HOW I FORGED MY OWN ENTREPRENEURIAL PATHWAY, FROM THE SOVIET BLOC TO BROWN TO WALL STREET TO FIN TECH
Entrepreneurial careers can take many forms and endure different life cycles. Meet Alla Bashenko BA-MA ’98, who left her home in the Soviet Ukraine with just $100 in her pocket having been awarded a full scholarship to Brown. She will dive into her journey of becoming an investment banker with a humanities background, how she published several poetry books along the way, and then stumbled upon a new journey as a startup tech advisor and fintech Board member.
***Note: In order to ensure a personalized experience for all the participants, the roundtable is limited to 10 students. Those interested in participating should complete this form by Thursday, October 24 at 12:00 pm (noon). Selected participants soon after.***
Alla Bashenko BA-MA ’98 is a seasoned financial markets professional with expertise across a broad spectrum of financial products, securities, risk management/compliance, regulation, commodities, and global markets. Alla has a particular interest in investment, global technological evolution, cybersecurity, and digital transformation, and holds a range of non-executive and advisory roles. Alla has operated in large, complex organizations. She has held senior-level roles at Nomura, where she was Global Chair of the Global Markets Regulatory Taskforce and EMEA Head of Coverage for Inbound Financial Institutions in FIG. She had spent the majority of her career at Goldman Sachs, holding a variety of management roles in the Securities Division, based out of New York, Sydney, London, and Moscow. Throughout her career, she has successfully built from scratch, grown and de-risked high revenue businesses encompassing commodities as well as regional franchises in Latin America and the CIS region. Alla is actively engaged with charity work, particularly in healthcare and education. She is currently based in London, enjoys traveling and speaks a number of languages.