Participants of the 19th Class
In October 2021, the 19th class of the Portfolio Management Program commenced. Following you can find the candidates who are partaking in the 19th class of the program.
Having transferred to Vienna University of Business and Economics from KU-Leuven's master of financial and actuarial engineering program, Martin Koall is currently pursuing a master's degree in Quantitative Finance. Martin attended McGill university in Montreal, Canada where he graduated with a major in finance and minor in computer-science. Having gained work experience in Germany through internships at Gothaer Asset Management and Lupus Alpha Asset Management AG, Martin now seeks to deepen his immersion within the financial markets through the PMP.
Amando Zanderigo is currently undertaking the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance at WU, Vienna. He has a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in finance from the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he graduated with Distinction and as a Dean’s Scholar. He has also completed additional studies in pure mathematics and computer science at the University of Sydney, enrolled in the Dalyell Scholar program.
Georgi Atanasov is currently involved in the Master’s program Banking and Finance at the University of Vienna. He has previously obtained a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the same institution. During the years of his studies Georgi has been engaged as a tutor and teaching assistant in Mathematics and since recently, in Finance. He has successfully completed an internship at the Trading, Listing and Membership Department of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange where he encountered the underlying dynamics of one relatively small yet interesting capital market. For Georgi the Portfolio Management Program is an opportunity to experience the real complexity of the asset management process and to further deepen his understandings of macroeconomics and financial markets.
Kristof Wiedermann is a university assistant and doctoral student in mathematical finance at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). The main reason for his enthusiasm for mathematical finance, which he has already developed at an early age, is the application of mathematically profound concepts for solving realistic, finance-related problems. In accordance with this, he completed several courses of the corresponding bachelor's program at TU Wien throughout his final year of high school. During his master's studies, he developed, in the course of his exchange semester at ETH Zurich and as a part of his diploma thesis, an algorithm which solves the utility maximization problem in portfolio optimization via deep learning. Besides his interest in applying mathematical and financial theory to the financial markets, he considers the PMP as a perfect opportunity for collaborating with highly experienced mentors and similarly motivated fellow students.
Alexander Fregien is currently pursuing an Master’s degree in Banking and Finance at the University of Vienna. Prior to the Master's program, he completed his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a specialisation in Finance at the University of Hohenheim. During his Bachelor’s program, he worked as a working student in the accounting department of the Robert Bosch GmbH and completed an internship at the Allianz Pension Consult GmbH. The knowledge of the financial market acquired during his studies and internship motivated Alexander to gain practical experience in asset management alongside his Master's degree. The PMP is the optimal opportunity for him to apply concepts from the university to the real market. He looks forward to exchanging ideas with other motivated students and to expanding his knowledge of the relationship between financial markets and macroeconomic developments.
Ondřej Michalík is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at Vienna University of Business and Economics. Ondřej graduated in Economics and Finance at Charles University in Prague where he wrote his thesis on the effects of Quantitative Easing on the US stock market. Throughout his studies, he gained experience in the Big 4, an e-Health start-up and a private equity company, while leading several freelance projects. He joined the PMP to learn about the processes behind asset management and to improve his understanding of fixed income securities.
Paul Krippl is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance at the University of Vienna. Beforehand, he did obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics at the University of Vienna. His strong interest in financial markets convinced him to use the knowledge and skills he attained during his Bachelor studies and start pursuing an education and career in finance. Portfolio management, especially factor investing, is most intriguing to him. Thus being part of the Quantitative Risk Premia Group of the 19th class of the Portfolio Management Program offers him the perfect opportunity to deepen his understanding of portfolio management, link theoretical knowledge to practice, and exchange ideas with highly motivated and skilled colleagues.
Kamila Shafigullina is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Quantitative Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Beforehand, she received her Bachelor’s degrees with honours in Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Russia as well as in Economics and Finance at the University of London under academic direction of LSE. During her studies, she was also admitted to the School of Finance in Moscow State University, where she focused on corporate valuation and retail analysis. Previously, she gathered her practical experience in the Risk Advisory Department at Deloitte & Touche CIS, where she focused on sustainability projects and reporting. Kamila also represented the Higher School of Economics in the 2020 CFA Research Challenge, which motivated her pursuit of gaining practical experience as a portfolio analyst. For her, the PMP offers opportunities to learn more about asset management for future career, improve her understanding of the link between financial markets and macroeconomic events, generate trading strategies for various instruments and exchange ideas with highly motivated colleagues and experienced portfolio managers.
Yuan was born in Wuhan, China. He studied Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) at Macau University of Science and Technology and moved to Zurich afterward. There he studied a specialized Master program Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance (MScQF), jointly by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. He joined the VGSF program since 2021. His main research interests include Financial Econometrics, Portfolio Management, and Mathematical Finance. Yuan´s hobbies are reading, boxing, and surfing. He also likes to explore the world.
Inyoung Na is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology with a major in Management Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering. She spent one semester in Vienna Vienna University of Technology before she studied at WU. During her studies, she participated in a research internship at university, where she researched Robo-advisor for pension portfolio management. She gained programming skills and analytic skills. She decided to study finance after her research experience to create a realistic Robo-advisor. For her, PMP provides an opportunity to understand capital markets deeply and investment ideas for the research of pension planning.
Filip Jakab is currently attending the Master’s Program in Quantitative Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He has completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Economics at the University of Amsterdam and has written his Bachelor thesis on the differences of determinants of CDS premiums in the developed and emerging economies. His practical experience includes an internship at the tax department of Deloitte in Bratislava, Slovakia (12 months and later 9 months long-distance during his BSc), as well as a 14-month-long Junior Equity Analyst internship at the investment fund Odyssey 44 in Prague, Czechia. By participating in the PMP he aims to further improve his skills regarding quantitative financial analysis, and he seeks to work in a company of likeminded peers who share the same passion for finance and investing.
Drini Manjani is currently pursuing MSc in Quantitative Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Baruch College with a major in finance and minor in mathematics. After his bachelor studies, he completed the Quantitative Studies for Finance postbaccalaureate program at Columbia University. Drini worked as a data analyst at Raiffeisen Bank for 1.5 years. Future interests include options pricing & quantitative trading strategies development. He is looking forward to the opportunity of learning and exchanging ideas with his colleagues at PMP.
Sergey Litvinenko is currently pursuing a master's degree in Quantitative Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Previously, he obtained his undergraduate double degree in Mathematics and Economics at the American University in Bulgaria, receiving Outstanding Achievement in Economics award. During his studies, he completed an off-cycle internship at the asset management firm Expat Capital and participated in the 2020 CFA Institute Research Challenge. Upon graduation, he joined the Deal Advisory department of KPMG Ukraine to work on valuation projects and M&A transactions, gaining valuable analytical and research skills. In 2021, Sergey passed CFA Exam Level II. For him, the PMP program offers the excellent opportunity to apply his theoretical knowledge into real-world asset management and broaden his experience with various asset classes.
Tomislav Plesko is currently enrolled in the Quantitative Finance Master Program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Prior to the Master program, Tomislav finished his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at University of Zagreb. Furthermore, during his studies, he additionally enrolled at Faculty of Economics and Business and successfully completed 3 years. Over the last 2 years, Tomislav had an internship at Deloitte and worked as associate at PwC with focus on financial modelling. He joined the PMP to expand his knowledge of financial markets and find use of theoretical knowledge gained during his studies.
Marcus Pantis is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at Vienna University of Business and Economics. He previously completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Vienna where he focused on quantitative methods applied in the field of economics. In his Bachelor thesis, he studied the effects of monetary policy on asset prices which sparked his interest in Finance. He applied for the PMP in order to enhance the traditional curriculum of his master’s degree by getting hands-on experience in the field of Finance. An important feature of this program that drew him towards it is the fact, that participants have the possibility of making their own decisions by directly participating in the management of the funds. He strongly believes that this skin in the game approach that the program offers is a great way of learning about investing and the complex decision-making process behind different investment strategies.