The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in Sri Lanka will be organizing the Asia Pacific (APAC) CXO Forum on the theme of ‘Navigating the tides of uncertainty on 19 August at 5:30 p.m. (IST) as a virtual event. 

The global health pandemic has not only highlighted the vulnerabilities and inequalities of our fragile ecosystem but it has demonstrated that the challenges we face must be addressed collectively and in the true spirit of humanity. 

During the pandemic, many people learnt to cope, but there’s also a call now to learn to thrive in a post-pandemic world amidst the rapid changes and disruption in almost all sectors. The ‘Great Reset’, as we now know it demands new skills such as advanced cognitive and digital capabilities. It can potentially lead to an uneven economic recovery with rising inequality among workers, contrasting outcomes for consumers depending on their age and income levels, and a growing gulf between outperforming companies and the rest.

The forum aims to ignite insightful discussions on how businesses can create value for their end users and pursue differentiating capabilities to remain relevant in the new normal. Topic ranging from financial sector consolidation and digitalisation, re-designing supply chain models to meet changing consumer demand, strengthening the healthcare system with a focus towards mental health and wellbeing, adoption of modern and inclusive learning practices, and innovations to grow tourism are some of the focus areas to be deliberated in length during this virtual forum.  

Having this objective in mind, collective action needs to be taken ranging from investing in human capital to enabling a surge of entrepreneurship to diffusing technology to companies of all sizes in creating a virtuous and equitable cycle of job growth, rising consumption, and productivity growth.

The distinguished panel consists of international speaker Omar Khan, Founder, Senior Partner, EPL Global and Founder, Senior Partner, Sensei International, global leadership development and consulting firm; Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando, Venkkat Ramanan FCMA, CGMA, Asia Pacific Regional Vice President from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of AICPA and CIMA; Brandix Group Finance Director Hasitha Premaratne FCMA, CGMA, and LSEG Technology Sri Lanka Co-Head Feroz Cader FCMA, CGMA. The session will be moderated by NDB Capital Holdings Ltd. Director/Chief Executive Officer Senaka Kakiriwaragodage FCMA, CGMA.

The virtual forum is expected to be attended by C-Suite individuals including CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CMOs, and other leaders representing several business sectors of Sri Lanka, in addition to CIMA members in the APAC region. Organized by the Member Development and Stakeholder Relations Sub Committee of the CIMA Country Network Panel, the event was, guided by Manohara Tillakawardana FCMA, CGMA, and Kamaya Perera, ACMA, CGMA, Co-Chairs of the Sub Committee and Taamara De Silva, ACMA, CGMA, as the Project Chairman of the CXO Forum. 

This year’s forum is sponsored by London Stock Exchange Group as the Platinum Sponsor followed by Ceylinco Life Insurance Ltd., MAS Holdings Ltd., Vidullanka PLC, and National Savings Bank as gold sponsors. Daily FT and Daily Mirror are Official Print Media partners at the event.

CIMA is the world’s leading and largest professional body for management accounting and offers the most versatile professional qualification for a career in business. CIMA in Sri Lanka, has the largest community of CIMA qualified management accountants, after the United Kingdom. 

For further information and assistance on the forum and registration, please contact Gayani De Soyza at 

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