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You were exceptionally inspiring and I personally believe the only one who brought up financial disparity, specifically gender inequalities to then talk about financial inclusion. Which I believe was the first key in unlocking financial literacy & inclusion.
I just wanted to drop you a personal message to just
re-iterate how wonderful it was to have you on panel. I’ve had a huge amount of
compliments and positive feedback and a large part of that was specifically to
you so I just wanted to share this with you. A whole group of women at
Calastone have now specifically said they are inspired to aim higher, be brave
and think about leadership roles more, which is fantastic!
Thank you so much for
joining and for providing such valuable insight and helping to encourage
everyone to do more and take a stand on this. I know this can be thankless work
sometimes, but all the work that you have done and I’m sure will continue to do
in this space is inspirational and I’m much more confident knowing there are
women like you in the space to be inspired by.
I wanted to say a massive
thank you for your powerful speech at the HSBC global lunch and learn event
Bijna, is an influential, powerful and visionary leader. She encourages women to be proactive in their career by stepping up. As a mentor, Bijna is honest, candid and encouraging. Her clear and open communication style and positive reinforcement both motivate and inspire. With a high emotional intelligence she endorses that being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary in achieving one’s potential.Bijna, is a charismatic leader with a big social impact. Not only is she highly accomplished, but brings a variety of qualities that are worth emulating for any leader. She is a phenomenal role model and ally, helping women to find their voice whilst encouraging them to own their success.
Thank you sincerely for your talk, it was incredibly enlightening and gives us a great launch pad for the rest of Black History Month
Bijna is not only a great leader but also a good human being! During this past year, I had the pleasure of working for Bijna on multiple team initiatives driving firm strategies and she has always lead by example. Bijna is a determined, self driven person who has achieved so much in her career at such a young age. She always goes beyond capacity to keep the team motivated by providing equal opportunities for everyone to give in their best and achieve great success in their careers. I believe she is one of the best mentors I ever had in my 12 years of career, as her people skills are highly developed. I’m delighted I had the chance to learn so many things from Bijna in a short span of time and look forward to continue to learn from her at every step of my life..
Bijna is an inspirational leader and a role model to all the young women who aspire to grow in their career. I've had the privilege to work closely with Bijna on one of the projects aimed to drive communications agenda for Central Change team and she has been an absolute delight to work with. Her warm and welcoming nature makes her approachable. Bijna is a true ambassador of diversity and inclusion and one of very few leaders who is known to walk her talk. She has been a fantastic coach and mentor to me and many within the firm and has been instrumental to help us carve a path to shape or career. I'd like to recommend Bijna to all who are looking for a coach and a mentor to support them build a solid career trajectory.
I have had the wonderful privilege of working with Bijna as a colleague at Morgan Stanley. She is an outstanding advocate for D&I and has contributed immensely to the India Women’s Business Alliance. She is a true enabler of strategic change at the Firm and we worked together on the TechOps continuous improvement partnership. Right from setting up an executive roundtable to leading change for operations in India, Bijna does it all with aplomb! She works extensively as the automation strategy lead, squad product owner and head of India change for Operations. The single factor that makes her stand out from the crowd is her true sense of empathy. For that reason, she is a true role model for all of us.
Not many people can be so efficient as Bijna. I have worked under the guidance of her for close to two years now, and Bijna’s professionalism and healthy balance as a leader always motivated me to do my own part of the job better. Bijna’s willingness to help and share her expertise in a pleasant and comprehensible manner helped me a great deal while working as a partner to grow our business footprint in India. Her capacity to project an open mind and communicate clearly regardless of challenges is admired across the firm. Bijna is a great advocate for diversity and inclusion at workplace, and as a leader have ignited a meaningful change while building a large team in India. Her leadership is truly the reason behind many of our successes. I strongly recommend Bijna as an effective manager and a natural leader.
It’s rare that you come across standout talent like Bijna. Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor—but I did while working for Bijna. I was always in awe of Bijna’s ability to command a room and get people on board with ideas—even people who were initially on completely different pages. I was particularly impressed by Bijna’s ability to think outside the box and truly innovate effortlessly. That skill often takes years to develop, but it seemed to come perfectly naturally to her. Oh, and she knew the way to her teams heart, making sure that every member was praised for a good job and regular cakes, coffees and team lunches. Talk about motivating a team! As a team member or a leader, Bijna earns my highest recommendation. Any employee would be lucky to have her.
In my 40 years in the banking industry I have never worked for a more innovative, inclusive and forward thinking manager. I was always encouraged to test parameters and think outside the box. Bijna is also a master strategist and has an almost infinite knowledge of her working environment. She has unlimited energy and whilst 100% focussed still makes time for her team. I will truly miss working for her.
I had the pleasure of working with Bijna for two years and her leadership and organizational skills made difficult tasks achievable. Bijna was able to coordinate the processes for a number of work streams which enabled a very diverse senior team to work cohesively and productively. The outcome was a great success for the entire team.
Bijna has mentored me since about the time I started my own early 2014. The monthly meetings we have are real fixtures in my calendar - of the best possible kind! We have worked on the large and small of running a business: Strategic overview, assets analysis, rebranding, risk management, outcome assurance as well as tangible pitches and creative streams of fundraising. All in all, Bijna is open-minded, enthusiastic, ambitious, strategic and very focused and I always walk away from our passionate discussions with a sharpend focus and a straightend spine.
I had the distinct privilege of working with Bijna for two years and in that time I have known Bijna to be an extremely fair, caring and down to earth business partner and colleague. She is an intuitive partner, a pragmatic leader and realist who gets the whole picture holistically while taking the time to understand critical details. I found this to be incredibly valuable and a great learning experience while working with Bijna. She looked to explore and understand all aspects and perspectives of a project and offered great insight and determination to get things done.
At Jones Lang LaSalle we have worked with Bijna for several years, both in London and in New York City. She is the consummate professional, thoughtful, fun to work with, and always raising the bar.
Bijna and I work together at State Street Global Advisors. She is a consummate professional. Bijna combines intellectual curiosity, hard work and thoughtful analysis in completing high impact, quality projects in a timely manner. She is a solid team player that displays ability in bringing the right people together and keeping them focused to complete projects.
During the time I had the pleasure to work with Bijna, I observed she is an ambitious person with a positive attitude towards managing projects and dealing with individuals around her. She considerably participated in creating and maintaining an efficient partnership model with clients and stakeholders, enabling the entire performance group continuously adding value by looking for improvements. In addition, Bijna achieved excellent results in data evaluation and data validation processes. This behavior emphasized her systematic and well-organized approach.
Bijna worked in our service centre and was a leading force in establishing the Asset Services team from inception. She designed and implemented training programmes for the team on equity trade life-cycles and achieved full reconciliation of a loss-making set of aged breaks for the bank
Her success was used as a case study to pitch back to other areas of the bank and helped institute more business for the new DBOI entity
She effectively established the monthly Management information reporting which was invaluable in enabling informed business decisions
A consummate professional and pleasure to work with
Bijna in her Performnace Manager role adsorbs new materials like a sponge, asks great questions all whilst maintaining a sharp focus on objectives.
As my client at Deutsche Bank, I found Bijna to be honest and fair in all our dealings. Her remarkable grasp of detail, coupled with an outstanding orgaisational flair, kept me on my toes through my time on our change project. In summary, Bijna was a pleasure to work with!
Intelligence, altruism and unassuming humility are the hallmark characteristic of Bijna. She is a highly analytical, intelligent and creative professional, who knows her job and the surrounding environment very well. She has been a very helpful and supporting and her simplicity hides a depth of character and brilliance. Her suggestions and recommendations are always very well weighted, and depict her clarity and practical approach. Bijna is definitely one of the most hard working people I have known and I wish her all success in life.
Bijna has been a key player in developing a Beauty and Wellbeing programme at Women's Project. She has drive and understanding of the needs of local women, and has used her contacts, experience and empathy to make a difference. I am looking forward to collaborating with her further as project develops