First Fifteen in Fifteen (FFIF)

Adding value for our women charterholders has always been a priority. As CFA Society India celebrated its 15th anniversary, we approached this priority with new zeal. FFIF celebrated our senior most women charterholders. FFIF also provided a rare platform for women charterholders to get insights on – what it takes to build a steep and solid career trajectory in Finance!


The event FFIF recognized and felicitated 15 of the 30 earliest Women Charterholders as CFA Society India celebrated its 15th anniversary. The felicitation ceremony was followed by a high powered panel discussion with three legendary women to ideate about building a steep career trajectory in Finance. The eminent panelists included, (1) Arundhati Bhattacharya – Former Chairman, SBI; (2) Usha Thorat – Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and (3) Latha Venkatesh – Banking Editor, CNBC TV18. The discussion was moderated by Ritika Mankar, CFA who is a Director on the CFA Society India Board. The event was attended by women CFA charterholders, eminent personalities from the Indian financial services industry as well as the Society’s Directors. It provided a platform to all attendees to tap into a vibrant network of women investment professionals in India.


The list of women charterholders felicitated is as below:

  • Lakshmi Visweswaran Iyer, CFA (Consultant)
  • Leena Sagar, CFA (Fonteva Default Account)
  • Shanthi Nair, CFA (Co-founder of Step-Up-for-India)
  • Sonia Gandhi, CFA (Director-Ethics Education & Professional Standards at CFA Institute)
  • Reena Verma Bhasin, CFA (Head – Group Strategy and M&A of Dalmia Bharat)
  • Neeti Aggarwal, CFA (Head of financial technology research at The Asian Banker)
  • Kanika Kunal Shah, CFA (Senior Principal, Infrastructure at CPPIB)
  • Sukrita Sethi (Finance & strategy professional, INSEAD MBA)
  • Kavita Saha, CFA (Senior Principal of CPPIB India Advisors Private Limited)
  • Anna Michael, CFA (Leads Advanced Analytics and Data Science for Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citibank)
  • Apurvi Indravadan Maniar, CFA (Proprietor, PARM Placement Consultants)
  • Alokita Jha (Associate Director at Fidelity International)
  • Gauri S. Pande, CFA (COO, Portfolio Specialist and Head of Trading desk of Morgan Stanley Investment Management)
  • Srividhya Rajesh (Investment Professional)