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CIMA supports management accounting research

During 2020 CIMA made a global call for proposals from early career and experienced researchers on two broad topics: the links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in technology; and the links between management accounting concerns and practices and contemporary developments in climate change reporting and sustainability.

A total of 71 applications were received from more than 20 countries. CIMA's General Charitable Trust has agreed to fund the following proposals:

  • Building KPIs to Enhance Organisational Resilience: Before and After COVID-19, Rodrigo Silva de Souza, Ph.D., University of Roehampton (early career grant).
  • Navigating Climate Change Risk: The Role of Management Accountants in Implementing the TCFD Framework, Jayanthi Kumarasiri, Ph.D., Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (feasibility study grant).
  • When Does Human Intervention in Predictive Analytics Judgements Help or Hurt?: A Management Control Perspective, Isabella Grabner, Ph.D., Vienna University of Economics and Business (experienced researcher grant).
  • Circular Economy Metrics and Reports for Small and Medium Enterprises: SMEs in Colombia, Andrés Hernán Mejía Villa, Ph.D., Universidad La Sabana, Colombia (experienced researcher grant).
  • Calculating Sustainability: Making Accounting and Accountants Central Again, Paolo Quattrone, Ph.D., University of Manchester (experienced researcher grant).
  • Consideration of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Corporate Management and the Supporting Role of Management Accounting, Mike Schulze, Ph.D., CBS International Business School (experienced researcher grant).

More information on CIMA's global academic research funding programme is at

TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards

Discovering the CFOs of the future

The CIMA-sponsored "Future CFO of the Year" category of the TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards attracted more than 850 UK undergraduates who aspire to be finance leaders. The students — from more than 50 universities — were assessed by their answers to questions on how they would navigate the most important future change to the accounting profession and what they would want to learn from a day with a CFO. A round of online tests and a final round of a business game focused on the fitness tracker sector led to a winner. Each finalist was required to write a board report, present to the judging panel, and create a social media advert. The competition winner, Alan Potts at Manchester Metropolitan University, receives CIMA qualification sponsorship and a CFO mentoring opportunity. See

Tools and techniques to aid strategic thinking

AICPA & CIMA's Strategic Thinking Supplement Tools and Techniques contains 11 tools and techniques for finance functions and finance professionals. They include techniques that explore personal biases, how to deal with the unknown, and chaos and complexity theories. There are lessons in creativity, different ways of thinking, and the types of meetings that are more likely to foster strategic thinking. Strategy and sustainable development, and scenario planning are also covered.

The tools and techniques support the challenges set out in the recent AICPA & CIMA white paper on how strategic thinking and decision-making are changing in the digital world. Re-inventing Finance for a Digital World: Strategic Thinking Supplement is available at

CGMA Risk Heat Map

The Association has updated and enhanced the CGMA Risk Heat Map: A Risk Assessment Tool to Assist in Risk Assessment Productivity.

Mapping each risk is a critical step in risk management and increases business productivity, as identifying and ranking risk creates a focus on resource allotment.

A heat map provides benefits that include:

  • A quick and efficient visual to enable decision-making.
  • Added precision in the risk assessment process.
  • Allowing for an increased focus on the risk appetite and risk tolerance of the company.

The tool contains an explanation of a heat map, four necessary elements to include, qualitative and quantitative samples, and guidance for implementation and monitoring.

Association’s advances in Eurasia and MESANA

Association's advances in Eurasia and MESANA

In the Republic of Kazakhstan the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has partnered with leading economics and finance university Narxoz. Under the partnership agreement, students of four bachelor's degree programmes will now have the opportunity to fast-track their CIMA studies and sit only one CertBA (Certificate in Business Accounting) exam instead of the standard four. Overall, the Association now has three academic partners in the country: Narxoz University, M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, and Kazakh-British Technical University.

In the Russian Federation, the Council for Professional Qualifications Development at the Financial Markets Association has officially recognised the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting in Russian as meeting the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework at the level of chief accountant. This gives this CIMA qualification welcome national recognition. The Council for Professional Qualifications Development, established in March 2015, creates, supports, and develops professional qualifications within finance.

In the MESANA region, the Association has entered a three-year partnership with Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Saudi Arabia, which started January. The two organisations will collaborate on researching and formulating new opportunities for cooperation, such as course materials, project plans, and exam questions. The Association will also provide train-the-trainer facilities and materials to faculties at the university. Accounting students at PSU will be able to gain Association certifications and receive joint Association-PSU certificates for courses on forensic accounting, data visualisation, data analysis, professional ethics, and advanced Excel.

2021 elections to CIMA Council

Newly elected members

The following member has been elected for a first term as member of Council, to serve from February 2021 until the close of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2023:

Garry Thickett, FCMA, CGMA — North East England Electoral Constituency (EC5)

The following members have been elected for their first term as members of Council, to serve from the close of the AGM on 3 June 2021 until the close of the AGM in 2024:

Geoffrey Jjuko, FCMA, CGMA — West, Central and Southern Africa (EC10)

Karen Marrinan, FCMA, CGMA — Central Southern England (EC11)

Manohari Abeyesekera, FCMA, CGMA — South Asia (EC14)

Channa Gunawardana, FCMA, CGMA — South Asia (EC14)

Rifka Ziyard, FCMA, CGMA — South Asia (EC14)

Yogesvaran Arianayagam, FCMA, CGMA — South East Asia (EC16)

Anju De Alwis, FCMA, CGMA — Europe, North Africa, and Middle East (EC17)

Re-elected members

The following members have been re-elected to serve another term on Council from the close of the AGM on 3 June 2021 until the close of the AGM in 2024:

Andrew McGunnigle, FCMA, CGMA — East Midlands and East Anglia (EC3)

Rebecca Bennett, FCMA, CGMA — Australasia (EC19)

European CFOs meet to discuss digitalisation, automation, data analytics
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European CFOs meet to discuss digitalisation, automation, data analytics

In November, the third CFO Strategy & Innovation Summit — organised by CIMA and the Poland business newspaper Rzeczpospolita — discussed the trends affecting CFOs, including digitalisation, process automation, advanced data analytics, and team building.

Speakers at the Warsaw, Poland, event included Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, chief executive—Management Accounting, and Ash Noah, CPA, CGMA, FCMA, managing director of CGMA Learning, Education & Development, both at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

Noah said: "The disruption will not end with the pandemic ... We will continue to face future disruptions. And which is why ... we just need to be ready for the 'next normal'. There is no 'new normal'." He added: "Now is the time to start that innovation."

Jakub Bejnarowicz, the Association's regional director for Europe, hosted the event. Partners included PwC (strategic partner), Sage Symfonia, UBS, and AstraZeneca. The 2021 CFO Strategy & Innovation Summit will take place 16—18 November.

More recently, in mid-March, Harding and European finance leaders took part in a virtual Money Talks roundtable discussion. The conversation focused on digital transformation lessons learned (see the article, "Digital Transformation: 8 Lessons From the Pandemic"). Companies represented included UBS, Honeywell, International Airlines Group, and MediaMarktSaturn Polska.