Nominating Committee

Reference Materials

CFA Institute Bylaws - Nominating Process and Election

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Nominating Committee Charter

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The purpose of the Nominating Committee is:

  • The Committee is established by the Bylaws of CFA Institute to carry out the responsibilities delegated by the Board of Governors of CFA Institute relating to CFA Institute's processes and procedures for Governor nominations, in accordance with and subject to the Bylaws that may be amended from time to time;
  • To identify, vet and nominate qualified candidates for Governor and Officer positions of CFA Institute, in accordance with and subject to the Bylaws; and
  • To support CFA Institute’s leadership position in the investment profession by recognizing individuals whose achievements, examples, or contributions have helped raise the standards of education, integrity and professional excellence.

Contact the Nominating Committee
Alexander Birkin

Alexander Birkin

Ernst & Young LLP

25 Churchill Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 5EY, United Kingdom


Alex Birkin is the EY Global Wealth and Asset Management Consulting Leader and EMEIA Wealth and Asset Management Industry Leader. He is responsible for all of the services EY delivers to the Wealth Management, Asset Management, Alternatives and Asset Servicing sectors (WAM) in EMEIA and for the consulting services globally. Mr. Birkin is a member of the EY Global WAM Executive Committee, Global Consulting Extended Leadership team and EMEIA FSO Leadership team. Mr. Birkin joined EY in 1997 as a graduate and after 8 years became a partner in 2005. He has been advising the Wealth and Asset Management industry for over 20 years. Mr. Birkin provides advice and consulting services to Boards and Executive Management teams in the industry across a number of disciplines including strategy, business model transformation, digital transformation, technology, transaction integrations, growth strategies, cost reduction, regulatory driven business change and risk management. Mr. Birkin’s clients include global and boutique Asset Managers, Private Banks, Wealth Managers, Alternative Managers and Investor Services firms based in EMEIA, the US, Asia and Japan. In addition to serving clients, Mr. Birkin has provided industry advice to HM Treasury, Investment Trade Associations and Regulators. He regularly publishes articles on industry trends, thought leadership on the next evolution of the industry and is regularly asked to present at leading industry conferences in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US.

Philip Graham, CFA

Philip Graham CFA

Independent Consultant and Trustee Director



Professional head shot photograph of Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins FSIP


London Business School
Regent's Park
London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom


Member of CFA Society United Kingdom

Robert Jenkins, FSIP, is an external member of the interim Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England and an adjunct professor of finance at London Business School. Previously, he was CEO and managing partner of Combinatorics Capital, a global macro investment partnership. Prior to his position at Combinatorics, Jenkins served as chief executive and then as chairman at F&C Asset Management, plc. Earlier in his career, at Citibank, he was responsible for trading and sales in Dubai, Bahrain, Switzerland, and Japan. After his time at Citibank, he served as chief investment officer and head of the asset management business at Credit Suisse in Japan and later as chief operating officer for Credit Suisse Asset Management's activities in the U.K. and central and eastern Europe. Jenkins chaired the Investment Management Association of the U.K. and co-chaired, together with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, a high-level group focusing on the future of the asset management industry in Britain. He has also served on the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, U.K.; as a senior advisor to CVC Capital Partners; and as an independent director of the Aberdeen All Asia Investment Trust. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and regular contributor of articles and letters to the financial press. Jenkins attended university in the U.S., France, and Italy and holds a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Lamees Al-Baharna, CFA

Lamees Al-Baharna CFA

Oman Arab Bank
P.O. Box 2010, Ruwi
MBD Area, Postal Code No. 112 Ruwi
The Sultanate of Oman


Sunil Singhania

Sunil Singhania CFA

Founder, Abakkus Asset Management

Abakkus Asset Management
106-B, The Capital,
Bandra Kurla Complex,
Mumbai 400 051 India


Member of CFA Society India

Sunil Singhania, CFA, is the Founder of Abakkus Asset Management, LLP, an India-focused Asset Management Company he established in 2018. Prior to this, in his role as Global Head – Equities at Reliance Capital Ltd., he oversaw equity assets and provided strategic inputs across Reliance Capital Group of companies including asset management, insurance, AIF and offshore assets. And as CIO – Equities, Singhania led Reliance Mutual Fund equity schemes to be rated amongst the best. Reliance Growth Fund grew over 100 times in less than 22 years under Singhania’s leadership. Furthermore, he led Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd.’s international efforts and was instrumental in launching India funds in Japan, South Korea, and the UK, besides managing mandates from institutional investors based in the US, Singapore, and other countries. Singhania was the Promoter of The Association of NSE Members of India; a body of stock brokers. He is also the first individual from India to be elected as a member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and currently serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Nominating Committee. He also sat on CFA Institute’s Standards of Practice Council for six years, and was the Founder of the Indian Association of Investment Professionals (now CFA Society India) and served as its President for eight years. Singhania graduated in commerce from the Bombay University and completed his Chartered Accountancy from the ICAI, Delhi with an all India rank. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, conferred by CFA Institute. Having traveled extensively across the world, Singhania has also attended many global investment conferences and seminars.

David M. Smith CFA


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