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By the Executive Team,

MAT ABACUS Business School

On 9 May 2024, the MAT ABACUS Business School- Akili Leadership Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) marked a significant milestone by officially flagging off the 6th cohort of the CFO Leadership Academy at the Mestil Hotel. This event also celebrated the graduation of the 5th and 2nd cohorts which had previously been recognised online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 The objective of the programme is to enhance strategic leadership skills of Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) to enable them become more agile and adaptable to the prevailing environment and anchor their CEOs better.

The guest of honour at the ceremony was Mr Selestino Babungi, the Chief Executive Officer of UMEME Limited, who delivered an inspiring address, highlighting the critical role of CFOs in navigating and seizing business opportunities. He emphasised the importance of CFOs being proactive and present to maximise these opportunities.

Graduates shared heartfelt testimonies, reflecting on their experiences at the Academy and how the programme had profoundly impacted their professional growth and leadership capabilities. They expressed gratitude for the knowledge and skills acquired, which have been instrumental in their career advancement.

Awards and certificates recognising the achievements and dedication of the graduates were presented by the ICPAU Chief Executive Officer, CPA Derick Nkajja.

The event underscored the importance of continuous learning and professional development for CFOs, encouraging them to remain engaged and open to new opportunities that can advance their careers and contribute to their organisations' success.

The celebration was a testament to the commitment of the MAT ABACUS Business School- Akili Leadership Institute and ICPAU to fostering excellence in financial leadership. The launch of the 6th Cohort of the CFO Leadership Academy stands as a beacon of ongoing dedication to empowering financial professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their roles.