial management.