Bina Kalola

Bina Kalola

Class of 2012

BK&Co. is a strategic, value-creation based consulting firm headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida. BK&Co., founded by Bina Kalola, harmonizes her professional experiences, expertise, and passion for growing and transforming businesses. Successful strategy must be led by C-Suite executives and decision makers. BK&Co. collaborates with these executives to break through the complexity to get to design and prioritize a clear vision of strategic growth. BK&Co. facilitates strategy execution by crystallizing a path to expansion and growth and advising on strategic transactions. Bina Kalola supports CEOs as a confidential and neutral advisor, including as a board member focused on creating value and providing outsider insights.

Bina Kalola has a unique breadth of global executive decision making. Her business acumen is multi-faceted, fusing her professional expertise from analyst to lawyer to venture investing, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As an executive at Bank of America & Merrill Lynch, she led successful, complex transactions of all sizes globally and was appointed to 4 global entrepreneurial roles leading across strategic venture investing, electronic trading strategy, innovation, and data. Her success leading outside-in strategy, creative solutions, and “connecting the dots” across people and opportunities, has led to transformative industry growth transactions. Her product breadth is unique, encompassing institutional capital formation, trading markets, banking, and wealth management, as well as AI technology solutions and data opportunities.

Bina Kalola has always embraced a strategic and creative mindset throughout her career, including in her first business selling gumballs at the age of 5 years. As the complexity of external forces accelerated, she thrived and steered the firm in its competitive positioning through strategic investments, partnerships, and technology innovation early in the “S-Curve” adding billions of dollars in capital return, revenue, and cost savings. She is recognized for her ability to anticipate industry shifts, identify cutting-edge solutions, and create strategic partnerships. In addition, she has a unique ability to synthesize facts and provide thoughtful judgement and insights guiding platforms into the future. She influences executive stakeholders across the complex dynamics of an organization. Bringing deep transaction experience and an objective, holistic lens, she reframes and aligns individual stakeholders’ value into a cohesive vision for the organization.

In 2013, Bina was the recipient of Trader’s Magazine’s “Women on Wall Street TrailBlazer Mentor Award”; in 2015 named in Institutional Investor magazine’s “Trading Technology 40”, a list of the financial services industry’s top technology innovators; in 2016 ranked by Institutional Investors in “2016 Fintech Finance 35” which turns a spotlight on the financiers who fund fintech innovation and most recently in 2023 for her impact in Markets and leadership throughout her career she was awarded the “Neil DeSena Market Advocate” by Markets Media.