Welcome to IMA South Africa

Your Global Professional Network since 1974

Who Are We?

We are a global and high quality network of management support professionals. Two of our main aims are the personal and professional development of our members and the continued evolution of the management support profession.

Our Association has been founded in 1974 as European Association for Professional Secretaries (EAPS) by Sonia Vanular. In 1999 the members decided to rename the Association to European Management Assistants (EUMA) and in 2016 to change to IMA - International Management Assistants, considering the huge changes of our profession and the business world and to get prepared for the future.

Our Association distinguishes itself from others with its international dimension. Our members have access to a professional network which encompasses a vast range of business cultures, languages and lifestyles, but also provides a place where everyone is on common ground in a safe and proactive environment. We are currently represented in more than 25 countries. Our Association is a self-development organization with no political aims and no trade-union activities. English is the official language of our Association.

IMA - Our Journey

Our Association was founded in 1974 as the European Association for Professional Secretaries (EAPS) by Sonia Vanular. In 1999 the members decided to rename the Association to European Management Assistants (EUMA) and in 2016, decision was taken to embark on a name and brand change to IMA - International Management Assistants subject to the huge changes of our profession and the business world and to prepared for the future.

Our Vision and Mission Statement

Be the leading international network of management support professionals

by providing high quality development training by promoting knowledge sharing by encouraging interaction among the members by monitoring the development of our profession by speaking up for the profession