Guy Chachami

Chief Investment Officer of Private Banking, Israel Discount Bank, Israel

BA International Management

What made you choose Middlesex University?:

The main three elements that convinced me were its reputation, its location in London, and the unique courses it provided.

What course did you study and what attracted you to that course?:

I studied International Management. This was an unique 4 year sandwich course that enabled me to experience special courses, an internship (in J.P. Morgan) and exchange studies in New York.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy the most?:

The programme was very practical, it enabled me to focus on the right classes and specialise on what I liked the most. The lecturers were experts, experienced in their field as well as teachers. Moreover it was a pleasure to study alongside students from around the world.

What is your fondest memory of Middlesex?:

My finance teacher Alex Rebman was the most amazing and knowledgeable of all my former teachers. He will remain in my memory for life.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?:

Treat this as a very important decision in life. It will help and represent you for life both on your personal and professional sides.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?:

There is no doubt that my BA Degree in International Management from Middlesex was a very substantial competitive advantage when I entered the mutual funds industry and helped me to reach the CEO position just 7 years later.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?:

Only one month after I completed my studies in 1999, I started to work for one of the largest mutual funds management groups in Israel. I took advantage of my unique international background and was promoted almost every year until I became CEO in 2006. In 2010, I moved to the private banking industry and became the CIO of private banking in one of the largest banks in Israel.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?:

1. Do not stop learning
2. Work hard
3. Be ambitious

What skills have been most valuable in your career so far and how have you developed these?:

Working hard, defining goals and being focused are the foundation skills that helped me get to where I am today.

Are there any tips you can give international students looking to move abroad to study?:

If you can afford it, do not hesitate!

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