Professor Arfah Salleh
Arfah Salleh is Professor of Human Governance at Putra Business School (PBS) where she is now the CEO and President. She is instrumental in the novation of the former Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (GSM-UPM), a faculty-equivalent responsibility centre within a public research university where she was then Dean, into PUTRA which is now a full-fledged fully autonomous business school of university status.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy; a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment; and a PhD in the area of ICT integration in accounting education and in systems design. She is also a Fellow member of CPA Australia and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants with training and work experience in investment and fund management.
Since assuming full-time academic position in the late eighties, Arfah has always maintained close linkage with the accounting profession and industry through serving on the committees of various professional accountancy bodies. For instance, from 2006 to 2008, she was appointed a member of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB). In 2010, Arfah was invited to participate as a member of the Industry Advisory Panel initiated by Deloitte. She was also involved in an advisorial capacity in the training programmes for entrepreneurs conducted by SME Bank (2009) and MARA (1990).
In her academic capacity, Arfah has among others, served as consultant in the rating initiatives of universities, university colleges and polytechnics as well as an Adviser to the Ministry of Education in the design of accounting curriculum at the secondary school SPM level as well as polytechnic. She was a member of the Panel comprising industry captains and academics to develop the criteria for evaluation of business schools in the country. Arfah was also an Adjunct Professor at Sunway University apart from sitting on the Board of Studies of a few public universities’ programmes. She is the Founding President of the Malaysian Accounting Association (MyAA).
At the international front, she has recently been appointed member of the Committee on Issues in Management Education of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with head office in Tampa Florida and member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of AACSB. She was also Adviser for the ICT implementation in accounting programme at Tampere University of Applied Science, Finland.
In research, Arfah has earned various awards for her courseware invention in the methodology of teaching accounting at the national and international levels, including the Woman Inventor of the Year Award 2005 from the International Federation of Inventors’ Association, Geneva. Her current research interest is in the areas of human governance; human-centred epistemological and ontological worldviews; the application of quantum physics in management and leadership; and inter-subjectivity and ethics in accounting.