IMA Student Case Competition Winners

2017 Winners: American University in Dubai (AUD) and Prince Sultan University (PSU)


IMA held its annual Middle East Student Case Competition in Dubai, UAE on May 6, 2017. After their presentation and a tough Q&A session, the team from American University in Dubai (AUD) emerged as the first prize winner and won a cash prize of US$3,000

American University in Dubai (AUD) students Issa Salem and Ameer Aboushaar won first place at the IMA Middle East Student Case Competition 2017. With them is their mentor, Fred Tesch, MBA, CPA; assistant professor of accounting at AUD.


Meanwhile, the all-women team from Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Riyadh, KSA won second prize and received US$2,000. 

Prince Sultan University (PSU) students Mais Munjed Amin (center) and Asma Al-Faleh (sixth from left) emerged as the second place winner at the IMA Middle East Student Case Competition 2017. With them is their mentor, Dr. Mohammad Nurunnabi, FHEA, FRSA, FAIA, chair and associate professor, accounting department at PSU’s College of Business Administration including the panel of judges and IMA representatives.


The judges for last year’s competition were Hadeel Salem A. Nasar, CMA, CIA, Finance Consultant, Abdur Rahim Ghulam Nabi, CMA, CFM, APM, Senior Advisor, Finance, and Commercial Division at Dubai Airport Freezone; and Hadi Mezawi, CMA, Group Finance Manager at KAF Group.

Globally, IMA sponsors a variety of awards, competitions, and CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) scholarship programs to help students earn recognition for their achievements and develop a curious, experimental, and adaptable mindset.

“It was a great experience, and I will gladly do it again if given a chance. Thank you for the opportunity for us to learn finance and accounting leadership in the real world,” says Issa Salem, speaking on behalf of his teammate Ameer Aboushaar, the winning team from the American University in Dubai.