Class of 2017

Matthias Blank

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

After graduating from the University of Münster, I did a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Regensburg. Now I work in the finance sector dealing with the implementation of credit risk models.

Personally, I am interested in stochastic models and their applications, in particular for data analytics in a financial setting. Of course, I am also looking forward to meeting interesting people in Oxford.


Stefan Buhrandt

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Hello, my name is Stefan Buhrandt. I studied physics at Bonn University (Germany) and did my PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics at Cologne University (Germany) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Afterwards I joined d-fine GmbH as a consultant in financial risk management and worked on several projects for different clients from the financial sector.

I applied for the course to learn how scientific methods (in particular numerial algorithms) can be applied to problems in finance.


Calum Chalmers

Data analyst/scientist, Munich Re

After obtaining an MSc in mathematics from the University of Warwick, I worked in the actuarial profession advising corporate clients on investments, including currency hedging and hedge funds. I now work for Munich Re applying actuarial methods and machine learning algorithms to reinsurance contracts.

I applied for the MSc at Oxford, as with my actuarial background and recently obtaining an MSc in data analytics from the University of Warwick, I am interested in financial algorithms for big data streams.


Jonas Daniels

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied physics at the University of Münster, where I specialised in solid state theory. After my doctoral studies I changed to finance and have worked at a consultancy for about two years now.

I applied for this course since it grants a deeper understanding of the mechanisms behind our financial world and for the joy of mathematics.


Nicklas Denis

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I'm a physicist turned business consultant from Germany and my work involves a lot of finance.

For me, the Mathematical Finance course at Oxford is a unique opportunity to obtain a thorough understanding of the modeling and pricing of financial instruments while studying at one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in the world.


Martin Dittgen

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. After graduating with my master's degree I started working as a consultant at d-fine. The main focus of my work is credit risk modelling.

I applied for the part-time masters programme in Mathematical Finance to learn more about stochastic processes and enhance my knowldege of quantitative finance.


Eva Marie Ebach

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Working as a consultant at a quantitatively orientated company offers me the opportunity to focus on mathematical and computational projects in the financial industry.

I am convinced that studying at the University of Oxford will not only enable me to widen my expertise to optimally consult our clients, but also offers me the opportunity to exchange experiences with other quantitatively focused people from all over the world.


Benjamin Galow

Senior Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied physics at Heidelberg University in Germany and received a PhD in theoretical physics in the field of strong laster plasma interactions. After graduation, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Max-Plank-Institute for nuclear physics with several research stays at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. In January 2013, I joined d-fine GmbH, an international financial risk management consultancy where I focus on credit risk.

My main motivation to join the Oxford course is to complement my practical experience with a sound theoretical footing.


Achim Heinz

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Hello, my name is Achim Heinz. Studying theoretical nuclear physics and completing a PhD was an enriching experience. After my time at university, I opted to join a company withing the financial sector.

The MSc in Mathematical Finance is a chance to study the mathematic foundations behind the methods we use in our everyday work and to extend my knowledge about mathematical and quantitative finance.


Andreas Höcherl

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I have studied Business Engineering with a focus on mathematical finance and received a masters degree in the field. I worked as an intern at banks and a CCP and am now working as a financial risk consultant at d-fine.

I applied for the course to extedn my theoretical background on the topics of risk management and financial engineering.


Christoph Hörig

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Hello, my name is Christoph Hörig. I have studied physics at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and did my PhD in theoretical physics at Utrecht Universityy, the Netherlands, in 2015. After graduating I joined d-fine GmbH as a consultant in May 2015 and since then worked actively in projects with clients from the financial sector.

I am especially interested in the quantitative aspect of the masters programme, in particular the course 'Quanitative Risk Management', which is highly relevant to many problems I will likely be facing during my future career.


Emre Ilgünsatiroglu

Consultant, d-fine AG

Besides my research activities I developed algorithmic trading strategies using data mining tools such as Hidden Markov Model, support vector machines and I used the methods of time series analysis like ARIMA/GARCH to estimate the volatility of stock prices. Thanks to these activities I have discovered my interest in quantitative finance.

I believe that the master programme in Mathematical Finance will provide me with a wide variety of perspectives in the field, and research opportunities in a world leading university.


Franziska Jahr

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied Business Mathematics at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. During my studies, I specialized in mathematical optimization, probability theory/statistics and business management. Since my graduation in 2016 I have worked for a German financial risk management consultancy.

The reason for me to join this programme is that it is perfectly compatible with my work, so that I am able to continue my mathematical education and build a deeper understanding of practical issues in mathematical finance, without taking a career break.


Ruth Joachimi

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a focus on algebraic topology. After finishing my PhD thesis in 2015, I started working for d-fine as a Consultant.

The project work at German banks exposes me to mathematical finance, in particular concerning valuation adjustments in derivatives pricing. This, together with recommendations by many colleagues, led to my application for the Oxford course.


Nicolas Kaiser

Senior Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, focussing on theoretical particle physics. After my graduation I joined d-fine in July 2014. I have worked on several projects involving quantitative finance and became a member of the business unit specializing in valuation topics.

The Masters programme in Mathematical Finance is a great opportunity for me to extend my knowledge of practical methods and the underlying theory.


Wjatscheslaw Kewlin

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

My name is Wjatscheslaw Kewlin. My academic background is in surface theory, a subfield of differential geometry. I earned my diploma in mathematics at Universität Mannheim. Then I finished my PhD at Universität Tübingen with a thesis on 'Construction of Constant Mean Curvature Tori in R3 of Arbitrary Spectral Genus via Whitham Flows'. I am employed at d-fine GmbH where I have already worked on a project dealing with the valuation of a portfolio of structured trades of a development bank.

I applied for the MSc in Mathematical Finance to develop a deep theoretical understanding of mathematical models used in financial engineering.


Fabian Kolley

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied Physics at Heidelberg University and received a PhD for my work on correlated spin systems from LMU Munich. Now, I am working for d-fine, a German IT, risk management and financial consultancy.

The Mathematical Finance programme will give me a thorough theoreticacl background which I think will be invaluable for my career in the financial industry. I am also looking forward to meeting a lot of interesting fellow students with different educational backgrounds, who all share the same interests: mathematics, finance and computer science.


Brandon Kwan

FX LDB Trading Projects, Barclays

I've worked at Barclays for the past 2 years across Retail, Barclaycard and the Investment Bank, within Risk. I currently work on adhoc projects and investigations across FX, focusing on exotics and capital pricing. Prior to this I've spent 2 years in the Singapore army and did an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Management Studies in Cambridge.

I've joined the programme to solidify my foundations in quantitative finance and provide academic grounding to my work.


Shadrack Kwasa

Senior Associate, P-Solve Investment Consulting (part of River and Mercantile Group)

I have worked as an actuary with a large UK audit firm and a Global acturial consulting firm, where my roles focused on advising pension funds and insurers on a variety of actuarial matters, from pricing insurance products to managing pension liabilities. I currently work for an investment consultancy, where I give advice to institutional investors on investing match liabilities, optiminsing risk adjusted returns and risk management.

I applied to the course because I am interested in how mathematics can be used as a tool to manage investment risk and especially how this can be done using derivatives.


Viktor Mai

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Since 2013 Viktor Mai has been a risk management consultant in one of Europe's most renowned risk management companies. He graduated 2012 from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz with a Master's degree in Mathematics.

Due to his special interest in Mathematical Finance he considered topics related to it early in his studies and selected a profession that keeps him related to them. The University of Oxford is world renowned and he is certain that the course will give him a unique opportunity to get a deep insight into the foundations as well as current challenges in Mathematical Finance.


Collins Mbeutcha

Quantitative Analyst, Credit Agricole CIB

Studing at Oxford in the MSc in Mathematical Finance programme is a guarantee of success and will allow me to extend my expertise in the corresponding quantitative field. Indeed, I will be able to strengthen my programming and modeling skills with Advanced Modules, like Numerical Methods and Modeling. As well as my understanding of derivatives with Core Modules like Exotic Options and Advanced Modeling Techniques. Furthermore, the dissertation will allow me to develop an expertise on a specific subject.


Ulf Menzler

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Hello my name is Ulf Menzler. I have studied physics at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, where I also did my PhD in theoretical astrophysics. Since May 2015 I have been working as a risk management consultant at d-fine GmbH, working mainly in the field of credit risk.

I applied for the part-time masters programme in Mathematical Finance to settle my financial knowledge on a profound academic basis and enhance my work value, for both my company and their clients.


Jonas Reuter

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied theoretical physics in Bonn (Germany) and Utrecht (Netherlands). After my PhD in string theory at the University of Bonn I joined d-fine as a consultant. There I concentrate on risk management for energy and commodity companies.

I applied for the Oxford Mathematical Finance course to get a better understanding of what I use in my day to day business: analysing risks.


Simon Rube

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I studied mathematics at Heidelberg University with a focus on algebraic number theory and discrete optimization. Since 2015 I have been working for a German consultancy that specialises in quantitative finance and risk management where, to date, I have mainly been engaged in liquidity risk topics.

The MSc programme is an excellent opportunity to enhance my academic background with a more application-orientated approach and I am looking forward to learning how stochastic methods can be used to solve real-life problems in finance.


Erik Rudolf

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I have studied applied and computational mathematics at TU Berlin with energy engineering as a minor subject. Now I am working in the financial industry and I am delighted to get the opportunity to learn more about mathematical application in finance.


Markus Schaepers

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

Hello, my name is Markus Schaepers. After I finished my PhD in experimental physics, I started to work for d-fine GmbH, a consulting company specialised in banks and assurances, in 2015. As a consultant I have the chance to work on financial risk management topics and thus want to understand the mathematical background of financial models and methods in detail, on a level which cannot be addressed in short introductory classes or daily work.

For me, the masters programme offers a unique change to extend my knowledge and build a widespread basis in the area of finance for my future career.


Gordon Sketchley

I traded G7 government bonds, interest rates and currencies in both a propriety adn market-making capacity for 24 years.

I want to expand my knowledge of the mathematical models underlying the pricing of derivatives and risk management tools and, hopefully, discover some elegant maths along the way.


Thomas Steeger

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I have studied theoretical particle physics at RWTH Aachen University and decided to have a look at maths in finance.

I am working as a consultant at d-fine and am very excited about visiting Oxford for the first time. Due to my background I noticed that it would be very helpful to get a professional insight into mathematical finance, which is why I decided to apply for this course. Besides, I like maths very much and I think that this course will offer an exceptional opportunity for further studies.


Nico Taschenberger

Senior Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I obtained a degree in mathematics from the University of Heidelberg with a focus on numerical mathematics.  I further deepened my knowledge in the area during my Ph.D. work at the University of Kiel.

The MSc in Mathematical Finance at the University of Oxford offers the chance to learn in a more systematic way and to get exposure to topics beyond my daily work. The experience I have already gained on my projects complemented with the knowledge of your master program will lay the foundation to long term achievements in consultancy.


Albrecht Werner

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

I was born in (East) Germany in 1985. I graduated in Theoretical Physics from Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, where I also obtained my PhD. Currently I work as a consultant at d-fine.

I hope that this course will augment my understanding of Financial Mathematics.


Frank Wusterhausen

Consultant, d-fine GmbH

My name is Frank Wusterhausen and I studied Mathematics and Economathematics at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (MLU) and at the University of Toronto, Canada. My studies encouraged me to enter research in the field of stochastic analysis for my PhD. During the next four years I researched stochastic evolution equations with Levy Noice at the MLU and at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

After successfully defending my PhD thesis I joined d-fine, a consultancy with strong quantitative focus. In Oxford I hope to gain insights in applied mathematics as well as computational techniques.