Alumni profile: Maria Eloisa Figueiredo

International Relations graduate Maria Eloisa Figueiredo, who graduated in 2009, is now working in the wealth management industry.

Where are you now? 

I am currently working as a Private Banker at Banco Fator, a boutique wealth management, asset management and mergers and acquisitions bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My position entails understanding clients' financial objectives, appetite for risk and investment horizons; I analyse global macroeconomic trends in order to offer the best solutions for investments.

What did you do after graduating from Regent's? 

Upon graduating with a BA in International Relations in December 2009, I began working in the Investor Relations department at Banco Bradesco, which is Brazil’s second largest bank in terms of assets under management. In this position, I travelled around Europe and North America conducting road shows, along with the bank’s executive team. I eventually became interested in private banking and joined Bradesco’s advisory team, which manages the assets of ultra high-net-worth clients. I was then promoted to Portfolio Specialist, where I administered exclusive funds for private clients. I joined Banco Fator in January 2017. I hope to continue evolving in the wealth management and private banking business.

What impact did your time at the University have on you, both professionally and personally?

Regent’s offered access to people from various nationalities, and the friendships I made during my time at the University proved to be invaluable. My course schedule was both academically relevant and practical. The class in Interpersonal Communication, for example, was critical to my professional success, which heavily relies on efficient communication. Last but not least, I obtained my first internship in finance thanks to a Careers Fair held on campus. I interned at the Bank of New York Mellon in London for six months, and I maintain a positive relationship with my previous co-workers to this day. 

What advice would you give to current students or recent graduates starting out in their careers?

Experiment as much as you can. Take risks with the courses you choose, and undertake as many internships as you can. You will never know what you are interested in working in unless you try it. Make the best of Regent’s resources, including career advice.

What does the Spirit of Regent’s mean to you?

Regent’s alumni are scattered all over the world, in all continents, but no matter where they go, the friendship between former students remains tight, grounded by the wonderful memories provided by Regent’s. It was the best time of my life. 

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