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A Day in the Life of: Maitane Fernández de Mendiola, Shard Capital

We follow in the footsteps of Shard Capital's Maitane Fernández de Mendiola. Find out what her guiltiest pleasure is and why basque food is the best for a dinner party.

A Day in the Life of: Maitane Fernández de Mendiola, Shard Capital

My alarm goes off: Around 6:20 am.

I’m responsible for: Managing international wealth clients.

The worst part of my job: Admin and bureaucracy.

The best part of my job:

The link between stock markets and clients. It is all about a balancing act and psychology.

After work:

Normally a good session at the gym, either a class or personal trainer. Also, at least twice a month I get a sports massage. It really is a must!

What do you get up to out of the office?

When I am not travelling you can find me catching up with family and friends, sports (either watching or practising), hiking/trekking and being outdoors enjoying nature to recharge the batteries!

I’ve been in the role for: 

Over 20 years, dealing with international markets. 

Tea or coffee?

No question: coffee. The smell of fresh coffee in the mornings, mmmm.

Typical lunch choice?

In the past, I used to do typical readymade sandwiches. Nowadays, I try to prepare my own salads, but that’s not always the case.

What are you reading at the moment?

Dawn French’s According to Yes. I have just started reading it. I really like her as an actress and comedian, so I’m looking forward to her as a writer!

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

Falling for one of those GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) avocado bacon burgers with thick chips. 

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your role?

Efficiency/effectiveness – trying to maximise time juggling
and wearing different hats.

You are hosting a dinner party this evening. Who would you invite and what are you cooking?

Friends, and most likely it would be Basque food, such as squid in its own ink – delicious!

 

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