WFIC - World Federation of Investors Corporation

The World Federation of Investors is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose members are primarily national shareholders' associations. WFI was formed to promote investor education and shareholder advocacy. WFI helps national shareholders associations and investor advocacy groups better serve their members. more
2015 WFI ANNUAL MEETING:  Sept. 30 – Oct. 3
2015 WFI Annual Meeting - Milano, Italy

WFI 2015 Annual Meeting
September 30 – October 3, 2015, Milano, Italy

The host in Milano will be: Lawyer Fausto Bongiorni, Studio Legale in Milano, together with Lawyer Paola Pivato (they are associated) of the Studio Legale in Bologna. Thursday and Friday will be devoted especially to financial education programs and to the protection of shareholders' rights. The presence of the keynote speakers, representing the Italian financial sector as well as the representatives of the legal society, judges and law firms will honor the occasion.

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Expo Milano 2015Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

Designed by internationally-renowned architects, Expo Milano 2015 includes an exposition garden with more than 12,000 trees, water features and a canal. Reflecting the signature urban-planning style of the ancient Romans, the site is based on two wide avenues, the Cardo and the Decumano, which intersect at Piazza Italia. On these avenues stand the pavilions of the participating countries, the public squares and the areas dedicated to events and catering. Constructed to be energy-efficient and sustainable, the buildings are designed to be removed and reused, mainly for humanitarian purposes, after the event concludes.

The site will host four thematic areas. The range from Pavilion Zero, which traces the history of humankind via its relationship with food, to the Future Food District, which explains how technology will change food storage, distribution, purchase, and consumption. Then there are the areas of the Children's Park, where the young folk can learn about the themes of Expo Milano 2015 while having fun, and the Biodiversity Park, a large garden in which a number of our planet's ecosystems are reproduced. In Milan itself, the Triennale Museum, will be Arts & Foods, an exhibition exploring how the relationship between food and art has changed over the centuries.

Expo Milano 2015 is not only a showcase of the best technologies for a sustainable future, but a global, interactive event with thousands of cultural offerings both within and outside the exhibition site. Shows, concerts, conferences, cooking demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions will transform Expo Milano 2015 into an occasion for reflection as well as enjoyment.

On Saturday, October 3, and Sunday October 4, Paolo Brambilla will be happy to visit the Expo together with international guests or to attend cultural offerings outside the exhibition site.


The WFI Executive Committee met at WFI offices in Gent, Belgium, on March 30-31, 2015. Seven Executive Committee members were joined by seven guests. Individual directors gave reports on their country and on issues relating to individual shareholders.

Past Chairman Lars-Erik Forsgärdh suggested that the criteria for membership be clarified. This was also the intention of the chairman, especially now that some members do not represent associations but are participating in their own capacity, as lawyers, professors or other categories of interested parties (subseuent to the meeting a task force was formed to review the Bylaws). Read more

WFI Executive Committee

WFI Executive Committee
(Back): Lars-Erik Forsgärdh, Paolo Brambilla (WF Young Investors: Patrick Thomenius and Elizabéta Lindström), Henning Wegener, Jean-Pierre Paelinck, Kasia Rusek, Wilfred Hübscher, Roger Ganser
(Front): Hachem Boulos, Katherine Naherny, Frank Fumio Kaneko


Former WFI Chairman Lars-Erik Forsgårdh is now Chairman of the European Confederation of Directors' Association, an independent voice advocating good corporate governance in the EU.

WFI Report
"Financial Security and Accounting Malpractice"

From the very beginning of the new century there have been several corporate scandals both in Europe and the United States which have led to huge stock market falls, nationalization of banks and even the disappearance thereof. These scandals have caused serious damage to shareholders, employees, and creditors alike. In addition, they have evidenced the need to enhance the existing rules and regulations on financial information disclosure by the large listed companies, thus strengtheneing the enforcement of transparnet financial reporting.

In an effort to call attention to these serious issues and to protect individual investors, the World Federation of Investors (WFI) has drafted a report: "Financial Security and Accounting Malpractice", 13 July 2015.

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WFI Officers
Active in Regulatory Affairs

Aldo Sicurani, WFI Treasurer
– since 2004 of the Commission Epargnants (Savers' Commission) of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (French Financial Markets Authority)

Roger H. Ganser, WFI Chairman
– since 2013 member of Investor Advisory Committee of U.S. Security Exchange Commission
– since 2014 member of Investor Issues Advisory Committee of U.S. Financial Industry National Regulatory Authority

Aldo Sicurani
Aldo Sicurani, Délégué général
Fédération des Investisseurs individuels et des Clubs d'investissement (F2iC)

Fédération des Investisseurs individuels et des Clubs d'investissement (F2iC)

France has over four million individual investors representing 105 billion Euros in assets. Like elsewhere in the world, those numbers were higher a decade ago. F2iC is successor to the French Federation of Investment Clubs (FFCI) which was founded in 1968. F2iC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote long-term financial savings by contributing to the development, improvement and maintenance of financial literacy of consumers, savers, investors, and individual shareholders.

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Personal investing in equity as a way of forming wealth should be promoted, since it enables individual investors to participate in the growth of business and thereby in the progress of nations and the world economy. Access to their own investment capital in stocks increases individuals' freedom of action and improves their chances of weathering financial difficulties. Private share ownership thus enriches the individual in a number of ways.

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