Dejan Ilijevski, MS, MBA, has over 15 years of experience in the trading/financial services industry. He 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.
Dejan began his career in the sciences working as a chemist at UOP, LLC, a division of Honeywell (formerly known as AlliedSignal). He steadily advanced across R&D and IT departments, winning multiple awards working on wide-ranging projects. Highlights of his scientific research and technology projects include: waste-water purification for the International Space Station; atmospheric NOx reduction; catalytic detoxification of chemical warfare agents; jet-fuel combustion catalysts; plastics enhancement additives; and business-critical IT solutions for enterprise-wide software rollouts.
He was recruited to join a trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade, where he found that his background in research and technology provided a unique skill set. As a fixed-income trader, Dejan routinely transacted over $1 billion dollars/day, including more than 1% of the total global 10-year US Treasury note volume. He quickly became a mentor to other traders and was promoted to a leadership role.
As a VP and Director of Discretionary Trading Operations, Dejan led the modernization of the firm, leveraging quantitative analysis and technology to automate spread trading, scale growth, mitigate risk, optimize performance, and maintain quality. He aligned the operational and IT discretionary trading support strategies. By playing a key role in transforming the small startup into a prominent technology-based trading firm, Dejan helped the firm sustain its competitive advantage during the high-frequency boom.
While continuing to advance professionally, Dejan earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He wanted to advance his business abilities in order to fulfill his long-held dream of starting an independent investment advisory firm that focuses on the best interest of clients.
After earning his MBA, Dejan left the trading industry to establish Sabela Capital Markets, emphasizing solid investment principles and strategic asset allocation. He manages globally-diversified, risk-appropriate portfolios comprised of low-management fee mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for clients. He also serves the wider community by providing investment education to the public and sponsoring nonprofit initiatives.