Nicolas de Alejo – CUP Fellows Spotlight

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What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I work in the Fixed Income division at a global asset manager directly under the Chief Investment Officer. My career in finance began with an internship at UBS PaineWebber. My experience exposed me to Wall Street and the many grand opportunities available to young professionals like myself.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Due to the global nature of my business and firm, many initiatives require input and approval from senior management across the globe. In order to address the competing viewpoints of those individuals, I am required to produce content that addresses the varying needs. Luckily, I work with talented people and utilize their perspective and various approaches to improve my ability to appeal to diverse audiences.

What is your proudest achievement?
Helping to create and launch the MultiCultural Network at BlackRock and having the opportunity to shape the global diversity strategy for a leading organization.

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
My grandfather who treated every single person with respect. He fought against Castro in the revolution and worked with the CIA to save Cuban political prisoners or activists. He had his entire life taken away from him and it only motivated him to stay focused and never give up. He appreciated every day for what it brought and I never heard him complain about anything. He went to work, the gym and church the day he died.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Serving as a senior investor for an endowment or foundation where I will be responsible for growing the investment portfolio used to fund the operating budget for the organization. I will also have a few side businesses, hopefully one of them being a restaurant where I will be guest chef occasionally.

What is one thing you've learned from the CUP Fellows Program that you would pass along to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?
“It’s never too late”