Aashika Balaji

Aashika Balaji is a dynamic finance professional based in London. As Chief of Staff at Aptia Group, a leading pension industry startup, and with a background in Citibank’s wealth management, she excels in strategic business development, transformation and investment. Recognized as a go-to expert on consumer trends, she advises leading startups in India. She co-chairs Women on the Wharf, one of largest network of female professionals from major banks and consulting firms in London, passionately championing diversity and inclusion.

Aashika’s academic credentials are top tier: an MBA from Cornell University, a Master’s from the London School of Economics, and a B.Com Honours from Shri Ram College of Commerce. She co-runs an NGO with her mother, focused on women’s empowerment through education and awareness. A trained classical dancer mentored by world-renowned artists, Aashika collaborates with prominent personalities, inspiring Gen Z with her commitment to learning, creativity, and excellence.

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

– Mahatma Gandhi