All she ever wanted to be was an astronaut, but when she was diagnosed with Myopia at the age of six, she was completely shattered as she knew she could never become one. But, this never stopped Maya Bhandari from building a successful career.
Pursued her second passion in investment management
It pays to be passionate about more than one thing and this definitely paid off for her as she followed in the footsteps of her Indian grandfather who was a bullion trader who later became a fund manager. Currently based in the UK, she first began her career working for Lombard Street Research and later for Citigroup as Director of the Global Macro Strategy Team. In 2014, she joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments ‘as an investment strategist and director within the Multi-Asset team’. Her skills and leadership have proved to be a great asset to Threadneedle as their Global Multi Asset Income fund tripled in 2017 to $136.9 million when it was just $56.5 million in May 2016. Apart from playing these important roles, she also stands in for Toby Nangle who is the global co-head of asset allocation and head of multi-asset in EMEA.
Continues to be inspired by her mother and grandmother
Born in the UK and schooled in India, at the prestigious private school in Mumbai, Cathedral and John Connon School, she passed out with First Class and a Distinction. Later, she got her Master’s from the University of Edinburgh in Economics (MA Hons) in 2002. After which she did her MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge in the year 2003. She credits her success to the women in her life who have been important role models, “Role models mean different things to different people. For me, a role model is someone who inspires, motivates and challenges me – and on International Women’s Day, I am fortunate to have many women who have done, and continue to do, just that. From female family members (my mother and grandmother) to successful women in finance (including several here at Columbia Threadneedle).”
She also finds countless female role models in authors and humanitarians who continue to lead by example and motivate her to greater heights.
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