Reaz Islam is an entrepreneur and a seasoned investment/financial services professional with more than 25 years of leadership, innovation, restructuring, business development and execution expertise across various public and private markets in both start-ups and well-established companies.
He attended Cornell University in New York, where he earned a B.S. specializing in Economics and Statistics and MBA with double majors in Finance and Operations Research (Financial Engineering Track) from New York University Stern School of Business. Reaz spent 18 years at Citigroup in New York and became the Managing Director at the age of 32. Reaz spent 12 years as the Managing Director, SIO, and CIO of the bank’s Fixed Income Alternatives unit, part of the Alternative Investments Group. His flagship Municipal Arbitrage fund earned an average of 12.6 percent p.a. realized returns from 2002 to the first quarter of 2007, and grew to $2 billion+ from $50. His funds were hurt by the financial meltdown/liquidity crisis in 2008. Nonetheless, due to his resilience, Reaz did not let the financial crisis or financial loss hold him back. He left Citigroup on amicable terms to follow his visionary instincts and become a Managing Partner at LR Global — a frontier market public and private investment firm founded by J. Murray Logan – Rockefeller & Co., in New York and founded its Asian operation in 2008, and consistently generated over 4% alpha for last ten years. Reaz serves as a senior advisor to the leadership team for public and private companies in the U.S. and abroad across multiple industries including, FinTech (KKR Tech), Digital Media & Gaming (DraftDay), Packaging (Unicorn), and Healthcare (Thyrocare). Reaz is a founding member of the company.