The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) Australia held its annual graduation ceremony at the BMICH on Tuesday, 30th September, 2015, amongst a group of distinguished guests and invitees. Gracing the occasion at this year`s graduation were the Chief Guest Eran Wickramaratne, Deputy Minister of National Enterprise Development, and Special Guest of Honor, Tim Huggins, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia for Sri Lanka and Maldives. The Chair of the event was Prof. Janek Ratnatunga, Chief Executive Officer of ICMA Australia.
A large number of Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), Associate Management Accountants (AMAs) and Graduate Management Accountants (GMAs) graduated at the ceremony, making it one of the most highly attended graduation ceremonies.
This diverse group of graduates included leading entrepreneurs, CEOs, Managing Directors, Directors, General Managers, Consultants and Senior Executives from public and private sector organizations and multinationals. These candidates have joined the ICMA Graduate Conversion Program with their Professional, Bachelors or Masters level qualifications in Banking, Marketing, Engineering, Law and Human Resources or through the ICMA Qualifying Workshop with their professional Accountancy qualifications or Finance Specialized postgraduate qualifications.
The Chief Guest at the event, Eran Wickramaratne, emphasized that the accountability of professionals extends far beyond the accountability to shareholders, but towards the accountability to customers, suppliers, employees, environment and the community at large. He further emphasized that the biggest responsibility as a professional is to be accountable and to hold the others accountable, irrespective of whoever they may be.
Prof. Janek Ratnatunga emphasized that ICMA (Australia) is the first ‘specialist’ post-graduate level management accounting professional body focusing on creating value. “It was founded in Australia, and now has a global reach spanning 49 countries with 16 Regional Offices around the world. It has also sponsored a university in the USA, Calwest University, to continue to develop ICMA members”, said Prof. Ratnatunga.
Chairman – ICMA Australia Sri Lanka Branch Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, President – ICMA Australia Sri Lanka Branch Murali Prakash, Regional Director of ICMA Australia Kapila Dodamgoda and Valedictorian Kennedy Michael also addressed the gathering.