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Peter Wolnizer appointed CPA Australia International Higher Education Adviser

28 Apr 2011

Professor Wolnizer

CPA Australia has appointed freshly-retired Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Peter Wolnizer, to the role of International Higher Education Adviser. The appointment highlights the on-going collaborative relationship between the two organisations and emphasises the ongoing commitment both groups have to advance the education sector and maintain Australia's significant position in a global market.

CEO of CPA Australia Alex Malley stressed the economic benefit of the higher education sector in Australia. "The education sector is a major generator of Australian economic growth," he said. "It is our third largest export, generating $18.6 billion in 2009. Just as importantly, as the Australian economy looks to long term growth in both the resources and the non-resources sectors, the importance of a strong, innovative, globally-competitive and well-funded higher education sector to ensure capable workforces simply cannot be ignored."

Prior to his twelve year appointment as Dean with The University of Sydney, Professor Wolnizer served as Dean of Faculty and Business and Law with Deakin University for an eight year period. He also served a term on CPA Australia's Representative Council and as Chair of CPA Australia's Professional Education Board (now called the Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee) for many years.

"As a long standing member with CPA Australia, I look forward to advising the organisation's CEO, Executive Team and Board about how we can most effectively progress the higher education sector," said Professor Wolnizer.

"CPA Australia's active advocacy agenda with government encapsulates higher education issues both locally and internationally," he said. "By working closely with scholars, policy makers, and practitioners we can form effective strategies to tackle the key issues that impact higher education and its direction for the future."

Professor Wolnizer's international achievements include being appointed as the first Australian member of the International Accounting Education Standards Board by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), serving a three year term from 2004-06. He currently serves as Australia's first member of the Board of Directors of the US-based AACSB International - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. His fields of expertise are financial accounting, auditing and corporate governance.

In his new role Professor Wolnizer will represent CPA Australia in a range of forums in Australia and internationally relating to the higher education sector; accounting, finance and business education; and academia. He holds a BEc from the University of Tasmania; and MEc and PhD degrees from The University of Sydney.

Professor Wolnizer has held lecturing positions at the University of New South Wales and The University of Sydney, and a Readership at the University of Tasmania. Prior to his career in academia, he worked for BP Australia Ltd and Pricewaterhouse (now PwC).