Education and Qualifications:


  • 1988: Qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), London
    Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and GCMA.
  • 1983: Foundation course for Accountants, Thames University, London
  • 1982: Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Advanced Accountancy and Auditing, India

Continuous Professional Development (CPD):

  • Regularly attends various management courses, including the High-Performance Leadership Programme at Cranfield University, UK.
  • Completed the Professional Certificate in Strategic Migration Management from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies in the UK.

Languages and Interests:

  • Languages: Fluent in English, good understanding of French and Spanish.
  • Interests: Golf, reading, and seeking simplicity.

Relevance of My Qualifications:

Ovais Sarmad's qualification as a Qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to professional development. With nearly six years dedicated to attaining this esteemed qualification, he demonstrates his strong determination to excel in his field. Ovais's connection to the profession remains steadfast through his active participation in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs, ensuring he remains abreast of the latest industry advancements. As a founding member and former board member of the CIMA-CH (Switzerland) chapter, he actively contributes to the progression of the profession and its impact on organizations. Notably, the CIMA qualification holds significant value as it encompasses diverse areas of management, extending beyond accounting and finance. Ovais's close affiliation with his profession enables him to continuously enhance his own career trajectory while making valuable contributions to the success of the organizations he serves.

The CIMA/GCMA Qualification:

In today's competitive marketplace, employers seek professionals with a qualification that goes beyond basic accounting skills. CIMA qualified individuals possess a deep understanding of the future of business, the demands it presents, and the strategies required for success. CIMA's distinct focus on business and strategic management accounting sets it apart from other qualifications. With 99% of CIMA members and students working in business rather than accountancy practices, the qualification emphasizes the skills needed to drive business growth. CIMA's unique blend of academic training and practical experience equips financial managers with the leading-edge skills sought by employers. Unlike other accountancy qualifications, CIMA members are trained to consider comprehensive business, financial, ethical, and human resource strategy issues. CIMA collaborates with world-leading employers and course providers to ensure the education, training, and qualification of top-tier financial managers.