The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has appointed Joseph Owolabi as its new president. Owolabi grew up and studied in Nigeria, has lived and worked in Africa, North America, the UK, and Australia. He became an ACCA member in 2011 and has served on ACCA’s International Assembly 2014-2015 and has been a Global Council member since 2015.
On his appointment, Owolabi said: “If you had told me as a child growing up that I would one day be the first African leading the largest, truly global accounting body, I would not have believed you. ACCA is an inclusive open and global community for members, future members and partners. Wherever in the world I have found myself, ACCA has given me a home and a family. I am passionate about connecting our community and inspiring the accountants of tomorrow. Great things happen when we collaborate across jurisdictions and national divides. The challenges of today and the complexities of tomorrow will demand continuous learning, courage, sound judgment and a resolve to stay ahead of the curve. The accountancy profession has a key role to play in creating a better world.”
Owolabi founded of Rubicola, which operates in Australia, Africa and North America advising clients on risk, non-financial reporting and sustainable business strategies. His previous experience includes roles at Deloitte, EY and PwC.
As well as his FCCA qualification, Owolabi has completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School and an environmental, sustainability leadership program at The Wharton School.
He was confirmed in his new role at the annual council meeting after ACCA’s AGM on 10 November 2022. Ronnie Patton, formerly senior lecturer at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, was appointed deputy president and Ayla Majid from Pakistan, founder and CEO of Planetive – a company advocating sustainability – became vice president.
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