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Valentina Ausserladscheider, Research Associate | CCAF Summer internship programme

Valentina Ausserladscheider

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Valentina is an economic sociologist who works on socio-political ideas of elites shaping economic integration in Europe. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, she undertook her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she worked on the sociological perspectives of the financial crash of 2008. This research interest led Valentina to take her first masters degree in Economic Sociology at the London School of Economics. Especially interested in the social study of finance, she analysed the 2013 centralisation of banking supervision through the European Central Bank. With this study she completed her second masters degree in Cambridge before commencing her PhD.

Ronald Chua | CCAF Summer internship programme

Ronald Chua

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Ronald is a career executive service official (Deputy Secretary) in the Philippine Legislature, with concurrent functions in the Senate of the Philippines and the Commission on Appointments. He previously served as Director of the Philippines’ Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures as well as the Lead Finance/Fiscal Specialist in the Office of the President of the Philippine Senate. In those capacities, he contributed to the passage of critical legislation such as: the Sin Tax Reform Law, the Amendments to the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Act, the Terrorist Financing Prevention and Suppression Law, the Full Entry of Foreign Banks in the Philippines Act and the Philippine Competition Law. Before his appointment in government, Ronald was an executive in a Philippine manufacturing company and an associate at Ernst & Young. A Philippine-qualified lawyer and CPA, Ronald is a Chevening scholar currently pursuing a Master of Finance degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. He holds a dual degree in Applied Economics and Accountancy from De La Salle University – Manila, an EMBA from the Asian Institute of Management and a Juris Doctor (law) from the University of the Philippines. Ronald and his wife, Karla, are doting parents to their two sons, Vito and Gabriel.

Rui Hao, Research Associate | CCAF Summer internship programme

Rui Hao

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Rui is a PhD student at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. She previously obtained BEng Honours First Degree (top student) from the University of Nottingham. Her PhD project includes both modelling and experimental work in construction materials; she was also one of the reviewers in a well-recognised journal of construction materials. Before joining the Centre she interned and worked with various industries, including high-tech consultancy, financial institute, start-ups, NGO, and academia. At the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance she mainly focuses on data analysis, relational database design, statistical modelling and web development. Rui is currently pursuing certifications in Chartered Financial Analyst, Financial Risk Manager, and Certificate in Quantitative Finance.

Christiaan J Knaup, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Christiaan J Knaup

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Born in the Netherlands and raised in Spain, Christiaan is currently a MSc student in Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol. He previously completed a First Class Honours BEng in Systems & Control Engineering at the University of Sheffield with a year abroad at the National University of Singapore. During this year he worked as a research intern at the Singapore University of Technology & Design on prototyping a multi-sensor embedded system for Singapore's National Research Foundation. He has also completed a year long placement with GE Aviation, developing an automated real-time testing solution for Boeing, during which he was actively involved in the community through running an engineering competition at local schools as a STEM Ambassador. Christiaan is interested in the intersection between financial services and technology with a particular focus on how they can be used to democratise these services. He is also a keen runner and will be representing the University of Bristol at the European Universities Debating Championship in Estonia this summer.

Akachi Obijiaku, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Akachi Obijiaku

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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After graduating from Loughborough University with a bachelors degree at the age of 19, Akachi is now studying for a Masters in Emerging Economies and International Development at King's College London where her dissertation focus is on the implication of blockchain technology adoption in Nigeria. Having previously spent over 15 years in Nigeria, she has a passion for increasing access to finance in emerging economies. She has also carried out a research internship with AlliedCrowds, a London-based development finance firm, and acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for Cogent Economics and Finance, an open-access peer-reviewed journal.

Thales Panza de Paula, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Thales Panza de Paula

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Thales is joining the School's 2017 MBA class. Thales spent seven years working as a quantitative strategist in investment management at companies such as BlackRock and AllianceBernstein. He has been involved with a wide range of projects, from developing and implementing systematic strategies to building and maintaining portfolio analytics and risk management tools. Through his work at the Centre, he hopes to further understand and clarify the impact of disintermediation in financial markets, as well as help propel the development of new technologies in the industry globally. Thales holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Finance from Warwick Business School.

Marina Petrović, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Marina Petrović

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Marina enjoys talking about innovation and connecting different ideas from a creative and interdisciplinary perspective. Her main areas of focus are alternative financing models, mostly blockchain, crowdfunding and investment crowdfunding projects that can assist in addressing economic, societal and environmental facets of community growth. She is one of the Alternative Finance Lab and Crowdfunding Academy founders, now in their second year. Marina spends her free time in Makerspace where the cross-section of innovators, designers and scientists work to tie in all possible spheres of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. She set up and developed SEYN (Sustainable Energy Youth Network) which focuses on creating a future based on sustainable energy through social and cooperative approach via engagement of young people - it currently has more than 1000 members.

Steven Sankaran, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Steven Sankaran

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Steven is an MBA student at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He became interested in alternative finance as an area of study as it leverages his finance background and allows him to further explore interests in emerging technology, fintech, and early-stage ventures. Before pursuing his MBA, Steven spent four years in finance at Amazon.com where he was most recently a Senior Financial Analyst supporting Amazon Robotics and Worldwide Operations Engineering. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Akshat Srivastava, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Akshat Srivastava

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Akshat is an electrical engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has also studied abroad for a semester at INSA Lyon, France, during a foreign exchange programme. He likes pursuing different challenges, environments and experiences. He has been an intern in the manufacturing division of ITC Limited, one of the top FMCG players in India. He has also worked as an intern for various universities such as National University of Singapore (NUS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. He has headed various clubs and societies within IIT Delhi and has been recognised for his contribution. He also believes in giving back to the society and has worked with several NGOs. Akshat is excited about the future prospects of alternative finance and how it takes on the traditional banking system, especially in a developing economy like India.

Kannan Venkatasubramanian, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Kannan Venkatasubramanian

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Kannan is a final-year undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Prior to CCAF, Kannan interned as an analyst at Barclays where he monitored credit risk associated with the African market. His final thesis explored the synthesis of speech using deep neural networks. Kannan enjoys reading about latest advancements in the world of technology and working with advanced predictive systems. He wishes to apply this knowledge in the field of finance to innovate in the FinTech industry.

Eryk Walczak, Research Associate | CCAF Summer internship programme

Eryk Walczak

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Eryk is a PhD student at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London. During his studies, he has worked with behavioural, neuroscientific and auditory data to understand speech processing. His research projects helped him to discover his interest in data analysis and visualisation. Eryk works as a data scientist in the Advanced Analytics division of the Bank of England. His work covers a variety of projects related to financial and monetary stability. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years as a data scientist at LendInvest, a peer-to-peer lender, where he developed a reporting system covering company-wide data. Eryk has also worked as a data analyst for a social media agency, where he built dashboards and created a prototype of a social media listening system. Eryk is interested in using analytic solutions to understand and improve the financial industry, with a particular focus on peer-to-peer lending and cryptocurrencies.

Jiayu Yao, Research Associate | CCAF Summer internship programme

Jiayu Yao

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Jiayu is a PhD student in Management Information Systems at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona. Her primary research interests are information economics and strategy, social network analysis and business models in the context of crowdfunding and other eMarkets. Before arriving at the University of Arizona, she conducted research on information management and real estate economics at the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Nikos Yerolemou, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Nikos Yerolemou

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Nikos completed his undergraduate studies between 2011 and 2014 in History at Gonville & Caius, University of Cambridge, with a particular interest in political philosophy. This was followed by a year at Cambridge Judge Business School. After graduating Nikos remained at the School for four months as a research assistant focusing on data and analytics before starting his career in commercial real estate at Lloyds Banking Group. He has since moved to Fortwell Capital as a Leveraged Debt & Structured Finance Analyst, which remains his current employment.

Jingxuan Zhang, Research Assistant | CCAF Summer internship programme

Jingxuan Zhang

Research Assistant, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

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Jingxuan is a graduate student on the MPhil Finance and Economics programme at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. Jingxuan holds dual bachelor degrees - BSc Money, Banking and Finance programme, University of Birmingham, and BSc Economics, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China. Jingxuan’s research interests lie in asset pricing, empirical finance and financial markets. Prior to joining the Centre, Jingxuan did an internship at the personal loan department at Bank of China and gained a first-hand taste of the traditional financing landscape. As alternative financing is becoming mainstream and is able to serve small-to-medium enterprises and individual investors in the way that traditional financial institutions could not have done, Jingxuan decided to join the Centre to learn more about the alternative finance area. Jingxuan is currently responsible for analysing the data on alternative finance in APAC (Asia-Pacific) area. Specifically, Jingxuan is sorting the raw data by different alternative finance models and by countries. 

Joseph Daniels 2017 Winter Research Associate

Joseph Daniels

2017 Winter Research Associate

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Jo is a joint PhD student, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia and School of Geography, The University of Nottingham. His interests are at the intersections of cultural political economy, urban and financial geography. He explores the geographies of finance and money, in particular their role in the reconstruction of urban space for capital accumulation. In his PhD studies this takes the form of an investigation into the emergent processes of crowdfunding and its implications for urban development in the US, UK and Canada. This is particularly relevant as crowd-funding is quickly being viewed, beyond its origins in 'charitable' ventures, as a means of profit and the 'progressive' reshaping of corporate and city governance. His work attempts to trace the genealogies of crowdfunding's emergence as a global phenomenon; ongoing work focuses upon the role of financial markets in reshaping Singapore’s political economy, including bank restructuring and the financialisation of real estate through the introduction of financial instruments such as real estate investment trusts (REITs). 

Mandalmaa Erdenebileg, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Mandalmaa Erdenebileg

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Mandalmaa graduated from the Law School of the National University of Mongolia in 2014 and completed a Masters degree (LLM) in International Trade and Business Law at the James E Rogers School of Law, University of Arizona in 2015. Her graduate thesis examined the principle of good faith using a historical approach and analysed whether the Mongolian legal system understands and uses it in commercial cases by looking at the history of Mongolian commerce, culture, current legislation and judicial practice. Mandalmaa volunteered at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade to work on the study 'Assessing APEC Getting Credit Framework: Enforcement of Contract'. There she learned principles and other legal instruments that could be useful within the Mongolian commercial legal system, including commercial customs, good faith principle, commercial reasonableness, extra-judicial contract termination, less formalistic ways of security transactions, etc. Mandalmaa intends to dedicate her time to promoting these legal principles for the improvement of the commercial legal system of Mongolia.

Peter Ferrera, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Peter Ferrera

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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After interning for US congressman Paul Ryan in the House Budget Committee, and JP Morgan's Investment Bank in the prime brokerage division, Peter graduated from Lafayette College magna cum laude with a dual degree in economics and political science while competing on the college's NCAA Division 1 varsity baseball team.

Peter worked for two years in JP Morgan's global headquarters in the private banking division in an international corporate strategy role. He moved on to an international corporate finance role, in which for an additional two years he helped devise financial advisory solutions for multinational corporations seeking to expand globally.

Peter is currently pursuing a Master of Finance degree at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Peter is an active member in Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the United States' premier society for developing rising diversity talent.

Boyuan Hao, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Boyuan Hao

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Boyuan is currently studying for a Masters of Economic Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a particular focus on financial law. During his bachelor degree, he led the Youth Volunteers Association. He was responsible for reforming and improving the structure of the association, organising and participating in voluntary activities, making connections and a long term partnership with seven NGOs in Hefei. Boyuan is part of the group which maintains a WeChat public account, Internet Finance Law Review. 

Souvik Hazra, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Souvik Hazra

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Souvik is currently pursuing a BTech in Electrical Engineering at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He has interned at IIM Ahmedabad, India's premier business school, as a data scientist responsible for analysing the data on school dropouts. As an intern for Airbus Innovations Group he researched machine and deep learning techniques on satellite image dataset and was inspired to work on relevant research papers which were published at prestigious conferences. Souvik draws inspiration from the synergy of mathematics and technology to change the way we live.

Justin Hsiao, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Justin Hsiao

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Justin is a graduate of the Master of Finance programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. He holds a Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance, National ChengChi University, Taiwan. Prior to Cambridge, Justin worked as an analyst in Credit Research Initiative (CRI), a government-funded credit rating agency in Singapore, which provides credit ratings for over 60,000 listed firms across the world using big data analytics. He conducted default surveillance, created a new method for default data collection, initiated and coordinated the website update project. 

Aunthicha Jirathawornlerk, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Aunthicha Jirathawornlerk

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Aunthicha is currently a scholar of the Asian Development Bank Japan Scholarship Program and is studying a Masters programme at the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University. Her research focuses on governance and law in investment liberalisation as well as SMEs' development in ASEAN Economic Community. She was awarded a Scholarship from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and trained in the SMEs' development and promotion programme in Japan. She gained professional experience as a lawyer in banking and finance in the leading commercial bank in Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank. Aunthicha's work included advising on Thai and international banking finance law and regulations for enterprises from small and medium to large sizes of domestic and international corporations including government entities; structuring financial transaction, project finance, and distressed debt reconstruction as well as electronic banking services and trade-financing; providing the bank's nationwide standard forms in banking finance and international trade; and joining as a committee of the amendment of the civil and commercial code of Thailand in guarantee and mortgage law to propose the bank's standpoint to the Thai Bankers Association and National Legislative Assembly.

Maksud Karaketov, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Maksud Karaketov

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Born and raised in Uzbekistan, Maksud studied law at Tashkent State Institute of Law where he earned his bachelor degree. In 2009, he received a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and studied at Nagoya University where he received LLM and LLD degrees. His research topic focused on alternative dispute resolution, particularly court-connected mediation. 

After graduation in 2015, Maksud moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan to work for the law firm Linkage & Mind. He is currently a member of the corporate team and head of the Japan desk, advising international clients in all corporate, tax and labour matters in Kazakhstan. His practice also focuses on litigation and international arbitration matters. Maksud brings a global perspective to his work, having lived and studied in Japan and Uzbekistan. 

Hitesh Khandelwal, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Hitesh Khandelwal

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Hitesh Khandelwal is a final year undergraduate student majoring in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering and is pursuing Economics as his minor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has a wide range of skills and interests, from developing a prototype for an electronic product at the Institute's center for innovation to interning as a web application developer for a communication giant, to interning at a stock brokerage. He likes working with people and has actively taken part in university's student-run organisations and clubs. He has led the Design & Media Team for organising Inter IIT Sports meet, one of the country's biggest inter-college sports meet, captained a water polo team, and is currently heading the Institute's Finance Club, inculcating the passion for finance among the student community. He aims to integrate his passion for finance and economics with his quantitative background to influence policymaking decisions deciphering the meaning behind numbers. 

S. Krishnamurthy, 2017 Winter Research Associate  - Centre for Alternative Finance

S. Krishnamurthy

2017 Winter Research Associate

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Krishnamurthy is currently working as an academic intern (teaching assistant for finance and accounting) with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. Prior to this, he has worked with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as a process associate and with Government First Grade College as an assistant professor in commerce and management. He holds both a Master of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degree. He is currently pursuing his PhD from Tumkur University, Karnataka, India. His research interests lies in the areas of finance and development economics.

Oytun Pakcan, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Oytun Pakcan

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Oytun is currently working towards an MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. He spent the last nine years of his career in Istanbul and London at Citibank, JP Morgan and BNP Paribas working in EM M&A, Equity & Fund Derivatives and Fixed Income & Structured Capital Markets Divisions respectively. Oytun has experience across the capital structure and originated, structured, executed and distributed cross-asset investments in the CEEMEA region. Oytun holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an alumnus of Istanbul American Robert College.

Sumanyu Parashar Sharma, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Sumanyu Parashar Sharma

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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A final year undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, Sumanyu is an active part of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell. He has interned with Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and MECON and attended courses at Stanford Graduate School of Business and National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. Sumanyu's ongoing work involves studying the behaviour of yoga wellness tourists visiting Rishikesh, in order to suggest models for enterprises to utilise this inflow to generate business for local inhabitants. He has also worked on the comparative analysis of user reactions to different modes of internet advertising and their motivations to install ad-blocking software, as well as consulting work for some SMEs. Sumanyu's interest in alternative finance stems from his zest for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and its potential for the Indian economy.

James Talty, 2017 Winter Research Assistant  - Centre for Alternative Finance

James Talty

2017 Winter Research Assistant 

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James is currently an MBA Candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge pursuing a concentration in Strategy and Finance. Prior to this, James spent six years at Ernst & Young completing the three year rotational, advisory programme before spending a further three years within EY's Transaction Advisory Practice. Over this period James worked on a wide range of projects across multiple geographies, focusing on M&A advisory, commercial and financial due diligence and financial modelling and deal valuation. James is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors (Honours) Degree from King's College London in Classics.

Ziming Wang, 2017 Winter Research Assistant - Centre for Alternative Finance

Ziming Wang

2017 Winter Research Assistant

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Ziming is a maths undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and specialises in statistics, probability and operational research. Ziming has also finished several machine learning, computer science and finance online courses. Ziming plans to take a PhD in Financial Mathematics after graduation. Ziming's interests include quantitative data analysis, stochastic modelling and market risk analysis.

Ziming is currently the president of the Adams Society, St John's College, and plays badminton for the College in his spare time. Last year Ziming worked as a consultant of the Cambridge Consulting Network and has taken part in a research project for Jaguar Land Rover, developing an early warning system for project delays by analysing client history data and developing a set of project KPIs. Ziming is keen to explore data analysis and quantitative techniques, which are widely used in marketing analysis and credit decisions.

Navinth Rethda, 2017 Winter Research Assistant  - Centre for Alternative Finance

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Currently working at a law firm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Navinth is a Phnom Penh native. Navinth graduated with an LLM in Comparative Law from Nagoya University, Japan. During his time at law school, he took part in various legal competitions competing internationally for his university in Japan as well as his university in his home country. These competitions have shaped his interest and outlook on Private Law. Navinth aspires to become a corporate attorney working to shape the corporate landscape of Cambodia. Through the work of the CCAF, he hopes to contribute his skill and knowledge of the law to help produce in-depth, analytical, and reliable research papers on the situation of alternative finance both in Cambodia and the region. 

Navinth Rethda

2017 Winter Research Assistant 

Giulia Angelozzi, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Giulia Angelozzi

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Law, fifth year, Roma Tre University in Rome

" I have chosen to collaborate with the Centre for Alternative Finance since the University of Cambridge is the most important university in the European landscape that studies new forms of financial activities such as alternative finance.

It was a pleasure for me to be part of the team since I had a direct contact with the world of alternative finance."

Jill Carlson, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Jill Carlson

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MSc Global Governance, University of Oxford, Capital Controls and Cryptocurrency; BA Classics, Harvard University

"The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance combines the academic rigour of one of the world's most distinguished research universities with the innovative mindset of the start-up world. Working with the CCAF has offered me access to leaders in the fields of finance, business, and technology, and has enabled me to approach my research and my career more critically. It has been a privilege to work on initiatives that are driving the future of finance at an institution that is part of the wider University of Cambridge community that has seen and driven so much change throughout the centuries."

Pranjal Chokhani, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Pranjal Chokhani

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Chemical Engineering, fourth year, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

"My motivation to work with the Centre was to get some exposure to the world of alternative finance. And much like I expected, the bench-marking survey has been an incredible avenue to learn about crowdfunding and the future it entails. Our mentor's faith in us was extremely encouraging and I greatly appreciated the independence we were given. Also, getting to interact and work with such a diverse team is an experience I value very highly." 

Andrés Escobar, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Andrés Escobar

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Master of Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"I decided to join the Centre for Alternative Finance because it allows me to interact first-hand with the market players; to identify the current trends and to be part of an outstanding multidisciplinary team which works unsparingly to produce meaningful insights to strengthen the evolving industry".

Di Hu, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Di Hu

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Engineering, PhD, University of Cambridge

"I have a strong interest in alternative finance and want to use my engineering skills, such as data mining and data analysis, in the finance area. During my time at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, I was the Research Application Manager for the China-UK collaboration project between the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"This experience has allowed me to have a deeper understanding of alternative finance and how to apply my data skills into finance to complete deeper analysis."

Kshitij Jain, CCAF Summer Research Assistant

Kshitij Jain

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Mechanical Engineering Graduate, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

"I've always been intrigued by the world of finance and how it has evolved over the years. This internship with CCAF was an opportunity for me to get acquainted with what the thought-leaders consider to be the next generation of finance - P2P lending, crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies. Getting to know about the innovative models and platforms that enthusiasts around the world have set up in this space was a motivating learning experience.

"The best part of the programme for me was that it inspired discussions and debates within our team about the future prospects of alternative finance, especially against the immense traditional banking system. Our mentor was a great moderator and ensured all of us were constantly challenged and learning throughout."

Alexander James, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Alexander James

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Economics and Finance with European Study, third year, Exeter University

"I applied to join the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance to satisfy my curiosity about the nascent alternative finance sector. Having worked for equity based crowdfunding platforms in both the UK and France I had a reasonable grasp of this business model, however I was intrigued to further my understanding of other forms of alternative finance such as peer-to-peer lending, invoice trading, and in particular cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

"Working at the Centre was a genuine pleasure. The core team, based in Cambridge, are brilliant and diverse and I enjoyed coordinating with a number of other interns located around the world. My experience concluded with the CCAF annual conference where I felt privileged to listen to thought leaders in the space debate the future and direction of the industry."

Usman Javed, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Usman Javed

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MPhil Technology Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"I wanted to develop my understanding of the financial channels and instruments that operate outside the traditional financial systems and as the leading interdisciplinary research institute, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is a fantastic place to do just that.

"The best thing about the Centre is its work ethos. The researchers and fellows are all very talented and working on cutting-edge research but they are also very approachable and fun to work with. That's what makes working at the Centre such a good learning opportunity."

Harshal Kavishwar, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Harshal Kavishwar

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, fourth year, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

"The CCAF internship gave me an opportunity to enhance my knowledge in alternative finance, gain international exposure and provided a stepping stone to pursue my career in the field of finance.

"The whole internship experience was very enriching and has helped increase my value for future endeavours. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekly webinars and discussions on the various topics connected to alternative finance."

Omair Khalid, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Omair Khalid

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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MPhil Technology Policy, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

"The opportunity to study how fintech companies around the world work attracted me towards collaborating with Cambridge Centre of Alternative Finance.

"I found the experience and learning opportunities within the CCAF to be very exciting."

Geetika Khurana, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Geetika Khurana

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Finance and Commerce, third year, University of Delhi

"CCAF offered me the opportunity to explore and delve deeper into the rapidly advancing and highly volatile alternative finance industry that I have been so curious about. Whilst working with such a premier research institute, I have interacted with a diverse group of individuals, enjoyed the opportunities to build relationships at an international level and above all I have had an enriching learning experience.

"The best part about the CCAF is its broad variety. One day you might be searching for the head of a company’s contact information so that you can have a conversation with them, and the next day you may be preparing for your weekly team presentation or you might be researching data for that report you are working on. It is this progressive and active nature of the Centre that excites you and motivates you to work here"

Piyush Lariya, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Piyush Lariya

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, third year, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 

"Working at CCAF gave me new insights into the alternative finance industry, its models and various crowdfunding platforms across the globe. The good thing is, in spite of the remote nature of the programme, there was a strong presence of team work. Regular online meetings and presentations helped us to stay involved and motivated to work hard for completing the tasks at hand. Also the internship provided me with many good contacts from my home country and across the world".

Bridget Menyeh, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Bridget Menyeh

2016 Summer Research Associate

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Renewable Energy Economics and Policy, first year PhD, University of Dundee

"My first encounter with the Centre was through its publication on the alternative finance industry in Europe. The publication was a great resource for my PhD research which focusses on how crowdfunding could be leveraged for renewable energy investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coincidentally, the Centre had just announced the commencement of the benchmarking study on alternative finance in the Middle East and Africa. I recognised this as an opportunity to learn more about the state of industry in Africa and engage with experts from such a world class centre. 

"I must say the entire experience was enriching and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the group discussions on our perspectives on the industry and how we see it evolving in light of current trends. Also, the diversity in the team made engagements so worthwhile. In short, I look forward to doing this again."

Aditya Prasad, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Aditya Prasad

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Law, fifth year, WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

"Exploring the interaction between law and economics has led me to analyse the impact of regulation on nascent and fast growing sectors like equity crowdfunding and peer to peer lending. I am keen to understand and, if possible, influence these regulations and legislations that have the power to make or break these fast emerging sectors, especially in developing nations like India.

"Working with a leading research centre like the Cambridge Centre for Alternate Finance has provided me with tremendous exposure and learning in this endeavour."

Vyom Shrivastava, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance - Global Internship Programme student

Vyom Shrivastava

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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Mechanical Engineering, third year, at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

"An internship at CCAF gives you an opportunity to obtain and analyse first-hand information. It has definitely brought me one step closer to being an expert of one of the fastest growing industries. 

"The best thing is that the nature of the work done here makes you a torch bearer for the greatly varying alternative finance industry, as the report reveals and predicts the twists and turns of the evolving financial landscape."

 

 

Fatimah Alqatani

2016 Summer Research Assistant

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PhD, University of Warwick

“My research focuses on crowdfunding in Saudi Arabia, so I emailed the CCAF to see if I could contribute towards their Middle-East Alternative Finance Study. 

“I joined the Centre in May 2016 and found the team members to be collaborative, motivated and well-organised. I enjoyed contacting and networking with many platforms which helped me to enrich my understanding of crowdfunding in the Middle-East. Learning was one of my key objectives when I joined the CCAF and it was successfully achieved via the online weekly group meetings where many subjects were discussed.”

* Start and end dates of the internship are flexible. The CCAF will co-ordinate with candidates to develop a bespoke programme to accommodate individual requirements. 

Winter internships: Jan- Apr*
Summer internships: Jun- Sep*

Recruitment for Winter 2018 internships will open from Monday 25 September. Please email us> by Friday 27 October 2017 with the following:

  • Your CV.
  • A covering letter (max 300 words) detailing why you would make a good addition to the team, highlighting any particular skills that set you apart from other candidates e.g. additional languages, design skills, client interaction.
Skype interviews will be scheduled with shortlisted candidates in November.

Email Kate Belger
The CCAF provided unparalleled exposure to the rapidly emerging world of financial technology. Through a series of research projects, I gained access to the full-spectrum of alternative finance from peer to peer consumer and business lending to invoice trading, to profit-sharing, to equity, real-estate, and donation based crowdfunding, to everything in between. In addition the programme provided unique cross- border opportunities...I therefore highly recommend students to engage with the Centre.”
Peter Ferrera, 2017
Doing this internship is a fantastic opportunity. I have significantly enhanced many analytical skills at CCAF and have been involved in several big projects throughout the internship. The cooperation partners are well-known in the financial area which is definitely a good start for a student hoping to enter a professional career.
Rui Hao, 2017