Griffith excels in CFA Research Challenge

Team members (left to the right): Michaela Emingerova, Benjamin Coulthard, Braydon
Team members (left to the right): Michaela Emingerova, Benjamin Coulthard, Braydon Garde, Daniel Roos, Sonja Kobinger (team captain).

Five Griffith Business School students reached the finals of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge organised by the CFA Society Sydney again in 2014.

The Griffith team members were Braydon Garde (Bachelor of Commerce), Michaela Emingerova (Bachelor of International Business), Daniel Roos (Bachelor of Commerce), Sonja Kobinger (team captain, PhD candidate) and Benjamin Coulthard (Bachelor of Commerce).

This is just the latest success for Griffith which has participated in the Challenge over the past three years, making it into the local final each time and winning it last year.

Competing universities are permitted to enter just one team which must provide an in depth research report, and in 2014 there were more entries than ever before. Four teams were selected to progress to the final which was held at the Macquarie Bank in Sydney’s Martin Place on 13 October 2014.

Each of the finalist teams was required to make a ten minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with the judges.

The judges were Emilio Gonzalez, CFA (BT Investment Management), Ian Myles, CFA (Macquarie Securities Group), Matthew Reynolds, CFA ( Colonial First State Global Asset).

Academic mentor of the Griffith team for this year’s Challenge, Dr Neda Todorova, said she was very proud of the students’ achievement.

“Although University of Sydney was able to prevail, the Griffith team put in an amazing effort and gave an outstanding performance,” Neda said.

“The team’s written report received the highest score, which is further evidence of the very high quality of our team’s contribution to the challenge.

“I am also very grateful for the contribution made by our industry advisor Ken Howard from Morgans who has supported the Griffith teams with excellent mentoring over the last three years.”

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor Michael Powell added his congratulations to the team for their outstanding effort.

“I am extremely proud of the consistently high standard of work submitted by students from the Griffith Business School,” Professor Powell said.

“This latest result is again evidence of the dedication of GBS students and teaching staff.”