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Asset Management Education - May 06, 2014

PhD in Finance programme adds six alumni

PhD in Finance Graduation Ceremony, 24 March 2014, EDHEC London campus.
From left to right: Dr Michelle Sisto, PhD graduate, Mr Tomas Franzén, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of EDHEC-Risk Institute, Dr Rehan Syed, PhD graduate, Mr Frédéric Ducoulombier, Director of Executive Education at EDHEC-Risk Institute, Dr Andrea Tarelli, PhD graduate, Professor René Garcia, Academic Director of the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, Dr Seong-Han Kim, PhD Graduate, Professor Raman Uppal, Core Faculty Member, EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance

The differentiating ambition of the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance is to train a new breed of practitioners who will be combining their practical, in-field expertise with the knowledge and research skills acquired through the programme to exert thought-leadership and introduce radical innovation in the finance industry.

Over the course of the last six months, six PhD programme participants candidates have successfully defended their dissertations. Their research work brings new insights on strategic and tactical asset allocation, inflation modelling and hedging, asset pricing, corporate financial policy, pension fund management, and systemic risk.

These new graduates include two women and four men representing five countries on three continents (France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and the United States). The group includes five participants who belonged to the European chapter of the programme and the first graduate of its Asian chapter launched in 2011. Unusually, three of these graduates are working in academe: besides a residential track participant who remained on the EDHEC-Risk Institute research team after graduation, the group includes two executive track participants who had enrolled in the PhD in Finance programme to strengthen their academic credentials for careers within research and educational institutions. Another two graduates work in the investment management industry and the sixth graduate is in central banking.

Graduate Dissertation Title Dissertation Committee
Mr Seong-Han Kim, PhD (2014), Chief Executive Officer, Singularion Asset Management (United Kingdom) Stock Market Momentum, Investor Sentiment, and the Accruals Anomaly Chair: René Garcia (EDHEC)
External examiner: Allan Timmermann (University of California, San Diego)
Advisor: Raman Uppal (EDHEC)
Ms Su Fen Lee, PhD (2014), Senior Economist, Monetary Authority of Singapore (Singapore) Central Clearing and Pre-emptive Liquidity Hoarding in Financial Networks Chair: Abraham Lioui (EDHEC)
External examiner: Rama Cont (Imperial College)
Advisor: Frank Fabozzi (EDHEC)
Mr Samuel Sender, PhD (2014), Researcher and Faculty Member, Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University (The Netherlands) Essays on Corporate Defined Benefit Pension Plans and on Co-integrated Time-series and Panel Models Chair: René Garcia (EDHEC)
External examiner: Jean-Pierre Urbain (Maastricht University)
Advisors: Stéphane Gregoir (EDHEC) and Pierre Mella-Barral (EDHEC)
Ms Michelle Sisto, PhD (2014), Visiting Professor of Statistics, EDHEC MBA, EDHEC Business School (France) Responsibility, Regulation and Asset Pricing Chair: René Garcia (EDHEC)
External examiner: Cesare Robotti (Imperial College)
Advisor: Abraham Lioui (EDHEC)
Mr Rehan Syed, PhD (2014), Chief Investment Officer, minMax Asset Advisors (USA) Essays on Conditional Inflation Hedging and Manager Performance Persistence Chair: Giuseppe Bertola (EDHEC)
External examiner: Robert Kosowski (Imperial College)
Advisor: Florencio López-de-Silanes (EDHEC)
Mr Andrea Tarelli, PhD (2013), Senior Research Engineer, EDHEC-Risk Institute, EDHEC Business School (France) Dynamic Term Structure Models and Inflation: Implications for Asset Allocation and Corporate Debt Structure Chair: René Garcia (EDHEC)
External examiner: Mikhail Chernov (UCLA)
Dissertation advisors: Abraham Lioui (EDHEC) and Lionel Martellini (EDHEC)

The next PhD in Finance programme information sessions will be held in Kuwait on May 7, in London on May 19 & 20 and in Singapore on July 3.

Other presentations will be scheduled all year round in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and online.

To reserve your place, to receive our brochure or to learn more about the EDHEC-Risk Institute PhD in Finance, please contact Brigitte Bogaerts or on +33 493 183 267 or +65 6653 8586.

The next deadline for application is May 31, 2014 (October 2014 admission for the Europe-based programme and February 2015 admission for the Asia-based programme).

Under the Asia-Pacific Doctoral Scholarship Programme, EDHEC Risk Institute—Asia is offering funding to selected Asia-Pacific nationals joining the programme’s executive track in February 2015.