Introduce yourself briefly (passions, hobbies, background)
My name is Jules Maitrepierre, I’m French, I turned 20 last August and I am the founder of the International Finance Student Association. I’m currently studying International Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management. My main interests are philosophy, rugby, strategy, sociology and, of course, finance.
What exactly is your association about ?
The International Finance Student Association (IFSA) is a non-profit association for students from all around the world who are passionate about finance and who desire to be part of a global network.
We want to provide students with a foundation for professional success in the field of finance. We aim to do that by working hard on two things.
The first one is to create a unique and gigantic global network of students who are passionate about Finance to make them share ideas, work on projects together help each other out wherever possible. For instance, if you’re looking for an internship we want to make sure one of our member will be able to help you out wherever you are.
The second is to provide knowledge to our members. We desire to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to our members. We want them to have a clear idea of what is finance and how fantastic it is!
What made you want to start up the association ? How long did it take you to implement it starting from the idea form ? What setbacks did you face ?
To be honest I am not sure if I can fully answer this question. I wanted to create a network of people who are into the same thing. I wanted to make sure people had the possibility of meeting other people who share their passion. Then the ideas of providing them with knowledge, organizing workshops, events and games came later on. Now how long did it take to go from theory to concrete I have no idea, everything went so fast, IFSA has only existed for eight months!
Achievements so far and future long-term goals ?
Well, in approximately eight months IFSA managed to expand itself to three continents and we are still expanding. We managed to settle a certain structure on which we are still working. Every chapter is at a certain stage. Some are more advanced than others as they joined us very recently. We also have to adapt to each environment where IFSA is established. As a result of that the achievements between each chapter vary a lot. For example, Kyoto will have its first workshop on the 8th while London just joined us. We’re working very hard on the website which will be available pretty soon!
Our long term goals is to have all of our chapters completely structured and have them organizing various events such as lectures, workshops or games. We want to work in cooperation with numerous banks and consultancy groups. We also want to expand and have more elite universities in our network.
Has it reached your expectations ?
I cannot really answer that question can I? You should ask all of our members: if their answer is positive, then I would say yes! All I can say is that I am very proud and happy about the work each of our member is putting into the association. Everybody is working very hard and that’s simply fantastic!