CFA Association Russia visited the Western Siberian city of Tyumen during a two-day business trip on October 11-12. So far, Tyumen became the easternmost city that CFA Russia visited as part of the regional outreach program launched in 2016.
In the past, CFA Russia focused most of its activity in Moscow, the country’s financial and political center. However, since last year the association began to build relationships with financial professionals and universities all across Russia and the CIS. Since then CFA Russia representatives made trips to Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Saint Petersburg, Minsk (Belarus), Ufa, Rostov-on-Don, Perm, Samara, and now Tyumen.
Tyumen students were eager to learn about possibilities of career advancement with the CFA Charter
Like in many cities before that, the representatives of CFA Russia, Sofya Donets, a member of the association’s board of directors, and Nikolai Pavlov, a relationship manager, met with Anton Dzhugan, the deputy director of the Ural Regional department of the Moscow Exchange.
Throughout the outreach program, our partners from the Moscow Exchange played a key role in helping CFA Russia to connect with universities and local financial communities. In particular, Anton Dzhugan, who is himself a CFA, has been enthusiastic about spreading the mission and values of CFA Institute across not only the Urals, the region of his own professional responsibility, but also in Tyumen, Siberia.
Sofya Donets and Anton Dzhugan giving a presentation at the Tyumen State University
During the recent trip to Tyumen, the CFA Russia delegation met with students of two leading universities in the city, Tyumen State University and Tyumen Oil and Gas University. Close to a hundred students came to listen to the CFA Russia representatives. Sofya Donets took to the floor, giving a detailed presentation about the ins and outs of the CFA Exam and potential benefits one would get after obtaining the CFA charter.
As a result of the meeting, students of Tyumen State University decided to participate in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an annual competition between university teams that write a financial analysis of a publically traded company.
Engaging with members of Tyumen's financial community
Later that day the CFA Russia delegation met with a group of 25 financial professionals. Most of them were from banks, brokerage firms, and investment funds.
The meeting turned into an exciting three-hour long conversation about the CFA Exam, the code of ethics developed by CFA Institute, and possible advantages of getting the CFA charter for professionals working in Russian regions. Sofya Donets, who is the Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Division of the Monetary Policy Department at the Bank of Russia, also focused on the issue of interest rates and how may the Russian economy look like within the next few years.
Tyumen is the administrative and economic capital of the Tyumen Oblast, the oil and gas rich region in Western Siberia. The city has representative offices of many large oil and gas companies, including Gazprom, Lukoil, Gazpromneft, Shell, and Transneft, among others.