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ACCA celebrates the Future CFO 2017 winner


24 Apr 2017


Euro & Finance

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has announced the winner of its prestigious undergraduate of the year Future CFO (chief financial officer) competition for 2017, in association with TARGETjobs.

Ekaterina Christova (known as Kati), an Economics student from the University of Cambridge Robinson College was announced the Future CFO of the Year 2017 winner at the final award ceremony on 21 April. Kati wins a one week’s trip to New York and Washington D.C. to gain an insight into the role of a finance professional in the US, visiting ACCA’s US office and learning first-hand what it’s like to live and work in one of the world’s largest metropolitan and finance capitals.

John Williams, head of ACCA UK said, “This is the third year we’ve held the undergraduate of the year Future CFO competition and the quality of entrants this year was incredibly high. Kati, this year’s Future CFO winner has shown the right ambition to make her mark and has demonstrated a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business. We’re delighted that this year’s prize will provide Kati with international exposure into the business and finance industry, which is essential for a successful career as a CFO. This is an invaluable opportunity to expand her professional network, as well as a great chance to sightsee. Congratulations Kati, we hope you make the most out of every opportunity the trip brings.”

Kati was one of ten finalists shortlisted for the award. Over 150 students entered this year’s Future CFO competition. 16 candidates were invited to an assessment day at ACCA’s London HQ where they heard from Rob Mutchell, Executive Assistant to Downstream CFO at BP, and took part in a series of roundtables and presentations before being whittled down to the final shortlist.

Entrants needed to be an undergraduate student at a university in the UK, have a minimum of 300 UCAS points, be on track to achieve a 2.1 or above and have the right to work in the UK after graduation.

Molly Ashton, an accounting and finance student at the University of Nottingham won a trip to ACCA’s Brussels office and a tour around the European Commission and European Parliament in last year’s competition. 

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here: