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First two “100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars” earn CAIA Charter

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Two members of the inaugural class of "100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars" have completed the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation Program.

The scholarship initiative, offered by the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Institute through the generous sponsorship of Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (PAAMCO), was established to attract and reward rising female talent in the alternative investment field. Kaoutar Sbiyaa, Product Specialist at Rothschild & Cie France, and Indre Dargyte, Senior Associate at Laven Partners UK, are the first two recipients of scholarship program to earn the CAIA Charter, the leading alternative investment credential.

"We are pleased to honour our first two scholars to graduate from the CAIA Program," says Judy Posnikoff, co-founder and managing director of PAAMCO. "These two women are talented professionals and we are thrilled to support their journey to further their education in alternative investments."

The mission of the CAIA Foundation is to increase knowledge and talent in the alternative investment industry. Leading organisations, such as 100 Women in Hedge Funds and PAAMCO, have shown their support for this goal, as well as their recognition of the value of the CAIA Program, by partnering with the CAIA Foundation to effect tangible, positive change in alternative investment education. Establishing scholarship programs enables individuals who might otherwise not have access to the CAIA Program the ability to deepen their knowledge of alternative investments.

"While we are proud to be part of this effort to increase educational opportunities for talented up-and-coming professionals in the alternative investment field, it is important to point out that the ultimate beneficiary of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars Program is the investor," says Thomas A Porter, President of the CAIA Foundation. "Our partner, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, is helping to ensure – with the support of PAAMCO – that the best and brightest in the field get the education they need to make a meaningful difference in their careers and for their clients."

The scholarship program seeks to support women with a demonstrated record of active involvement in the 100 Women in Hedge Funds and broader alternative investment communities.

“Ms Sbiyaa and Ms Dargyte are shining examples of how the CAIA Foundation is meeting its mission of increasing talent in this investment sector," says Porter.

"The CAIA Designation demonstrates mastery of alternative investments and its tools. I wanted to confirm my adherence to the highest standards of professional conduct to allow the best practices for my company’s clients," says Sbiyaa.

Dargyte adds: "Our job is to protect investors by making sure that they can rely on appropriate guidance when making investment decisions. The CAIA Charter will assist me in fulfilling this role."

The CAIA Association, this year celebrating its tenth anniversary, welcomes both women into their fellowship of more than 5,700 members worldwide.

The "100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars" program is open to 10 individuals, per year, who have an interest in pursuing a career in alternative investment management, with a specific focus on portfolio management. Each scholarship covers enrolment and registration fees for CAIA Level I and Level II exams, the CAIA Knowledge Series textbooks from Wiley Publishing and Institutional Investor, the Schweser CAIA Level I Premium Instruction Study Solution, and a one-year membership in the CAIA Association, and has a value of more than USD5,000.

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