CIFDI | 100 Women in Finance scholarship awarded

100 Women in Finance Scholarship

Margaret Cullen (CEO and Academic Director of the CIFDI) and Audrey Collins 

In October 2018, the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute (CIFDI) in conjunction with 100 Women in Finance offered a half-tuition fee scholarship worth €5,750 to one female candidate wishing to enrol on the Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) Programme running in London in Spring 2019 or Dublin in Autumn 2019. Speaking at a 100 Women in Finance event in Dublin, Dr Margaret Cullen, CEO of CIFDI, spoke about the work the Institute is doing in raising professional standards in the asset management industry through executive education. She outlined the power of quality education to enable professional advancement. Dr Cullen explained that the Irish Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration had invited her to be a member of an Advisory Group to support and assist the work of the Better Balance for Better Business Review Group which was launched by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on 30 July 2018 and that the scholarship was being offered in the spirit of this important initiative.

The 100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. It works with its members to offer support to women in advancing their careers through education, who give back through philanthropy initiatives, and leverage relationships through peer engagement. 

Candidates for the CIFD Programme scholarship were asked to submit a short essay outlining (i) their professional objectives over the next decade and how participating on the CIFDI Programme would support the achievement of these objectives and (ii) why they should be considered for the scholarship.

The scholarship applications were reviewed by Dr Cullen with recommendations for the award made to and approved by Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance.

Audrey Collins was the very deserving recipient of the scholarship and we were delighted that she was able to attend Cohort 13 of the CIFD programme in London in March. Audrey is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in financial services across finance, compliance and audit in Ireland, the US and Australia . Her past executive roles include CFO Challenger Funds Management (Australia), Head of Finance for Westpac Retail Bank (Australia), Head of Finance for EBS Bank (Ireland) as well as Head of Internal Audit and Head of Compliance for EBS. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

CIFDI is a specialist body of The Institute of Banking, a recognised college of University College Dublin, Ireland. On successful completion of the programme, members of CIFDI are professional members of The Institute of Banking and as such, are committed to upholding the best standards of integrity, professionalism, propriety, objectivity and fairness. To see more please log onto