Lesley Goldwasser #Zimbabwe Business Executive and Philanthropist #ZimBabes

Lesley Goldwasser is a Managing Director of GreensLedge.GreensLedge is an independent investment banking firm focused on the global structured credit and alternative investment marketplace. Prior to joining GreensLedge, Lesley was associated with Credit Suisse Group AG as Managing Director where she had global responsibility for the Hedge Fund Strategic Services unit. Prior to Credit Suisse, Lesley spent twelve years at Bear Stearns where she was co-head of Global Debt and Equity Capital Markets and had global responsibility for Structured Products. Prior to her tenure at Bear Stearns, Lesley spent 12 years at Credit Suisse in a variety of management positions including responsibility for both the Asset Backed and Non-Agency Mortgage Trading Desks. Lesley was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Lesley is co-founder and International Board Chair of Zara’s Center. She is also Co-President of the PG Family Foundation in NYC, and principal co-owner of The Betsy-South Beach, (www.thebetsyhotel.com), a hotel known for its community-based philanthropic work and its commitment to arts and culture.

Lesley provides ongoing administrative and fiscal support for Zara’s Center for AIDS-Impacted Youth. Zara’s is an after-school safe haven for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Zara’s provides nourishment, academic enrichment, medical care, work training, recreation, and artistic development to over 120 children in Emganwini Township.To learn more, visit www.zarascenter.org

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