Under 30: the industry’s future leaders. Meet Jean Raphael Nahas

Noam Stiekema

Under 30 and moving up the ranks. We talk to Jean Raphael Nahas, Head of Business Development, Blackwell Global, to find out how he got into the industry and what he does daily.

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In an industry so well established with roots in all four corners of the globe we took time to discuss what the industry will look like in 10 to 20 years from now.

Whilst we all share different views on where the industry will end up or what it will morph into, the fact is that we forget the many good folk working in the industry. Especially the younger generation that started at the bottom and worked their way up essentially dedicating their careers to fintech, trading and finance.

As is a FinanceFeeds tradition, we decided to celebrate these hard working individuals that have and very well may become the future industry leaders as they move up the ranks. So without further adieu, meet the industry’s future leaders (all under the age of 30).


What is your role at Blackwell Global Investments?

My role as Head of Business Development in Cyprus involves all activities oriented in Sales operations. I also manage our two offices in Africa.

Basically, whatever needs to be done, I will look into it, with a sales and business perspective of course, and then coordinate with the relevant departments to make it happen. This would typically involve the marketing, research and back office teams, to name a few.

The great thing about Blackwell Global is that the entire global team is young, dynamic and enthusiastic. We’re all developing the business together, working towards the same goal.

With the flat organisational structure, everyone is just a phone call, an email, and a Skype chat away. There is a lot of trust awarded to employees and we all own our scope of work.

How many years have you been at Blackwell Global Investments?

I joined Blackwell Global Investments in August 2012. It’s been almost 4 years of non-stop action, changes, improvements and achievements of all kinds. 

When did you start in the industry?

I started my journey in 2012 with Blackwell Global Investments. I was first employed in the Partners Relations Department; I was then moved to the Business Development Department. This was a great opportunity to get to the next level in the business!

What attracted you to / made you get into this industry?

When I was at university, many of my friends were already in the industry and I would always hear stories of how dynamic and crazy the markets were going, at that time I had no idea what they were on about but I liked what I was hearing and I wanted to be part of it! Having specialised in marketing communications, I was keen to apply some of my knowledge into practice. It is been, without doubt, a great journey so far.

Any tips for others looking at getting into the industry?

There are thousands of brokers out there whether in London, Cyprus, New York, Hong Kong that are willing to give the opportunity to graduates or non-experienced people in the field.

My advice is research the industry first because it is not for everyone; you must be motivated, pro-active, alert and very social to make your way to the top!

For my first year I kept quiet and watched the pros do the work. If you are keen to enter the industry, get your foot through the door and accept to start from the bottom, then shadow a senior in the company. Watch, learn and ask many questions!!


Meet other “up and comers under 30” – view all the profiles.

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