Keith Black Named Managing Director, Program Director for the Financial Data Professional Credential
FDP Program, founded by the CAIA Association, now able to leverage the insights and expertise of longtime leader of efforts around the CAIA curriculum
AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS (September 21, 2021) – The Financial Data Professional (FDP) Institute, the organization behind the FDP Charter, is today announcing that Keith Black, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA, FDP, has been named Managing Director, Program Director for the Financial Data Professional (FDP) credential.
The FDP Institute was founded by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association in 2019 to address the growing need in finance for a workforce that has the skills to perform in a digitized world, where an increasing number of decisions are, and will continue to be, driven by data and analytics. Dr. Black was, in fact, the first person to earn the FDP credential. He will now be shifting his focus to efforts around the FDP Charter after spending the past 11 years in a number of senior roles with CAIA, most recently as Managing Director, Content Strategy, where he played a major role in overseeing CAIA’s Level I and Level II exams, updating the organization’s curriculum, and providing ongoing education and thought leadership to CAIA’s global network of chapters and members.
“I have enjoyed my role with the CAIA Association, where I had the privilege of engaging with our global membership around alternative investments. Now is an excellent time to transition from alternative investments to alternative data, and devote more of my efforts to educating the finance marketplace about the key aspects of data science, the disruptive impacts it is having on so many roles, the ethical considerations that cannot get lost in a data-driven mix, and the value the FDP credential can provide to all those who want to stay on the cutting edge of finance and technology,” said Dr. Black.
“With the ongoing integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning into all of the major finance functions, including portfolio construction and risk management, now is the time to ensure that the FDP credential has the additional leadership and resources it will need to continue its growth,” added William J. Kelly, CEO of the CAIA Association. “Keith is one of our longest tenured CAIA leaders and, as FDP Charterholder #1, he is uniquely positioned to help the program continue to enhance its curriculum and to reach an ever-expanding pool of professionals who can benefit from all the FDP program has to offer.”
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