Thursday, 2 January 2014 00:00
The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) in the US has announced on its website its Board of Directors for the year 2014. Nihal Sri Ameresekere from Sri Lanka has been appointed as Director to this prestigious international board for the years 2014-2015. This is a highly commended appointment for a Sri Lankan.
This international organisation focusing on financial management of governments had been formed in 1997, comprising financial management professionals from government and academia internationally, with its mission as:
“Working globally with governments, organisations, and individuals, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management is dedicated to improving financial management, so governments may better serve their citizens, by providing opportunities for professional development and information exchange.
“Our mission includes three key elements. First, it highlights that, within the international community, the Consortium is unique - it serves as an “umbrella” bringing together diverse governmental entities, organisations (including universities, firms, and other professional associations), and individuals.
At the same time, it welcomes a broad array of financial management practitioners (accountants, auditors, comptrollers, information technology specialists, treasurers, and others) working in all levels of government (local/municipal, state/provincial, and national).
Additionally the mission statement emphasises the organisation’s focus on activities to promote professional development and the exchange of information.”
Nihal Sri’s profile has been given as follows on the ICGFM website
Nihal Sri Ameresekere, F.C.A., F.C.M.A., C.M.A. C.G.M.A., C.F.E., 66 years, has over 15 years’ experience in auditing, and over 40 years’ in management consultancy, servicing top management in private and public sectors, including rendering services to Presidents of Sri Lanka; having functioned as Senior Consultant on World Bank and USAID projects on economic infrastructure, and as Advisor, Ministry of Finance & Planning, and Chairman, Privatisation Commission.
Over the last 20 years he has been engaged in forensic accounting, commercial litigation support services, public interest activities and litigations, including on the Expropriation Bill and fiscal management, accountability and transparency. He is an Associate Member, American Bar Association, and a Member of the Experts’ Panel formulating the Work Plan of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities, promoting and facilitating the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.
He has been a renowned lecturer in financial management and management accounting; and has published over 150 articles. He has delivered speeches at international forums. Recently he signed a MOU with YICAI Foundation, China for a Declaration on Global Responsible Gaming.
He has authored a series of 13 voluminous books to the global market, published and marketed by AuthorHouse, dealing with real case studies, highlighting investigating economic crime, managing public finance, combating fraud and corruption, enforcing governance and the rule of law, which have received commendations from international personalities.