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Berkeley College alumnus Rui Oliveira

Alumnus Joins Angola’s Stock Exchange After Honing Managerial Skills at Berkeley College



Berkeley College alumnus Rui Oliveira


Rui Oliveira came to Berkeley College from Luanda, the largest city in Angola, Africa. While attending classes at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, he learned both the technical and social skills needed to work within culturally diverse groups, tools he has been able to apply to Angola’s first-ever stock exchange.

Mr. Oliveira graduated from Berkeley College in 2009 with a B.B.A. in Management. He also attended the Imperial College in London for an M.Sc. in Finance, and completed programs at the International Capital Markets Association and the London Stock Exchange Group Academy.

Upon completing his studies, Mr. Oliveira began his career in the financial sector working for Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. He then returned to Luanda, where he held senior positions in banking and financial markets at distinct firms in Angola, including the Capital Markets Authority and Atlantico.

Mr. Oliveira currently serves as an Executive Board Member at the Angola Stock Exchange (BODIVA). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all trading activities, including managing trading members and issuers’ activity, identifying new strategic business opportunities, building key customer relationships, aligning long-term organizational strategic goals, and managing the technological direction of the company.

Up Close with Rui Oliveira

What does success mean to you?

When self-awareness, vision, and resilience all meet opportunity.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

The focus on the cultural diversification and the historic background of the school’s foundation.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Aside from the technical skills, which provided me the pillars, being at Berkeley College allowed me to increase my social adeptness, the ability to lead teams, and work within a culturally diverse group.

After graduation I stayed in New York for another six months and then decided to move to London for additional education. Berkeley played a great hand in that, because of the recommendation letters I received from my professors and the dean at the time.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

To be able to make a positive mark in my country by being a motivational force to the people from my generation, and to focus on working together to build a more sustainable and self-sufficient economy.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Make good use of all the tools that are given to you. Collaborate as much as you can with your classmates. They will often be your first line of support. Stay sharp and enjoy your time, as these years will be fundamental for both your future career and personal growth.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The most memorable moment was the Student Government Association nomination event. The Student Government Association was made of four members and I was nominated as the secretary. The event was memorable to me because for the first time, I was involved in a political race where I had the chance to see first-hand a voting process, prepare a campaign, and eventually compete against my peers in front of a crowd. In retrospect, this was one of the most exciting things I had ever been involved in.