100 Women in Finance and the CAIA Foundation Announce 2019 Scholarship Recipients

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“A hearty congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients. We’re now closing in on a decade of this program, and it is undeniable what a meaningful impact it has had in identifying and empowering a generation of leaders in the alternative investment industry,” said William J. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of CAIA.

Scholarship program, now in its ninth year, has helped dozens of exceptional women
further their careers in alternative investments


AMHERST, MASS. (May 13, 2019) – PAAMCO Prisma LLC, 100 Women in Finance, and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation have announced the 2019 recipients of the 100 Women in Finance/CAIA Scholarships.

This scholarship program, underwritten by PAAMCO Prisma LLC, provides resources to a select group of exceptional recipients as they work towards obtaining the CAIA Charter, the highest educational standard in the alternative investments industry.

The scholarship covers the costs associated with enrollment and registration fees for the CAIA Level I and Level II exams, CAIA textbooks, preparation classes offered through either Kaplan Schweser or UpperMark, and CAIA Association membership dues for the first year.


“A hearty congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients. We’re now closing in on a decade of this program, and it is undeniable what a meaningful impact it has had in identifying and empowering a generation of leaders in the alternative investment industry,” said William J. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of CAIA.


“This scholarship program strongly reflects our mission to empower women in the finance industry through every stage of their careers. We believe earning the CAIA Charter will further distinguish these already accomplished women and enable greater career advancement. We thank PAAMCO and CAIA for their continued support,” said Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Officer, 100 Women in Finance.


The 2019 scholarship recipients are as follows:


  • Tahmina Igamberdiev, Director of Underwriting, Rise Line Business Credit (USA)
  • Roxy Rong, Lead, Low-touch Trading, PEAK6 Investments (USA)
  • Sarah Williamson Atkins, Financial Controller / Adviser, 8 Strands (UK)
  • Jeanette Turner, Chief Regulatory Officer, CSS (USA)
  • Gita Advani, Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, (Singapore)
  • Joy Harnprasopwat, eFX Sales Specialist, TD Securities (USA)
  • Stanislava Kostetskaia, Private Banker, DBS (Singapore)
  • Alexandra Melia, Client Relations Business Development, Alphadyne Asset Management LP (USA)
  • Lauren DiCerbo, Associate, Pluribus Labs (USA)
  • Heather Balke, Business Development Director, Systemic Risk Averse Funds (USA)


CAIA also recently launched a new Gender Diversity Advisory Committee with the goal of ensuring that each CAIA Chapter in the Americas soon has at least one woman serving on its respective leadership committee, if they do not already.


“Diversity is not a ‘nice to have’ aspect of a successful organization, it is essential to help ensure that different points of view are considered and have meaningful influence over how decision are made and the direction an organization like CAIA takes toward its future,” added Deborah McLean, Managing Director, External Relations with CAIA, who has helped form this new committee. “Efforts like this scholarship program and the initiatives we’re taking to improve diversity among our own Chapter leadership teams are all important step in this ongoing process.”


Combined with relevant professional experience and association membership, the CAIA Charter is the global benchmark for alternative investment education. To obtain the CAIA Charter, candidates must complete a rigorous, self-directed education program that develops and promotes deep knowledge and expertise in alternative investing. Candidates who participate in the program are granted the CAIA Charter upon successful completion of two levels of qualifying exams.


The scholarship criteria require applicants to be full members of 100 Women in Finance, not eligible for program reimbursement by their employers, and have one year of professional experience in the alternative investment industry.


About 100 Women in Finance

100 Women in Finance (www.100women.org) is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.


About the CAIA Association

The CAIA Association is the world leader in alternative investment education, offering the only education pro­gram uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments. The Association is best known for the CAIA Charter, an internationally-recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning

the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a Member of the CAIA Association, a global network of more than 8,700 alternative investment professionals located in more than 90 countries. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program (”Fundamentals”), an introductory-level online course, designed to provide a foundation in the core concepts in alternative investing. This program represents a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education. The CAIA Foundation partners with leading industry organizations to increase knowledge and talent in the field of alternative investing. Please visit http://foundation.caia.org for more information.



PAAMCO Prisma LLC is a leading institutional investment firm dedicated to offering alternative investment solutions to the world’s preeminent investors. Since its founding in 2000, PAAMCO has focused on investing on behalf of its clients while striving to raise the standard for industry-wide best practices.


Headquartered in Irvine, California with a global footprint that extends across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, PAAMCO serves institutional investors including large public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments, insurance companies and financial institutions. The firm is known for its completeAlphaTM approach to hedge fund investing which focuses on delivering performance from early-stage opportunities, controlling costs, and protecting client assets. In addition, it offers fixed income investment solutions through Horizons and long-only active equity investing in select emerging markets through PAAMCO Miren.


In June 2017, KKR and PAAMCO announced the completion of their strategic transaction to combine PAAMO and Prisma Capital Partners LP to create PAAMCO Prisma Holdings, LLC.


To learn more about the CAIA Association, contact Deborah McLean (413) 253-7373 or dmclean@caia.org. For more information on the CAIA Charter, please visit caia.org.