Nepal’s first ever ACCA member, Ummed Jain FCCA, has died at the age of 72.

Jain came to the UK in 1970 under a scholarship from the British Council to study for the ACCA Qualification. He became the first ACCA member, and then fellow, from Nepal. In 2006, he was the first recipient of the ACCA Achievement Award in recognition of the work he had done to promote ACCA in his country.

Aged 60, he enrolled in an MBA programme at the London School of Business and Finance, and was awarded his master’s in 2009. He then focused on promoting education, both in the charity sector, providing support to a number of organisations in the UK and Nepal, and as a commercial venture based in the UK.

Jain was responsible for helping forge several relationships between educational institutions in the UK and India, one highlight being a partnership agreement between India’s National Institute of Financial Management, which is attached to the country’s finance ministry, and Edinburgh Business School. His vision was to promote ACCA’s standard of accountability and transparency to finance professionals in the Indian public sector.

‘Ummed Jain was an outstanding ambassador not only for ACCA but for the entire profession and the value it contributes to society,’ said ACCA chief executive Helen Brand. ‘His influence on the accountancy profession’s development is enormous.’

Rabin Katwal, head of ACCA Nepal, added: ‘Ummed’s passion and contribution to accountancy and accountancy education during the early days in Nepal will always be remembered.’

He passed away peacefully at his home in London, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, three children (all FCCA members) and five grandchildren. He was 72.