Edinburgh EY accountant scoops Icas top young CA of 2020

An Edinburgh-based chartered accountant has been announced as the 2020 winner of a global competition searching for the “best and brightest” CA in the world of accounting, finance and business.

Amjad Hassan was named the winner by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland at its digital conference – the CA Summit.
Amjad Hassan was named the winner by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland at its digital conference – the CA Summit.

Amjad Hassan was named the winner by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (Icas) at its digital conference – the CA Summit.

Hassan, of EY Edinburgh, made it into the Icas’ Top 100 Young CAs 2020 list in late August. He was then invited to take part in the One Young CA competition and, after a rigorous judging process, has now taken the top accolade.

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Icas said he had demonstrated business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.

Hassan will represent Icas and the chartered accountancy profession at the One Young World Summit in Munich in April.

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Icas chief executive Bruce Cartwright said: “Amjad was a stand-out candidate from the outset. He is magnetic, well presented and his passion and pride for being a CA was very evident throughout the whole judging process.

“Amjad has been supporting his local community in these unprecedented times and it is evident that his values and morals are aligned to the ethics of Icas. I am confident Amjad will be a great ambassador for Icas and the wider profession in the coming years.”

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Hassan, who is a restructuring manager at EY and graduated as a CA with Icas in 2018, was the first person in his family to go to university. He decided to pursue a career in accounting and this inspired his four brothers to follow in his footsteps, having witnessed his enthusiasm.

He said: “Being named Icas’ One Young CA 2020 means that I can take my advocacy of wellbeing, diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace to the next level.

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“Representing CAs across the World at the One Young World Summit, I am excited to learn about what other young leaders are doing to contribute to sustainable changes within their local communities and how I can bring these learnings back home to drive change in my organisation and our profession.

“It is an incredible honour to be this year’s One Young CA and I am grateful for this recognition.”

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