Dr. Bala Maniam is presently working as Professor of Finance and in the Department of General Business and Finance, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from The University of Mississippi, both his M.B.A. and B.S. in Computer Science from Arkansas State University in USA. He worked in Standard Chartered Bank. Dr. Maniam joined Sam Houston State University (SHSU), USA in 1997 and also served as the Department Chair during 2008-2011. Dr. Maniam is very passionate about his teaching and research. He has received numerous teaching award, including the Excellence in Teaching award at SHSU in 2008, Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Business Administration, 2004, and Distinguished Teacher Award for Innovative and Creative Teaching by the Academy of Educational Leadership, 2001. Most recently he was awarded Piper Professor in 2012 from the Minnie Stevens Foundation. Dr. Maniam has published over 145 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 250 papers in conference and some of them resulted in "best paper" awards. Dr. Maniam is also active in professional organizations.
Dr. Desti Kannaiah is currently working as a Senior Lecture, Accounting & Finance discipline James Cook University Singapore. His area of research focus is in accounting and finance particularly management accounting, financial accounting, foreign direct investment and corporate governance. He has been working with overseas faculty for the past three decades and published more than 37 research papers which are recognised by ERA, SCOPUS and ABDC. Desti is a co author of "Advanced Cost Accounting".
Desti is supervising a number of research projects of MBA students at JCU Singapore. He was a supervisor for M.Phil scholars. He has been an external examiner for the award of PhD. degree for a number of Universities since 2007.
Desti was a founder of JCU Singapore accounting club for the students in 2012. In addition to research and leadership, he teaches accounting and finance modules to undergraduate and graduate students at JCU Singapore.
Desti is keen to supervise Ph.D. scholars in Management accounting and Financial accounting.