Stefano Zambon

Stefano Zambon

Secretary General

Stefano Zambon (BSc, Business Economics, Venice; MSc & PhD in Accounting and Management Studies, London School of Economics) is a Full Professor of Accounting and Business Economics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. Previously he taught at the Universities of Venice and Padua.

Stefano has been a financial analyst with the Italian Association of Financial Analysts (AIAF) since 2010. He has also been a chartered accountant and State-registered auditor since, respectively, 1986 and 1995.

He has taken up visiting appointments in universities in four continents, including Waseda School of Management (Tokyo), Stern Business School (New York University), Christchurch (New Zealand), London Business School, HEC, CNAM and ESCP in Paris, Metz, Reading (UK), Melbourne, and Passau (Germany).

Stefano has more than 110 publications in books and international scientific journals in the areas of management and reporting of intangibles, international financial reporting, accounting theory and history, integrated reporting. He is also a Member of various editorial boards of international journals, as well as a Member of the Board of the European Accounting Association from 1997 to 2003.

Since 2005, Stefano has organized the academic European (EIASM) Conferences on “Intangibles and Intellectual Capital”. Also since 2005, he has been a Member of the EIASM professorial Faculty in Brussels.

Stefano has been the keynote speaker on topics linked to intangibles at OECD, United Nations, European Parliament, European Commission, and French, Chinese and Japanese Governments’ events.

From April 2014 to 2018, he was the President of the official Expert Group on Intangibles set up by the French Government (Ministry of Economy and Finance). In May 2020, Stefano was appointed as President of the “Jury” for the evaluation and assignment of the 1st edition of the “French Company Awards for the Intangible” (“Trophées de l’immatériel”) granted by the Observatoire de l’Immatériel.

From 2002-03, Stefano coordinated the Study for the European Commission (DG Enterprise) on “The Measurement of Intangible Assets and the Associated Reporting Practices”.

Over the years, he has been a member of various EC Expert Groups on intangibles, intellectual capital, and intellectual property.

In February 2020, he coordinated and was the main author of  the “Academic Literature Review on Intangibles” on behalf of EFRAG (European Financial Reporting Advisory Group).

A founding Member of the International Network “World Intellectual Capital/Assets Initiative” – WICI, Stefano was the Global Chair from 2015 to 2019. From 2012 to 2018, he was the Secretary General of the Italian Network for Business Reporting (NIBR/WICI Italy), and since July 2019 to date has been the Secretary General of the new Italian Foundation for Business Reporting (O.I.B.R. Foundation).

Stefano’s other responsibilities include being a Member of the EFFAS (European Association of Financial Analysts)’s General Assembly and the EFFAS Commission on ESG; Member of the Research Panel of ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants); Member of both the “National Accounting Standards Group” and of the “International Accounting Standards Group” of the Italian Accounting Standard Setter (Organismo Italiano di Contabilità – OIC).

In 2016-17, he was the official Italian Government’s candidate to the Board of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

In 2019 and 2020, Stefano has been the President of the Judging Committee for the Italian Award on the Best Annual Integrated Report. (zmbsfn@unife.it)