Liv Watson

Ms. Watson is a founder of the XBRL business reporting standard and a founder of the XBRL International consortium. Working globally with leading market regulators, accounting associations and institutions, Ms. Watson has visited more than 90 countries as an ambassador for the XBRL and the IFRS standard; she has presented to a wide range of audiences, including international standards bodies to Fortune 100 companies; she is an expert who speaks regularly about financial and business reporting standards, its benefits, potential applications and broad adoption including  corporate governance and  social responsibility reporting. Liv is a long standing active member of IMA and has served in several roles, including the international board of directors and the XBRL Standing Committee. 

Ms. Watson authored one of the Institute of Management Accountant's most successful CPE courses, “Accounting System Technology for the 21st Century.” She has published numerous articles for international publications and journals, including Harvard Business Review and Strategic Finance. She has also written a monthly column on financial and business reporting trends for CPA2Biz.  Ms. Watson is the co-author and contributing author to several books, including “XBRL for Dummies” as well as “Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook” published by Wiley. She is  also a contributing author of the Harvard Business School’s first e-book titled "The Landscape of Integrated Reporting," and “ Effective Auditing for Corporations” published by Bloomsbury.

Ms. Watson has served in several leadership positions related to the XBRL standard around the world, including as a member of the IFRS XBRL Advisory Committee and the XBRL International Steering Committee. She is also an Advisory Board Member to the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Albany. Ms. Watson is an editorial board member of the “International Journal of Disclosure and Governance.” Liv has been interviewed for a range of business periodicals on the topic of a more efficient business reporting supply chain, including; Washington Post, Financial Times, Business Week, Wall Street & Technology, and CFO Magazine.