CIMA announces new Africa regional vice president

Newly appointed Tim Simba "excited to be given the opportunity to lead the association's presence in Africa".

The Association of Internal Certified Professional Accountants, the unified voice of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), has announced the appointment of Tim Simba as the new regional vice president of CIMA Africa to lead its operations and advance the accounting profession on the continent. 

Regarding his appointment, Tim said: 

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the association’s presence in Africa. As we enter a new digital business era, the role of finance professionals is changing at a rapid pace, it is our role to make sure our members have the knowledge, competencies and skills to meet the demands of today and challenges of tomorrow. 

“In Africa, we now – more than ever – need to stay ahead of the game and keep up with new developments in finance and business,” he continued. “I am ready to embrace the challenge of growing and promoting the management accounting profession across the continent.” 

Tim has more than 30 years’ experience as a marketing professional and business leader across a wide range of sector including FMCG, retail and financial services. 

According to the statement announcing his appointment, Tim will be responsible for leading the association’s growth in Africa. He will work with employers to meet their evolving needs, support CIMA members and students with competency development and employability, advance the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, and protect the public interest on emerging business and professional issues.

CIMA associate director for Southern Africa Dr Sara Bux has been acting regional VP for the past six months, guiding members, students and organisations through the Future of Finance global research programme and updated learning resources, and the CIMA centenary celebrations. 

Tim said that he looks forward to working alongside Sara and the rest of the team to support their members and students, and ensure that CIMA helps them maximise their potential.