Laya Khadjavi

Laya Khadjavi

Member, Board of Trustees

Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy and Business Development, ICE Canyon LLC
New York, New York

Laya Khadjavi is Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy and Business Development at ICE Canyon LLC. ICE Canyon is a leading investment management firm specializing in Emerging Markets and Global Credit investment strategies. Previously, Ms. Khadjavi was Managing Director and Head of the Markets Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. During her 23-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ms. Khadjavi held a succession of leadership and senior management positions in the Firm’s Institutional Securities Group before joining the Wealth Management division in 2008. Ms. Khadjavi began her professional career at Salomon Brothers in 1984.

Ms. Khadjavi is a co-founder and staunch supporter of the Iran Opportunities Fund under the auspices of the Institute of International Education. Her other non-profit activities include: member of the Board of Advisors of the Iranian American Women Foundation, member of the Board of Advisors of Brown University’s Middle East Studies Department and member of Brown University’s Women Leadership Council. Ms. Khadjavi also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Wildcat Service Corporation and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Resurrection Episcopal Day School in Manhattan for a number of years. In 2008, Ms. Khadjavi received The Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.

Ms. Khadjavi holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics-Economics and a B.A. in French Literature from Brown University, and a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Ms. Khadjavi, her husband Hamid Biglari and their two children Roxana and Mandana live in New York City.

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