Diego Lopez - LSE Ambassador to the Middle EastDiego was born in the exotic Canary Islands, in Spain. He completed his undergrad studies in Milan and Madrid, before moving to London and earning his Masters at the LSE. He has since then developed his professional career in Corporate Finance and Sovereign Wealth Funds across Europe, Middle East, Far East Asia and Latin America, currently serving as Director for PwC, and based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Diego displays a significant commitment with the LSE, having been involved in the Alumni Associations of Spain, Hong Kong and Brazil before, and being an active mentor of students and alumni since 2009, and a member of the Group Leaders Support Global Sub-Committee since 2013. He enjoys swimming (he was part of the London University Swimming Team!), travelling (55+ countries) and writing about global politics and economics.
Paul J. Ashkar - Secretary As Secretary of the LSE Alumni Association UAE, Paul’s main responsibilities lie in the proper preparation, execution and record keeping of the Committee administrative activities related to running our group. He orchestrates the committee members’ actions and handles the communication with LSE Advancement in London. Paul originates from Greece and Lebanon. He graduated from the School in 1988 with a MSc in Information Systems and, as a seasoned programme management director, he possesses international experience setting-up the means for businesses to understand and control their strategic projects when diverse stakeholders are engaged.
Anastasios P. Dalgiannakis, CFA - TreasurerAnastasios has 18 years of multi-asset experience having been a senior convertible bonds analyst with ABN AMRO in London and a Senior Proprietary Trader with Deutsche Bank in London. He has been based in Dubai for the past 7 years and is currently supervising Green Coast Investments. His remit includes asset allocation strategy and optimization, risk management, budgeting, investment coverage, origination and implementation. Anastasios holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics with Distinction and is a CFA® charterholder.
Manasi Tripathi - Communications OfficerManasi is from the 2009 graduate batch and has over 10 years of academic and professional experience of covering financial institutions, across different geographies. In the last 5 years, she has lived in 4 different countries and loves everything about her nomad life! She is based in Dubai and is your point of contact for all matters related to the Association's communications. Interests: Hot Yoga (most recently), traveling, reading pretty much everything like a scavenger.
Ayla Iqbal - Events Coordinator, Dubai
Ayla is currently a Proposition and Conference Manager with Middle East Global Advisors, specializing in finance related events. She grew up in different countries, including the USA, Brazil, Singapore and Poland, before going to the UK for her undergraduate degree. Ultimately, she got her MSc in Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) at LSE, and graduated in 2009. A self declared foodie, who loves books - she is happy to recommend restaurants and books to those who ask.
Madhav Kanchan - Mentorship Officer and Events Coordinator Dubai
Madhav graduated in BSc Actuarial Science in 2009 and has spent a total of five wonderful years in the UK; three for studying and two for working. He is currently working in his family business, Nutty nuts Foodstuff Factory LLC ,as the Business Development Director.