If the first half of this year has taught us anything, it is that we cannot thrive without the support of others. Our current, unexpected global challenge — one that grew from a health emergency — shows starkly how interlinked our world is and, just as clearly, how our actions have ramifications beyond our own bubbles.
That much has been clear from what I have seen finance professionals do when faced with an unexpected and global challenge.
Members of the Association have risen to the challenge of managing a rare situation, while generously sharing what they have learned in the process. Regional advisory panels have met remotely to ensure members’ safety, while contributing knowledge and advice so that we can understand specifically where our support is most needed.
Our members have been kind enough to spare time and make videos of what they have been doing to manage the situations many of our finance colleagues face. We have been able to support free webinars, for example, and our regional teams have adapted their support depending on needs in their part of the world. That has been a huge effort and does not include the significant change we made to allow those taking our professional exams around the world to do so safely.
The major benefit of a large organisation — we are 650,000 members and students strong — is that we can draw on more resources to better help the people we represent. When members of CIMA and the American Institute of