Bene Zurlo

Relationship Manager

Professionally

 

I graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2022, and with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law & Economics in 2020 with a focus on Economics. I hold a Level 3 Certificate in Wealth and Investment Management by The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).

Before Black Swan Capital I worked as Compliance Analyst at a tech start-up, and I am bringing that rigour and attention to detail to my work as Relationship Manager. My two years at Black Swan Capital mark the start of my career in the financial services industry, and I feel privileged to be working with and learning from David and Ed.

Personally

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly for an Italian, I am very passionate about food. But rather than being too conservative with recipes as my compatriots famously are, I just love good ingredients. I will enjoy a carbonara with mushrooms, as long as they are nice mushrooms! In my free time I try my hand at stand-up comedy, I started performing in Amsterdam during my undergrads, and fun fact: that’s how I first met Ed. I also practice Feldenkrais, which is a movement method for better posture, and that comes very handy after a long day sitting in front of a computer.

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What I did during lockdown

 

As I was still studying, I divided my time between Zoom lectures, thesis writing, and online chess. When I was not doing any of these, I was disinfecting groceries while listening to a podcast, which I found is an entertaining pastime compared to simply disinfecting groceries. I am still a big fan of podcasts even though I stopped disinfecting groceries a few lockdowns ago. I eventually graduated (twice!) somehow moved countries (also twice!), and fell in love.

Likes

 

  • Strongly opinionated podcasts
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • The smell of freshly baked bread
  • Live stand-up comedy
  • Making wine with my family in Puglia

Dislikes

 

  • TV advertisements
  • Sun dried tomatoes (they’re too tasty)
  • Shallow political bickering
  • People eating crunchy snacks at the cinema
  • Patchouli perfumes

Spotlight questions

Perfect weekend:

London, for a play at the Shakespeare’s Globe, and the many many comedy clubs.

Favourite Holiday Destination:

Puglia, obviously!

Favourite song to play in the car:

Heroes by David Bowie, with the car windows down

If I could be a fictional character I would be…

Captain Jack Sparrow

If I could turn an activity into an Olympic sport it would be:

I used to dabble in parkour, so… Parkour

When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for:

Some combination of orange and dark chocolate

Three qualities that draw me to new people:

Passionate, outspoken, with a sense of humour

My pet peeve is:

Someone skipping the line

The best gift I received was:

The Game Boy Advance SP I got at 13 by family friends. My parents had a strict no-videogames policy, I had never had a console before this Game Boy, nor have I since.

Three people at my dream dinner party:

David Foster-Wallace, Robin Williams, David Sedaris

Three small things that make my day better:

Coffee, The Daily podcast, an unexpected postcard in my mailbox