CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has appointed Lamees Al Baharna as the Presidents Council Representative (PCR) of the CFA societies for East Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region. Mrs. Al Baharna currently serves as the President of CFA Society Bahrain, the second largest member society in the GCC region.
The Presidents Council is made up of a chair and an elected representative from each of the 10 CFA society regions around the world. PCRs are elected by the member society presidents in each of the regions to represent the interests of those member societies to the Board of Governors and CFA Institute management. Additionally, they facilitate communication between the Board of Governors and member societies.
Mrs. Al Baharna will be serving as representative of the entire EMEA-East region which, includes:
Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hellenic, Hungary, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the Ukraine.
In her new role as PCR, Mrs. Al Baharna will be promoting communication between member societies and Chapters, CFA Institute, and the CFA Institute Board of Governors.
Nitin Mehta, CFA, Managing Director of CFA Institute in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said: “Lamees brings a proven track record of success and knowledge of CFA Institute’s and the societies’ work. I am confident she will build on our growth and reinforce our commitment to raising successfully the technical knowledge of market professionals as well as promoting high ethical standards which support the development of the region’s economy.”
Commenting on her new role, Lamees Al Baharna, President of CFA Society Bahrain said: “This is a huge achievement for Bahrain and the whole GCC region. Most of the CFA Societies in the EMEA East region were established during the past five to seven years and have fewer than 150 members. This poses unique opportunities to ensure that our emerging CFA societies are supported in a way that can help them achieve their objectives in promoting the CFA qualification and provide value to their members. I will be focusing on building capacity and administrative support, enhancing collaboration amongst neighboring societies to achieve new efficiencies and working with societies to ensure that experiences and best practices are shared.”
Mrs. Al Baharna has served as President of CFA Society Bahrain since 2013, prior to that she was the Society’s Vice President for four years. She has been involved in growing the society since 2006 from 35 founding members to 157 members today. In a career spanning more than 25 years, in the Gulf region, Mrs. Al Baharna has been working within the investment and financial sector. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Canada. She was awarded her CFA charter in 1996. Mrs. Al Baharna is also a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and a member of the Basel II Certification Institute. She is currently Head of Risk Management at Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. Previously, she was Vice President in Gulf International Bank responsible for credit risk management and Basel II implementation. Prior to that, Mrs. Al Baharna was working at Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch Bahrain as Senior Compliance & Operations officer and Senior Account Executive.