Richard Phiri
chief executive officer
Intermarket Banking Corporation (Zambia) Limited

From his early days at school, Richard's dream was always to become an accountant. 'My passion for numbers and the prospect of a demanding, exciting and challenging career made me realise accountancy was my perfect career path.' he says.

As to why he chose the ACCA Qualification, Richard continues: 'I believed it would give me a combination of appropriate skills, professional recognition and confidence.'

The wide range of subjects covered in the syllabus has enabled Richard to adapt to different working environments throughout his career: 'Since I qualified, I have worked in the mining industry, capital markets and financial markets. All these are highly specialised but I have had no difficulty adapting.'

Richard's current role, chief executive officer of Intermarket Banking Corporation (Zambia) Limited, provides him with his most significant achievement to date: 'Becoming CEO before the age of 40 has seen me partially realise my dream well ahead of time!'