On September 14-15, members of CFA Association Russia’s board of directors went to London to meet with their UK colleagues and discuss issues that are currently being developed between CFA Institute and its local societies.
The Russian delegation spent a full day at a meeting organized by the CFA Institute’s London office.
During the meeting several key issues were discussed, including services delivered by CFA Institute and its societies, membership and its value, advocacy, business planning, and future institutional partnerships.
CFA Russia was represented by the following board of directors (from left to right): Ivan Belyaev, Maria Kharlashkina, Dmitry Ryabykh, Alexander Gorshenin, Marina Shestakova, Vladimir Tutkevich, Sofia Donets, Neil Withers, and Boris Tawakkoli.
It was the first time the entire CFA Russia board of directors was invited to visit the CFA Institute office. Meetings like this build trust and improve cooperation between colleagues, especially when they work in different countries and communicate via emails and telephone calls most of the time.
During the meeting CFA Institute estimated that the size of the local society in Russia could reach over 700 members within the next few years. According to the office in London, CFA Russia should focus on providing value to its existing members, encourage candidates to become future members, and try to get lapsed members back on board.
CFA Institute's managing director for the EMEA Region, Gary Baker, attended the meeting as well
Among other goals mentioned was a better focus on social media, considering that 50 percent of all CFA Russia members are under the age of 35, who are naturally a perfect target for social media interactions.
Overall, representatives of CFA Institute in London recognized CFA Russia’s good work and praised its achievements. A good working relationship and rapport was built between CFA Russia’s board of directors and the institute’s head office in the UK.