The story of Warwick Finance Societies begins in 2000, with the formation of Warwick Stockbrokers, which was later renamed Warwick Banking and Finance Society.
Warwick Stockbrokers renamed to Warwick Banking and Finance Society in 2004.
WAIPES (Warwick Alternative Investment and Private Equity Society) was formed in 2008 by Piotr Pleskot and was run by himself and Mo Albazaz. They had a small albeit active membership base and operated effectively despite having no sponsorship!
WBF and WAIPES collaborated in 2009 to host the first Warwick Investment Conference coordinated by Caroline Ly(WBF) & Mo Albazaz(WAIPES). The event was free and packed out MS.02.
Nikesh Parmar, WBF President 2009/10, developed a strategy over the summer alongside Mo Albazaz, to join WAIPES and WBF together to form WFS. They quickly won support from WBS, put together the constitution, setup bank accounts and acquired sponsorship! Under WFS, the
Warwick Investment Forum ran for the first time in 2010, as a continuation of the Warwick Investment Conference of 2009. Initial steps were also made towards setting up Warwick Women in Finance before the year end. By the end of its inaugural year, WFS had almost 1000 members.
First Warwick Investment Forum held in 2010. Coordinated by Marc Kinast and Nikesh Parmar, WIF 2010 sold-out Panorama and was a huge success. It has continued every year since.
In September 2010, Mo Albazaz alongside Viv Watts and Jon Jakobsen, launched Warwick Investment Club under the WFS umbrella.
The Warwick International Venture was launched in the 2011/12 academic year. Destination: Hong Kong. WFS organised an 11 day trip during summer 2012 for 25 of its members.
The 2013/14 academic year saw the launch of the first WFS international tour which took place in Prague and Amsterdam in Term 1 and 2. First ever WFS Spring Ball also took place, with the theme being ‘Seven Deadly Sins’.
Warwick Islamic Finance was launched in the 2014/15 academic year and was discontinued in 2016-7.
Warwick Investment Forum renamed itself to Warwick International Forum in the 2015/16 academic year.
In 2017-8, the Warwick FinTech Conference replaced the International Forum. The first conference was held in Level 39 in Canary Wharf in February 2018.
The 2017-18 Board, consisting of Marcel Satria (Co-Chairman), Adit Kulkarni (Co-Chairman), Shashtika Sundar (Co-President), Lukas Glatz (Co-President), and Joern Messner (Treasurer), restructured the society to create a more lean and efficient society. The “sub-societies” were rebranded as “teams” which included the following: Corporate Finance, Markets, FinTech, Venture Capital, Women in Finance, Commercial Law, Diversity, Marketing, Socials and External Relations. The publications were merged, digitised and renamed as The Review by WFS.
In 2018-2019, the Board consisted of Gabriel Eyre & Hugo Cheyne (Co-Chairman), Nina Devani & Maximillian Ortner (Co-President) & Rahul Daswani (Treasurer). They led the society to attract a wider range of members by becoming more social through regular events that repeatedly sold out. Their aim to change the stigma around the society allowed for the success of weekly markets discussions, CV clinics, a Winning Women conference and regular office visits. WFS took 40 members to Berlin and continues its legacy as the Biggest society on campus.
Shreya Thummar Co-chair
Taylor Barrall Co-chair
Soham Dalwani Co-president
Harry Gogna Co-president
Abhineet Ramjiwal Treasurer
Conrad Swanson Co-chair
Gurban Gylyjov Co-chair
Lewis Johns Co-president
Walter Meng Co-president
Alya Alangari Treasurer
Christos Alexandrou (H), Sophie Bray (DH)
Edward Jacobs, Emily Bruce (Freps)
Tanzil Alam, Elliott Brown (Co-Heads)
George Harvey, Kieran Mckinna, Ruby Mayne (Freps)
Max Unger (H), Teresa Ramos de Magalhães (DH)
Ali Tabba, Alisha Bissoondoyal (Freps)
Women in Finance
Flo Blake (H), Ayanah Victoria Denisenko (DH)
Anushae Meerza, Ayanah Ewusie-Nelson (Freps)
Patricio Hernandez (H), Luca Stanciu (DH)
Rishi Barve, Szymon Litwin (Freps)
Remo De Angelis, Mehdi Chaoudri (Co-Heads)
Kaspar Lee, Max Dykes (Freps)
Tuan Dung (H)
Dionne Lee, Edwin Wong (Freps)
Marketing & Strategy
Thomas Fry (H), Riki Dizer (DH)
Duke Nguyen (Frep)
Nathan Rigby, Darren Ponniah (C0-Heads)
Valentin Kodderitzsch (H), Charles Duah (DH)
Seyed Reza Ahlesaadat, Mahirah Taher-Choudhury (Freps)
Petre Draghici (H)
Georgiana Dumitrascu (H), Harrison Mott (DH)
Eshika Agrawal, Ashwath Gopinath (Freps)
Patrick Freyera (H)
Tudor Popovici, Romane Zarzycki
Ivo Christ, Abdullah Raja
YuTong Han (H)
Jack Ormesher (Corporate Law Sponsorship)
Mohammad Karim (H), Sophie Zheng (DH)
Greg Berces, Jack Dyble (Freps)
Laura Ann Chan (H), Antara Sethumadhavan (DH)
Neil Patel, Kushil Ganatra (Freps)
Soumya Shukla, Christina Elling
WFS continued to thrive with 160+ online events, collaborating with 30+ societies, 60 mentee-mentor pairings created as part of the mentorship programme, 12 weeks of content from the new WFS Insights team, £2700+ raised for Mind as part of FITE2021, countless CV & Cover Letter clinics, our first M&A competition and much more.
WFS Insights replaced what used to be the WFS Review and the Quant Finance team was launched during March 2020 elections with Remo & Mehdi being the first Co-Heads.
Flo Blake Co-chair
Christos Alexandrou Co-chair
Victoria Denisenko Co-president
Tanzil Alam Co-president
Remo De Angelis Treasurer
Teresa Ramos de Magalhães
Emily Bruce (H), Rushil Verma(DH)
Nikhil Kurien, Sahil Gupta, Sukhi Suresh (Freps)
George Harvey, Ruby Mayne (Co-Heads)
Archie Jones, Avi Modi, Ronnie Chan (Freps)
Ali Tabba (H), Jack Liscner (DH)
Umar Hamid, Toby Togonu-Bickersteth (Freps)
Edward Jacobs (H)
Women in Finance
Anushae Meerza, Ayanah Ewusie-Nelson (Co-Heads)
Julia Davidson, Diva Raithatha (Freps)
Rishi Barve (H), Sara Abia (DH)
Zain Mobarik, Saksham Sidana (Freps)
Kaspar Lee, Max Dykes (Co-Heads)
Esha Seechurn, Rikin Patel, Manas Mathapati (Freps)
Edwin Wong, Pez De Alwis (Co-Heads)
Nagi Tateno, Raya Patel (Freps)
Media Production Team
Duke Nguyen (H), Kelly Chan (DH)
Media Production Junior Members
Thomas Fry, Mel Kiranel (Co-Heads)
Seyed Ahlesaadat (H), Mahirah Taher-Choudhury (DH)
Meera Thakrar, Tami Schwarzmann (Freps)
Kush Bhatt (H)
Martijn Hoogeveen (H)
Mani Mahal (Frep)
Ananya Sureka (H), Aru Debeyeva (DH)
Bela Bhagat, Shivam Depala (Frep)
Tudor Popovici (Buy-side Coordinator)
Romane Zarzycki (Sell-side Coordinator)
Avik Agarwal (Alumni Events Coordinator)
Dionne Lee (H)
Megan Shomo, Davina Mahgerefteh (Mentorship Officers)
Claudia Garcia-Tenorio Gomez, Thomas Smythe (Co-Heads)
Lauren Taylor (Corporate Law Sponsorship)
Greg Berces (H), Ethan Renshaw (DH)
Jade Osamwonyi, Aaron Singh (Freps)
Neil Patel (H), Kieran McKinna (DH)
Clara Loran, Amaan Khan (Junior Members)
Jenny Turnbull, Marta Olchowicz
Pavan Badyal, Anjali Tohani
John Tai, Myles Evans
First-ever WFS Central Calendar created to log events and enhance clarity within exec body
A record-breaking number of competitions aimed at enriching exec members: M&A Competition (2x submissions from last year), Quant Championship, VCPE Shark Tank.
Fintech week launched, 2x Shard events.
300+ tickets sold for ball and 60+ people going on tour to Barcelona.
Pivoted sponsorship strategy towards Fintechs while building relationships with our core sponsors across banking, law and Quant Finance introduced last year