Pakistani Accountancy Students Recognised by ACCA Chief Executive

KARACHI (January 31, 2013) – Outstanding achievements by two students were recognised by ACCA during a recent visit of the Chief Executive of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) to Pakistan.

Helen Brand presented the ACCA Achievement Award to Mr Shehzad Yousuf, Deputy Chief Financial Officer with the Karachi Electric Supply Company, for his contribution to the accountancy profession in Pakistan. She also awarded a gold medal to ACCA student Aqsa Waseem for achieving the highest marks in the world in ACCA’s final professional level examinations.

This is the first ever gold medal and Achievement Award in Pakistan. The awards were presented at Indus Hall, Avari, on 31 January, 2013.

Mr Shehzad Yousuf, who received the ACCA Achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession in Pakistan, is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). He has been working closely with the management and has been instrumental in the turnaround of KESC. Prior to this he was working as Chief Internal Auditor Pakistan State Oil Co. Ltd (PSO). Mr Shehzad is a qualified member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), where he has won a gold medal for his outstanding academic performance.

In making the presentation to Mr Shehzad,  Helen Brand said, “Not only has Mr Shehzad achieved a great deal in the field of accountancy, but he has always strived to ensure that others get the opportunity to excel in the profession.

“He is a great believer in capacity building and has been a key player at setting up training regimes at both PSO & KESC. He is currently managing the training scheme at KESC which is providing opportunity for 80 young finance professionals.

“His experience, achievements and dedication to supporting the next generation of finance professionals makes him a worthy recipient of this award,” said Helen Brand.

Helen Brand also presented the ACCA Gold Medal to Ms Aqsa Waseem, who achieved the highest combined marks in the final professional level papers in the ACCA examinations in June 2012.

In all, Aqsa Waseem, a resident of Lahore, achieved the highest marks worldwide for five out of fourteen ACCA exams.

She thinks accounting is a wonderful field for someone who is career oriented, and is grateful to financial management professor Sir Atiq Riaz,in helping her to succeed in the ACCA exams.

Helen Brand said; “I am delighted to have been able to make this presentation to Aqsa, since I am well aware of the hard work and ability which is required to excel in the ACCA examinations.

“We make no apology for making the exams demanding, since that ensures we meet the needs and expectations of employers around the world, who recognize the value of our examinations and can be sure that those who qualify with us will be of the highest standard.  So, for someone to excel in these examinations indicates they are a special individual and I am sure that Aqsa has a glittering career ahead of her.”

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