CISI prizewinners honoured at awards ceremony

Eighty-six top performers in CISI exams from around the world were recognised at the Institute’s annual awards

Among prizewinners honoured at a ceremony at London’s Mansion House were 18 from outside the UK, including from India, UAE, Oman, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and, for the first time, South Korea.

The UK roll of honour had a strong regional presence, with Scotland particularly prominent with five winners. Accolades also went to candidates from Birmingham and West Midlands, Jersey, Guernsey, Manchester and District, and Northern Ireland.

Awards were given in 56 categories. The Institute’s qualifications attract over 37,000 exam entries each year, delivered in 74 countries.

Those picking up awards came from a range of firms, with Barclays leading the way with four of its employees picking up prizes.

Lydia Romero, CISI Director of Learning, said: “Many congratulations to all of our candidates who have demonstrated the value of hard work in reaching their goals. Combining study with full-time or part-time employment is no mean feat and requires tremendous focus and tenacity. Thanks also to the candidates’ employers for their support throughout their studies.”

RBC Wealth Management was exclusive sponsor of the awards ceremony, which is now in its 22nd year.

RBC Wealth Management

Award winnersSix candidates shared the distinction of each winning two awards.

Munraj Dhaliwal, Global Investment Banking Analyst at RBC Capital Markets and Nikolas Pojezny, Principal at Ondra Partners, who are both based in London, were joint winners of the Corporate Finance Regulation and Certificate in Corporate Finance
Katarzyna Kmiecik, a project manager at State Street Bank & Trust and Lewis Barnes, a graduate trainee at Baillie Gifford, who both work in Edinburgh, shared the honours for the Introduction to Securities & Investment – with five other winners - and the overall Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) award. They topped the IOC category, with Carla Hollinghurst, Trust Officer at HSBC Trust Co in Southampton, from among more than 1,000 candidates for the globally recognised qualification for administration and operations staff.

Katarzyna said: “The IOC is a widely recognised qualification within the industry and within my organisation. It’s a great stepping stone to expand your industry knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the current market trends and concepts.”

Alan Belton MCSI, Trade Support - Senior Administrator at Brown Shipley, London was winner of the Global Operations Management and Diploma in Investment Operations categories.

Alan, who has recently become a CISI external specialist, said: “The qualifications help you gain a better understanding of all areas of operations, as well as providing a broad understanding of the wider financial industry.  The knowledge and skills will aid anyone looking to pursue a senior management role.”

Enrique Rico, an analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland in London, secured the Derivatives (Capital Markets Programme) and the overall Capital Markets Programme accolades.

He said: “Whether bankers need to take a CISI qualification as a requirement of the Financial Conduct Authority or not, I would definitely recommend them to do so as a way to enhance their knowledge.” 

New categoriesThe awards featured two new prizes – with candidates from outside the UK being successful in both categories.

Dulmini Sathya Sri Dharmapala from The Lanka BPO Academy in Colombo, Sri Lanka gained the award for the Certificate in Finance, Risk and Decision Making, which is equivalent to an A/S level.

She said the qualification appealed to her as it is “accepted worldwide and would help to broaden my knowledge”. Dulmini added the qualification had “already started to brighten my career pathway”, leading to a number of job offers.

Seo Hyung Kim, from South Korea, who is currently living in London, was one of eight joint winners of the Fundamentals of Financial Services award.

Success breeds successRobin Ellis, Chartered MCSI, Assistant Investment Manager at Smith & Williamson in London, enjoyed success at the awards for a second year running. He followed up winning prizes for Securities (Investment Advice Diploma) and Financial Markets in 2014 by securing the Chartered Wealth Manager qualification category, the highest level CISI award. Following his exam success, Robin has also now become a CISI external specialist.

In the education sector, the winner of the Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment (Schools) was Aimee Le Mercier from Hautlieu School in St Saviour, Jersey. She studied for the exam while taking her A-levels to help realise her goal of entering the financial services industry.

She said: “This qualification has given me a great headstart in my career as I have secured a job with the sponsors, RBC.”

Aimee, who is working as a Corporate Actions Administrator, said: “I would definitely recommend this qualification, [and] am [now] looking to take further CISI exams.”

William Young and Conor Campbell of University of Ulster shared the Introduction to Investment Further Education College Award.

Become an external specialist for the CISIThe CISI relies on industry practitioners to offer their knowledge and expertise to help create and maintain its exams, workbooks and elearning products.

There are several types of specialists: workbook authors, workbook reviewers, item (question) writers, item editors and exam panel members. All of them receive a number of benefits to thank them for their involvement.

There are currently around 300 external specialists who have volunteered to assist the Institute’s Qualifications team, but more are required.

To register your interest, please contact Iain Worman on + 44 20 7645 0609 or email


Published: 30 Jan 2015
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