Extra credit question:
As a parent of a rising senior, what has it been like to see your daughter experience Brown?
I have relived my Brown experience through my daughter’s lens. Sharing similar and new experiences together, rediscovering the University’s unique academia, campus, and community life, and benefiting from that special bond we have developed independently and together with our beloved Brown have been exhilarating. She has had an amazing three years so far and although graduating is exciting, she is already sad about leaving Brown. I feel the same, but I know that both she and I will remain very involved with our alma mater for as long as we can.
Laya Khadjavi is the global head of business development and client relations at Menai Financial Group, a global institution specializing in digital assets, and a board member of GoldenTree ABS Management. Khadjavi was COO, head of strategy and business development at ICE Canyon, an investment management firm specializing in emerging markets, from 2012-2016. Previously, she was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, where she held a succession of senior management positions during her 23-year tenure after beginning her career at Salomon Brothers.
Khadjavi holds a bachelor of science in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown, where she also completed the requirements for a bachelor of arts in French Literature. She received her MBA from Columbia University. At Brown, Khadjavi is a member of the Women's Leadership Council, where she served as co-chair from 2018 to 2021, and is a member of the Middle East Studies Advisory Council. She is also a trustee of the Institute of International Education and a member of the Iranian American Women Foundation’s board of advisors and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ancient Near East Art Department’s visiting committee. In 2008, Khadjavi received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.