Careers event working group - straight off the blocks with a winning event

The CFA Career Opportunities working group was established in the summer of 2018 to continue to provide CFA UK members with career oriented events where they can have the opportunity to meet experienced industry professionals and hear their experiences and advice for developing a successful and long-lasting career in a specialist field of investments. We are also passionate about providing topical information about the most relevant themes we identify in the current market and aim to design our program to equip our members with relevant knowledge.


We are working on a full schedule of events for the Society’s members to be delivered in both live and online format. We also aim to engage further with the speakers to share their professional tips and publish relevant materials on the Society’s webpage and social media.


So far this year we are please to offer you events on the following subjects:


Working in Private Markets

4 October 2018

During this event we had the pleasure of hearing from David Porter, Managing Partner at Apposite Capital, a specialist healthcare private equity firm and Fred Nada, a Partner of the Private Debt Group at BlueBay Asset Management. They shared their perspectives on developing a successful career in private markets while comparing the skills and experiences necessary to succeed in private equity or private debt. David Porter has also kindly shared his top tips for success. 


Working in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

12 November 2018

We are pleased to have secured Giles Spungin and Mark Ainsworth to share their respective perspectives on the development of machine learning within the banking and asset management sectors, respectively. We will aim to gather a better understanding of how financial institutions leverage information and technology with an objective to identify the successful traits and skills necessary to succeed in this new and emerging field. 

To secure your place or find out more about the event, see our our events list.

We look forward to expanding our program in 2019.

The CFA Career Opportunities Working Group’s Members are Passionate to Share Their Experience: 

Elena Koycheva, CFA, CAIA, CIPM

“Volunteering at the CFA UK Society has brought me a sense of development and an opportunity to mentor fellow members on a broader scale through the work I have delivered over the years as a member of the Membership Committee, the Careers Committee and now as the leader of the Career Opportunities Working Group.

I am passionate about leading the group and delivering relevant content that can provide insights about specific fields of the financial services sector.”
Elena Koycheva, CFA, CAIA, CIPM


Elena Koycheva is a member of the Global Business Development Team at BlueBay Asset Management where she focuses on developing new business opportunities with institutional clients and financial institutions while presenting the firm’s capabilities in fixed income asset management. 

Prior to joining BlueBay in September 2016, Elena was a member of the Lead Portfolio Management Team within the Global Portfolio Solutions Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she worked on providing pensions and multi-asset class investment management solutions to defined benefit pension plans and worked on global business development opportunities for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, insurers and third party distributors.

Elena started her investment management career at Candriam Investors Group (formerly Dexia Asset Management) where she acquired experience in performance analysis and business development. Elena holds a Master’s Degree in Portfolio Management and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from IAE Gustave Eiffel, University of Paris XII and a Master’s Degree in Banking, Finance and Risk Management from the University of Paris XIII. She holds a Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Administration: Finance, Minor in Economics from Richmond, the American International University in London.

Elena is a CFA charterholder, a CAIA charterholder and a CIPM designation holder

Hish Ravindra

Hish Ravindra is a Partner in LCP’s investment department and currently advises trustees and sponsors of pension funds ranging from £100m to £50bn. He works with the trustees and other stakeholders in a collaborative manner to help them find ways to achieve their objectives while managing risk. He is part of the investment strategy team at LCP that looks at implementing new investment ideas for LCP’s clients.

Hish is a senior researcher on the fixed income research team and spends time working with fund managers to design customised solutions that will help clients improve their investment portfolios. He is a regular speaker at pension conferences and roundtable events where he has spoken about fixed income investments and investment manager fees.

Hish joined LCP having graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in actuarial science. Hish is a CFA charterholder.

Olga Hibezh

“Being a member of the Career Opportunities Working Group at the CFA UK Society has contributed greatly to my personal and professional development. It further enhances my knowledge and awareness of the latest trends within the Investment industry.

Volunteering for the CFA UK Society is a very worthwhile and challenging experience. There are great opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and industry professionals, leverage networking skills and expand specialist knowledge. This helps provide CFA UK members with ongoing career development and facilitates their career paths in specialist areas of the investment profession.” 
Olga Hibezh 


Olga Hibezh is an experienced investment professional having started her career as an Investment Risk Analyst with BNP Paribas Dublin and subsequently moved to Merrill Lynch where she continued her career in the capacity of Fixed Income Analyst. 


Subsequently she has had international exposure including working at major buy-side institutions both in Moscow and London while covering Emerging Markets Fixed Income from an investment research and client perspective. 


She holds an MSc in Investment and Risk Finance with Distinction from the University of Westminster and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) in the UK. Olga is currently focusing on progressing her academic knowledge and experience and is progressing with her postgraduate education in the field of global institutional wealth management and alternative investments.

Yanus Stunis

Volunteering at the CFA UK Society has allowed me to see the broad scale of fields and interests that are relevant to CFA professionals.  It has been a great experience to broaden my professional network, while growing my appreciation of the effort involved in delivering high quality events to the CFA UK Society. 

I am very excited that by bringing in distinguished speakers to address today's most pertinent topics and developments, I am able to help wider members of the CFA UK Society expand their own knowledge and career opportunities." 
Yana Stunis


Yana Stunis is responsible for business development and product design at Dorae, a blockchain-enabled global supply chain accountability system. She has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services and technology industries. She has held a number of front office, business engagement and risk positions at top tier financial institutions, including JPMorgan and ICBC Standard Bank. 

More specifically, her primary expertise is in Commodities markets with a proven track record in development of multi-million dollar, global customer portfolios, as well as deployment of latest technology solutions for business-critical processes. In addition, Yana has provided business development and investor relations advisory services to a number of technology start-ups.

Yana's interests span the Sustainability field as well as the importance of Gender Diversity. She is a keen runner and new-found gardener. Yana received an Economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.