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Gabriel Donleavy - UWS Business School. Penrith, NSW, AU

Gabriel Donleavy

Professor of Accounting | UWS Business School


Wit, insight and passion on business ethics issues, on the facts behind the spin and on the power of postive cynicism in current work and ho





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Born and educated in England, I read Economics and Land Economy at Cambridge where two colleagues and I wrote the first history of pop music and interviwed the sixties' stars and DJs. After graduation I worked in the City financial sector for several years and set up a commodity brokerage. I began a second career at age 28 lecturing in finance and accounting first in London, then Lancashire, then Singapore, Hong Kong (where I got an Accounting PhD and Law degree) and Melbourne. While I was Dean of a big Business Faculty at Victori University I was offered the job of CEO of Europe's principal college for educating chirpractors and turned that place around in a few years. I then went back to a Business deanship, this time in Macau just as the US casinos such as Wynn and the Venetian were getting going, so there was a need to fast track training and focused gaming research which I led my people to supply. Deciding to work on past traditional retirement age I moved back to Australia to work on my magnum opus - a general theory of accounting which is almost finished. I compose a cartoon strip - Away From Eden with my illustrator, about what Adam and Eve did after being expelled.
I have explored most religions over the years, gone deeply into metaphysics, magic, cults, superstitions, sci fi and accounts of the afterlife. I have been a part time professional astrologer and corporate psychic. I have researched and written on ethics generally and business ethics in particular. I can talk about all these things and relate them to contexts relevant to the audience. I carry no dogmatic, ideological, religious or imperialist baggage but I am no post modernist or positivist either.

Industry Expertise (8)

Professional Training and Coaching

Corporate Leadership

International Affairs

Alternative Medicine



Writing and Editing


Areas of Expertise (4)

Leadership Without the Habit of Lying

The Art of Validation

Resolving Knotty Problems With Kabbalistic Analysis

Making Worklife More Interesting

Education (3)

London University: LLB, Law 1995

External study

Cambridge University: MA, Economics 1971

Land Economy minor

Glasgow University: PhD, Accounting 1991

Thesis and book - The uses and abuses of cash flow statements

Affiliations (2)

  • CPA Australia
  • Royal Society of Arts, Linked In, United Oxford and Cambridge Club.

Event Appearances (1)


What university attribue statements tell us about their priorities  Melbourne


Sample Talks (1)

Management - a view from the middle

Lessons learnt from a lifetime of being shot by both sides



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


600 to 6000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee