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He [Ahmad] is a great role model for ACCA and is a true representation of exactly what we stand for in our core values of opportunity, diversity, innovation, accountability and integrity
—Stuart Dunlop, head of ACCA Middle East

UAE’s first Emirati to be honoured at an ACCA graduation ceremony has achieved another first – being elected the Chairman of a newly formed UAE ACCA advisory committee

Ahmad Darwish has been elected as the Chairman of ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) newly formed United Arab Emirates Members’ Advisory Committee.

The committee is a formal ACCA members’ network, and Ahmad will represent members and students of the global body, at ACCA’s International Assembly on which he will sit.

Stuart Dunlop, head of ACCA Middle East, said: 'Many congratulations go to Ahmad. I am sure that I speak on behalf of the advisory committee when I say that having him represent ACCA members in the UAE is great news.

'Ahmad was one of our first students in the region to enrol, and three years later, after completing the ACCA exams, he became the first Emirati to attend an ACCA graduation ceremony – that in itself is an outstanding achievement.

'He is a great role model for ACCA and is a true representation of exactly what we stand for in our core values of opportunity, diversity, innovation, accountability and integrity.'

Ahmad is also an ACCA Ambassador in the UAE and addressed new members at their graduation ceremony last February, talking to them about the importance of being active in their membership. Ahmad was voted in as Advisory Group Chairman by a quorum of fellow ACCA members.  

Ahmad added: 'I’m really proud and honoured to be elected as Chairman of the advisory committee and to represent UAE at ACCA’s International Assembly.

'I believe that by raising the profile of membership in the UAE, it will encourage young Emiratis to consider accountancy and finance as a rewarding career path and show what accountants can do not just for the UAE, but for the global economy.

'I am one of 900 ACCA members in the UAE, and I look forward to helping ACCA build its brand and reputation in my country as this number grows.' 

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Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim 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. 
  2. We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 
  3. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.