Arijana, who is an Associate Adviser with iFD, graduated with an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, with Distinction.
She started her career on the Fast Track Graduate Programme with Unilever, qualifying with CIMA and working across different financial areas including Financial Planning and Analysis, Group Reporting, Corporate Finance, Treasury and Commercial/Category Management.
Over the course of her career, Arijana has operated in FTSE100, NYSE listed and privately-owned companies of an international scale (Capita, Unilever, McCormick, United Biscuits GuocoLeisure) as well as in client-facing consulting (PwC) working with both early-stage and ‘scale-up’ businesses across a variety of industry sectors.
She has particular experience of:
- Strategy Development
- New market entry
- Business scale-up
- KPI management
- Performance optimisation and turnaround
- Investment evaluations
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Corporate partnerships and JVs
Arijana has furthermore interacted extensively with private equity firms and venture capital-backed businesses, advising on M&A strategy (buy/sell side, buy and build, MBOs, Public to Private transactions) as well as refinancings and value creation opportunities.