Finance and economics

Dr Shahira Abdel Shahid

Senior Adviser at the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), Egypt

Dr Shahira Abdel Shahid’s expertise has successfully steered the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) for the past 20 years. In her role as senior adviser, she has advised seven chairmen on strategies to enhance the leadership position of the EGX in Africa and the Middle East. She has been instrumental in modernising EGX rules and regulations, introducing new products and services, promoting EGX among institutional foreign investors, and representing EGX in various international and local conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Her extensive financial education began at the University of Strathclyde in 1989 where she studied an MSc in Finance through a Chevening Scholarship. This experience influenced her future decision to earn a PhD in Finance from Aston University, also in the UK.

In June 2016, Dr Shahira successfully wrote her first book focusing on leadership and success in Egypt, which was published internationally, entitled Roadmap to Success: Inspiring Journeys of Ten Iconic Coptic Leaders. This book was chosen by US Middle East Outreach Council under ‘Honorable Mentions’ for Youth Non-Fiction Literature at their 2017 Annual Book Award Event. Details on her book can be found here

Nchimunya Monde

Director of Credit Control and Risk, Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission, Zambia

Nchimunya obtained his MA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds in 2008 through a joint Chevening/Canon Collins Trust Scholarship. Prior to Chevening, he was a Credit Officer for the Foundation for International Community Assistance and an Assistant Tax Inspector at the Zambia Revenue Authority. The experience boosted his career and he has risen in his field since returning to Zambia after completing his MA.

Nchimunya became Director of Credit Control and Risk at the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission in 2015 where he is part of the team implementing a national value chain development programme. In addition to this, Nchimunya also gives back in his spare time in a leadership role at the Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust where he promotes their work and leads the Trust’s alumni activities in Zambia. 

Alejandro Fernandez Whipple

Founder and CEO of Argentarium, Co-founder of Fintech Dominicana and General Manager of the Superintendency of Banks, Dominican Republic

Alejandro Fernandez Whipple was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MBA in Banking Management at the University of Exeter. He has close to 25 years of experience in financial services as a private sector banker at Banco Popular Dominicana and Citibank, and in the public sector as a general manager of the Superintendency of Banks and CFO of The Dominican Corporation of State Electricity Companies (CDEEE). In addition, he is also the founder and CEO of Argentarium (financial education, analysis, and news portal), co-founder of Fintech Dominicana (financial products comparison site) and secretary of the board of CEVALDOM (security depository services).

Sheila Oviedo

Associate Director - ESG Ratings Product Manager at Sustainalytics International Relations, Philippines

From journalism to international relations to finance, Sheila Oviedo’s work has been united by a consistent interest in making a positive global difference. Her overarching purpose centres on creating a more sustainable and resilient world.

Sheila worked as a journalist and a national security analyst in the Philippines before she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2002. After obtaining her master’s degree in international relations at Lancaster University, Sheila worked in security analysis. Since then, she has had nearly 10 years experience in the field of sustainability, analysing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of publicly-listed companies. In her current role as Product Manager at Sustainalytics, she oversees three ESG products that help institutional investors reduce investment risks.

She recently embarked on a solo project, Sustainability Matters, a website providing analysis of news events with a sustainability lens.

Dr Juan Triana Cordoví

Professor of Cuban economy and universal economic thought, University of Havana and Senior Researcher, Research Centre on Cuban Economy, Cuba

Dr Triana Cordoví earned his doctorate in Economic Sciences in 1999 at the University of Havana. With the help of a Chevening Award, he did post-doctoral research at the University of Wolverhampton. He has acted as a consultant for Cuban and international companies and has given conferences on Cuban economy and development issues at international universities. Currently, he is a member of the commission that advises the Cuban government on its economic reform programme.

Jayshree Venkatesan

Consultant on financial inclusion, India

Jayashree attended King’s College London as a Chevening Fellow on the Chevening Gurukul Programme for Leadership and Excellence. With a strong belief in the transformative power of finance for economic development, she has been involved with assisting start up microfinance institutions. She provides consulting services for financial inclusion and impact investment. She has since been consulting with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), housed within the World Bank, and the Centre for Financial Inclusion (CFI), a Washington D.C. based think tank.