31 May, 2018
On 31 May, we organized our last networking event at Life is Beautiful with the committed group who attended the stream of personal development with us. We learned how to make cocktails/mocktails in a relax atmosphere.
Jyrki Haavisto says "The CFA Society Belgium Cocktail Workshop was a perfect finishing touch for the Networking event series. It continued the "seriously fun" spirit of the previous events, combining the deliberate training aspect of these events with a really friendly atmosphere and a fun set of people. Highly recommendable to anyone interested in improving her or his networking skills – or to anyone just interested having good fun and a great discussion with a really nice bunch of people!"
Rik Truijen adds: "By focusing also on soft skills, CFA Society Belgium creates a local investor community based on friendship and common interests."
Systemic Risk Protection: Is the Picture Complete? Did we Over or Under Regulate?
12 April, 2018
CFA Society Belgium hosted an event with Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank and Sir Paul Tucker, Chair of the Systemic Risk Council and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, on the state of financial stability and systemic risk regulations. The event which took place at the National Bank of Belgium in Brussels attracted over 220 industry professionals.
Futures/Options on the VIX and Bitcoin
19 March, 2018
Matt Moran of the Cboe Options Exchange gave the latest update on futures/options on VIX strategy. The question raised was whether these products are suitable for the prudent investor.
Workshop: Executive Presence and Storytelling
26 March, 2018
In partnership with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London), CFA Society Belgium organised a unique workshop with Kath Burlinson. The event focused on helping those attending improve their executive presence (physical and vocal presence, managing energy levels and resilience) and storytelling techniques to create a compelling narrative to persuade and convince your audience.
Networking Testimonials 2018
22 February, 2018
Our third networking session took place on 22 February. Our two speakers, Françoise Sotiau (Project leader Distributed Generation B2B at Engie Electrabel) and Manuel Menendez Barrero (CEO, Santander Consumer Bank) shared their experience on how networking has helped them in their professional career.
Nele Vleeschouwers, CFA says: "I really enjoyed last night's networking session. The previous 2 sessions in the networking series were mostly about practical tips and implementing them. Last night we took a step back and thought about the importance of networking in our professional lives in a more general way. It was also nice to see the familiar faces of the people that participated in the previous events, making the atmosphere friendly and easygoing"
Annual Forecast Event 2018
24 January, 2018
The event provided attendees with a trip around the global economy in which current financial and economic forecasts where discussed by Koen De Leus (Chief Economist at BNP Paribas Fortis), Didier Borowski (Head of Strategy and Economic Research at Amundi), and Alain Durre (Senior European Economist at Goldman Sachs).
Charter Awards Ceremony 2017
4 December, 2017
Completing the CFA Program and becoming a CFA Charterholder represent truly significant achievements in one's professional development and commitment to lifelong learning. As it is the tradition in Belgium, we hosted a formal Award Ceremony for on Monday 4 December 2017, where Charters were awarded in the presence of Dr Papa, PhD, CPA, CFA from CFA Institute and Hein Hardy, President of CFA Society Belgium.
During the ceremony, attendees heard from Dr. Eelco Fiole, CFA, CDir on Risk-Based Investment Governance.
This ceremony was followed by a Christmas reception, the perfect occasion to network with existing Charterholders, future Charterholders and members of our Society. See event pictures.
Speednetowking: Putting Theory into Practice
30 November, 2017
Our second networking event took place on 30 November. During this interactive session attendees had the opportunity to play games while dining which allow them to apply directly the learnings, Christoph Lemke, from the first session in October. Chris also helped moderate the session on this ocassion, providing great advice and insight to those taking part.
Investing in Private Equity
16 November, 2017
During this evening we took a deep dive in the world of Private Equity. Luc Vanbriel of the KBC Pension Fund explained the Private Equity allocation in the pension fund and expressed the challenges and questions he still has on this asset class. Philip Walton of Cambridge Associates, used extensive data and analysis to give an overview of the market and fund performances while Thomas Dewever of Smile Invest went through two cases where he showed how private equity investors can create value for their investors.
Network effectively - How to break the ice
October 18, 2017
Networking: how to break the ice?
Our first session on networking was an interactive session on how to
effectively connect with new people. Chris Lemke, our speaker, gave valuable tricks and tips that we can use in the future.
Jeroen Michiels, CFA, says 'The networking event provided an excellent refresher on how to have a “triple A” conversation with someone: “Answer, Add & Ask back”
Member and Candidate Networking Drink
September 14, 2017
Overview: Our traditional kick-off drink took place the 14 September, at Kwint. It was a nice opportunity to network with peers in a relaxed setting and with an exquisite view on the Mont des Arts. See event pictures.