Bijna Dasani (Business Administration, 2005)
Vice President of Deutsche Bank
Bijna Dasani has never been one for letting others do all the work. Now Vice-President at a leading global Investment Bank, she spends her time at the centre of the worlds’ financial hubs; London Wall and Wall Street.
Recognised as the International Women’s Day Young Achiever of the Year in 2006, Bijna has worked for some of the City’s key players, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and State Street Global Advisors, working her way up the hierarchy to become Vice-President for Deutsche Bank, one of the world's leading financial service providers.
Bijna’s first introduction to the banking world came during her penultimate year of study at DMU. She says: “I interned as an Analyst at Investment Bank Credit Suiise, following which I declined an offer for permanent employment at the end of my term. Instead, I decided to embrace my curiosity and explore further afield after graduation.”
Following eight interviews, three exams and a very tenacious application process, Bijna later found herself in a cohort of 60 selected from 6,000 global applicants who were invited to join the Goldman Sachs graduate orientation, which began with training in New York.
Subsequently Bijna worked as a manager for Deutsche Bank’s Operations entity. She then spent a number of years working in strategy and programme management for State Street Global Advisors, before eventually returning to Deutsche Bank in 2011 to take up the role of Vice-President.
Initially responsible for the 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. Last year her role was realigned to give her responsibility for eight countries across North and Latin America. Although Bijna has the opportunity to discover many different places, she’ll 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 alumni which it is a pleasure to be affiliated with.”
“When I think about the future all I can say is that I’m currently enjoying working for Deutsche Bank and will continue to be committed, open minded and ambitious."