Management accounting professionals from across Europe are learning more about the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program at CMA information sessions, which the IMA Europe office is holding in select cities.

The following information sessions, featuring a presentation by Alain Mulder, IMA senior director of European operations, occurred this fall:

  • September 4: Hilversum, Netherlands, at the offices of Markus Verbeek.
  • September 24: Athens, Greece, at the offices of Globaltraining. 
  • October 8: London, UK. This session included a discussion of self-study and online exam review options. 
  • October 22: Moscow, Russia, Hock Training 
  • October 30: Paris, France, at the offices of Top Finance 
  • November 20: Skopje, North Macedonia, American University 
  • November 25: Kazakhstan, at the offices of Deka Controlling
  • November 28: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vrije Universiteit

In conjunction with these sessions, IMA’s Switzerland Chapter held a “Lunch and Learn” event at COFCO International in Geneva. Speakers included Bernardin Generalao, IMA partner relations manager, DACH region, who discussed “Future-Proof Your Career” and the CMA program. The other featured speaker was Dr. Gaya M. Gamhewage, a certified coach, experienced facilitator, and expert trainer who works for the World Health Organization. 

Featured speaker Dr. Gaya M. Gamhewage
 Generalao speaking at the COFCO event.

In her presentation, Dr. Gamhewage spoke about “The hard truth about soft skills.” She began with a reflection about what it means to be successful and then went on to describe what is needed to manage emotional intelligence. She discussed research that has found that emotional intelligence can often matter more than IQ and why it’s important to cultivate emotional and social intelligence leadership competencies.

Dr. Gaya M. Gamhewage 
 Featured speaker Dr. Gaya M. Gamhewage.

Commenting on this initiative, Mulder said, “We have been very pleased with the response to these information sessions, which seek to share information about the content of the CMA exam and the benefits of earning this globally respected certification. We look forward to meeting with members and the broader business community in 2020 to continue this program and discuss how earning the CMA helps professionals expand their career options and earning potential.”

IMA’s CMA certification is a relevant assessment of advanced accounting and financial management knowledge in critical areas such as financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support. Earning it requires education, experience, and passing a thorough two-part exam covering 12 of the most critical practice areas that are most in demand by organizations around the world. More information about the CMA can be found at  

Upcoming Events

IMA holds CMA information sessions throughout the year. Events are scheduled for the first quarter of 2020 in:

  • Paris
  • London
  • North Macedonia
  • Kazakhstan

For more information about these upcoming CMA information sessions, please contact Marta Sudnikiewicz, IMA Europe operations coordinator, at