Dr Mark Batey, Creative Leadership Specialist at Manchester Business School (MBS), was the keynote speaker and moderator of a recent roundtable in Dubai organised by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – the global body for professional accountants) for more than 20 senior women in finance and accounting.
MBS has worked with ACCA in the UAE since 2010, and globally supports around 850 part-time MBA students who are also ACCA members.
The ACCA UAE networking forum for women in senior finance roles was launched in 2012 and organises networking events in the UAE every six months. The sessions include networking opportunities with roundtable discussions on the challenges women face in reaching the most senior positions in finance. ACCA events bring together some of the most senior women in MENA’s financial sector – both ACCA and non-ACCA members.
Dr Batey, who presented the Key principles for creativity and innovation at the roundtable – commented, “The group agreed that there is an increasing need for more creativity and innovation in accounting and finance, with growing demand for new financial products and services in response to changing regulations and customer demand. Within the unique culture of the region, Western approaches to creativity and innovation cannot just be lifted and dropped here, and there needs to be a process of localisation. This ACCA roundtable was a very interesting forum for discussion – not just because it was exclusively for women but equally because of the fact that it was exclusively for accountants and finance specialists; these are the senior professionals spearheading the development of the accounting and finance sector in the UAE.”
Stuart Dunlop, ACCA Regional Director – MENASA, said, “It is very important that the women in senior positions pave the way for future generations to break through the glass ceiling and achieve prominent roles more often. This is keeping with ACCA’s core value of equal opportunity for all, and one which is free from any and all artificial barriers. Events like this not only bring women together in one place, but also provides a platform to exchange ideas and bring fresh thinking back to the organisations they work in. It also enables us at ACCA, to help in the discussions around the issue of female representation in senior positions.”
“We are already heavily involved in this subject matter – ACCA has produced insightful reports in recent years about women in leadership in the financial world and how it improves corporate performance. There is, however, much more work to be done. Discussions that explore the enabling factors that make women succeed in their career paths to the top, is therefore, desperately needed in a debate that is often dominated by barriers and limiting factors.”
MBS is an ACCA Approved Learning Partner in the region and was the first (in 2010) business school in the Middle East to be awarded Registered CPD Provider Status by the ACCA, whose members must undertake a minimum of 40 hours of CPD every year. MBS is helping to support ACCA members to broaden their business perspectives and competencies, and accelerating careers in the process. The Middle East Centre of Manchester Business School coordinates over 1,600 part-time MBA students in the region. MBS is ranked in the world’s top business schools by theFinancial Times.
With a global network and 162,000 members worldwide, the ACCA is rated as the leading global professional accountancy body by employers around the world. ACCA aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
The MBS Middle East Centre is the largest and fastest growing in the school’s international network, which consists of seven executive centres (Manchester, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Miami).
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