AIA ANNOUNCE NEW PRESIDENT

Last updated: 12 Nov 2020 03:02 Posted in: AIA

AIA is pleased to announce the appointment of Shahram Moallemi as President, who was elected today and will take over the role from Les Bradley.

Shahram is based in the United Kingdom and runs his own accountancy practice, which provides a range of services and guidance to businesses throughout the UK as well as specialist sector advice to those in media and entertainment, professional sports and health care. He joined AIA in 2002 and has been vocal about the benefits of professional membership and the role it plays in protecting the public interest by setting standards through qualifications, continuing professional development and accountability as well as the production of best practice and skills guidance.

As President he will be responsible for overseeing the governance of AIA and promoting the Association throughout the world. Shahram was elected to the AIA Council in 2011 and serves on the AIA Finance Committee, Applications Committee and Qualifications Committee.

On his appointment, Shahram, said: “I am delighted to be elected as AIA President and look forward to using my experience to represent the AIA, members, students and the wider accountancy profession. I begin my tenure during a challenging time during which we have, and will continue, to evolve at pace using new technologies and our own expertise to transform professional education in the finance sector.  AIA will continue to support all members working throughout the spectrum of the profession and throughout the world, as they continue to play a vital role in business development.”

Other appointments ratified at the AIA Council Meeting, held virtually on 12 November 2020 were:

  • Philip Ford was re-elected as vice president;
  • Linda Richards was elected as vice president. 

A MESSAGE FROM SHAHRAM:

Shahram MoallemiI am honoured to have been elected as President of Association of International Accountants; this is a not only a privilege, but also a big responsibility, especially in such uncertain times.

I have tremendous respect of the task before me, and I will give my best to serve the AIA, to help achieve its goals, and to promote the AIA for the benefit of its members globally. One of the greatest strengths of the Association of International Accountants is the scope and diversity within our membership who work in a wide variety of sectors, countries and businesses and successfully contribute to and support the global economy.

I take over this role at a time of significant change and disruption to businesses all over the world. For the AIA this means we must rapidly adapt and use new technologies to continue to deliver world class training and qualifications, as well as respond the changing needs of our members. To this end I will continue the work started by my predecessor, Les Bradley, who has overseen the new syllabus review and fast tracked the provision of online learning and exams. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Council to thank him for all his hard work and acknowledge the great progress he made for our Association in extending the AIA’s qualification pathways through relationships with other professional bodies and developing the AIA’s global reputation.

As a guideline to my tenure as President I’d like to stress the importance of being an open and inclusive membership organisation that is dynamically engaged with its communities. For me this means facing today’s challenges with a  common goal of improving, extending and developing the accountancy profession and leading the AIA as a progressive and outward-looking organisation.

Thank you to all.

I have tremendous respect of the task before me, and I will give my best to serve the AIA, to help achieve its goals, and to promote the AIA for the benefit of its members globally. One of the greatest strengths of the Association of International Accountants is the scope and diversity within our membership who work in a wide variety of sectors, countries and businesses and successfully contribute to and support the global economy.