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Graduates and early-career professionals pursuing the CFA Program are building a firm foundation of investment knowledge that will support them as they begin their working lives. As the CFA Program has recently evolved to address the changing finance industry landscape, what are the knowledge and skills we equip candidates with to prepare them for successful careers as investment professionals.


  • David Sanders, CFA, senior director, practice analysis, CFA Institute

Duration: 21mins

Recorded on 12 April 2024

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David Sanders
David Sanders CFA

David Sanders, CFA is a seasoned investment professional with over 25 years of experience across geographies, industries, and roles. Currently, David is leading the Practice Analysis team at CFA Institute. Practice Analysis is responsible for identifying and analysing the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a role in investment management and for supporting the development of curricula to meet these needs. Prior to this role, David led the curriculum development team responsible for developing high-quality practitioner-relevant learning content primarily for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Program. During his time in curriculum development, David played a key role in building out content throughout the CFA Program curriculum particularly in areas such as: ESG, Alternative Investments, Risk Management, and Portfolio Management.

Prior to joining CFA Institute in 2018, David spent over 14 years in the United Arab Emirates including various roles at Abu Dhabi based Sovereign Wealth institutions such as: Chief Investment Officer at Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC), Senior Fund Manager at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), and Senior Analyst at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

Prior to moving to the Middle East, David worked in various roles in the Finance Division of Procter & Gamble (P&G) including roles in Global Pension Fund Management (based in USA), Asia Treasury (based in Japan), and Forecasting & Analysis (based in Japan). David holds an MA in International Relations, an MBA in Finance, and was awarded his CFA charter in 2006.

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