Participants of the 21st Class
The participants of the 21st class of the Portfolio Management Program will take over the management of the portfolios from the previous class in May 2024. Underneath you can find the candidates that put in the effort to educate themselves in financial economics and strive for a carreer in finance.
Jakob Pertl is a student with a background in mathematics and finance. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Technical University of Munich. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in quantitative finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, focusing on financial markets and asset management. Jakob recently completed an internship in the fixed income department of a German asset management company, where he gained some practical experience. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and reading. He is looking forward to participating in the PMP program and is excited about his time with the ZZ Group.
Maximilian Michlits is a Bachelor's student in Business Mathematics and Statistics at TU Vienna. With a passion for finance, Maximilian honed his skills during internships at UNIQA Capital Markets, where he worked with both the Private Equity and Strategic Asset Allocation teams. He also gained valuable insights into the regulatory aspects of investing during an internship at OeNB. For Maximilian, the PMP is more than just a program; it's a gateway to applying his quantitative financial analysis knowledge in the real world. He thrives on devising innovative approaches and thinking outside the conventional boundaries.
Madalin-Stefan Titiriga is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU). Graduating with honors from Bucharest University of Economic Studies and University Politehnica of Bucharest, he holds dual bachelor's degrees in Finance and Banking, and Engineering and Management in Aeronautics. Stefan's theses explored volatility models, including hybrid LSTM NNs, compared pricing and implied volatility models for options, and applied DEA analysis to stock exchanges. His motivation for joining the Portfolio Management Program is clear: bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical applications in real-world financial markets.
Alexandra is currently pursuing a Master in Quantitative Finance at WU, Vienna. She completed a Bachelor in Econometrics & Operations Research at Maastricht University, The Netherlands and also did an exchange semester at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. For her Bachelor thesis, she implemented ARCH and GARCH models in R to study the volatility effects in restaurant chain stocks. In addition to her studies, she worked as an Investment Analyst for Maastricht’s student investment club and she was a Summer Intern at a wealth management boutique. She is particularly interested in combining quantitative methods and Finance concepts to elaborate precise and well-documented financial analyses. She sees PMP as a great opportunity to gain practical experience and to meet other like-minded Finance enthusiasts.
Veronika is pursuing her Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). She finished her Bachelor studies in Finance and Accounting at Corvinus University of Budapest. She had specialised in Finance and Financial Mathematics; and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on portfolio optimisation using evolutionary algorithms. During her studies, she completed internships in the fields of valuation control at Morgan Stanley and product strategy at BlackRock, focusing on fixed income. Her motivation to join PMP was to gain practical experience in asset management and learn from the experts of the field. She is also looking forward to collaborate with likeminded students to face the challenges of managing a real-world portfolio and inspire each other with unique ideas.
Currently, Marat Gilmutdinov is pursuing the Master's Program in Quantitative Finance at WU Vienna. He graduated with a BSc degree in Data Science and Business Analytics from the London School of Economics and a BSc degree in Applied Mathematics and Information Science from the Higher School of Economics. During his bachelor studies he worked as a researcher at “Financial Research and Data Analysis” international laboratory and successfully completed internships at Nestle and SAS. By joining PMP his aim is to enrich quantitative finance skills, acquire new valuable knowledge for the industry of asset management and capital markets and collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Bartosz is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Quantitative Finance at WU Wien, having earned a BSc in Economics and a BSc in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Despite a background in Economics, Bartosz is drawn to the practical nature of finance, where assumptions can be tested and outcomes can be directly observed. He believes that the stock market mirrors the collective psychology of the world and the Portfolio Management Program is the perfect opportunity to comprehend the global dynamics of the financial world in practice, under the mentorship of experienced professionals and academic researchers.
Luis Diego Peña Monge
Luis Diego is currently a master's degree student in the Quantitative Finance program at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU). Before moving to Vienna, he completed his bachelor's degree in actuarial sciences at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). He also worked for one year as a mathematical model developer, focusing on credit risk and AML models. He joined the PMP with the main objective of applying the theoretical and academic aspects of financial mathematics to real world scenarios alongside motivated teammates and experienced tutors.
Adiletkhan Nassylkhan is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Economic Policy in Global Markets with a specialization in Finance at Central European University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan in July 2023. In terms of professional experience, Adiletkhan has managed a repair construction business in Kazakhstan for more than 5 years, securing public procurements and attracting investments. He also undertook an internship at the quasi-public entity, NC "KAZAKH INVEST" JSC. On the academic side, he tutored students in the "Introduction to Microeconomics" course at NU. For him, the PMP program is a platform to apply his theoretical knowledge to real-world situations and to deepen his understanding of financial markets. Moreover, the program provides an invaluable opportunity to connect and work with peers sharing similar interests.
Alberto Marafatto is currently pursuing a Master's Program in Quantitative Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Prior to the Master he successfully completed his undergraduate studies in Economics, Markets, and Finance at Ca' Foscari University of Venice where he conducted a thesis project that examined the dynamics of euro area inflation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberto's decision to join the PMP reflects his commitment to further enhancing his technical knowledge and applying his strong financial and quantitative skills in practical, real-world contexts.
Paul Kieselbach is currently enrolled at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), where he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in the Quantitative Finance program. Previously, Paul obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics at the aforementioned university, where he specialized in Business Mathematics and Finance. Outside of his academic studies, Paul excelled working with a derivatives sales team at Raiffeisenbank International in Vienna. This role was instrumental in enhancing his hands-on understanding of derivatives and broadening his perspective on financial markets. Paul is confident that there is always room for growth. The portfolio management program, in his view, offers a unique chance to further develop his skill set, especially in the realm of portfolio management. He aims to gather further knowledge and contribute meaningfully to the finance domain.