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MS Applied Quantitative Finance student Alanoud Alqahtani

Master of Applied Quantitative Finance student Alanoud Alqahtani has stepped up to lead the Reiman School’s Finance Club at DU’s Daniels College of Business. She has been instrumental in re-conceptualizing the roles and activities of the club during the 2018-19 school year, especially those that involve Reiman’s female students and alumni.

She’s worked to connect the CFA Society Colorado with Daniels’ Women in Finance group—a subgroup of the Reiman Finance Club that she co-chairs—by hosting a recent panel discussion designed to encourage women to consider taking the CFA exam. Event attendees and panelists included members of the CFA Society Colorado, Daniels alumni CFA charterholders, Reiman professors, members of the Daniels Career Services team, staff, and interested graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom were women.

Alqahtani is also working to connect the CFA Society Colorado with Associate Professor of Finance Chris Hughen’s new independent study program designed to help students prepare for the CFA exam. Only 14 percent of Denver CFA charterholders are women and Alqahtani wants to increase that percentage through a mentorship program that pairs finance students with Reiman alumni CFA charterholders. These initiatives, among others at the College, will help ensure that Reiman’s female graduates are encouraged and supported as they enter a traditionally male-dominated field.

Although Alqahtani is wrapping up her master’s degree at Reiman soon, she will remain at the University for a while to earn a degree in global finance trade and economic integration from DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies as a Sie scholarship recipient. Her goal is to intern next summer with the United Nations.

As a strong, independent female from Saudi Arabia, Alqahtani has a personal passion for women’s rights, especially for those in need. In her “free time,” she supports the programs of the Girl’s Empowerment Center in Nepal to reduce the number of adolescent girls who are trafficked to India for prostitution, and to seed their Anti-Child Trafficking Awareness Program in Denver.

Alqahtani embodies the spirit of DU’s Grand Challenges mission by bringing together parties from different disciplines both within and outside the University to serve the greater common good. She has used her voice and actions to bring the challenges and opportunities facing women in the financial industry to the forefront at Reiman, and the impact of her efforts will last well beyond her time at DU.