Marjella Alma joins ACCA’s Global Forum for Sustainability

ACCA global forums contribute to ACCA’s technical and research work on issues facing business and the accountancy profession

Marjella Alma, CEO and co-founder of Datamaran, the global leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for non-financial risk management, is a new member of ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Global Forum for Sustainability. 

With over ten years of specialist experience in ESG disclosure and sustainability, Marjella will bring her insights and views to this Forum of fellow leaders and stakeholders from around the world. Their work articulates the relevance of sustainability issues for the business community and the accountancy profession, while also analysing international trends and developments in sustainability with the aim of shaping ACCA’s policies on this topic. 

Speaking of her appointment, Maggie McGhee, director of professional insights at ACCA, says: ‘Marjella brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the sustainability agenda on the global stage, the digital possibilities and how it relates to the profession. She’s a fabulous addition to the Forum, and we all look forward to working with her on future projects and developments.’ 

Marjella Alma adds: ‘A new and systematic approach to identification and monitoring of non-financial issues is essential for businesses to thrive. I am delighted to be part of the ACCA’s Global Sustainability Forum that acknowledges this need. I look forward to working together with the organization on its important mission of shaping policies in sustainability.’

ACCA has 12 Global Forums, created to contribute to ACCA’s technical and research work on issues facing business and the accountancy profession. More information about the individual forums, their members and their work is available here: http://www.accaglobal.com/hk/en/technical-activities/global-forums.html. 

Marjella’s biography

Marjella Alma is the CEO and co-founder of Datamaran – the global leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for non-financial risk management. It combines Artificial Intelligence, big data analysis and human expertise to capture evidence-based insights into the strategic, regulatory and reputational risks tied to 100 non-financial issues. With its global market of end users, Datamaran’s proprietary software helps businesses to enable data-driven decision-making. 

Marjella is a former Director of the Global Reporting Initiative - the most widely used standard for measuring and managing Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues. She joined the GRI headquarters in Amsterdam in 2007 where she successfully set up the Services Department. She became GRI’s youngest female Director at age 30.

With her in-depth knowledge of non-financial disclosure and responsible investing, she has had a front row seat in the corporate strategy space, working directly with Fortune 500 companies across the globe. 

In her career to date, Marjella has worked with governments, regulators, international organisations, businesses, civil society, labour, the accountancy profession and the media – she continues to attract new audiences to this space with her diverse global team of the leading ESG and risk management experts as well as data scientists and technology professionals.

Marjella is a member of Telefonica’s Sustainability Stakeholder Advisory Council and Sustainable Development Goals Advisory Committee for UNPRI, she is a recognised emerging thought leader and a keynote speaker on subjects including AI, sustainability and ESG.  Marjella has won Game Changer award 2017, and has been nominated for Forward Ladies and Women in IT awards.

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering 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. 

ACCA supports its 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,300 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally. 

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com

 

"A new and systematic approach to identification and monitoring of non-financial issues is essential for businesses to thrive. I am delighted to be part of the ACCA’s Global Sustainability Forum that acknowledges this need. I look forward to working together with the organization on its important mission of shaping policies in sustainability."

Marjella Alma - CEO Datamaran