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CIMA elects 90th president with agenda to drive change


Sarah Ghosh, a UK Civil Servant, takes the reins with the goal of promoting sustainability, innovation, and inclusion.

By Philip King 12 minute read

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has elected Sarah Ghosh as its 90th president and co-chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), which represents the combined membership of CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs.

CIMA said Ms Ghosh is a proven finance leader with expertise in digital transformation and experience in multinational organisations, SMEs and start-ups. She currently works for the UK Civil Service.

Previously, she had held leadership positions across the finance, IT and operations sectors, improving service provision and transforming processes using data analytics and machine learning.


“It will be a privilege to serve our members and students around the world, promote the great work that they do, and help our profession prepare for the big changes that are heading our way,” she said.

“Our responsibility as leaders is to be proactive and decisive, rise to challenges, harness new opportunities and empower others to succeed.

“I will be using my term to promote sustainability, innovation and inclusion within the profession. I firmly believe that now is the time to seize the future and make progress in these areas. By doing so, we will make a real difference today, and secure a brighter future for ourselves, for those who count on us and those that follow us.”

During her year in office Ms Ghosh will help drive innovation and transformation within the profession to ensure it keeps up with the demands of a constantly changing business world.

She would also promote the role of finance professionals in creating value through ESG and serving the public interest and dedicate herself to inspiring younger generations to become finance professionals.

Ms Ghosh is particularly keen to promote inclusion in the profession and would work closely with the chair of AICPA to meet the needs of 698,000 AICPA and CIMA members and maintain the profession’s relevance across 188 countries and territories.

Ms Ghosh became a CIMA member in 1995 and is its second successive female president.

Over the past 15 years, she has held various leadership positions with an emphasis on member engagement and events planning. In 2017, she joined CIMA council and a year later became a board member of AICPA. 

Earlier this year Ms Ghosh was named among the 2023 Top 50 Women in Accounting in recognition of her work to raise the profile of women in leadership and commitment to driving diversity, equality and inclusion. 



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Philip King

Philip King


Philip King is editor of Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Philip joined the titles in March 2022 and brings extensive experience from a variety of roles at The Australian national broadsheet daily, most recently as motoring editor. His background also takes in spells on diverse consumer and trade magazines.

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