The first Global Zoom CMA Program was held over 3 weekends in in October 2020. It was an immense success with 82 participants from 16 countries. It commenced at 2pm AEST and finished at 10pm each day. There were those who tuned in from Canada at Midnight the day before; and from New Zealand who finished after midnight the day following! There were also participants from Germany, the UAE, Bangladesh, PNG, Singapore and also Australia.
The presenters were Prof Janek Ratnatunga, Prof Brendan O’Connell and Dr. Chris D’Souza; and the Zoom Host was Dr Chintan Bharwada; ICMA’s COO. Given the incredible logistics involved, it was a team-teaching effort on all the days. From the comments posted in the chat boxes; it was extremely well received. Special commendation must go to Dr Ana Sopanah who was responsible for a large contingent of participants from Indonesia; and also Mr. Sazzad Hassan, the Regional Director of Bangladesh and Shakeeb Ahmed of the Regional Director of UAE.
Prof. Janek Ratnatunga
Professor Janek Ratnatunga is CEO of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He has held appointments at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University in Australia; and the Universities of Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island in the USA. Prior to his academic career he worked with KPMG.