Brendan Balasekeran

Brendan is a partner in BDO Australia, one of the largest national and international associations of independently-owned accounting, tax and advisory firms. Brendan has over 17 years experience in public and industry accounting, including finance, tax, audit and treasury functions.  In recent years, Brendan has advised a number of organisations specialising in not-for-profit accounting and consulting.

Brendan was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to Australia with his family as a child. His family settled in Brisbane, where Brendan completed his education and graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce. Following his graduation, he worked for a leading accounting firm, gaining his professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant before joining the Brisbane office of BDO.

Respected professionally for his hard work and integrity managing challenging issues and situations, Brendan made a conscious and strategic choice to serve not-for-profit organisations. His firm now works with more than 100 not-for-profit and affiliated organisations.

In 2013, Brendan helped to structure and establish The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Australia. Brendan has served as its honorary Public Officer since inception. The trust focuses on avoidable blindness and vision loss, specifically eliminating trachoma and reducing the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The Trust has been endorsed by the Global Action Plan at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation.

During his career, Brendan has mentored many professionals and volunteers who serve not-for-profit organisations. He is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of local, national and international opportunities for young people to volunteer.

Brendan’s passion for community service comes from his deep and genuine desire to help the less privileged in our communities. He is proud to volunteer his services to the Kela Foundation.

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