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ACCA’s eighth virtual conference sees record online turnout


20 Dec 2017


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Global Europe
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The beginning of December saw ACCA hold its epic three-day global virtual conference, Accounting for the Future.

Accounting for the Future, which has been running for the past eight years, was the most successful conference yet with around 24,000 people from over 175 countries visiting the event, up from 18,000 people from the previous year. It is designed to give ACCA members the opportunity to keep themselves updated on the latest trends and developments affecting their professional life.

Delegates were given access to ACCA’s Professional Insights reports; a vast network of members from across markets; and a chance to listen to speakers from many countries and ask them questions, all within a virtual conference environment.

There was particular focus on technology and ethics this year, but the 28 sessions ranged across the board with presenters from many countries and organisations – other topics covered included corporate reporting, tax, and trade issues such as Brexit and Belt and Road. The level of engagement was extremely high and technology sessions based on the Professional Insights report, Race for relevance, were the most tuned into sessions.

There were:

  • 23,808 registrations from 177 countries
  • 11,951 delegates attending a total of 62,634 sessions
  • 28 sessions over three days from 4 – 6 December
  • 74,639 hours of engagement

ACCA’s director of Professional Insights, Maggie McGhee, said:

‘This has been another successful and exciting year for Accounting for the Future. Many personalities have come together over the past three days to present some really insightful and entertaining sessions. We’ve seen a number of high profile individuals ranging from the likes of Corporate philosopher, Roger Steere; Grant Thornton’s CEO, Sacha Romanovitch to Richard Howitt, chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

‘More than 16,000 items of ACCA’s Professional Insights work– such as our reports, online magazines and ACCA’s Professional Insights app – have been accessed. These numbers will certainly increase between now and next year.

‘For anyone who was unable to attend, the material from the conference remains open ‘on demand’ until April 2018 at’ 


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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering 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 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 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.

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up-to-date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

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