Former Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy and Business Development, ICE Canyon LLC
Laya Khadjavi is Global Head of Business Development and Client Relations at Menai Financial Group, a global financial institution focused on digital assets. Laya is Founder-President of LKH Consulting LLC, providing advisory services to a variety of institutions, including fintech and blockchain technology companies and investment management firms. She is a board member of GoldenTree ABS Management LLC since 2017. From 2012 to 2016, Laya was COO, Head of Strategy and Business Development at ICE Canyon, a global investment management firm specializing in Emerging Markets. Prior to ICE Canyon, Laya was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where, during her 23-year tenure, she held a succession of senior management positions within the Firm’s Institutional Securities Group and Global Wealth Management. Laya began her career as a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers.
Laya holds a BS in Applied Mathematics-Economics and a BA in French Literature from Brown University; she received her MBA from Columbia University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.
In addition to serving on IIE’s Board of Trustees, Laya is Co-Chair of Brown’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and a member of Brown’s Center for Middle East Studies’ Advisory Council. Laya also serves on the Iranian American Women Foundation’s Board of Advisors and is a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ancient Near East Art Department’s Visiting Committee. In 2008, Laya received The Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.