Joana Bekerman is an Executive Director in Investment Banking at Nikko Securities, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, a Japan-based full-service financial and securities firm. Joana’s experience in the areas of corporate and leverage finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate banking have made her an acknowledged leader in her field. Joana noted “I’m excited to be a part of and support such a first-rate organization. Having a personal family connection to cancer, I know the toll it takes. Friends of Karen is a small organization with a big impact that understands the value of the financial, and just as important, the emotional support they provide.” A marathon and Ironman Triathlon competitor, Joana is excited to be involved in Friends of Karen’s bike tour and other athletic-related fundraising events. Joana graduated cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. Joana holds Series 24, 79 and 63 Securities Licenses. She resides in Jericho, NY with her husband, two children and two rescue cats.