Madrid, 8th June 2020
Jesús López Zaballos has been re-elected chairman of the Board of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS), at the EFFAS Annual General Meeting held 5th June 2020 by videoconference. López Zaballos is starting his third term at EFFAS, a federation he has chaired since 2012, and highlights that “we are working on many critical aspects for the future of our profession and to be a link between all analysts promoting the best professional practices and with the highest ethical standards”.
EFFAS, a non-profit organization brings together 16 European national societies with more than 20,000 members, all of whom are professionals in investment, asset management and financial analysis. Jesús López Zaballos has a degree in Economic and Business Sciences from Complutense University in Madrid and a PhD in Business Administration and Management from the San Pablo CEU University. He is a director and chairman of the audit committees of Mapfre Inversión and Mapfre Asset Management; member of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts; managing director of Escuela FEF, the IEAF-FEF training centre; and member of the board of the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts (ACIIA).
López Zaballos intends in this third mandate to: continue strengthening the capacity of EFFAS to put forward proposals on financial regulations to public administrations, regulators and international organizations ; raise the level of training of professionals in the field of financial analysis; develop international standards, ethical codes and professional conduct; and become a world benchmark in the training and certification of investment professionals.
In this last area, one of its latest initiatives which stands out and has been well received and is in huge demand among managers and financial entities is the EFFAS Certified ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Analyst. This CESGA Programme examines socially responsible investment that not only considers profitability, but also the social and environmental impact in addition to good governance.
More than 600 financial professionals in Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico, Colombia and Peru have already gained the CESGA, a number that EFFAS expect to double before the end of the year.