Eleena Melamed (New York) joined KKR in 2019 and is a member of KKR's Customized Portfolio Solutions team, focused on strategic products and services. Prior to joining KKR, she was at Bridgewater Associates where she worked with the firm’s strategic partners in the Middle East, Australia, and the US. Prior to Bridgewater, Ms. Melamed was at Lehman Brothers Holdings (post-bankruptcy) focused on the management and sale of Lehman’s private equity, hedge fund, and principal investments portfolios. Prior to Lehman’s bankruptcy, she worked in Lehman’s private equity division on principal investments and strategic initiatives. Ms. Melamed holds a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She is a former ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre and is head of the junior board of the Kaatsbaan Dance Center.