In The Hilla #17 Siddig Siddig | How I Became an Investment Banker & Joined a Sovereign Wealth Fund - In The Hilla

Episode 17

Published on:

4th Oct 2020

#17 Siddig Siddig | How I Became an Investment Banker & Joined a Sovereign Wealth Fund

Siddig Siddig is a Venture Capital Investor at Mubadala. Prior to working at a Sovereign Wealth Fund he was an Investment Banker for the Royal Bank of Canada and was focused particularly on biotech startups. He is a first generation Sudanese immigrant and we grew up together in The Hilla. Siddig has been working in industry for a little over two years and went to school at the University of Iowa, where he studied Industrial Engineering and Finance. In this interview, Siddig explains what a career in investment banking entails and breaks down his career path. Also, he breaks down how he recently transitioned from investment banking to being a venture capitalist. As someone that grew up in subsidized housing, Siddig has overcome a lot of adversity to be where he is and dives into what it takes to overcome adversity.

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In The Hilla
In The Hilla (الحلة‎ - Neighborhood)
A podcast that educates/informs folks from marginalized communities about different career avenues/possibilities.

When I originally had the idea for my podcast, I was thinking of issues within my community. It is rare to see engineers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and equity owners in low income neighborhoods. At the end of the day people are a product of their environment and you can't be what you can't see. Therefore, I created this podcast to serve as an example. Through this platform, I hope to educate/inform folks about the different avenues/possibilities that exist. And more importantly, break down how it was done as well as identify the challenges that can be expected.

I started doing interviews for my podcast back in April and started posting content on July 2020.

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Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed is a first generation immigrant from Sudan and is currently an industrial engineering student at Iowa State University. He is a driven and entrepreneurial minded student with a diverse set of experiences that include working as a software engineering intern and mechanical engineering intern, studying abroad in the UK, conducting research for the U.S. Dept of Energy, lobbying for the U.S. Dept of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and serving on the national board for a multi-million dollar non-profit.