How Chartered Accountants Worldwide is affecting global change

By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

30 March 2016

Eleanor O'Neill outlines the important role of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, ahead of this year's One Young CA and 35 CAs under 35 competition.

For over three years, Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) has set a standard of excellence and enhanced the international relationship for over 600,000 chartered accountants across the globe.

ICAS is one of the five founding members of CAW, a group that most recently expanded to include the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) as Associate members.

Since its inception, CAW has worked to establish a worldwide community of chartered accountants, raising the profile of the qualification and implementing influence in affecting change on a global scale.

Encouraging young leaders

Every year, CAW supports young delegates from each of its founding and associate members in attending the annual One Young World youth leadership summit.

As representatives of the profession, these chartered accountants have the opportunity to debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for pressing global issues with colleagues from multiple nations and professions.

For the second year running, the winner of ICAS' One Young CA competition will be the ICAS ambassador for the event.

Indy Hothi attended the 2015 summit in Bangkok and said: “The OYW summit is not a place to just talk about challenges in society but, more importantly, to drive action and create lasting change.

“People talk about you all as future leaders but really you are leaders already, young leaders who have the capability to make positive change. You have to go out there and do it.”

This year’s OYW summit will be held in Ottawa, Canada at the end of September.

In conjunction with One Young CA 2016, ICAS is looking to name 35 CAs under 35 who embody the commitment, professionalism and innovation that is synonymous with CAW.

Entries to the 35 CAs Under 35 awards open on 1 April 2016 and can be made through the One Young CA website.

All ICAS CAs under 35 are eligible to enter and can nominate themselves or others to be recognised.

The completed list of successful candidates will be published in July and the One Young CA winner will be announced in September.


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