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CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition 2020

Fate of a global company hanging by the stroke of your signature. Feel what it feels like!

The CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition is a business competition designed to bring out the best in young business leaders of tomorrow. This is an opportunity for university students to showcase their talent in finance and business management.

CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition 2020

Evidence shows that employers do not recruit people based only on their formal qualifications (vocational or academic), but also look for other competences that add value to their organisation.

They prefer flexible workers who are able to adapt quickly to unforeseen changes.

Therefore, individual skills profiles should ideally combine specific skills needed for a job with transversal core skills such as the ability to analyse and organise complex information, take responsibility, manage risks and take decisive actions.

The CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition, run in 2020 in mainland Europe and Eurasia, aims to encourage students to understand the skills of finance professionals required by employers. 

The competition is a chance to be rewarded with:

Look out for announcements and news on CIMA and participating universities' social media channels using hashtag #CGMAEmergingLeaders. And watch the winning entry in our video challenge produced by Team Aura, HSE KAZGUU University Champions:

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Competition mentors - UBS

Alina Goliszewska, Finance Analyst – Global Wealth Management CFO Advisory, Chief Operating Office and Cost Finance

Active CIMA student. Postgraduate degree in Business Accounting (Wroclaw University of Economics in collaboration with CIMA). Master of Economics under scholarship of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland (graduating from Cracow University of Agriculture). Bachelor of Enterprise Management under scholarship of Semper Polonia Foundation.

"Before joining UBS, I worked in Central-Eastern Europe Expenditure department of Shell Polska, serving senior management with cost analytics for external audit needs. In UBS I held positions of Management Accountant and Financial Controller in EMEA Reporting, Controlling and Accounting department. Recently I joined Global Wealth Management CFO Advisory, Chief Operating Office and Cost Finance Team."

Interests: hiking, travelling, non-fiction literature

Andrea Costagliola, Finance Business Partner in GWM Planning & Forecasting

Graduated from Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II with Bachelor in Management Engineering and from Universitá degli Studi di Parma with Master degree in Management Engineering. 

"Before joining UBS, I worked at Accenture as IT Consultant and after that decided to develop into the Financial Controller position. I had the chance in my career to see different industries (beauty, oil&gas, health, fashion) and countries (Italy, Austria, Germany)."

Interests: outdoor activities, travelling

Bartek Kubaty, Local Head of Global Wealth Management (GWM) CFO Division Finance, GWM Chief Operating Office (COO) & GWM Client Strategy Office (CSO), Group Finance

Holds MSc in Controlling & Corporate Finance from University of Economics in Krakow with part of program spent in Stockholm, Sweden and BSc in Mathematics from Pedagogical University of Krakow.  

Prior to UBS worked at KPMG as external auditor and at HSBC Global Banking & Markets as Product Controller to London Front Office traders for Structured Interest Rate Products. Started career at State Street within Fund Administration.

Originally from Krakow, Poland.

Interests: olympic triathlon, classic rock

Kamil Gabryś, LatAm Finance Business Partner responsible for supporting of all LatAm locations across US, CH, DE and Latin America. Reporting directly to LatAm CFO

"I've spent already 6 years in UBS, in the meantime holding 3 various roles. At the beginning I worked as finance analyst for Wealth Management finance, later moving to a US business controller and finally ending up at the most interesting role so far - a Business Partner for business unit LatAm.

Before UBS I worked in IBM, KPMG Audit department and local accounting firm. Graduated from Cracow University and Economics with Master degree in Finance and Accounting . I am an active CIMA student and right now have only 2 strategic level exams left to finish the qualification."

Interests: LEGO, running, cycling, WW2 naval history

Tymoteusz Majewski, Local Head WMCH & GFIM Finance, Group Finance

"I was born in Poland but raised in Germany and hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Duisburg. I also studied in the United States at the University of Lehigh, PA.

My professional career started at HSBC Trinkaus in Germany, then I moved on to Siemens Germany to work for Regional Business Management and Mergers & Acquisitions as an analyst. From Germany I took up the opportunity and transferred to Poland to join UBS where I currently manage the Polish WMCH & GFIM Finance team."

Interests: basketball, reading

Bartek Ostrowski, UBS Head of Group Finance and Senior Delivery Head for EMEA-Poland, Group Finance

Previously managed UBS Wealth Management Finance teams and worked in Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory as Partner at Decius Equity, in Private Equity at Cooper Wallace in London/EMEA and as Director and Vice-President in Capital Markets & European Policy Advisory at Chatham Financial. Started career at Deutsche Bank in London within Global Banking. Harvard Business School and Cambridge University graduate. Board member of Harvard Club of Poland. 

Interests: Avid Rower & Cross Fit practitioner

Maciej Biegański, Director in Group Finance Team Lead for Finance Change & Transformation, Group Finance

"I hold MSc in Business & Technology from Technical University of Łódź in Poland and BSc in Engineering Business Management from Coventry University in UK.Early professional career started in HR. Career in Finance started in 2010 in PwC in audit department. Joined UBS in 2012 as Team Lead in Finance Integrated Reporting Team. In 2014 I moved to the Team Lead's role within Compensation Controlling area. In March 2017 I stepped into the role of the Delivery Head, overseeing number of Finance Teams, including Group Performance Assessment & Analytics, Group Treasury or Group Accounting. Since August 2018 leading Team within Finance Change & Transformation function, which reviews internal cost allocations & service catalog.

Passed all CIMA exams, pending ACMA/CGMA certification.

Interests: architecture (modernism), travelling

Alina Talik-Przechrzta, Head of Finance Accounting and Controlling (FAC) EMEA

"I started my career in 2008 in IT for PwC and then joined UBS in 2010 as a Finance Associate where since then I have been in charge of multiple Finance teams responsible for financial reporting and product controlling for IB and WM worldwide. 

In 2011 I've became a Process Lead for Broker Review team to eventually became Head of Finance Integrated Reporting and later leading Product Control stream thru successful move to offshore location. At the same time I was establishing what is now 100 people EMEA Regional Controlling stream in Poland supporting 17 countries with accounting, controlling, regulatory and financial reporting."

Interests: I've been Horseback Riding since I was 12yo- Eventing in particular (dressage, show jumping and cross country) where I compete with currently 2 horses. When I'm not competing then every other week I'm taking a role of International Equestrian Steward or National Equestrian Judge.

Michel Paca, Team Lead for NNM & Invested Asset Control Poland

Born and raised in Canada and hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting from Athabasca University. In 2018 I obtained the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting and I am currently on the last stage working towards obtaining the CGMA professional designation.

"My career started in Canada as a Financial Assistant at Genesis Integration. I moved to Poland in 2014 and joined the Luxembourg Financial Reporting team at State Street. In 2015 I joined UBS and was given the opportunity to work in Hong Kong for a short term assignment, tasked with transferring AM APAC based NNM/IA controlling activities to Krakow. I subsequently stepped into the team lead role for the NNM & Invested Asset Control team in 2017."

Interests: team sports, electronic music production & DJing, board games

Janusz Zasadni, Head of Reporting and Analytics Services (RAS) for Global Wealth Management & Personal and Corporate Banking

Graduated from Cracow University and Economics with Master degree in Finance and Accounting and from University of Science and Technology with postgraduate degree in Management accounting and controlling. I am an active CIMA student and since 2019 CIMA Advanced Diploma holder in Management Accounting.

"Before joining UBS, I worked at Brown Brothers Harriman in Krakow holding managerial position within Financial Planning and Analysis department and at Electrolux headquarter for Central European Countries in Vienna, holding Business Analyst and Financial Controller positions within Controlling & Accounting department."

Interests: football, travelling

Marcin Silka, Team Leader in Reporting and Analytics Services (RAS) for Global Wealth Management Americas team

Graduated from Jagiellonian University with Master degree in Public Administration. In 2017 I passed the Investment Foundations exam and currently I am preparing for the CFA exam. 

"Before joining UBS in 2013, I worked at Tesco Headquarter for the UK recruiting project as well as corporate communication department. I spent some time also in Capgemini IT department."

Interests: running, motorbikes, American culture, film editing, travelling

Małgorzata Pysz, Financial Analyst for Regional Controlling Switzerland

Graduated from Cracow University and Economics with Master degree in Finance and Accounting, took part in Erasmus student exchange programme in Vrije Universiteit Brussel. CIMA Member since 2017. 

"Before joining UBS, I worked at International Paper Sp. z o.o. in Krakow as Credit Analyst. I continued my career at UBS in a credit risk area.  Two years ago I moved to Finance department – currently holding Financial Controller position within Regional Controlling Switzerland."

Interests: gardening, travelling

Competition schedule

When will each round of the competition take place and how it will be run?

Round 1: 7-11 and 18 September 2020

First round of the competition - local finals (7-11 September, face-to-face or online)

Round 1 will be held within each participating university to find a University Champion Team.

On 18 September, all winning teams will simultaneously complete an online CIMA Quiz in order to select only six teams who will compete in Round 2.

Round 2: 5-9 October 2020

Second round of the competition - regional finals of the best six winning teams from participating universities (1st week of October, online)

Round 2 will be held as live video conference. As a result three teams will be shortlisted as the Emerging Leaders Teams.

Round 3: 30 October 2020

Grand finals of three winning teams held online

Final round of the competition will be held online amongst the top three Emerging Leaders Teams. One team will be crowned the CGMA Emerging Leaders Champion.

CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition 2020 finalists:

1st place and the CGMA Emerging Leaders Champion title: The Going Concern Team, Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC), Azerbaijan 

2nd place: Team ICFO, Kyiv National Economic University, Ukraine 

3rd place: Team Fortune, RANEPA, Russia

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