Simon Archer MA PhD FCA FRSA is Visiting Professor at the ICMA Centre. Previously, he was Professor of Financial Management at the University of Surrey, UK, having been Midland Bank Professor of Financial Sector Accounting at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has been a visiting professor at various universities and business schools, including Bordeaux, Metz, ESCP-EAP and HEC in France, Frankfurt and Koblenz in Germany, and IIUM in Malaysia. After studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in London and then moved to Price Waterhouse in Paris, where he became Partner in charge of Management Consultancy Services in France and Scandinavia. His academic career thus began after substantial experience as a practitioner, mainly in management consulting.
Professor Archer’s main research interests are in the fields of International Accounting, Accounting Theory and Accounting for Banks, including the financial reporting, capital adequacy, risk management and corporate governance of financial institutions. His recent work has been particularly concerned with Islamic financial institutions. He is co-author of the International Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards Guide published by CCH and co-editor of the Miller European Accounting Guide, published by Aspen, in addition to being co-editor (and chapter author) of Islamic Finance: Innovation and Growth, published by Euromoney Books and of Islamic Finance: the Regulatory Challenge published by John Wiley.and Takaful (Islamic Insurance): Concepts and Regulatory Issues to be published by John Wiley. He is also the author of a considerable number of academic papers on accounting theory, international accounting and accounting, finance and governance issues in financial institutions, including those in Islamic finance. He supervises PhD research students in these areas, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars.