Keynote Speaker and Panel Members

The opening keynote speech will be held by:

Roger Dassen

(ASML and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

“The auditor’s role from a CFO’s perspective”

The first Symposium’s panel session is moderated by Philip Wallage (VU and UvA) and will focus on the following topic:

“Auditor independence – perspectives, challenges and research needs”

Mark Babington

(Financial Reporting Council – FRC)

Agnes Koops-Aukes

(PwC Netherlands)

Jens Poll

(International Ethics
Standards Board for
Accountants –

Reiner Quick


The Symposium’s second panel session is organized in collaboration with the Foundation for Auditing Research. It is moderated by Jan Bouwens (FAR and UvA) and will focus on the following topic:

The Auditability of ESG Reporting”

Wim Bartels


Tjeerd Krumpelman


Jan Niewold


Brendan O’Dwyer

(Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Shiva Rajgopal

(Columbia Business School)

Plenary Speaker

Roger Dassen joined ASML in June 2018 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was appointed as member of ASML’s Board of Management after notification of the general meeting of shareholders held on April 23, 2018. Mr. Dassen is professor of auditing at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has a master’s degree in economics and business administration, and a PhD in business and economics from the University of Maastricht. He was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of ‘De Nederlandsche Bank’ per October 2018. Per January 2020 he was appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Maastricht University Medical Center.

Panel 1: “Auditor independence – perspectives, challenges and research needs”

Mark Babington is the Executive Director of Regulatory Standards at the Financial Reporting Council. He leads the division responsible for the FRC technical and public policy work covering audit, corporate reporting, corporate governance and stewardship, actuarial and the FRC Lab. The division also includes the all FRC’s Investor and Stakeholder Engagement work. Prior to joining ExCo, Mark led the FRC’s UK Audit Policy programme, measures to support greater competition in the UK audit market and work to support the reform of international standard setting for auditors, by global regulatory authorities. Prior to joining the FRC, Mark had a twenty-year career in audit and was a Director at the UK National Audit Office. Prior to that he was a technical advisor to a number of EU capacity-building programmes. He was also involved in the audit of the United Nations. For five years, Mark was a member of the UK government’s counter-fraud taskforce. He is a former Chairman of the International Colleges of Auditors of a number of European defence-related organisations. Mark is an Independent Governor, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world.

Agnes Koops-Aukes is since July 2018 a member of the Management Board of PwC and chairwoman of the Assurance practice. She started her career at PwC in 1992, and became an auditor in 1998. Next to her role in the leadership of PwC, she is also involved in multiple initiatives within the audit sector, as a member of the so-called Stuurgroep Publiek Belang. Besides that she really loves her current role and being able to contribute to the audit profession, Agnes likes to travel, wine-and-dine with friends and do sports; she started hiking the Pieterpadtrail in the Netherlands during the COVID pandemic.

Professor Dr. Jens Poll is a member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) since January 2018. He serves as Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair in several medium-sized companies with global activities. He works as an expert, expert witness and arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. He also teaches law and regulation at the University of Ulm and is, inter alia, Chair of the Commission on Quality Assurance at WPK (Wirtschaftsprüferkammer) and member of several committees of the IDW (Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer). He served as Managing Partner of a medium-sized accountancy and law firm for 20 years and was European Chairman and international board member of an international accounting network for many years. On an international level, he presently serves as independent Chair of the European Group of International Accounting Networks and Associations (EGIAN) and is Vice-President of Accountancy Europe. Professor Poll holds professional degrees as public accountant, lawyer and tax advisor in Germany.

Reiner Quick is Professor of Accounting and Auditing at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim and has held faculty positions at the Universities of Essen, Münster and Southern Denmark. His main research interests are in the areas of audit regulation, auditor independence, audit markets, auditor reports, and other assurance services, using archival data, experiments, and surveys. Professor Quick has published numerous articles in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, European Accounting Review, ABACUS, International Journal of Auditing, Journal of Accounting Literature, and the Journal of International Accounting, Auditing & Taxation. He is or has been on several editorial boards and scientific committees.

Panel 2: “The Auditability of ESG Reporting”

Wim Bartels is a partner at KPMG Sustainability. He started his career at KPMG in financial audit and after a period at KPMG Forensic services he joined the Sustainability department in 2003. Since, he has focused on reporting and assurance for multinational companies such as Philips, SAP, AB InBev and Equinor amongst others. He is a member of the Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures since its inception in 2016. On the back of that, his focus has shifted towards the financial implications from sustainability and from climate change in particular. Furthermore he serves on other international initiatives, such as the Corporate Reporting Dialogue and the Sustainable Finance Group of Accountancy Europe that he chairs. Wim is also the co-lead for KPMG’s global Measurement, Reporting and Assurance services for sustainability, which are a part of KPMG IMPACT.

Tjeerd Krumpelman is Global head of Business Advisory, Reporting & Engagement at ABN AMRO. With more than 20 years of experience in the banking sector he started as a private banker, investment advisor and later on as Head of Investment teams. The last eight years he has been working within ABN AMRO’s Corporate Strategy & Sustainability department. He heads up a team that offers advice on sustainability and is responsible for integrated thinking & reporting.

Jan Niewold is the Lead partner of EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services in the Netherlands.  He is a qualified chartered auditor and has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam. He is one of the Netherlands’ leading assurance practitioners in the area of ESG, including topics such as assurance on Integrated Reports and Human Rights. In addition, Jan specializes in sustainable finance and closely follows regulatory developments in the area of ESG reporting, such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, the EU Taxonomy, and IFRS. He is currently completing a PHD on non-financial reporting, at the University of Groningen.

Brendan O’Dwyer is Professor of Accounting at the University of Amsterdam Business School and the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. Brendan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) having trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young in Dublin. He is an Editor at Accounting, Organizations and Society and Associate Editor at Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. Brendan recently served as an official advisor to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee Inquiry into the Future of Audit and served for six years on the ICAEW Sustainability Committee. Brendan’s research and public policy work examines the role of accounting and assurance practices in making the complex social and environmental impacts of organizational activities visible. He has published award-winning academic work on financial and sustainability audit and reporting, the regulation of the accounting profession, accounting for externalities, responsible investment advocacy, and sustainable finance in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability JournalAuditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, and Accounting and Business Research. Brendan has also published a co-edited book on Sustainability Accounting and Accountability and, in April 2021, co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Accounting. Brendan previously served as Chair of the Accounting division, Dean of Research and acting Dean at the University of Amsterdam Business School. 

Shiva Rajgopal is the Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting at Columbia Business School.  He is a leading expert on measuring how well managers serve as responsible stewards of the corporation’s resources.  Apart from conducting pioneering research on short- termism, Shiva’s extensive body of work covers a wide range of contemporary issues in financial reporting, fiscal responsibility and corporate governance. Shiva has been internationally recognized for his scholarship on several occasions. He has a passion for bridging academic theory with policy setting and corporate practice. He publishes op-eds in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. His work is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Business Week, and the Economist. Shivaram Rajgopal was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Iowa. In addition, he holds a Chartered Accountancy certification and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from India. He worked at Citibank N.A. for three years before deciding to pursue his doctoral studies. Prior to Columbia, he served on the faculty of Emory University, the University of Washington and, Duke University. Shiva enjoys exploring new countries and foods with his family. He lives and runs in NYC with his wife and daughter.