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Asset Management Education - June 22, 2010

Initial look at 2010 admissions to the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance


The three doctoral students joining the residential track of the programme have an average age of twenty-nine and come from France, India and Lithuania. All have master’s degrees – in finance, financial engineering, business administration, or Economics and Public Policy. They have undergraduate degrees from Sciences Po Paris (France), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), IIIT Hyderabad (India), and graduate degrees from the London Business School (UK), University of California, Los Angeles (USA) and Ecole Polytechnique (France). They have experience working in investment banking, wealth management, investment management, and consulting for such institutions as JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Natixis Securities, PricewaterhouseCoopers or Deloitte.

The average age of the nine professionals joining the executive-track is forty-one and they average nineteen years of experience. These figures are higher than those of the entering class of 2009 due to the over-representation of very senior participants in the first batch of admitted candidates. Four are chief executives and/or chairs, two are heads of units, two are portfolio managers, and one is a risk officer. Four continents and six nationalities (American, Canadian, English, Indian, Irish, Russian) are represented. Six of these participants work in North America, two in Europe, and one in Asia – two of them will be relocating to Asia next year.

Five participants work in investment management or consulting, one in investment banking, one in reinsurance, one in commercial banking, and one in academe. Four manage the companies they have founded (three investment management/advisory boutiques and one significant reinsurance company with over 500 employees worldwide); two work for large diversified financial institutions such as CIBC and UBS, two work for hedge funds, and one heads a financial research centre.

These practitioners have solid academic backgrounds. They completed first degrees in humanities and political science (4), science and engineering (3), mathematics and physics (2), and finance and economics (2) at institutions such as University College London (UK), Dartmouth College (USA), Indian Institute of Technology (India), University of Oxford (UK), Queen’s University (Canada), and Stanford University (USA).

They hold graduate degrees in finance (5), business administration (3), sciences and engineering (2), and humanities (1). These master’s degrees are from such institutions as University of California, Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University (USA), Dartmouth College, London Business School (UK), University of Oxford, Stanford University (USA), University of Toronto (Canada).

The deadline to submit the application file is July 16, 2010 for the residential track and September 17, 2010 for the executive track. The number of seats in the programme is limited so as to guarantee the quality of teaching and research supervision.


To learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, please contact Ms Maud Gauchon at maud.gauchon@edhec-risk.com or on +33 493 183 267.