This week we’re joined by Irena, an Associate Director who works in the Global Infrastructure Advisory team. Irena tells us about how her career chose her, her main inspirational figures, and how stereotyping others is one of the biggest hurdles to creating an inclusive culture.
I advise clients in Mergers & Acquisitions transactions, specifically in acquisitions or divestments of renewable energy assets.
Why did you choose your career?
It kind of chose me – I have been in the same industry since I left university. I originally chose to go into it because I thought it was ‘cool’, and I really enjoyed being in contact with clients. A few years later, I can say that what makes me want to stay in this career is the fact that no two days are the same and definitely the client-facing nature of it.
Who has contributed most to your success?
A combination of people – from a professional perspective – it has to be my first boss: he believed in me from day one and helped me become a confident professional in a male-dominated industry. From a personal perspective, my parents and partner: they never doubted my abilities and have been (and still are) very understanding when I have to travel at short notice or work long hours.
What are your aspirations?
I aspire to become a Partner in the next five to six years.
What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Do the work and speak up!
What can organisations do more generally to create a culture of inclusion?
Unfortunately, stereotyping both consciously and unconsciously is a huge hurdle in creating a culture of inclusion. Implementing hard and quantifiable measures is the only way to break this. Over time, equal-treatment and equal opportunities will be a natural consequence, and no longer a target to work towards.
Thank you to Irena for taking the time to speak to us. We will be publishing more #WeAreMazars interviews over the coming months so stay tuned!