ACCA Sri Lanka holds new member ceremony and Advocacy Awards
Another key part of the event’s agenda, was ACCA, MESA (Middle East South Asia) Advocacy awards that recognized those who have been using their membership to build the profession and inspire others.
This winner for the year 2020 was Rathnakala Kumaragurunathan, Associate Director Acuity Knowledge Partners, who bagged the National Advocacy award for Sri Lanka as well as the Regional Award, putting Sri Lanka on the map and making her country proud.
Chairman of the Member Network panel, Nandika Buddhipala stated “our members have been great advocates of the profession for a very long time in Sri Lanka, where they have utilized their knowledge and skills to positively impact the finance profession and we are immensely proud of each one of them”.
Global President, Mark Miller, in his address emulated “It is important for everyone to give back – to advocate for ACCA and the accountancy profession in the workplace, the community and your life and to serve as a living example of what it means to act ethically at all times, with the highest integrity and with a sense of the public good in all that you do. I believe that it is this commitment and values, which set ACCA members apart and makes ACCA the world’s leading accountancy body.”
Paying tribute to the winner of the advocacy award for 2020 he stated “Rathnakala has championed ACCA with so much dedication, vigour and imagination, speaking at so many universities, graduation ceremonies and youth forums and giving so much of her own time to help bright students whose first language is not English, and striving to make sure that language is no barrier to their dream of a good finance career. Her work in building the profession in this country is inspirational.”
Nilusha Ranasinghe, the Head of South Asia for ACCA (Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh), giving further insight into the awards explained, “ACCA has always had a robust mechanism to contribute to the advocacy agenda. Up until now, the ACCA advocacy awards have been awarded to one member in each country or region. However, with the vast amount of work being carried out by our committed network of members, from 2021 onwards, the ACCA Advocacy Awards will be used to recognize the contribution made by every one of those members.”
“This year 26 ACCA member advocates were felicitated. We believe that an integral part of our growth and international reach is these ambassadors that speak about the value that the ACCA Qualification plays in changing lives and creating the strategic business leaders of the future.”
The ceremony was graced by several distinguished guests from leading organisations and top employers.