President's Message

It gives me great pleasure to write the President's address in my second term with the Bangalore chapter.

As I look back, I started volunteering as Director student relations 2020-21 and worked to be the President - of the Bangalore chapter 2021-22.  In July 2022, I volunteered to continue in the same position

The chapter initiated digital quarterly newsletter and is continuously working on it to boost engagement with all its members and students. The student chapter at Christ university is mentored by the board members of the chapter for all their initiatives

As a board, we believe in the power of youth and helping our students to channel their energy in a productive manner by encouraging and supporting them to write thoughtful articles for the newsletter, organize events and strive for excellence.

As President of the chapter - I see that we have a proactive and vibrant team that's willing to work smart and come up with great initiatives.

The past year has seen us explore a varied range of topics from design thinking, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), women empowerment and inclusion, and taxation to organize webinars as a knowledge-sharing series.

The intention was to embrace ideas by including board members of other chapters and also to look at International speakers. This thought led us to invite Doreen Remmen, Sandra Richtermeyer and Gwen Van Berne. All three are accomplished IMA board members with rich experience. Needless to add the sessions were well received by all participants. The session on interviewing skills to be conducted by Passard Dean had to be cancelled as he got affected by Covid. We aimed to invite five international speakers and were off from our target by one session due to the cancellation. A lot of work has gone into facilitating the power of collaboration amongst the Bangalore chapter team members. The visioning exercise for Bangalore chapter- brought forth some amazing ideas on events and programs to be conducted.

This zeal lead us to conduct the first face-to-face event in July 2022 along with the graduation ceremony for the certified CMAs (from Sept 2019). The day-long face-to-face events had some amazing topics and speakers. Realizing that the digital age continues to create disruption of the highest order – across all businesses and across geography, the chapter decided to have "Future of Finance" as the theme for the event. As it has become imperative for businesses to ride the wave of technological innovations and that also implies that management accountants understand and apply the practices that next normal - we decided to invite the best of speakers from academia and industry. I can proudly say that the collective effort of all members paid dividends and the conference was successful.

India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day on August 15, 2022. Seventy-five years ago, on this day, India took baby steps to become one of the largest democracies in the world, overcoming a plethora of challenges to earn global recognition. India has come a long way since Independence, leaving behind a string of landmarks that define its journey from the agony of partition to a strong, powerful, and developing nation.

The Bangalore chapter believes in the principle of kaizen to continuously improve and develop IMA Community by contributing to areas of knowledge, professionalism, and volunteerism.

Jai Hind. 

Madhavi Lokhande
President – IMA Bangalore Chapter