#AWMBinspiration…Day 83…Sakeena Lalljee!





Sakeena is a Client Relationship Manager at Aquis Exchange in London. Aquis is an exchange that allows banks, brokers and investment firms to trade blue-chip stocks from 13 key European markets, for a fixed monthly subscription fee. It is the first Company to introduce the subscription model to European equities trading, bringing fresh competition and innovation to the market.

Outside work, Sakeena chairs the Women’s Network advisory council at the British Pakistan Foundation (BPF), which promotes the professional development of British Pakistani women.

She holds a BA in English from Queen Mary, University of London, as well as a Certificate in Investment from the CISI for which she received an Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2015, Sakeena was shortlisted by WeAreTheCity as a Top 10 Rising Star in Technology.


What’s your message to AWMB community?

Don’t allow the fear of ‘what other people will think’ to hold you back from fulfilling your personal and career goals. As long as you’re staying true to yourself, your beliefs and your moral compass, there’s no reason not to try something if you believe it is the right way forward.

It’s also okay to change your mind occasionally, if you believe you’ve made the wrong decision. Commitment, perseverance and seeing things through are vital to success, but sometimes a new perspective or change of direction is perfectly reasonable if you have taken the time to think it through.

For example, I had planned for a long time to pursue a career in journalism. I was also very interested in publishing, and had the fantastic experience of spending a summer working with Penguin Books’ online marketing team as part of the Pearson Internship Programme. However a brief ‘temporary’ job at an agency broker Instinet after this, and an open mind, have since led to me to a career in financial services technology.


Tell us something that would surprise us about you.

I can explain the offside rule without the use of ketchup bottles and salt & pepper shakers – I’m a Level 1 certified football coach and a qualified referee! I haven’t used either of these in practice for some time, but I do hope to resume coaching in a voluntary capacity in the future.


Make sure you connect with Sakeena on Twitter @SakeenaEL

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