Managing Director, Global Banking & Markets
Bank of America

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Global Banking & Markets

00:02 I’m Yvonne. I’m the head of global markets and banking in Africa excluding South Africa for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
00:09 My job involves solving problems for clients, taking care of clients and providing client solutions in the region. What that means really is providing investment banking solutions to them including global markets, corporate banking sometimes, very very selectively.
00:29 Oh God, I can’t tell you my first ever job. Placing orders for people on the QE2, so placed some orders for some pretty famous people at the time so that was my backyard excitements.
00:43 I loved maths when I was at school. I used to sit in bed and do maths questions and I just found it made me laugh. I pondered about it long after I’d closed the text book so I love maths.
00:59 So I did maths, economics and chemistry. At university I did an economics degree. So I, I came out of university, I knew what I liked but I had no idea what I wanted to do, exploring opportunities, um working, doing any kind of job, doing internships at the time are good ways to find out what you like, what you’re good at and then the skill and then being good at what you do as a profession.
01:33 If you don’t know what you want to spend the rest of your life doing at a young age it’s fine. What we then need to do is go on a journey of self-discovery by being true to ourselves, focusing on what we like. I believe in life purpose as well so really thinking about what it is that we’re here to do and when we align with those things I do, I, you will find what works for you. You will find, cos I can’t imagine doing anything else other than banking, I just can’t.


“I knew what I liked but I had no idea what I wanted to do.” Yvonne studied maths, economics and chemistry at A-level, then went on to an economics degree. After university, she wasn’t sure about which direction to take but soon found her feet in investment banking.

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