Since earning his master of science in computer science from Birkbeck, University of London, Keyvan Azami has performed IT functions for several large financial services corporations in both London and New York City. He currently heads fixed income derivatives trading technology at the New York City headquarters of Bloomberg LP. Outside of the professional arena, Keyvan Azami loves to vacation in Italy. One of his favorite destinations there is the Amalfi Coast.
Occupying approximately 27,750 scenic acres along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast has supported human civilization since the early Middle Ages. In addition to its numerous rural communities, the region is home to several historic towns, such as Positano and Amalfi, which contain many examples of stunning architecture and great works of art.
The inhabitants of the Amalfi Coast have learned to build their communities in harmony with a diverse and often rugged terrain, which includes coastal mountains, precipitous cliffs, and lush forests. Its dramatic landscape has made the Amalfi Coast one of the top hiking destinations in the country.
Cycle for Survival
A graduate of Birkbeck, University of London’s computer science program, Keyvan Azami currently leads Bloomberg LP’s derivative trading technology and global development team. In his free time Keyvan Azami enjoys active physical pursuits and has supported annual Cycle for Survival events.
Cycle for Survival was co-founded by Jennifer and David Linn in 2007 as a means of raising money to support rare cancer research at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center. Teams of four raise funds and participate in annual Cycle for Survival events throughout the United States. Each participant is required to ride 50 minutes on a stationary bike and raise a minimum of $1,000.
After a modest first year in 2007 with just 230 cyclists and $250,000 raised for the MSK Cancer Center, Cycle for Survival has grown immensely in recent years; 13 cities held events in 2015, with 21,000 cyclists combining to raise $25 million. Hundreds of cyclists took over Times Square in September of 2016, kicking off the 10th anniversary of Cycle for Survival Rides. By the end of the year $30 million had been raised by participating riders, bringing the total the program has raised for cancer research to $117 million.
Light the Night Walk
Keyvan Azami serves as head of fixed income derivatives trading technology with Bloomberg LP, a software and media company. Outside of work, Keyvan Azami participates in and supports the annual Light the Night Walk benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
As a fundraising event, Light the Night raises money for blood cancer research and provides information and educational materials to patients.
Light the Night Walks take place all over the United States. They reach close to 200 different communities across the country, and each person raises an estimated $250. Participants who raise $1,000 or more become members of Light the Night’s Bright Lights Club. In a show of gratitude, Light the Night offers participants incentives depending on the amount they raised.
To participate, individuals can choose to be either a walker or a sponsor. As a walker, they raise funds, and then join the walk carrying a lighted lantern. Walkers can go alone or in a team. Those who choose not to walk can still support Light the Night by sponsoring a walker.
For more information about joining a Light the Night event, visit registration.lightthenight.org to see a list of participating cities.
While he is a technologist by trade, Keyvan Azami enjoys music and also considers himself an amateur musician. He blogs about music, plays the guitar, and has even been a part of a band with a group of his co-workers, called Wildcards.
Wildcards was originally formed to play for a charity event, but continued finding work at large holiday parties. Wildcards plays a variety of rock and pop ranging from more recent numbers to true classics. Videos of the band’s performances can be found on their YouTube channel, their Google+ page, or their website, wildcardsband.com.
While playing more electric guitar, Mr. Azami has also had the chance to re-discover many of his earlier musical influences. He blogs about his musical musings and shares the reasons why he enjoys specific songs. Sometimes the reason he enjoys a specific song is because of the guitar part, which he can imagine being played as he listens. He is a fan of a variety of classic rock, similar to what his band might play.
Light the Night
Based in New York City, finance professional Keyvan Azami guides the development of derivatives trading and exchange technology at Bloomberg, LP, and international business firm. Away from the office, Keyvan Azami engages in a variety of charitable endeavors, including his involvement with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For nearly 70 years, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has operated with a focus on identifying cures for all forms of blood cancer. The organization supports its research and outreach by hosting frequent national events and campaigns, such as the Light the Night Walk.
The Light the Night Walk provides an opportunity for the community of individuals who suffer from leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease and their families to unite across the country. During the walk, participants carry a lantern of one of three colors representing patients, survivors, and those who have lost their lives.
In October 2016, the Light the Night Walk will take place in three of New York City’s Boroughs: Staten Island, Manhattan, and Queens. Registration is open and fundraising efforts have begun; for more information, visit www.lightthenight.org.
Light the Night
Keyvan Azami transferred from Barclay’s Capital in London to the New York City office in 2007 to serve as a vice president and the global head of rates etrading technology. In 2014, he accepted an offer from Bloomberg LP, where he currently heads fixed-income derivatives trading technology. Outside of work, Keyvan Azami enthusiastically supports several charities, particularly Light the Night.
Light the Night is an annual event hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness of blood cancers, raise funds to fight them through research, and improve quality of life for patients and their families. Generally held in the fall, the walks take place in more than 200 locations throughout the United States, and the society’s chapters in Canada and Australia also sponsor walks.
Everyone is invited to walk – patients, survivors, and their families, friends, and supporters. The walks are generally short and are intended to be completed at a leisurely pace in an hour or less. Walkers are asked to solicit donations for the cause, and those who raise $100 or more receive a t-shirt to wear at the walk, a colored lantern, and a wristband for food. Survivors and current patients receive all three, regardless whether they raise funds or not.
The three-colored lanterns give the event its name. Survivors carry white lanterns, and those who are supporting someone with a blood cancer carry red lanterns. Gold lanterns are carried by those who are walking in memory of a loved one lost to the disease. Light the Night has proven to be a popular and effective event through the years, and in 2014, it raised nearly $19 million to fight blood cancers.
Keyvan Azami has held the position of director of rates eTrading technology with Barclays Capital in New York City since 2013. Outside the office, Keyvan Azami looks forward to vacationing along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, one of his favorite Italian destinations.
Located in the southern part of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Italian province of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast is characterized by communities of bright pastel-colored houses seemingly built into the hillsides that rise dramatically from the sea. Immensely popular with tourists, it is located about three-and-a-half hours southeast of Rome.
Tourist attractions along the Amalfi Coast include numerous churches, cathedrals, and castles. One of the oldest structures is the Amalfi Cathedral, located in the center of the town of Amalfi, which dates to the 9th century. In addition, there are several beautiful beaches in the region, including the Spiaggia Grande, Atrani beach, and Duoglio beach.
There are scores of good restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, many of which also offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The day’s main meal is lunch, generally served from noon until around 3 p.m., and dinner is not usually eaten until after 7:30 p.m. Everywhere on the Amalfi Coast, diners can enjoy a nice meal of the local pasta with freshly-caught seafood, followed by limoncella, the local lemon-based liqueur.The various towns and villages that line the Amalfi Coast also feature their own specialties, such as the buffalo-milk mozzarella of Caserta, Minori’s pasta, or the famous anchovies of Cetara. The best pizza in Italy, they say, is found in Naples, an hour and a half to the north, and there is nothing to compare with the torta caprese, a rich almond and chocolate cake served on the Isle of Capri.