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Asset Management Education - September 24, 2010

EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance: Profile of latest executive participants joining the programme

The appeal of the PhD in Finance has continued to grow, with some 5,000 people having expressed interest in the programme over the last 12 months. 126 applications have been processed to date, and with the final deadline for applications to the Asian chapter of the programme having closed on September 17, the figure for the year is set to break last year’s record.

Twenty-nine applicants were admitted, twenty-three on the executive track and six on the residential track. Twenty-three of these confirmed that they would be joining the programme in 2010/2011, with fifteen opting for the Europe-based programme and eight for the Singapore-based course. The graduate admission scores of these programme newcomers are slightly higher than those of the previous entering class with a median GMAT score of 710, and median GRE scores of 670 (verbal) and 790 (quantitative).

The more experienced practitioners joining the executive track of the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance usually embark on the course to take a step towards senior positions in finance or, when they already hold such positions, to help them steer their organisations in new directions. During the programme, they work with leading specialists on research of particular relevance to their organisations.

The average age of the eighteen executive-track participants confirmed to date is thirty-nine and they average sixteen years of experience. Four are chief executives and/or chairs, five are heads of units or principals, one is a senior manager, five are portfolio or risk managers, and three are risk or investment officers.

Four continents and thirteen nationalities (American, Austrian, British, Canadian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indian, Irish, Russian, Swedish, Tunisian) are represented. Nine of these participants work in North America, five in Europe, four in Asia; two participants, one North-American and one European, will be relocating to Asia this year.

Nine participants work in investment management, two in investment banking, three in commercial banking and financial services, one in reinsurance, one in financial supervision, one in financial software, 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); five work for large diversified financial institutions (CIBC, Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Wells Fargo), two for large asset management specialists (UFG-LFP and SEI Investments), three work for boutique alternative managers, two for specialised financial institutions (OeKB and BIS), and one heads a financial research centre.

These practitioners have solid academic backgrounds. They completed first degrees in science and engineering (10), humanities and political science (4), mathematics and physics (3), and economics (1) at institutions such as University College London (UK), Dartmouth College (USA), Indian Institute of Technology (India), Ohio State University (USA), Pierre and Marie Curie University (France), University of Oxford (UK), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Queen’s University (Canada), Stanford University (USA), and Tsinghua University (China). They hold graduate degrees in finance and financial engineering (10), business administration (7), sciences and engineering (4), mathematics (1) and humanities (1). These master’s degrees are from such institutions as University of California, Berkeley (USA), Boston College (USA), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Columbia University (USA), Dartmouth College (USA), HEC Paris (France), London Business School (UK), University of California, Los Angeles (USA), University of Chicago (USA), University of Toronto (Canada), University of Vienna (Austria), and University of Waterloo (Canada).


We invite you to attend one of our forthcoming presentations which will be held at the following locations:

• London, 4 October – New Broad Street House – 6:00pm
• Zurich, 2 November – St Gotthard Hotel – 5:30pm
• Amsterdam, 3 November – The Pulitzer Hotel – 5:30pm
• Frankfurt, 4 November – Le Méridien Parkhotel – 5:30pm
• Hong Kong, 5 November – UBS offices – 12.30pm
• Singapore, 10 November – 9 Raffles Place, Level 58, Republic Plaza – 12.30pm (and on-going face to face meetings)
• Shanghai, 22 & 24 November – Venue TBC – Face to face meetings
• Monaco, 9 December – Grimaldi Forum – Face to face meetings


To reserve your place or 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.