Ahsan Rahim '11
Alumni Student Connections Committee
Ahsan Rahim '11 is a portfolio analyst at Alliance Bernstein, a research focused investment firm. He works in the Multi-Asset Solutions team, which oversees the asset allocation for more than $100 billion in client assets, including high net worth, retail, institutional, and sub-advisory portfolios. Before his current role, he was an associate in the Fixed Income group, where he rotated through fixed income quantitative research, global multi-sector portfolio management, and emerging markets credit research. Prior to working at Alliance Bernstein, Ahsan interned at Deutsche Bank and TIAA-CREF.
In his student years at Grinnell, Ashan lived exclusively over the wonderful loggia in South Campus (with the exception of junior year spent studying engineering at Dartmouth). As a Grinnell student, he toyed with physics and mathematics, but graduated with a degree in economics, and was elected to Mortar Board (serving as the vice-president in his senior year) and to Phi Beta Kappa. He also volunteered at the local day care, worked at the art gallery (and the vegan station in the dining hall), and graded students' chicken scratches in math and econ courses. His love for cricket was replaced by playing club and intramural soccer, including winning the indoor tournament in spring of his first year. He also served on the econ SEPC just so he could grill burgers at Mark Montgomery's house.
Ahsan now lives in Philadelphia and until just recently New York City, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Iowa cornfields and his native Islamabad. Outside of work, he enjoys trying out restaurants in New York City (current favorites are Vietnamese and American BBQ joints, the latter being still not as good as Texas), volunteering for NYCares, and mentoring for two high-school students who generally ignore his advice.
Ahsan serves on the board of a non-profit started by Alvin Irby '07. Ahsan enjoys meeting Grinnellians in the Big Apple under the guise of serving as the coordinator for the Grinnell-in-New York regional planning committee, interviewing prospective students for the Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program (GRASP), and serving as a volunteer for the College's Center for Careers, Life, and Service.