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.
With more than a decade of experience in investment banking front office technology, Keyvan Azami serves as the head of FI Derivatives Electronic Trading technology at Bloomberg LP in New York. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Keyvan Azami supports several charitable initiatives, including the Light the Night annual walk for leukemia and lymphoma.
Each fall in North America and Australia, supporters gather for an evening walk to raise funds and awareness for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Neighbors and co-workers form teams to solicit donations, and retail stores often join the cause and also collect donations. Walkers carry lighted lanterns, with survivors carrying white lanterns and supporters carrying red lanterns in the U.S. and blue lanterns in Australia. Those who have lost someone to blood cancer carry gold lanterns. The walking distances vary by community and often depend on local geography.
The funds raised by Light the Night support research efforts, education programs to raise public awareness, and advocacy efforts to ensure access to treatments. Some funds also provide personalized assistance to people with the diseases.
The 2014 Light the Night Walk in Manhattan occurred on September 18. Thousands of people gathered at the intersection of West and Christopher streets and walked south for about a mile, lighting the way with their lanterns. The walk ended at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. Of the corporate teams, Barclays was the most successful fundraiser with more than double the contributions achieved by the second place team.