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Chief Executive Officer - Institute of Public Accountants
Small business policy expert
Professor Andrew Conway FIPA FFA has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) since May 2009, which at the time made him the youngest CEO of a public entity at the age of 28.
He is recognised for the transformation of the organisation from its former name, National Institute of Accountants into a leading and legally recognised professional accounting body in Australia.
His leadership of the IPA led to the organisation being recognised as the most innovative accounting body in Australia in 2012 by BRW.
Prior to commencement with the IPA, Andrew was an Australian Government Treasury Ministry Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.
In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal through the Order of Australia.
In 2011, Andrew was awarded Australian Young Professional of the Year and appointed a Professor of Accounting at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. That same year he was appointed by the Governor of Victoria as a Director of Eastern Health.
Andrew was awarded the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2014.
In 2015, Andrew was awarded the Deakin University Young Alumni Award for his outstanding and significant contribution to the profession and to the community.
The following year, Andrew was presented with a Distinguished Fellow award by the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University where he lectures for Deakin’s MBA program.
A long-standing advocate for small business, Andrew has been championing the cause of small business policy and is regarded as one of the key activists of the future of SME policy in Australia