Barbara Salazar, CFA
Analyst – Direct Investments
NZ Super Fund
What are some of your career highlights so far?
I came into the financial industry completely by accident. When I was looking for my first job out of University, I chose Strategy because I like solving problems and I’m inquisitive by nature. I am very grateful that my first job in the Strategy team at Fletcher Building had a very strong financial component because otherwise I would never have discovered this path – so, I would say landing my first job was definitely a highlight! Another important / funny one is that won an award for the loudest laugh during my time at Westpac (and got a mini trophy!).
What do you like most about your job/industry?
The variety. While my role is highly analytical and I spend lots of time on Excel, my role also involves working with our investee companies on their strategies and doing research on sectors / opportunities to invest in. This mix of analytical, big picture thinking and focus on adding value is what I love the most about my job. Equally important is people I work with – I have been very fortunate to meet great people to learn from during my time in the industry.
What are your interests outside work?
My key interest outside work is dancing Brazilian samba – this keeps me very busy as I have rehearsals at least twice a week. I also play the piano – before moving to NZ in 2009, I used to study Musicology at the National Conservatory of Music – even if I didn’t finish that degree, I still enjoy playing the piano for fun. I mostly play Classical, but learning some Jazz is on my list!
Can you recommended some good reading and/or viewing?
Yes, I have something to recommend, I recently watched a new Netflix documentary called “The Social Dilemma” – it’s about the impact of social media on our lives. While having social media is great to connect with my friends and family from Peru (where I’m from), this documentary made me a bit more aware of the risks that social media can create. I would also recommend some international shows – Cable Girls (Spanish) and Biohackers (German) – very interesting plots and great opportunity to practice languages (but can be watched in English too )
Make a prediction for 2025
It’s hard to make predictions during these uncertain times, but here’s my list of random 2025 predictions: some jobs will be done completely remotely, food will be delivered by drones, there will be higher adoption of prefabricated housing and we will have seen more impacts of climate change.