- Programme studied: Global Master's in Management
- Year of Graduation: 2015
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Alum of the Month for June is, ex-investment banker turned 'Hero', Julia. After working for Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking department in London, in 2018 she joined Delivery Hero in Berlin.
What’s your current job?
About a year ago I started my new role as Director Investor Relations within the Group Strategy department at Delivery Hero, a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace based in Berlin, Germany.
Since the company successfully went public in June 2017, and shortly after entered the MDAX market index, even more investors are interested in the success story of Delivery Hero. It is my job to handle inquiries from existing and potential investors, as well as research analysts, and help them to make informed investment decisions. The role allows me to integrate my knowledge in finance with communication, marketing and legal compliance. Being part of the wider Group Strategy team also gives me insights into highly strategic decisions of management. I am thrilled to be part of the team that is shaping the future of online food delivery, an industry that is still very much in its infancy.
Where have you worked previously?
Prior to Delivery Hero, I worked within Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking department in London for three years. More specifically, I worked as an Associate within the Global Capital Markets team, covering public sector institutions such as the World Bank, EIB or KfW. I was advising on and executing debt issuances in the global capital markets, as well as connecting issuers to relevant investors. This aspect of the job inspired me to move into investor relations at Delivery Hero. While it is a different product and industry that I am dealing with today, the principles of investor engagement remain the same.
Tell us about your recent move from London to Berlin?
While I had a fantastic experience at Morgan Stanley, after three years it was time for me to shake things up a bit. But I didn't just want to change banks, or roles. I decided to leave banking – and the city of banking – altogether. After all, my best career decisions to date have come out of the biggest disruptions. With my recent move to Berlin, I unlocked new opportunities in a different industry and pursued my desire to work in a young, fast-growing company.
What was the greatest lesson you learnt whilst studying at the Department of Management?
To challenge ideas and embrace different opinions as something positive. Open discussions always lead to the best solutions to a problem. This lesson became invaluable to me. It shapes the foundation of how I work and live today.
How has studying at the Department of Management allowed you to make an impact?
The Department of Management exposed me to great minds from across the globe, whether those were fellow students, lecturers or world-class speakers. This multi-cultural environment breeds tolerance and acceptance, values that I deeply advocate, and therewith strive to a make a positive impact to the world we live in.
What’s the best thing about being an alum from the Department of Management?
The network, clearly. Within my two years of studying at LSE I made friends for life. There is this sense of Alumni network that goes beyond country borders. For example, it was exactly that LSE network that inspired and supported me in making my latest career decision, as well as that helped me to settle in Berlin. There is this mutual understanding of helping each other out – even years after graduating.