Carnegie Mellon University

Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center

Sponsored by PwC at Heinz College

Alka Patel

Alka A. Patel

Deputy Director, Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Heinz College, CMU

4615 Forbes Ave.
Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Alka Patel joined CMU from the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) where she was managing director and senior counsel to its Treasury Services business line responsible for negotiating commercial contracts for its cash management services with corporate and institutional entities within the U.S. and globally, as well as U.S. state governments. Additionally, she was responsible for negotiating privacy, data security and HIPAA matters for the business line as well as partnered with compliance and risk for alignment of products/processes with business strategy to minimize and mitigate risk exposure. She was also responsible for advising senior business line management on legal risk issues. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Alka, a registered patent attorney, worked in private practice for nine years where she represented startups, universities and Fortune 500 companies, as well as other organizations and individuals to address their business, technology and intellectual property needs. Her practice included identifying, protecting, securing and maximizing the value of clients’ intellectual property through patent prosecution, licensing and merger and acquisition activities. 

Patel has been recognized for her professional achievements as well as for her contributions to the community, with recognitions such as: High Impact Leader Award, from ASCEND; BusinessWomen First Awards, from the Pittsburgh Business Times; Tribute to Women, Young Leader, by the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh; Rising Star, by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers; a Fast Tracker, by The Legal Intelligencer & PA Law Weekly; Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania, by the National Diversity Council; Community Builder/Social Engineer, by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Committee; 40 Under 40 recipient, by Pittsburgh Magazine; and Distinguished Young Alumni, from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. 

Patel holds a juris doctorate and masters in business administration from Duquesne University and a bachelor of science in materials science and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.