Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia) held the Global Management Accounting Hall of Fame Award Ceremony and VIP Dinner amongst an exclusive gathering of eminent academics, professional and a distinguished group of corporate leaders. Chief Guest of the event was Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of Central Bank. His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson, the High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka graced the event as the special Guest of Honour.
Professor Brendan O’Connell, Global President of CMA Australia and Professor of Accounting at RMIT University and Professor Janek Ratnatunga, CEO of ICMA Australia and Former Chair of Business Accounting, Monash University along with Regional Directors from around the world were also present at the event.
ICMA Australia Global Hall of Fame is intended to honour the professionals and academics in recognition of the distinguished service contributions to the progress of accounting and management accounting in their respective countries.
Mr. Rajan Asirwatham, who was the Senior Partner and Country Head of KPMG Sri Lanka (formerly Ford Rhodes Thornton & Co) for well over four decades, from 1961 to 2008 and Mr. James Mather who was was the Senior Partner of Ernst and Young from 1970 to 2001 playing a monumental role in the way Ernst & Young developed were honoured with Global Financial Accounting Hall of Fame Award.
Prof M. T. A. Furkhan, who was one of the prime movers in establishing in 1965, the basic roots of the management accountancy profession in Sri Lanka, when he brought the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (now CIMA) to Sri Lanka and Prof M. W. Wickramarachchi who is a path breaker in academic accounting education in Sri Lanka were honoured with Global Management Accounting Hall of Fame. Prof Wickramarachchi was the founder of Department of Commerce at University of Kelaniya and Department of Accountancy and Financial Management at University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
The Selection Committee was comprised of the founder members of ICMA: Mr Willian Dix, AO, Former Chairman of Ford Australia and Qantas; Professor John Miller, AO, Former President of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA); Emeritus Fellow, Dr. Leon Duval, Founder President of ICMA and Professor Janek Ratnatunga; Former Chair of Business Accounting, Monash University; and CEO of ICMA Australia.