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Global and local corporates rally to support CIMA Biz Leaders’ Summit

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The 42nd CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit will be held at the Shangri-La, Colombo on 4 and 5 September. The annual flagship event is held under the theme ‘ART of Leading the Shift: Adaptability, Resilience & Transformation’.  

In this centenary year of CIMA, local and foreign speakers as well as panellists from diverse fields and industries will come together to deliberate on the art of leading the shift by reflecting on their learning and experiences.  

The inauguration will be held on 4 September from 6:30 p.m. onwards. The Chief Guest will be State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne. The keynote will be delivered by R. Chandrashekhar, Former President NASSCOM/Former Secretary to the Government of India for Electronics and IT/ Chairman of the Telecom Commission of India. 

The thought leadership sessions will be held on 5 September from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The sponsors for the event were revealed on 21 August, at the CIMA Sri Lanka Auditorium in the presence of Rifka Ziyard, FCMA, CGMA, Chairperson, CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit Organising Committee and Zahara Ansary, ACMA, CGMA, Country Head, CIMA Sri Lanka.  

UI Path has come on board as the Platinum Sponsor for this much sought-after event for business leaders.  

Other sponsors include: Gold Sponsor – Zillione Business Solutions Ltd.; Bronze Sponsors – AIA, SDB Bank, Hameedia, Bank of Ceylon, Lanka Pay and Peoples Bank; Official Print Media Partner – The Sunday Times, Daily FT and Daily Mirror; Official Logistics Partner – John Keells Logistics; Official Hospitality Partner – Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo; Official Digital and Outdoor Media Partner – Richardson Outdoor Ltd.; Digital Media Partner – D3S. 

Commenting at the ceremony, Ziyard stated, “It is indeed a privilege to be chairing the CIMA Business Leaders’ Summit during the CIMA centenary year. This is the most significant event in the CIMA Sri Lanka calendar and we are pleased to have compiled a C-Suite business summit with almost 25 eminent local and foreign speakers and panellists who would deliberate on many relevant topics. We are delighted to have key organisations as strategic partners and sponsors for the Summit providing us the necessary support to unveil a successful CIMA Centenary year summit. We encourage members and business leaders to join us at the summit in our journey to discover the ART of Leading the Shift.”     

The sessions scheduled for the thought leadership segment include: 


  • Leading the shift for over 100 years 
  • Towards a modern era of leadership 
  • Technological transformation – path to achieving the extraordinary 
  • ART of Leading the Shift – A panorama view 
  • Transformation of the economic, finance and business landscape of Sri Lanka 
  • Professional negligence and the accountancy profession.

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