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Plenary Speakers
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The plenary speakers at the 15th CIGAR Biennial Conference are:


Hon. Professor Edward Scicluna MP - Minister for Finance, Malta 

Hon. Professor Edward Scicluna is a Member of Parliament and Malta’s Minister for Finance.

In 2014 Professor Scicluna assumed the chairmanship of the European Investment Bank Board of Governors (EIB), and vice-chairmanship of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Until 2013 he was a member of the European Parliament (MEP), served as Vice-Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC).

Previous appointments include that of Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Malta, Chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority, Chairman of the Malta Council of Economic and Social Development, Board Director of the Central Bank of Malta, and Electoral Commissioner.

Internationally he carried out consultancy work for the European Commission, UNESCO, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and the Governments of Albania, Croatia, Libya and Turkey. He also served on the Council of Europe Development Bank Auditing Committee. He was frequently sought for economic advice by the IMF annual Article IV mission to Malta and the Rating Agencies FitchIbca, Standard & Poor’s, and Moody’s. Prior to Malta’s entry into the Eurozone he was appointed as a Euro expert for Malta by the EU Commission.

Professor Scicluna graduated from the University of Oxford with a Diploma with distinction in politics and economics, from the University of Malta with a First Class Honours BA degree in Economics, and the University of Toronto with a Masters and Doctorate in Economics. 


Jan van Helden

‘A challenging research agenda for politicians’ use of accounting information’

Jan van Helden is Emeritus Professor of Management Accounting at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. From 2001 until 2005, he was also vice-Dean of his Faculty for the teaching domain. In the 1980s, Jan was a member of the Executive of the Province of Groningen responsible for finance, personnel and organisation, and administrative matters. During the last two decades, his research has focused on management and accounting changes in public sector organisations, with special attention to performance measurement, benchmarking and cost management, as well as the role of consultants and researchers in those changes. Jan is a member of the CIGAR Board.

Access the paper here. (PDF) 

Jostein Rosfjord Askim 

‘Hard facts and politics: What's the room for performance information in political decision-making?’

Jostein Askim (b. 1976) is dr. polit. and Associate Professor of political science at the University of Oslo. His fields of research are public sector performance management, the governance of executive agencies, and central-local government relations. Askim co-chairs the European Group of Public Administration’s study group on Performance in the Public Sector and is a board member of the International Political Science Association's research committee on Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics.

Access the paper here. (PDF) 

Last Updated: 8 June 2015

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