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Stuart Dunlop to serve region's 9,500 members and students

ACCA has appointed Stuart Dunlop as its new head of the Middle East.

Dunlop joins ACCA following a career with Thomson Reuters, where he was general manager of its professional business. He has lived in the United Arab Emirates for eight years.

After graduating from university, Dunlop worked in the City of London, including at the London Stock Exchange, where he held several commercial roles. He joined the Reuters Group in 1992 and held sales and marketing management positions in South Africa, Switzerland, London and finally Dubai.

The ACCA Middle East office was established in 2004, with teams based in Dubai and Oman. Dunlop replaces Stephen Shields, who was last year appointed ACCA global director - employers and relationship management and will continue to be based in Dubai.

Commenting on his appointment, Dunlop said: 'As ACCA's head of the Middle East, I will be looking to build on the significant growth in student numbers and members in the region achieved in recent years. Specifically, I want ACCA to build closer, valuable business relationships with members and key employers throughout the region.

'I consider ACCA's genuinely global reach to be a key asset for our students and members. It's therefore very important to me that we continue to extend ACCA's reach in the Middle East by attracting and supporting talented new students in new markets.'