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CIMA and Al-Futtaim Group signs new agreement to develop business and finance talents in the UAE

The Accredited Partner Certificate was presented to Par Ostberg, Al-Futtaim Group Director of Finance (left) by Nassima Kaddache and Kelvin Kurian, CIMA’s Middle East Representatives.


12 July 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), has announced that the Al-Futtaim Group has been recognised as training quality partner in the CIMA Training and Development Accreditation Scheme, which recognises organisations who proactively support lifelong learning, upskilling and continuous professional development. The scheme also helps accredited partners grow and retain CIMA students and members within their organisations by supporting their learning and  ensuring their professional development. 

AI-Futtaim Group has been added to the scheme for actively supporting its employees to take initiative in upskilling and reskilling themselves, including pursuing the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA®) designation over the past three years. The positive impact they have made has been recognised by employees and external business partners alike.    

Nassima Kaddache, Gulf Cooperation Council Regional Manager at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA, said “We are pleased to partner and accredit more organisations such as Al-Futtaim Group, who are truly committed to developing the best and the brightest accounting and finance talent in the UAE. We know that Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) bring great value to Al-Futtaim Group, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration to help develop talent that it needs to succeed now and in the future.”

Par Ostebrg, Group Director Finance at Al-Futtaim Group  said, “Al-Futtaim Group is committed to developing globally competitive, transformational finance leaders and integrated thinkers at the heart of business. Developing this partnership with CIMA is a key milestone at testament to our commitment to the finance community to provide the best learning and growth opportunities.. “

He continued, “As part of the Al-Futtaim Finance Academy, Al-Futtaim Group Finance is focused on  developing the skills and competencies of our leadership and associates who strongly benefit from the cutting-edge resources and thought leadership provided by CIMA to help us stay competitive and grow in the market.”

For further information on the CIMA Training and Development Accreditation Scheme, please click here.

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About The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 

Founded in 1919, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA®) is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. As part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants®, CIMA and its members and students operate in 196 countries and territories, working at the heart of business — in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its professional qualification and professional experience requirements to ensure it remains the employer’s choice when recruiting financially trained business leaders.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and AICPA & CIMA

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants® (the Association) represents AICPA® & CIMA®. We advance the global accounting and finance profession through our work on behalf of 689,000 AICPA and CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 196 countries and territories. Together, we are the worldwide leader on public and management accounting issues through advocacy, support for the CPA license, the CGMA designation and specialised credentials, professional development and thought leadership. We build trust by empowering our members and engaged professionals with the knowledge and opportunities to be leaders in broadening prosperity for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

About Al-Futtaim Group

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail, and health; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world's most admired and innovative brands.

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day. For more information visit:



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