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Pune-based Gokhale wins SII awards

He won it for the upcoming star in the wholesale financial services sector for best marks in exams, first by an Indian.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 20:15 IST

India was represented for the first time at the Securities & Investment Institute (SII) Awards held in London on Monday.

The awards for the upcoming brightest stars in the wholesale financial services sector for outstanding marks in their respective examinations, for the first time, honoured a candidate based in India.

The function was hosted by the Lord Mayor Alderman David Brewer.

Aamod Gokhale who won the award, is a Systems and Business Development Manager for Cognizant Technology Solutions in Pune. He beat over 400 candidates worldwide to receive the best score in his certificate in Investment Management paper.

Two other Indians from the UK also were awarded in different categories.

Award winners this year represented a range of firms including Goldman Sachs, which has three winning candidates, Royal Bank of Scotland (3) and two candidates each from Lehman Brothers Ltd, UBS Investment Bank, Barclays Capital and Smith Williamson Securities Ltd.

Adelaida Curelea, who works in Derivative Sales at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London beat the highest number of candidates (over 10,000) in her Financial Regulation Certificate in Investment paper and received the highest aggregate mark.

The Overall Diploma winner, the SII's professional and most advanced qualification, was achieved jointly by Mark Mansley of Rathbone Investment Management Ltd and Annie Mills of Standard Bank.

The top Regional Diploma winner was Graham Shaw of Hathaway Investment Management in Birmingham who beat over 800 candidates to achieve his Diploma in Securities and

The SII introduced a new category this year, the Introduction to Investment, Further Education College Award, to reflect the fact that FE colleges in London and increasingly throughout the UK are now training candidates for the SII Introduction to Investment examination.

Nilay Singh achieved the top score amongst FE college candidates for his Introduction to Investment Award which he studied at Tower Hamlets College in London.

The third Indian awardee was Mandeep Rai, trainee private banker, Coutts Group, London, Investment Advice Certificate 3 (IAC) who beat 300 candidates.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 20:15 IST