Gwen van Berne Begins Term as IMA Global Board Chair

GwenIn an historic moment, Gwen van Berne, CMA, recently began her term as chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors for the 2023 fiscal year (1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023). Based in the Netherlands, Gwen is the sixth woman to hold the position and the first from outside of the United States.

As Chair, Gwen will continue to strengthen IMA’s international leadership and global commitment to educating students and members on valuable resources, certification, and professional development opportunities. She plans to work closely with local universities, national accounting bodies, multinationals, and local businesses to connect with current and aspiring management accountants and finance executives.

“I’m honored to serve in IMA’s senior volunteer role and present a global perspective on the challenges and opportunities that are impacting businesses and the profession,” said Gwen. “As IMA moves forward, we must continue to champion an inclusive, diverse, and sustainable profession. As Chair, I will focus on furthering this conversation, helping to empower accounting and finance professionals to actively and positively shape the next 100 years.”

As the director of finance and risk at Oikocredit, Gwen brings more than 23 years of financial services expertise to her position. At Oikocredit, she provides strategic leadership and expertise for the Managing Board while leading the Finance, Legal, and Risk departments. Previously, she served as chief financial officer of RIPE NCC and held several roles within ABN AMRO Bank. She holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

A member of IMA’s Amsterdam-Netherlands Chapter, Gwen has been a member of the IMA Global Board since 2019. She earned her CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) in 2010.

Gwen’s appointment as IMA Global Board Chair was covered extensively in the Europe media, including a lengthy profile (in Dutch) in Executive Finance. Her appointment was also featured on the website. Read it here (also in Dutch) at