WMS Seminar Series: 'Green Swan: The existential cost of the plastic pandemic'

Date Wednesday 24 August 2022
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where MSB 1.37
Presenter Professor Janek Ratnatunga - CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia & NZ)
Contact Olivia Murray
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

In this free public seminar hosted by Waikato Management School, Professor Janek Ratnatunga, CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia and New Zealand), will consider the ‘whole-of-life’ costing issues related to plastic production vs. plastic consumption.

The energy consumed and the carbon emitted in plastic production will be contrasted with the air and water pollution caused by the excessive littering of plastic consumption.

Prof. Ratnatunga is a Sri Lankan-born Australian academic, who is recognised as an authority on the business and accounting implications of global warming and carbon trading. His work in this field is titled, 'An Inconvenient Truth about Accounting' (2007).

Prior to starting his academic career, in the 1970s Prof. Ratnatunga worked as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, and then as a consultant for the World Bank.

In the 1990s, he was one of the principal advisors charged with implementing the far-reaching market economy reforms initiated by Chairman Deng Xiaoping in China, and continued to make regular visits to Beijing and Shanghai until 2000.

He gained his MBA and PhD from the University of Bradford in the UK. Prof. Ratnatunga has held academic positions at the universities of Melbourne, Canberra, Monash, South Australia, Swinburne, and the Australian National University in Australia, as well as the universities of Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island in the USA.

He has (co)-authored 28 books on strategic cost management, entrepreneurship, financial accounting, accounting theory and financial modelling; and more than 250 academic and professional papers.

This event is free to attend, no RSVP required, just come along on the day.