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This is an exciting time for the accountancy profession in Kazakhstan, where there are many opportunities, as well as challenges ahead of us
—Altyn Shakirkhanova, business development manager, emerging markets-Asia , ACCA

Ms Altyn Shakirkhanova is the new Business Development Manager for ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in Kazakhstan

Announcing Ms Shakirkhanova’s appointment at ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, Lucia Real-Martin, director of emerging markets at ACCA said: 'This is an exciting development for ACCA. Kazakhstan is a growing market where there is a large and growing demand for accountancy professionals.'

As part of ACCA’s Emerging Markets Asia team, Altyn’s role as Business Development Manager will build and sustain relationships with employers, learning providers and universities that will contribute to the growth of ACCA in Kazakhstan where the professional body already has over 1,500 students and 100 members.

Lucia Real-Martin added: 'Altyn brings a wealth of relevant experience to this new post, having graduated from Kazakh State University, majoring in marketing and commerce. Altyn started her career in advertising with Almaty, working for the benefit of international clients such as Coca Cola and Colgate. During the last five years, Altyn has worked in the banking sector in Kazakhstan, and her last post was head of special retail products for ATF Bank, a member of UniCredit Group, where Altyn was responsible for new banking product strategy development, marketing and product launch.

Altyn Shakirkhanova said of her appointment: 'I’m delighted to join ACCA’s global team, as part of Lucia’s Emerging Markets Asia directorate. This is an exciting time for the accountancy profession in Kazakhstan, where there are many opportunities, as well as challenges ahead of us.'

Lucia Real-Martin concluded: 'ACCA has worked over the last two years to identify Kazakhstan as one of ACCA’s priority markets for 2012/13 and into the future. We know that with Altyn on board, we can continue to develop and support the profession in Kazakhstan.'

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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.