Tony Schiffmann - President
As BDO’s Chief Executive Partner in Australia, Tony leads a team of more than 240 partners and 2,100 people across BDO’s audit, tax and advisory service lines.
His goals are the continued growth of BDO in Australia and driving excellence in client service. Tony’s leadership centres on ensuring BDO’s people are guided by the firm’s values, which are the foundation of what it delivers - IDEAS | PEOPLE | TRUST. He is also committed to retaining the firm’s culture and strong position as an employer of choice.
Tony is active on issues relevant to the profession and public interest – both in Australia and globally – and empowers his fellow leaders to have a strong voice in the market. He regularly speaks on these issues, whether in the media or at high profile events.
Prior to this appointment as Chief Executive Partner, Tony was the Office Managing Partner of BDO’s Brisbane Office for 20 years.
Leveraging his extensive professional services experience, Tony is also a BDO Global Board member and holds board positions with prominent Australian organisations.
Tony was appointed President of Business Chamber Queensland in 2019, having been in other governance roles with the organisation since 2016.
Prof Mark Harvey - Vice President
Mark has played a key role in the formation and growth of over 20 organisations, which has included managing research & development, operations, finances, fund raising, and intellectual property commercialisation. Mark has been on the Board of Directors of ASX, and NASDAQ listed public companies, CEO and Partner of two venture capital companies, and a member of the Investment Committee of several venture funds.
Mark is the Vice-President (Business Development) at Queensland University of Technology and is Chair of QEH, a member of the Board of QUT Advisory and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub. Mark has a PhD and MBA from The University of Queensland.
Jennifer Nielsen is the founder of Australia’s biggest sustainable business community and information platform, ekko.world, and Ekko Score, a personal accountability greenwash scorecard. Jennifer is also an Executive Shareholder of StratosMedia, an intelligent ‘open’ platform that collaborates with some of the world’s largest tech, retail and corporate brands to enable digital, data and IoT to be used responsively.
Jennifer has had a multifaceted career, having built, and led businesses in technology, finance, human resources and advertising prior to moving into the sustainability sector, where she is now focused on climate action and simplifying complex ideas to effectively mobilize mass responsibility and drive change. Jennifer is a partner and ambassador for several local and international NGOs and collaborations.
Sarah Kirk is the QLD Head of Business Services within Macquarie Business Bank, specialising on banking solutions for SMEs across a range of different industries. Sarah has over 20 years of investment and business banking experience across Macquarie Group, Westpac Banking Corporation and Judo Bank, supporting clients of various sizes within Corporate Advisory and Business Banking divisions. She also has experience leading community and not-for-profit initiatives, currently serving as a non-executive director of Lourdes Hill College and previously as a non-executive director of Australia's CEO Challenge.