Mr. Investor Relations To Investment Banking
I’m an immigrant who left Africa because of several personal family losses. I studied accounting and was working towards becoming a tax attorney, but I realized that I wanted my work to have a more meaningful impact on the world. I accepted a job with a RE PE firm in IR where I have facilitated deals to build infrastructure in developing countries.
Undergrad School: University of Florida
Undergrad Major: Accounting
Age: 24, Ethnicity: White
Other Degree/Certification: Master of Accounting (GPA 3.76)
School Name: University of Florida
Extracurriculars: African Student Union: I moved from African a couple of years ago, and I wanted to connect with other students with African backgrounds. | Treasurer of Internal Student Center: Acted as a bridge between international students and American culture, using my experience as an immigrant to make them feel welcomed. I also used my experiencing in the business school to help advance the careers of international students interested in business careers. | Contract Researcher: Did research with university lawyers to uncover exculpatory clauses in student leasing contracts. My motivation to engage in this research being that my parents were victims of such clauses when we first moved here, so I wanted to educate students on this.
Title: Private Equity Analyst - Investor Relations
Industry: Banking & Finance
Company: Boutique Firm
Length of Employment: 1 yr, 1 mos
Big Life Wins:
I was an integral part of launching a new fund at my firm which attracted app. $10B during the capital formation process. I worked directly with C-suite individuals to construct the theme of this fund which seniors on my team used to attract investors. I personally spearheaded the fund’s market research phase and presented my findings to the CSO.
Post MBA Goal:
Although I love the work that I do, I want to have a greater impact. While working at this firm, I’ve noticed that deal professionals (i.e., ex-bankers) identify and invest in portfolio companies. An MBA would allow me to pursue a career in banking and transition to deals, where I can use my experience to invest and improve infra in Africa.
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