Griffith Business School has become a force to be reckoned with in the CFA Institute Research Challenge.

Attending the Australian National finals for the 5th time in 6 years, the team secured second place at the hotly contested event.

The Challenge requires participants to research apublicly traded company, prepare a report and then present theirfindings to a panel of judges.

The 2017 GBS team – Alex Demeshko, Lorenzo Ciapetti, Caitlene Hillman (captain), David Forrest and Artem Zainitdinov – were grilled by a number of top investment executives during the final held at KPMG near Darling Harbour in Sydney.

“Our team has performed extremely well amid intense competition,” said coach Dr John Fan.

“I would like to acknowledge their extraordinary commitment, passion and top-quality work.”

Fellow team mentor, Ken Howard from Morgans Financial, said it had been another exceptional year for the team.

“The students involved were a pleasure to work with and they produced an excellent report,” he said.

“As the founding chair of the CFA Brisbane Chapter, I would like to thank Griffith University for the way in which it has embraced the Research Challenge and I am certain it has raised the standing of Griffith University within the financial services community, both within Australia and overseas.”

A team from the University of Sydney took out the top prize at the CFA Institute Research Challenge Australian final this year.

The GBS team in the ‘war room’ in Sydney.