Director, Deutsche Bank Securities - New York, United States of America
- Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
- Strategic Management
When Daniel Stevenson finished his Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, he headed straight to the bright lights of Sydney to work for Deutsche Bank.
The former Cambridge High School head boy was one of over 1,000 applicants chasing a handful of positions offered by the bank, working in corporate banking and finance.
After a year in Sydney, Daniel was offered the opportunity of a lifetime to move to New York and work on Wall Street; at the heart of the financial world.
Fast forward to today and Daniel has risen through the ranks to become a senior director within the leveraged finance team at Deutsche Bank. He advises clients from all over the world seeking finance for multi-billion-dollar acquisitions or expansions.
“I’m passionate and driven, and prepared to give things a go," says Daniel.
"At my London graduate training I was in classrooms with people from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford and every other 'top' university you could think of, and I can say wholeheartedly that the knowledge I had from the University of Waikato was just as good as what they had."
Daniel credits his study at Waikato for giving him a practical hands-on approach to learning - as opposed to the 'book-driven' nature of some other universities
A talented rugby player and athlete, he came to university on a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, intending to study law and social sciences.
But after taking one economics paper, he decided management was the right subject for him. “So I jumped ship and never looked back. Waikato Management School gave me a passion for business, and during my four years' study I took every opportunity to get different experiences.”
“The Waikato Management School Case Competition was one of the best things I ever did at university. The practical experience is invaluable and was a big part of my success.”
He says finance and strategic management were the perfect combination for a career in banking.