CFA UK announces new appointees to CFA UK Board

Wednesday 23 November 2022

London United Kingdom, 23 November:CFA Society of the UK (“CFA UK”) is pleased to announce the election of Elena Koycheva, CFA and Alistair Byrne, CFA. Katerina Kosmopoulou, CFA is to become CFA UK’s Vice Chair of the Board. 

Commenting on their appointment, Elena said: 

‘I am delighted to be appointed to the CFA UK Board. As a longstanding volunteer for the Society, I am pleased to be able to support its strategic direction and vision.’ 

And Alistair added: CFA UK has a key role to play in advancing the investment profession and helping its members develop their careers. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to its strategy.”

CFA UK are grateful to the outgoing board members, Helen Thomas, CFA, David Zahn, CFA and outgoing Vice Chair Tim Nuding, CFA for all the time and effort they have given to CFA Society UK. 


New CFA UK Board profiles:

Alistair Byrne, CFA 

Alistair is Head of Retirement Strategy and UK Institutional Distribution at State Street Global Advisors. He leads the firm's UK Institutional Distribution Team and is also responsible for thought leadership and the investment proposition for major pensions markets in Europe. Prior to joining State Street in 2014, Alistair was a Senior DC (Defined Contribution) Investment Consultant at Towers Watson, where he advised various large DC plans and led a team of consultants and analysts. He has over 25 years’ investment experience, including as a consultant advising financial services firms, a business school academic (teaching on a CFA partner MSc program) and in several senior investment management roles at AEGON UK. Alistair is a long-standing volunteer with CFA UK and the CFA Institute. He is a member of the Professionalism Steering Committee and the Pensions Expert Panel and was previously a member of the Exams and Education Committee. He has co-authored a few CFA Curriculum Readings and published academic research in the Financial Analysts Journal and other CFA publications. Alistair is a CFA Charterholder and has a PhD in finance from the University of Strathclyde.


Elena Koycheva, CFA

Elena is the Head of ESG Client Experience at BlueBay Asset Management, focusing on effectively articulating the firm’s ESG proposition with investors and working with investment teams to communicate their ESG integration and engagement efforts. Elena is a co-chair of RBC BlueBay’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum and a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and the Charity Forum. She joined BlueBay in 2016 and has previously held roles at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Candriam Investors Group. Elena’s academic qualifications include Masters degrees in Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance and Banking, Finance and Risk Management. Elena is a CFA Charterholder, a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Charterholder, a CIPM designation holder and has obtained the IMC (Investment Management Certificate) Certificate and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing

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About CFA UK

Part of the worldwide network of member societies of CFA Institute, CFA UK represents the interests of 11,500 investment professionals in the UK through advocacy, education, events and professional development. It promotes the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence in the UK investment profession, for the ultimate benefit of society.

Part of the worldwide network of member societies of CFA Institute, CFA UK represents the interests of 11,500 investment professionals in the United Kingdom.