Dr. Williams Abayaawien Atuilik is the Provost and the Director of CEPE of Heritage Christian College. He is a Chartered Accountant, Barrister at Law, a Tax Consultant, a Chartered Banker and a Chartered Economist. He is a Partner of Akanbek, Atuilik & Associates, a firm of barristers, solicitors and tax consultants.
Williams has a passion for training and has been involved in several consultancies on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, African Development Bank, the World Bank, USAID, WHO, DFID, and on his own behalf as an independent consultant. Dr. Atuilik has provided consulting services in countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, and Botswana in the areas of Accounting and Financial Management with emphasis on Public Financial Management, International Public Sector Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards.
Williams has worked in various capacities in the past including: PFM Workstream Lead for the Ghana Oil & Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) programme funded by DFID working to strengthen government institutions responsible for the management of Ghana’s oil & gas revenue; PFM Specialist for WHO, Senior Lecturer in Public Financial Management in Liberia, PFM consultant to the Ministry of Finance in Somalia, Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Liberia, Chief Financial Officer of Village of Hope (an NGO that runs an orphanage, clinic, farms and schools); Audit Manager at Adom Boafo and Associates, Accountant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, and Legal Practitioner at the Law Offices of Kwame Agati.
He has also lectured, and served as Examiner/Moderator in Accounting and Law courses in various institutions and universities in Ghana and Liberia including: the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, Methodist University College Ghana, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Islamic University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Zenith College, Centre for Business studies, University of Liberia, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants, etc.
Williams holds a PhD in Accounting from Capella University, Minnesota, USA. He holds the following other qualifications: MSc. (Finance) from GIMPA; MA (Economic Policy Management) from the University of Ghana; LLB from the University of Ghana; and BSc. (Administration) from the University of Ghana.
Dr. Atuilik is a member of the following professional bodies in Ghana: Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, Chartered Institute of Bankers Ghana, Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana, Ghana Bar Association, Ghana Institute of Management, Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA), Association of Chartered & Certified Economists, and the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He serves as a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, a member of the Board of Governors of Heritage Christian College, and a member of the Board of Governors of Hope College. He served previously as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Ghana.
Dr Atuilik has attended a number of conferences and workshops both in Ghana and internationally on several topics.
BOOKS, THESES AND DISSERTATIONS
1. Atuilik, W. A. (2013). The relationship between adoption of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) by governments and perceived levels of corruption. (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University.
2. Atuilik, W. A. (2010). Cash Basis International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) as adopted by the Government of Liberia. Accra: Big Mikes Publication.
3. Atuilik, W. A. (2010). Training manual on Cash Basis IPSAS as adopted by the Government of Liberia. Accra: Big Mikes Publication.
4. Atuilik, W. A. (2009). The influence of accounting results on stock prices of companies listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. (Unpublished Theses for the MSc. Finance, GIMPA).
5. Atuilik, W. A. (2008). The level of poverty in the Builsa district of the Upper East Region of Ghana. (Unpublished Dissertation for the Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management, University of Ghana).
6. ABWA (2009). Cost Accounting and Budgeting Manual for Accounting Technician Scheme for West Africa. Abuja: ABWA Publications (I was commissioned by Accounting Bodies of West Africa as co-author).
7. ICAG (2008). Accounting Foundation. Accra: Buck Press Ltd. (I was commissioned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana as the author of the study manual for the level one of the Institutes professional examinations).
8. ICAG (2008). Cost Accounting. Accra: Black Mask Ltd. I was commissioned to write the manual for the level one of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, (Ghana) Professional Programme)
9. Atuilik, W. A. (2008). Corporate Reporting Strategy, (1st, ed.), Big mike publications, Accra.
10. Atuilik, W. A. (2005). Capital reorganisation and reconstruction: ICA Ghana Students News Letter,
11. Atuilik, W. A. (2000). Providing accountancy training towards the professional qualification, (Unpublished long essay for BSc. Admin, University of Ghana).
PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES AND SERMINARS
1. Presented a paper titled “Successes and challenges in the adoption of IFRSs and ISAs in Ghana” at the IT Audit, Information Security, & Risk Insights Africa 2014 conference organized by Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) on May 21, 2014 in at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana.
2. Presented a paper titled “Restoring the nation’s economy: The role of the Chartered Accountant” at the 50th Anniversary Accountants’ week of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana on May 15, 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana.
3. Presented a paper titled “Transitioning to IPSAS: Benefits and Challenges” at the 3rd annual Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) Conference on May 7, 2014 at the Akwa Palace Hotel in Doula, Cameroon.
4. Presented a paper titled “International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS): The journey so far” at the Accounting Chair lectures series at the University of Ghana Business School for faculty members and graduate students of the University of Ghana Business School on March 21, 2014 in Legon, Accra, Ghana.
5. Presented a paper titled “The importance of financial reporting and accounting practices to capital market development” at the 2013 Capital Market Conference organised by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Ghana at the College of Physicians and Surgeons on May 10, 2013 in Accra, Ghana.
6. Presented a paper titled “Public Financial Management reforms in Ghana: the challenges to effective implementation” at a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) organised by the Kasoa District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana at the Conference Hall of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana, Ghana on June 16, 2012 in Accra, Ghana.
7. Presented a paper on “Contemporary issues in public sector accounting” at the 20th annual Ghana Accounting and Business Teachers conference/workshop on 30th August, 2012 in Accra, Ghana.
8. Presented a paper titled “Company accounts in Ghana with special reference to the Ghana Companies Code and Relevant International Financial Reporting Standards” at the 16th annual Ghana Accounting and Business Teachers conference/workshop on 3rd September 2008 in Ho, Ghana.
PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
1. Atuilik, W. A. (2016). The relationship between the adoption of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) by governments and perceived levels of corruption. International Journal of Current Research, 8(5), 32052-32070.
2. Atuilik, W. A. (2016). Compliance with the reporting requirements of PFM laws and IPSAS: How is Ghana faring? International Journal of Current Research, 8(6), 32815-32822.
3. Adafula, B., Asare, N., Arku, J. S., Atuilik, W. A., & Onumah, J. M. (2016). Educating users on the limitations of financial statement audits: A proposal for bridging the audit expectation gap. International Journal of Economics, Commerce & Management, 6(4), 1035-1048.
4. Atuilik, W. A. (2016). Transitioning to IPSAS in Africa: The benefits and challenges. International Journal of Social Science & Economic Research 1(6) 676-691.