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Global Corporate Finance Society Announces New Board Of Directors


VANCOUVER, CANADA, April 8, 2019Global Corporate Finance Society (“GCFS”), a professional association and member-based network for finance professionals around the world, is pleased to announce 12 new members have been appointed to the Board of Directors following GCFS’s election meeting. This extremely experienced group of industry veterans will work together to break down the barriers that prevent so many from entering the world of finance.


GCFS Board Responsibilities

The GCFS Board of Directors is responsible for providing the entire society with strategic guidance and creating a global community for holders of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® designation. In addition, the board will provide mentorship on the FMVA® curriculum and ensure the program provides the most up-to-date and practical training possible.

The full slate of Directors that will serve from 2019 to 2021 are:

  • Jibran Khan, Toronto, Canada
  • Lisa Dorian, New York, USA
  • Joseph Frantz, New York City, USA
  • Lester A. Leong, Santa Monica, USA
  • Ryan Small, San Francisco, USA
  • Rajib Bose, Delhi, India
  • Amin Vali, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Scott Needham, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mario Bartz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Liza Vogt, Brisbane, Australia
  • Arno Wakfer, Brisbane, Australia
  • Vitor Morato, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Stefano Sanna, Paris, France
  • Tim Vipond, Vancouver, Canada
  • Scott Powell, Vancouver, Canada

“I’m honored to be elected to the board of the Global Corporate Finance Society,” said Arno Wakfer. “Over the next two years, my focus will be creating value for members, increasing the public profile of FMVA® certification holders, and finding ways to partner with employers to enhance the career paths for financial analysts globally.”

“With over 10,000 new students enrolling in our courses each month, we are extremely excited about our ability to have a positive impact on so many financial analysts’ careers,” said Tim Vipond, CEO of CFI. “We’ve seen extraordinary demand among finance professionals for practical, skills-based certification programs that can be completed 100% online. The mission of the GCFS is to enhance our online certifications by providing a global community that will support both FMVA charter holders and employers alike.”


About Global Corporate Finance Society (GCFS)

GCFS is a member-owned nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting the professional development of Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® members. GCFS provides its members with continuing educational materials, sponsored events, job postings, access to case competitions, and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit


About the FMVA® Certification

The Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification is CFI’s globally recognized financial modeling certification. The FMVA® program has been designed to teach practical applications of accounting, finance, Excel, financial modeling, valuation, budgeting, forecasting, and strategy. In order to successfully graduate from the program, students must achieve a passing grade of 80% on all required courses. For more information, please visit


Read the biographies of each board member to learn about their extensive experience in corporate finance.



GCFS 2019 Board of Directors
2019 Independent Board Members


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