We are on a mission to help young people get a better start in their professional life.

Why We Exist

Students and recent graduates have limited opportunity to gain work experience and to develop the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Millions of young adults transitioning into the workforce struggle to break the cycle of ’no experience, no job — no job, no experience'.

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This is an alarming issue and we offer a solution. Many ambitious young people join our team to work with us on consulting projects. During this process, they gain hands-on experience and build transferable skills. This experience has proven to enhance their employment prospects.

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Meet Our People

Team

Breandan Ward

Advisor

Breandan Ward is a former Executive Director of Morgan Stanley New York and worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years. Most recently, he served as the Global Head of Margin Financing and Risk Support. Breandan subsequently left the banking sector to establish a leadership coaching and well-being practice and also teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU on the topics of leadership and disability.

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Steve Wayman

Advisor

Steve Wayman is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. For more than a decade he was the CEO of Wood Group Kenny — a 3,000 employee global consultancy. Steve recently led the strategic acquisition and integration of Amec Foster Wheeler with Wood Group to create a multi-billion dollar conglomerate “Wood”, operating in 60+ countries. He is an alumnus of Imperial College London.

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Javad Golzari

Managing Director

Javad Golzari is the managing director of First Step Consulting and responsible for the day-to-day execution of most projects. Over the last 5 years, he delivered above 40 major consultancy projects and trained more than 300 volunteers. Javad received a Master of Science in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics and studied entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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Jonathan Silver

Advisor

As an experienced entrepreneur, Jonathan Silver worked with several early stage ventures and led strategic projects for about a decade in the first half of his career. He also served a range of clients as a business consultant both in the UK and abroad. In the second half of his career, Jonathan became a qualified healthcare professional. Currently he is supporting First Step Consulting and starting a healthcare start-up.

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Christopher Kerr

Advisor

Christopher Kerr has worked in the legal industry since 2011 at two national law firms. He also holds consultancy roles in the health and fitness industry, and supports numerous nonprofits in the capacity of a pro bono management consultant and trustee. Christopher initially joined our team to work on a strategy consulting project two years ago and decided to stay with us to share his expertise with First Step Consulting.

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Gaia Franzetti

Project Manager

Gaia Franzetti is an engineer who has specialised in applying fundamental concepts to model physiological systems. She has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and is currently finishing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at University College London under a prestigious BHF grant. She speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish. Gaia takes an active role in managing our consulting projects.

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Sebastian Greulich

Advisor

Sebastian Greulich is currently a Vice President at J.P. Morgan specialising in fixed income structuring. Having worked in the financial services industry for more than five years, he has successfully served a wide range of clients. A graduate of the University of St. Gallen, Sebastian has recently joined our team and brings a spectrum of skills and experience to support First Step Consulting. He speaks English, Spanish and German.

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Yasmin Ibrahim

Communications Lead

Yasmin Ibrahim works closely with our team to develop the communications strategy of First Step Consulting and actively provides creative input to refine our business identity. Yasmin has completed her MSt in English at the University of Oxford, specialising in late medieval scripts and palaeography. Previously she studied English Language and Literature at King’s College London and graduated with First Class Honours.

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Andrea Pinza

Communications Associate

Andrea Pinza is a journalist with experience in the editorial business. She works with our team to help improve and execute the communications efforts of First Step Consulting and to build positive relationships with media. Andrea is also an Editorial Operations Associate at Condé Nast International, overseeing syndication, collaboration and communication among leading brands, such as Vogue, GQ and Glamour. She speaks English, Spanish and French.

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Christoph Greulich

Advisor

An experienced professional in the financial services industry, Christoph Greulich worked at Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas in London and Paris and, more recently, as part of the equity research team at Berenberg Bank UK that covers listed European mid-cap companies from various sectors. Christoph holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Mannheim and speaks English, French and German.

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Ryan Gumbrell

Business Development Associate

Ryan Gumbrell has been part of our team since 2015. He began his career as a project coordinator with an aerospace engineering firm. He then gained experience at Credit Suisse and Old Mutual Global Investors and led multiple consultancy projects as a pro bono consultant during his undergraduate studies. This year he is completing a Master of Philosophy in Finance and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

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Guy Levy

Business Development Associate

Guy Levy helps us promote First Step Consulting in an effective way. After completing his undergraduate studies with First Class Honours, he is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Economics and Social History at the University of Cambridge. He previously had the chance to gain experience at Goldman Sachs and Lloyds Banking Group and co-led the apprenticeship scheme of an established political think tank.

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Meet our former pro bono consultants

Martyna Szyrle

King’s College London |
McKinsey & Company

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Anne Templer

London School of Economics |
PwC Switzerland

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Dr. Ryan McCully

Harvard Medical School |
IQVIA

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Hector Bunce

London School of Economics |
J.P. Morgan

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Gabriel Gage

Miami University |
Nielsen

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Dr. Radhika Patel

University College London |
Capco

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Olamide Aderinokun

Queen Mary University |
Capgemini

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Max Happel

University College London |
BNP Paribas

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Dr. Raymond Ka Hou Lao

Imperial College London |
Cambridge Healthcare Research

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Krishali Patel

University College London |
Accenture

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Amelia Lim

London School of Economics |
Oliver Wyman

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Tom Vandeputte

London Business School |
Bain & Company

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Maria Sofia Barata

University College London |
BlackRock

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Taran Singh Hothi

University of Warwick |
Grant Thornton

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Salik Shadab

Indian Institute of Management |
Shell

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Kai Wang

London School of Economics |
HSBC

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Nikoleta Csandova

University of Cambridge |
Goldman Sachs

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Cédric Zidjou

Cass Business School |
Deloitte

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Serena Chaiban

American University of Beirut |
Ipsos

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Mehak Kapur

King's College London |
Ernst & Young

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First Step Consulting® is a nonprofit social enterprise.