CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has named Arati Porwal as head of India, effective 1 December 2022.
In this role, Porwal will be responsible for delivering value to CFA Institute stakeholders and constituents by building and maintaining deep relationships with financial institutions, CFA societies, and universities.
She will report to Nick Pollard, managing director, Asia Pacific, CFA Institute, and be based in Mumbai.
Porwal has served as the interim head of the India market since the beginning of 2022. Prior to this appointment, she led the Society Relations function at CFA Institute in India.
In the past year, Porwal has made significant contributions towards strengthening the investment profession industry, while also demonstrating the immense value that the CFA qualification adds to an individual’s career. She is also playing a crucial role in driving an India strategy, as the country is one of the top markets for the institute globally.
Another important initiative that she recently led is the introduction of a flexible payment option for the CFA program for candidates in India. This new payment option will provide an affordable and convenient EMI option for Indian candidates to pay their exam fees.
“Arati has an exceptional track record of delivering results and has proven herself to be an inspiring leader. I firmly believe she is the right choice to realize the full potential of CFA Institute in India, and create a sustainable business, with value for all stakeholders,” said Nick.
“I welcome the opportunity to work with our partners and stakeholders to collectively make a more positive impact on the investment management industry and beyond. India is experiencing rapid development and dynamic growth and is one of our biggest markets. In recent times, we have witnessed a rising demand for the CFA Program, and we constantly work to make the program affordable, accessible, meritocratic, and relevant,” added Porwal.