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meet Ascendus

Our goal is to help business owners ascend to a better life. And while you’ll find us listed individually below, you can be sure that we work together as a team to ensure your success.

Ayaz Khan, Chief Financial Officer

Ayaz Khan has over 25 years of experience in global capital markets, private equity, and structured finance. He has been interested in the democratization of institutional finance via technology from the early days of his career. During most of his career Ayaz has developed and executed several financing structures enabling efficient financing of new asset types and by 1999 was an early advocate of Fintech.

He has broad industry experience spanning startups, operating company management & development, balance sheet optimization, assets & receivables monetization, commodities & trade finance, structured credit, restructuring, real estate and infrastructure finance.

He started his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers and held senior positions at Morgan Stanley, GenRe Financial Products in New York, Tokyo & London and covered clients in the US, Latin America, EMEA, Russia, Japan and Asia Pacific. Before joining Ascendus he was a Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the World Bank, working to democratize finance via capital markets.

Ayaz has a BS in Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis John M. Olin School of Business and a AI Programming with Python Nano degree from Udacity.

He is an avid squash player, bit of an audiophile, especially a Jazz lover, an amateur programmer and enjoys running, hiking, off-roading and watching tennis & soccer.

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