CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has announced the appointment of William Tohmé, CFA, as regional head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The role is the first of its kind for CFA Institute in EMEA and signals the strong growth of the organisation, and interest in the CFA program, in the region, a press release said.
Tohmé will be based in the new CFA Institute office in Abu Dhabi and will serve as the voice of CFA Institute across MENA and will lead the development and execution of the Middle East strategy.
In his role, Tohmé will advocate for the highest standards of practice and ethics in the investment management industry, through the promotion of financial market integrity and transparency among regional policy makers and regulators, the release said.
Tohmé will also build industry relationships, extend employer outreach, and enhance the network of educational institutions with whom CFA Institute works.
Gary Baker, managing director of CFA Institute Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented, “We are excited that Tohmé has joined CFA Institute to lead our strategic expansion in the Middle East and North Africa from our new base in Abu Dhabi. Tohmé brings a wealth of experience in building a presence in new markets, deep local knowledge and acumen, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit which will be instrumental in furthering one of the central tenets of our mission: to build a world class investment profession in this flourishing region.”
Prior to joining CFA Institute, Tohmé was director for institutional business development at Lazard, where he developed the sovereign institutional client business in the Middle East, covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. Prior to this role, he was Director, Middle Eastern Institutions at Alliance Bernstein Middle East.
On 29 April 2018, CFA Institute opened its new office in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Global Market.