Bala G. Dharan, Ph.D., CPA

About me: 

I am a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG). I have served dozens of times as a testifying expert in litigation and arbitration matters on topics such as financial reporting and disclosures, forensic accounting and investigations, damages analysis, finance, valuation, investment analysis, corporate governance, and auditing. I have international arbitration experience in many of the major international forums. I have been named to the International Who's Who Lists of Commercial Arbitration Experts, Litigation Experts, and Consulting Experts. I have served as a consulting expert on several business consulting engagements. My consulting and testimony experience covers a variety of industries, such as energy, utility, technology, manufacturing, health care, and banking and finance.

I am also the Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Visiting Professor and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, and the J. Howard Creekmore Professor of Accounting Emeritus at Rice University. I have published widely in major accounting and finance journals. I am a co-author of four editions of textbooks covering financial accounting and finance topics. I have been invited three times by the United States Congress to testify on accounting, disclosures and corporate finance issues. See and download my recent articles and publications.

I have presented several dozen research seminars, executive education programs, and other talks around the world on accounting, finance, corporate governance, and valuation issues. I am available to present educational talks and executive seminars. See a list of my recent presentations and seminars.

I have a Ph.D. and an MS in accounting from Carnegie Mellon University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (equivalen to MBA) in finance from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B. Tech in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. I am a CPA and also hold the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credentials.

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Contact Information: 
Please email me at bdharan at thinkbrg dot com for litigation/arbitration consulting or business consulting inquiries, or at bdharan at law dot harvard dot edu or bala at rice dot edu for academic, executive education or speaking engagements.