Experienced. Knowledgeable. Trusted.
Dejan Ilijevski, MS, MBA, is an independent, evidence-based, fiduciary investment advisor with almost 20 years of experience in the trading/financial services industry. He is a trusted subject matter resource for financial news media publications.
Dejan has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. His approach to investing is grounded in economic theory, peer-reviewed research, and Nobel Prize-winning ideas.
Dejan’s professional career began in science and technology at AlliedSignal (Honeywell) and its subsidiary, UOP LLC, where he held roles as a research chemist, development chemists, systems administrator, and database administrator. He worked on diverse, high-visibility projects including: novel plastics additives; metal-coating technology for catalyst adsorption; environmental reduction of nitrogen oxides; jet fuel catalytic combustion; and wastewater purification for the ISS. He subsequently designed and developed custom technology solutions for UOP’s enterprise-wide resource planning software.
Next asked to join a trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade, Dejan put his successful career in the sciences on hold to learn about capital markets and professional trading. He found that his technical background provided a unique skill set. By the end of his rookie year, Dejan routinely transacted over $1 Billion/day and more than 1% of the entire global daily US 10-yr Treasury note volume, consistently earning the highest profits for the firm for many years thereafter.
Dejan continued to advance professionally in the trading arena, becoming Vice President/Director of Discretionary Trading Operations of a private, proprietary trading startup, playing a key role in transforming the company into one of the most prominent technology-based trading firms in Chicago.
After earning an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Dejan left the trading industry to fulfill his longstanding goal of establishing an independent investment advisory firm, Sabela Capital Markets. Dejan also serves the wider community as an investor advocate, a proponent for financial literacy, and by sponsoring nonprofit initiatives.