Final Presentation Day of the CFA Institute Investment Research Challenge- 2020

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an initiative in which leading industry professionals promote best practices in securities research to students from top area business schools. Over the course of the competition, university teams are mentored by analysts and faculty advisors in writing an equity research report on a publicly traded company. The local level competition culminates in a presentation of that research to a panel of investment industry experts, who select the best presentation.

Middlesex University Dubai Wins the local round of 2019 CFA Institute Research Challenge in the UAE, Dubai, 7 March 2020 –

Middlesex University Dubai was announced as the winner of the 2019-20 CFA Institute Research Challenge in the UAE, in a close competition hosted by CFA Society Emirates, the local UAE member society of CFA Institute. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the competition was hosted virtually. Each team produced an equity research report and presentation on the financial performance of DP World, which was then judged by CFA Society Emirates and industry professionals based on accuracy, insight and analysis.

The local challenge hosted 6 teams from universities across UAE, with each team member holding some finance background.

The local winners from The Middlesex University Dubai Team, including Priyanka Awatramani (left most), Alan Raju Mathew, Claudia Monica Alonzo and Zainab Afraa Abid (right-most) competed in the EMEA Regional Final held virtually on 2nd April 2020, against other teams from universities around the world.

(RC 2020 Kick-off Gathering, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa)

The winning team then competed against some of the world’s top business schools in the Global Final on 22nd April 2020, also held virtually. This year’s competition featured six universities including: American University of Dubai, Middlesex University Dubai, New York University Abu Dhabi and University of Sharjah, IMT Business School and Heriot Watt University Dubai.

Registrations for The CFA Investment Research Challenge 2021 are now open!

Past UAE Champions Reports and Presentations

Congratulation to American University in Dubai for winning the 2017 – 2018 CFA Institute Investment Research Challenge.

American University in Dubai Winning Team

Anna Chekanova, Rim Ghalayini, Jihad Chaouk, Nazli Orazalyyeva and Andrew Girgis










University of Sharjah Runners Up

Ahmad Awwad, Ted,  Ibrahim Abdelkhaleq,  Bader Elddine Al-Sarawan, Belal Ghassan,  Huda Al-Dajani and the Dean of Business at U of S “Prof Molyneux”!

2018 Reports and Presentations will be posted after the MENA Runner Up and Regional level.

2018 Winning Report: American University in Dubai-1

2018 Winning Presentation: AUD CFA Presentation RAK Ceramics

2018 Runner Up Report: RAK Ceramics University of Sharjah

2018 Runner Up Presentation: RAK Ceramics U of S

2017 Winning Report: SP Jain (Team A) Submission CFA IRC

2017 Winning Presentation: SPJ-A