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To celebrate ACCA connections we spoke with three married couples who met through studying for their ACCA Qualification.

Kailin Toh, APAC retail controller at Amadeus GDS Singapore, and Lay Lay Leow, financial accountant at Mott Macdonald Singapore, married in February. They had their pre-wedding photographs taken at the library where they spent most of their time studying together for their ACCA exams while they were dating.

Kailin said ‘We had a common goal, which was to complete the ACCA exams and work towards our professional membership. We were able to share what we had studied and help each other on the modules we were taking’.

Idowu Ismaila Ayodeji, group finance and reporting manager at Flour Mills of Nigeria, and Adelaja Sikirat Adebola, strategy and finance manager at FrieslandCampina

WAMCO, are based in Nigeria. They’ve been married for 11 years.

They met at university and at a tuition centre after that. They both now work in the fast-moving consumer goods industry and reach out to each other when they need help in their different areas.

Mark Harris, senior vice president, finance, at Scottish Re, and Rachel Derry, senior vice president and senior compliance officer at Liberty MutualManagement, are based in Bermuda. They met in 2000 and have been married for six years.

They met at a small accountancy practise in the UK where they both studied and trained towards their ACCA membership. They highlighted the importance of having someone familiar with ACCA who has gone through the qualification along with the projected career paths. That has been a great help to them.

The full interviews will be available in the September edition of AB magazine. Look out for these three great stories of unexpected ACCA connections.