Chintan Bharwada Appointed as Head of Business Development

Dr Chintan Bharwada
Head of Business Development, CMA Australia

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia has appointed Chintan Bharwada as Head of Business Development, as it continues its period of sustained new member growth in Australia and overseas.

Leading a team of onshore and offshore staff, Chintan steps into the role effective immediately, reporting directly to CMA Australia’s CEO, Prof Janek Ratnatunga who was the former Head of Department and Chair of Business Accounting, Monash University and former Dean of Commerce School at University of South Australia.

Says Prof Ratnatunga: “Chintan has had some impressive experience in education business development both in Australia and internationally. He loves the business of creativity, and understands what the institute need and want. Beyond that Chintan is a good bloke and possesses great network across industries, this makes him fit into the CMA Australia’s management team perfectly. I have no doubt CMA Australia will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

An experienced strategic thinker in education business development, MBA from Monash University in Melbourne, Chintan has previously worked with South Australian Government, and Austrade, where he led major business development initiatives, including strategic partnerships, planning and executing large scale minister-led business missions, and new business modelling.

Prior to that, Chintan worked at CPA Australia and La Trobe University, where he delivered on industry engagement, member acquisition and retention initiatives.

Says Chintan: “I’m excited to be joining CMA Australia to head up the business development function at such an important moment in the institute’s history. The Institute of Certified Management Accountants has a formidable reputation in this market built on its high standards, depth of academic networks and enviable international acceptance. ICMA’s flagship CMA program is the only specialist management accounting and business analysis qualification pitched at the post-graduate level. Along with the existing leadership team, my hope is to build on this legacy as we evolve our industry engagement, dynamic culture and ideas to meet the future needs of the management accounting profession.”

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia is committed to excellence in financial governance and make a positive impact on society and the economy through strategic financial education, management accounting development and advocacy. Alongside Australia, the Institute’s flagship post graduate Certified Management Accountant program is offered in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China, HK, Cyprus, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Iran, GCC, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.