Alumni board
Our Alumni Board is made up of former Brokerage candidates who are now working in business and finance. They act as a steering panel for The Brokerage, offering input, advice and ideas for the future of the organisation. Each of the members represent a variety of organisations and institutions.

Click here to find out more about our Alumni and Ambassador Network, or contact Jo Turrell, marketing and communications officer.

Aleksandra LaskaAleksandra Laska

Business development
Improbable

Aleksandra studied at La Sainte Union Catholic School in Camden, then studied Law at King's College. Prior to her professional career Aleksandra completed several internships. The first two, through the Brokerage, were with Morgan Stanley and Abbey Financial Markets (now Santander). She continued with two more internships at UBS and at Goldman Sachs International within the Capital Markets Division. She then spent five years at Goldman Sachs, where she was an equity sales-trader covering futures, portfolios and synthetic products.

Today, Aleksandra is responsible for Business Development at Improbable – a tech start-up, which received funding from Andreessen Horowitz and has been named one of the smartest companies in the world by the MIT Review. She joined the company from a Venture Capital fund, where she was part of the early stage technology investment team. After leaving Goldman Sachs, she founded her own mobile payments business partnering with PayPal.

Amera Otaifa

Amera Otaifa

Human resources director
BMO

Amera is a Senior Human Resources Business Partner and a professional life coach. She has been working within the financial services sector in London for over 16 years, predominantly supporting senior leaders with strategic transformational projects. Amera has travelled across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America for workshops and to deliver presentations and training programs. Her passion is to help people design the life and career of their dreams, as they define them.

Amera holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Buket Unat

Buket studied at Bexley Grammar School, before joining the Brokerage internship scheme. She was able to gain a placement at the Bank of England where she worked in the Monetary Analysis division on a Data Accuracy project.

She graduated with BA (Hons) Economics and Business with East European Studies from University College London (UCL) and then joined the Deloitte Consulting Graduate Scheme.

Chelcie WhitmoreChelcie Whitmore

Transformation strategy analyst - business development
Transport for London (TfL)

Chelcie studied at Raines Foundation School in Tower Hamlets. She joined the City Business Traineeship programme in 2008, gaining a placement as the Graduate Training Programme Coordinator at UBS.

She graduated in Economics at Queen Mary in 2012, and joined the Management Consulting arm of PwC. In 2013, she joined TfL’s Customer Experience, Marketing and Communications graduate scheme and has worked on a variety of high profile projects such as Contactless payments. She completed the scheme in 2015 and now works as an Analyst in Business Development; looking at commercially exploiting the Contactless Intellectual Property and business process improvement.

Darryl MootoosamyDarryl Mootoosamy

Sales & business development manager
B Lab UK 

Darryl studied A levels at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Balham, going on to graduate from the University of Warwick in 2011 with a degree in Economics. Prior to university he worked at several investment banks via internships and temporary assignments, including a 10-week internship at Citi organised via The Brokerage in 2006. Through these experiences he was able to hone his skills set, better his understanding of the working world, and mature as a young professional.

Darryl joined Bloomberg after graduating, working in their Sales & Analytics division where he was managing clients across France, Geneva, Israel, Monaco and London. He then joined Next Jump, an organisation offering employee engagements solutions to 70% of Fortune 1000 companies.

Darryl now works at a charity called B Lab UK as their Sales & Business Development Manager; a role in which he generates energy and interest around B Corps, communicates the message of the B Corp movement, and focuses on growing the community of B Corps in the UK.

Dhilan PatelDhilan Patel

Senior trader
Scotiabank 

Dhilan did his 'A' levels at Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIC) where he took part in the Working in the City programme, from the Brokerage, his first insight into working life in the City. Keen to pursue a career in finance, he participated in a variety of events/workshops organised by the Brokerage. After his A levels, he gained a paid summer internship at UBS on the City Business Traineeship programme.

Thanks to his relevant work experience, increased confidence and good references, Dhilan returned to UBS the next summer during his summer break from LSE. He secured another summer internship at BNP Paribas and gained a permanent role after graduating. In 2014 he moved to Scotiabank to set up his own trading team. He recently raised over £3,000 for the Brokerage by participating in the London Duathlon. 

Ellen LuEllen Lu

Infrastructure MO structured sates
Barclays

Ellen studied A levels at City & Islington College. In 2007, she secured a CBT internship at RBC Capital Markets working on Structured Rates Derivatives Documentation.

Throughout her Economics studies at Queen Mary, University of London, Ellen kept in touch with her line manager and upon graduation he offered Ellen the same role in derivatives documentation. Focussing on Structured Rates for her first year, she was able to use her experience to apply for a similar position specialising in Structured Equities.

After four and a half years at RBC, Ellen is now working in Infrastructure MO Structured Rates at Barclays. Her focus is still on structured derivatives, mainly in rates, but also touches equities and FX.

Iman KhabirehIman Khabireh

Internal audit
Amlin

Through the Brokerage, Iman completed an internship at Citigroup after studying A levels at St Augustine’s High School in Westminster. He was asked to come back in the following summer, working in both their London and Belfast offices.

After graduating in Economics at the University of York, Iman joined Ernst & Young as an auditor in the Banking & Capital Markets division. Since February 2012 he has been working for Amlin, a specialist insurance company covering natural disasters among other perils.

Iman has a passion for travelling - having travelled to America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East – often packed with nothing but curiosity for the new. He was born in Iran, and spent most of his “younger” years in Holland before moving to the UK.

Mohammed MarikarMohammed Marikar

Associate director, market intelligence
RBC Wealth Management

Mohammed attended Haverstock School in Camden, although had to travel between three sixth forms across the Borough for his A level studies. It was during this time that he first heard about the Brokerage and considered a career in the City.

In 2004 he was able to secure a placement at UBS, gaining valuable experience, skills and contacts. After graduating from Imperial College he joined UBS as a graduate in investment banking. In 2011 he changed career and transferred to private wealth management within UBS as a Business Development Manager. Mohammed then took the next step in his career, and joined RBC Wealth Management.

Toib Olomowewe 

HR business partnerToib Olomowewe
Shell

Toib completed his A levels at LaSwap Sixth Form in Camden and then studied Economics & History at SOAS, University of London. He completed several investment banking internships, including one on The Brokerage’s CBT programme in Hedge Fund Relations with Société Générale. 

After graduating, Toib completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and continued in education as the Deputy Director of Sixth Form in Tower Hamlets. He now works for Shell as an HR Business Partner in their Trading and Supply business.

 

Ime UdohIme Udoh

Business analyst
ICAP

Ime studied A-levels at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham and graduated in Economics and Finance from Queen Mary, University of London in 2010. He developed an interest in financial services whilst studying Economics at college and secured a CBT internship at Societe Generale in 2007.

Subsequent internships at Deutsche Bank and Bloomberg followed and his career to date has spanned alternative investments, EU regulation and broking. Currently, he is a Business Analyst working at the interdealer broker ICAP focussing on cross asset technology enhancements. He recently teamed up with a fellow Alumni to raise over £1500 by completing a skydive from 13,000 ft.

 

Alexandra Galviz Alexandra Galviz

Head of Training and Development
Currencies Direct

Alexandra studied at Grey Coat Hospital 6th form in Westminster before taking part in the City of London Business Traineeship (CBT) programme in 2009 with The Brokerage. During her CBT internship, she worked for Spanish Insurance company, MAPFRE Assistance, where she won Trainee of the Year. 

After graduating in French at Queen Mary in 2013, she joined AFEX, a foreign exchange broker, as an Online Support Assistant for the UK and later moved into the role of European Systems Specialist where she drove the adoption of the online platform across Europe.

Alexandra now works as Head of Training and Development for Currencies Direct, where she travels around the world driving sales efficiencies and upskilling sales teams. Alexandra is passionate about the personal development of graduates and frequently blogs about the transition between student and professional.

 

Schools and colleges

Over 200 schools and colleges worked with us in the past year

Workplace visits

Over 4,500 students visited a workplace in the City or Canary Wharf in 2016

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