A De Montfort University (DMU) graduate who is vice-president of one of the world’s leading financial service providers has been named one of the best young businesswomen in the UK.
SUCCESS: Bijna with DMU students earlier this year
Bijna Dasani, FRSA, graduated from DMU with a BA in Business Administration in 2005 and since then has become a rising star of the business world.
This week she was named in the 35 Women Under 35 list by respected publication Management Today in recognition of her work as a VP for Deutsche Bank.
It says that Bijna, who still has strong ties with DMU, has a global remit that spans three continents and recently had sole responsibility for a multi-billion euro cost reduction programme.
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Bijna has worked for some of the City of London’s key players, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and State Street Global Advisors, working her way up to her current position with Deutsche Bank.
Bijna came back to DMU earlier this year to deliver a talk to current business students called “Sowing the seeds of leadership; My journey from DMU graduate to Vice President of Deutsche Bank”.
She said on her return that the time she spent studying at DMU had been “extraordinary”.
“The DMU experience and the affinity with the DMU family since graduation have provided a consistent trajectory for innovation, creative thinking and opportunity,” she said.
Initially responsible for a UK, Middle-East and South African mandate, Bijna has always found it interesting to observe and experience the behaviour and market cultures of different regions.
Later her role was realigned to give her responsibility for eight countries across North and Latin America and she spent two years on Wall Street. Today, Bijna has a global mandate.
Although she has the opportunity to discover many different places, Bijna will always hold a special place in her heart for Leicester.
“Leicester is my hometown and as one of the most multicultural cities in Britain, it is always an exciting place to be. DMU has become the nucleus of the city and provides excellent opportunities to showcase talent. Studying at DMU remains very important to me - it represents an excellent standard of teaching and a fantastic calibre of peers.
“There is also an exceptional network of academics and alumni which it is a pleasure to be affiliated with.”
Posted on Tuesday 7th July 2015