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Are you the Future CFO of the Year?

We're searching UK universities to find the Future Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year. We're looking for commercially minded, entrepreneurial students who aspire to a career with impact.


You could win a fully sponsored study package to qualify with CIMA, a personally matched CFO mentor from the CIMA CFO Forum and access to high-profile events throughout the year.


Onabikoa Aliakai | Loughborough University | Accounting and Financial Management

Jiahao Fang | University of Manchester | Accounting and Finance

Emily Gardner | Durham University | Economics with Study Abroad

Adit Kaleka | Lancaster University | Accounting and Finance

Amelia Lunnon | University of Surrey | Business Management

Faezah Manga | SOAS University of London | Accounting and Finance

Dominic Radley | University of York | Economics and Finance

Vatsal Thadhani | Queen Mary University of London | Accounting and Finance

James Whelan | University of Bristol | Economics and Finance

Craig White | University of Edinburgh | Economics with Finance

What makes an award winner?

Our winner will be a business and finance savvy student who possesses a variety of skills and personal qualities that will help them become a future business leader. This includes:

  • a commercial mind and entrepreneurial spirit
  • an interest in how finance adds value to a business
  • good ethics, integrity and morals
  • high aspirations and the desire to make an impact on your life and others
  • creativity and communication skills.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer two questions posed by CIMA.

Must be completed by 31.01.22

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL.

Must be completed by 31.01.22

Submit by 31.01.22

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 31 January 2022.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 28 February 2022.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by CIMA.

This stage will include a presentation assessed by a panel of CFOs.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 29 April 2022, where the award winners will be announced!

CIMA and the Future CFO of the Year Award

We’re CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We’re proud to be the largest and most influential body of management accountants in the world. As part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA & CIMA), we’re home to over 657,000 students and members spread across 179 countries and territories around the globe.

You’ll find CIMA members in all kinds of organisations: big and small, public and private. There’s no one industry or role that management accountants work in. In fact, 225,000 organisations worldwide employ someone with the CIMA qualification.

Our size and global reach means we’re able to lead the way in defining the future of the finance and accounting profession. And we make sure our students and members are involved every step of the way, equipped with the latest knowledge and skills needed to future-proof their careers and the organisations they work for.

Why are we partnering this award?

CIMA is for the commercially minded – the strategists, the ones with ideas and determination, who can see alternative ways to do things. And our qualification will empower you to bring finance into the digital age.

We’re about more than financial accounting. Of course, our students learn the technical skills they’ll need to succeed as a finance professional. But they also learn the digital skills they need to be future-ready. They master the business skills they need to make an impact in and beyond the finance function. They develop the people and leadership skills that are vital to excel in business. They learn to always act with integrity and objectivity.

In other words, the CIMA qualification teaches all the skills and qualities that a great CFO needs.

We love to see our members making an impact at every stage of their career – especially as CFOs make the leap from navigators for the business to true co-pilots, working alongside the CEO to drive business performance and growth.

We’re honoured to support this year’s Future CFO of the Year Award and can’t wait to help discover the financial leaders of the future. See yourself with leadership potential? Someone who’s brave enough to try new things and seize opportunities? Sounds like we’re a great fit.

To find out more about how studying CIMA gives you the opportunity to make an impact, visit

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