Cambridge MFin alumni

Meet our alumni

Hear from Master of Finance alumni about their experience on the programme.

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We spoke to MFin graduates to find out about post-programme achievements and lessons.

We are obviously here to celebrate the graduation of last year’s class. But we’re also working with our current students as they plan their transition back into industry.

So I’ve joined the MFin programme because I wanted to learn more about finance and to understand how my role as a consultant can be used to enrich the financial services industry and to help to answer the most meaningful challenges the industry faces.

I choose the MFin programme for mainly 2 reasons, first of all, being that it was my dream to come to Cambridge, study in this unique environment, and the second one being that I wanted to transition from the insurance industry to the asset management sector.
I wanted to improve my technical financial skills. I wanted to widen my network and definitely get a degree from a top University.

The MFin equips you with the right skills that you need to be successful. In particular, the technical skills and knowledges are a mix of core courses and then electives that you can choose later on. So I could pick classes that would be specifically dedicated to investment management, portfolio management, the hedge fund industry. What made the MFin for me particularly valuable is really that it has a post-experience masters.

It is an international class with people from over 30 countries.

It has opened my eyes both to the grand problems of the industry, but also to the day-to-day of the roles that we’re in before coming to the programme.

It’s always really gratifying for us to hear and see all the fantastic successes our students have gotten up to since leaving Cambridge, particularly in terms of changing sectors.

Prior to the MFin, I was working in deal advisory and forensics.

I actually managed the transition from the insurance industry to asset management.

So I currently work for an in-house consulting team. My team deals with strategic problems across the bank, in trying to define the problem statement, trying to break down the problem into tactical issues.

I am now working within impact investing, which means investing for both a financial and a social impact return, back in Kenya with one of the largest venture capital firms in East Africa.

The MFin Career Service and Personal Professional Development Programme that we put in place does yield fantastic results because it opens up the network, and it opens up opportunities for our students globally, as well as across different sectors, across the entire finance spectrum.

Cambridge was definitely top of mind for me. And I loved every bit of the experience.

Being at Cambridge in this environment of very, very smart and talented people just gives you a whole different mindset.

I’d like to encourage everyone who is looking for a top finance degree to come to Cambridge and do the MFin. You will get the best of both worlds, the best teaching, but also a great college experience.

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Our MFin alumni

Juncheng Shen.

Juncheng Shen

BSc (Hons) Finance, Accounting & Management, University of Nottingham

Nationality: Chinese
MFin class: 2022

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Before embarking on my journey to attain a Master of Finance degree at the University of Cambridge, I pursued my undergraduate education at The University of Nottingham, majoring in finance and accounting. Upon completing my undergraduate studies, I had a rewarding 2-year tenure at HSBC, where I served as a global graduate analyst and corporate relationship manager.

My passion for the field of investment management was already ignited prior to my enrolment in the MFin program. However, the MFin program at Cambridge has proven to be a transformative experience for me, allowing me to unlock my full potential in this domain. The programme’s diverse array of core courses, elective options, the Equity Research Project, modelling courses, and enlightening asset management talks have collectively enabled me to deepen and solidify my knowledge while broadening my practical experience in the realm of investment management. In collaboration with my fellow MFin classmates, we found the Cambridge Investment Management Club.

Upon successfully completing my Master of Finance degree, my ultimate career aspiration is to transition into the field of investment management, where I can leverage the knowledge and skills I have cultivated during my academic and professional journey.

For more insights into my academic and personal growth journey during my time at the University of Cambridge, please feel free to explore my story in greater detail in Juncheng’s article.

MFin Wiharsanto Wildan student.

Wildan Aprian Wihasanto

BSc International Business, University of Groningen/Universitas Gadjah Mada

Nationality: Indonesian
MFin class: 2022

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Prior to pursuing my Master of Finance degree, I completed a double bachelors degree in international business, which was a collaborative programme between Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Following my graduation, I then embarked on a professional journey in the finance industry. Over the course of 4 years, I gained valuable experience by working at a boutique investment bank and a private equity firm in Singapore.

However, driven by my aspiration to deepen my understanding of various asset classes within finance, I made the decision to pursue the Cambridge MFin programme.

The prestigious reputation of Cambridge Judge Business School and the University of Cambridge further motivated my choice, as I aim to enhance my credibility within the field.

Upon completing the MFin, my ultimate goal is to transition into the Development Finance industry, where I can utilise my acquired knowledge and skills to contribute towards sustainable economic growth and social progress.

MFin Pei Tracy student.

Zhenzhen (Tracy) Pei

BBA Business Analysis, City University of Hong Kong

Nationality: Chinese
MFin class: 2022

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I was born and raised in China and relocated to Hong Kong to pursue my undergraduate studies. I received a bachelors degree in business analysis, which encompassed a diverse range of subjects including statistics, big data analysis, and business. Prior to the Cambridge Master of Finance programme, I spent 3 years working at PwC in Hong Kong. Initially, I began my career in management consulting, but my passion for green finance led me to transfer to the climate and sustainability advisory team. In this role, I focused on climate risk management and sustainability strategies for financial institutions.

The Cambridge MFin programme held a strong appeal to me due to its post-experience nature and its specific focus on finance. Unlike many pre-experience finance masters programmes, all MFin participants possess a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in various finance sectors. What sets Cambridge apart is its ability to offer a wide array of programmes, attract an international and diverse student body, and boast a rich historical background. This experience differs from that of a traditional business school, which tends to concentrate solely on the commercial realm.

During my time on the MFin programme, I had the opportunity to undertake a summer internship in sustainable finance at Morgan Stanley in London. Upon completing my degree, I aspire to secure an investment-focused position that emphasises sustainability. The City Speaker Series and Group Consulting Project on the Cambridge MFin have enabled me to establish connections with professionals in the field of sustainable investing and have facilitated a smooth transition into this area.

MFin Sharda Shreya student.

Shreya Sharda

MBA, Xavier Institute of Management and BTech Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Raipur

Nationality: Indian
MFin class: 2022

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I was part of the MFin 2022/23 class. Prior to the Cambridge MFin, I held a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Technology (honors) in Civil Engineering.

I joined the Master of Finance programme with over 5 years of experience as a management consultant, enabling sustainable investments in urban infrastructure. In my previous role, I was working with PwC in India, assisting the governments, development finance institutes, utility companies as well as private sector investors, in Asia and the Middle East, across the investment lifecycle. A few of the one-of-its-kind projects/programmes which I managed/led during this experience included the National Mission for Clean Ganga in India, NEOM in Saudi Arabia, wastewater and sanitation project in Bangladesh on public-private partnership.

The MFin programme offered me the opportunity to work on, as well as speak with leaders on aspects of investments in new energy infrastructure, sustainable finance and impact investments.

I chose the Cambridge MFin to deepen my nuances in finance and investment, and also to explore its interlinkages with the wider realm of sustainability and innovation through courses such as Sustainable Finance, Purpose of Finance, Infrastructure Finance. Further, I thoroughly enjoyed the industry-linked practical learnings through City Speaker Series, Equity Research Project and Group Consulting Project. Personally, the group projects as well as other cultural events at the vibrant Cambridge ecosystem were the highlights of my MFin journey.

MFin Lenka Prabhu student.

Prabhu Lenka

MBA, Xavier Institute of Management and BE, Computer Science Birla Institute of Technology

Nationality: Indian
MFin class: 2022

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I worked with Goldman Sachs for over 7 years, managed investment risk for their emerging market portfolios and ran multiple strategic projects for the CRO office. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, I graduated as a Computer Science Engineer from India. Goldman Sachs gave me a great exposure to quantitative finance, public markets investing and various asset management functions in general.

The Cambridge Master of Finance curriculum exposed me to wider applications of finance in the field of energy, impact investing, exposed me to venture capital and broadened my network globally.

MFin Tan Sherin student.

Sherin Tan

Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Management, Accounting and Finance

Nationality: Indonesian
MFin class: 2022

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I studied my bachelors degree at Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore. Prior to studying the Cambridge MFin, I worked as a Financial Control Accountant in Save the Children HQ in London.

I chose the MFin to upgrade my knowledge on sustainable finance and fintech as well as to pivot into new areas such as Multilateral Development Bank (MDB), sustainable (in particular climate and biodiversity) finance, circular economy or strategic consultancy.

After the Master of Finance I plan to explore wide-ranging opportunities that are unlocked by the MFin degree.

Cindy Jang.

Cindy Jiang

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada

Nationality: Chinese-Canadian
Pre-MFin role: Senior Accountant, Ernst & Young, Canada
Post-MFin role: Senior Manager, Expedition Development Program, Scotiabank, Canada
MFin class: 2021

Tell us about your pre-MFin career – what was your pre-MFin background?

Prior to the MFin, I was a Senior Accountant in Assurance Services at Ernst & Young Canada, focusing mainly on financial institutions and healthcare organisations. I hold a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Through my audit engagements and interacting with clients I became interested in the banking industry. Therefore, pursuing a Master of Finance degree was a great way to enhance my technical skills and switch my job.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

I appreciated the blend of practical and theoretical knowledge offered across the different courses. The lecturers would speak about recent news and events that had an impact on a topic or adjust their teaching materials when significant events occurred. This helped bring real life perspective to textbook concepts. For example, I recall during an Advanced Interest Rate Derivative class when the Federal Reserve started their series of rate raises, the lecturer stopped to show us market reaction and discussed live changes.

What were your favourite courses, what impact did they have on you?

I honestly can’t pick a favourite. The curriculum covered all aspects of finance, so I chose a variety of subjects (elective courses), from Understanding the International Economy and Financial System to Private Equity, Sustainable Finance, and so many more. These classes broadened my perspective on what finance means and how one can contribute to the society with their experiences.

What aspect of the MFin learning experience would you say you find most useful now in your professional life?

The diverse curriculum, in my opinion, has been most useful in my professional life. My current job allows me to rotate within 3 different business areas within the bank, so it is important to have familiarity with the entire banking system. I have just completed my first rotation in Business Banking where, in addition to strategic casing, I also used financial modelling skills to support my recommendations. I will start my second rotation in Risk Management and then transition to Wealth Management. The MFin has relevant courses in all these subject areas, which means that I have gone into these new roles with a skillset that has given me a great foundation to deliver quality work and continue to improve my financial knowledge.

Did you switch any of the following after your MFin – function, sector or country?

Yes! When I returned to Canada, I switched industry from accounting to finance, and transitioned from a more technical and guideline-based role at EY to a strategy-focused role at Scotiabank.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

I would 100% recommend the Cambridge MFin. In addition to the outstanding academic environment, Cambridge has so much more to offer for a full student experience. I enjoyed attending different College formals after a day in the classroom. It was a great way to learn about Cambridge’s 31 colleges and meet people from diverse backgrounds. My MFin year was filled with amazing peers, knowledge, and personal development. This is an opportunity one wouldn’t want to miss.

Shane Neetichow.

Shane Neetichow

Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, University of British Columbia, Canada

Nationality: Thai
Pre-MFin role: Management Consultant, Bain & Company, Bangkok
Post-MFin role: Vice President – Private Equity, Advantage Partners, Singapore
MFin class: 2020

What was your pre-MFin background?

I was a Management Consultant at Bain & Company where I was involved in strategy, implementation and private equity due diligence projects across South East Asia and New York City.

Why was the Cambridge MFin an attractive programme for you?

Cambridge was my first choice because it was a one-year programme that offers advanced and concentrated finance courses related to M&A and Private Equity investments. This would further differentiate my career from a generalist towards a private markets and investments specialist.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

The programme really enabled me to spend 12 months focusing, learning and being open-minded about M&A/investments, while being taught by best-in-class professors and practitioners. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun meeting new lifelong friends from around the world and participating in competitions (sports and professional case competitions) during my time at Cambridge.

What aspect of the MFin learning experience would you say you find most useful now in your professional life?

The knowledge and network of the Business School and the University of Cambridge continues to benefit me in my professional career.

Did you switch any of the following after your MFin – function, sector or country?

I switched all 3! I switched from management consulting to private equity buy out. My role went from a strategy consultant to an investment/deal team member. I used to be based in Bangkok and have relocated to Singapore.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

Yes, 100%.

Yulia Wang.

Yujia Wang

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Nationality: Chinese
Pre-MFin role: Associate in Capital Market and Accounting Advisory Service, PWC
Post-MFin role: Associate in Investment Banking, China International Capital Corporation
MFin class: 2020

Tell us about your pre-MFin career. What was your pre-MFin background?

Before the MFin, I worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong in an advisory role. I provided advisory services to IPO readiness projects and spin-off projects and conducted due diligence to assist clients in making capital market decisions.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

The MFin offered an excellent platform for me to learn from peers who are finance practitioners with rich experiences and inspirational perspectives. The MFin provided a lot of opportunities for us to collaborate with others from different backgrounds and I was constantly inspired by our discussions, especially during the group projects, which exposed us to different perspectives and diversified our thinking. My favourite course was Private Equity, where I gained a more practical understanding and business sense of investment, which is useful for my current role.

How did the MFin impact your career progression?

The MFin programme has helped me in several ways. The MFin equipped me with the finance skillset and knowledge to start my career in investment banking, providing support in my career transition from advisory to finance. The global network of Cambridge and Business School fellow alumni is an excellent platform to get in touch with peers in the same field.

Did you switch any of the following after your MFin – function, sector or country?

I switched both function and location after the MFin. For my bachelors degree I majored in accountancy, and before the MFin I worked in Hong Kong in an advisory role. The MFin provided me with a finance background and practical skills that enabled me to successfully transition to an investment banking role in Beijing after the MFin.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

I would totally recommend the Cambridge MFin to my peers and colleagues who are preparing for a career transition and would like to experience living and studying in a world-leading reputable institute. The Cambridge MFin not only helped me in my career, but also impacted the way I think and learn. I would not hesitate to recommend to others the opportunity to experience a meaningful year in this wonderful university.

Bob Hoogendoorn.

Bob Hoogendoorn

MSc Business Administration, Tilburg University and Bachelors in Economics

Nationality: Dutch
MFin class: 2019

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I am a Dutch national and attended the MFin in 2019/20. I hold a Masters in Business Administration (Cum Laude) and a Bachelor in Economics. During my prior degrees, I also completed extra on-campus courses at Harvard University, MGIMO University and the London School of Economics.

Before starting the MFin, I gained over 3 years’ experience in M&A and Management Consulting, ending with 2 years at the Corporate M&A department of PwC in Frankfurt, Germany. In that role, I advised PwC’s senior leadership on acquisitions across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and thereby working across the deal cycle.

During the MFin, I completed an internship in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and joined there post-MFin. I now work for McKinsey & Company in Private Equity and Principal Investors.

I chose the Cambridge MFin for 3 main reasons. Firstly, because of the exceptional academic rigour, offered by the Cambridge professors, who teach at the frontiers of finance. Secondly, because the MFin offers an MBA-like practical approach with the entire cohort having professional work experience, making the MFin highly valuable for a career in business. Finally, spending a year in Cambridge gives you a unique experience.

I found that living in Cambridge means you gain an environment of continued excellence and highly talented people who are motivated to achieve the best results. This energy extends beyond Cambridge Judge Business School, from College communities to the sport clubs and special interest groups.

I found Cambridge to be an incredibly unique place to live giving me the opportunity to set more ambitious goals and meet exceptional people – a benefit that extends way beyond academic excellence, providing a lifelong experience.

I recommend that anyone considering the Cambridge MFin reaches out to current students, alumni and the MFin Programme Office. Cambridge Judge Business School is a very welcoming community and people are happy to help and share their experiences. Finally, I recommend attending an Experience Day to get a feel of the environment and get insights from students. During the programme I helped during an Experience Day and enjoyed sharing my experiences with prospective students.

Tobias Ustun.

Tobias Ustun

BSc Accounting & Finance, University of Leeds

Nationality: British
MFin class: 2019

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My name is Tobias Ustun. I’m from the UK but my father was born in Turkey. Prior to the MFin I did my undergraduate degree at The University of Leeds, where I majored in accounting and finance. After graduating I worked within the luxury hotel space before working in finance, FP&A and investment appraisal for Hilton. I decided I wanted to transition into investment banking, and used the MFin to facilitate the transition. I secured a full-time grad role offer at Rothschild & Co within the investment banking division beginning in November 2020.

The MFin for me gave me exactly what I needed from it, an excellent understanding of finance concepts which built on my undergraduate degree, chartered accountancy and my interest in investing. It also provided crucial career support which helped me to secure a great job offer. Above and beyond that the networking opportunities on offer are fantastic both for career and personal progression and the ‘Cambridge experience’ is something priceless that very few get to enjoy.

Dmitry Rakhanskiy.

Dmitry Rakhanskiy

BCom Finance and BCom International Business, Telfer School of Management, Univeristy of Ottawa

Nationality: Russian / Canadian
MFin class: 2019

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I am a Canadian and Russian national and I simultaneously completed 2 Bachelor’s degrees, specialising in finance and management, with honorary distinctions at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2012. I speak fluent English and Russian.

Prior to starting the MFin, I worked at a leading investment management firm in Canada as an Associate, developing investment strategies for institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals. My primary focus was managing fixed income assets across institutional clients’ discretionary portfolios. After a few years in banking, I and my business partner founded a Toronto-based healthcare technology start-up using computer vision and machine learning technologies. The primary goal of the start-up was to bring innovative solutions to assist pharmaceutical companies in administrating and handling of various medications.

Most recently, I worked as an Associate at Wells Fargo & Co., corporate banking, based in the Toronto office. At Wells Fargo, I was responsible for managing pricing, deal structuring and syndication activities covering sectors such as industrials, energy, transportation, consumer, and TMT. Upon the completion of the MFin, I am pursuing a career in investment banking.

I chose the Cambridge MFin programme as an opportunity to advance financial and professional skills, expand my network beyond North America, and be a part of one of the most respected universities in the world. I found my time in Cambridge to be rewarding both academically and socially, helping me advance my career and build life-long relationships with my classmates, faculty and industry professionals.

Kelvin Ho.

Ka Ching Kelvin Ho

BBA Accounting and Finance, The University of Hong Kong

Nationality: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
MFin class: 2019

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I am a Certified Public Accountant from Hong Kong. Prior to studying the MFin on a Hong Kong-SAR Government scholarship, I accumulated 5 years of solid private-public professional work experience. At PwC, I was responsible for tax planning, corporate holding structures, due diligence (e.g. M&A), audit of tax provision for listed clients, tax compliance and filing, and liaison with tax authorities. At the Government, I was responsible for tax assessment and recovery. I graduated with a first in BBA (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Hong Kong. Besides English, I read and write Chinese and I also speak Cantonese and Mandarin.

I found the Cambridge MFin journey a very rewarding and memorable one. I found the core courses truly useful, laying a strong foundation for elective courses and enjoyed the wide variety of up-to-date elective courses. I found the professors/lecturers very approachable, insightful, and knowledgeable. Our cohort was truly international, and we’ve got all sorts of genuine financial talents. I learnt a lot from working with them in the Equity Research Project, the Group Consulting Project, and other group projects. I benefited a lot from the MFin careers services, which partnered with many experienced consultants, coaches, and organisations in holding talks, workshops, and individual coaching sessions. I also enjoyed the City Speaker Series, particularly the sharing by the speakers, the networking opportunities, and the dinners in the Colleges. Last but not least, the Cambridge experience is superb – you are part of a wider community of your College and Cambridge, you can connect with all Cambridge students from undergraduates to PhDs e.g. during formal dinners at Colleges. You will definitely enjoy walking or cycling around the medieval buildings of Cambridge and the River Cam.

My advice for prospective applicants is this: the MFin is a must-have experience and qualification for financial professionals. One year passes so quickly, so do get the most out of it – make as many connections as possible, explore Cambridge and the colleges as much as you can, and learn as much as possible.

Gustavo Santa Rosa Garcia.

Gustavo Santa Rosa Garcia

BSc in Mathematics UNAM, Mexico

Nationality: Mexican
MFin class: 2019

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I have a BSc in Mathematics from the most prestigious university on Mexico, UNAM. I developed a 6 year professional career in Mexico City, first starting as an analyst at Citi and then moving to an associate role in the Structured Finance Group at Moody’s Investor Service. During the MFin I had the chance to work as a consultant with Lazard Asset Management, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and BNY Mellon.

The MFin experience has been extremely rewarding for me. The academic excellence from Cambridge alongside the connections with top-notch finance professionals significantly enriched my year at Cambridge. The MFin increased my knowledge in diverse subjects from Blockchain to Private Equity. Thanks to this programme, I feel well-prepared to tackle any challenge in my future career.

Currently I am working for Ameris in Mexico City as an Investment Manager.

Umesh Kumar.

Umesh Kumar

BSc Applied Accounting, Oxford Brookes University

Nationality: Pakistani
MFin class: 2019

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Prior to joining Cambridge, I worked in the advisory industry for 8 years with six years in core M&A advisory with the likes of KPMG and Grant Thornton.

Despite spending only 6 months in Cambridge due to COVID-19, I thoroughly enjoyed being part of Cambridge. The programme equipped me with the leading finance industry practices of the west and I was able to make the most of my journey by not only learning from the world-class and esteemed professors at Cambridge but also from the renowned industry experts attending lectures as guest speakers and from my class mates who were also from diverse backgrounds and from the some of the finest companies around the globe.

Post-MFin, I re-joined Grant Thornton in the M&A and Transaction Advisory team as the Manager primarily looking after M&A and capital market transactions. I now work in Dubai as a Director – Mergers and Acquisitions. I recommend the MFin to anyone who wants be one of the ‘best’ minds in the finance industry.

It is a once in a life time opportunity – the Cambridge MFin has something to offer to everyone, even if you have had a great deal of experience in the field of finance. By the end of your programme, you will not only have a degree but a great network, contacts, industry insights, friends and most importantly, memories.

Oyu Bayarsaikhan.

Oyu Bayarsaikhan

Bachelor of Business Administration, National University of Mongolia and Master of Accountancy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA

Nationality: Mongolian
Pre-MFin role: Assurance Consultant, PwC Mongolia
Post-MFin role: Public Financial Management and Results-Based Budgeting Expert, UN Development Programme Mongolia
MFin class: 2018

Tell us about your journey to business school.

I was accepted onto the Cambridge MFin programme after my second application. My first application was in 2015, but unfortunately, I didn’t pass the interview stage. Looking back, I realise that I was still fresh at work and needed to build up my professional experience. However, the Admissions Committee encouraged me to re-apply. Having learnt from my first application, I reapplied in 2017 while I was doing a Fulbright Programme in the USA. I attended the interview in person, which gave me a great opportunity to explore not only the Business School, but also the city of Cambridge.

What was your pre-MFin background? Tell us about your pre-MFin career.

I started my career as an Assurance Consultant at PwC Mongolia. I led a large team and conducted financial statement audits within the banking, petroleum, engineering, and construction sectors, in accordance with IFRS and GAAP. The learning curve at a ‘Big 4’ company is steep, and I quickly found myself coaching junior team members and newly joined interns, alongside developing audit plans for clients and performing in-depth financial statement analysis.

Why was the Cambridge MFin an attractive programme for you?

As a speaker of a second language, I have always strived to improve my English. Having achieved the IELTS score I wanted, I thought to myself “I can study at a top school now”. So, I started to research business schools and preparing my applications. The MFin programme stood out because of its reputation. Also, having worked at a ‘Big 4’ company, and thinking about my future career progression, it looked like a good fit. I also imagined how it would feel like living in historic place like Cambridge as a student.

What was the highlight of your MFin year?

The highlights of my MFin year were the networking events. Before the Cambridge MFin, I expected networking to be very formal. However, networking with my classmates at the ‘formals’ (traditional College dinners) or over drinks with my fellow Darwinians (the informal name given to members of Darwin College) were amazing and left me with long-lasting memories – and connections – that will last a lifetime. I was a member of Darwin College, and during my time there I met some amazing individuals pursuing their postgraduate degrees. I was truly inspired by the different backgrounds and diverse community that Cambridge offers.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

The learning process is demanding, but it pushes you to your full potential through a varied mixture of lectures, study sessions, group discussions, networking events with alumni, plus the social activities at different Colleges. Looking back, the course that left a strong impression was Econometrics which was taught by Professor Paul Kattuman. During the Group Consulting Project (GCP), our team also had a great chance to be mentored by him and apply our theoretical knowledge into practice. At the end of the project, our group presented a new affordability model incorporating open banking data to the senior management.

Please tell us about the standout elements of the Cambridge experience or extra-curricular activities that you took part in during your MFin.

Spending a year in Cambridge gave me the opportunity to decide where my focus would be. In terms of academics, it was intellectually challenging year for me, but at the same time, living with a diverse group of people allowed me to explore and get to know different perspectives.

I was also able to join 180 Degrees Consulting (a student-led consultancy service for non-profits and social enterprises). Through a group project with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), I had the chance to work with a diverse team of masters and PhD students from St John’s and Trinity Colleges. Our team researched the fundraising practices of 66 universities and recommended potential partnerships with ARUK. The team dynamic was great, and we all became close friends – going to formal dinners at each other’s colleges, and to the May Balls together – living our best lives in Cambridge! So, I would say the project experience and overall Cambridge experience was phenomenal.

How would you describe the cohort of people in your class and what value did they bring to your MFin?

The diversity of my classmates and their perspectives on certain topics in the classroom were at the heart of the MFin programme. You get to experience the MFin together while living close to each other in College. During the first few weeks, I remember networking with more experienced professionals from my cohort, which gave me new ideas about potential career paths in finance – this was when I first considered a career in consulting. It is a process of personal development and understanding more about the skillsets you want to develop during your time in Cambridge.

How did the MFin impact you professionally?

The skillsets I developed during my MFin year set a strong foundation for my future career. The programme is designed to help candidates meet their full potential. During the Michaelmas term, the courses are more focused on core courses and exams. The Lent and Easter terms are more focused on elective courses, teamwork and reporting. The course structure prepared me for the next career challenges to come. For the past decade, my focus has been on improving my technical skills. But as I have progressed through my career, my focus has also shifted to the soft skills. The MFin helped me to improve in both of these areas. It was an exciting roller coaster ride – with ups and downs – that allowed me to explore Cambridge, but more importantly myself.

What aspect of the MFin learning experience would you say you find most useful now in your professional life?

As part of the summer activities offered on the MFin programme, I was a part of the ‘Financial Leaders of Tomorrow’ programme at Tsinghua University. Even though it was a short programme, it was a great opportunity to explore China with the best crew I could ask for. The programme was filled with lectures by highly respected professors, group discussions with international participants, and activities to get to know more about Chinese culture, including visits to the financial centre and the Great Wall of China. Coming from Mongolia, which borders Russia and China, it was important for me to have connections in China. I am very optimistic that those connections will turn into ‘Friendship of Tomorrow’!

Did you switch any of the following after your MFin – function, sector or country?

After the MFin, I made a career transition from audit to the development sector. I am working as a Public Financial Management and Results-Based Budgeting Expert at UNDP Mongolia. My public sector experience as a State Auditor at the National Audit Office played an important part in getting this offer, but it was the combination of my experience, and the knowledge and skills that I gained from the MFin programme, that enabled me to secure this offer. In my role, I provide advisory services to the Ministry of Finance for results-based budgeting related changes for budget circulars. I also conduct training to support the implementation of integrated results based management over two pilot sectors, including agriculture and social protection.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

Yes! And I would advise future MFin students not to be discouraged by one rejection email. Apply again and let the Admissions Committee know about your personal and professional growth. Relying on your peer community is another way to help you through the school and job application processes – networking with people who have had a similar path as you always helps.

What would you say to others considering applying to the MFin and Cambridge?

Your MFin is a year of self-reflection to find what you are really passionate about. I would say focus on your strengths while working on your weaknesses throughout the year. Having strategies and being familiar with the sector and country you want to work in plays a huge part in landing a job – and continually re-evaluate and re-strategize your career choices along the way.

What were the most useful lessons you learned from your MFin experience?

Your time in Cambridge is limited, so always be open to network! I made some great connections while preparing for case interviews and networking events in London where I could meet professionals with impressive backgrounds. Also, it is always good to have a mentor/peer who has experience in the sector you want to work in. And lastly, I would say take care of your physical and mental health during your studies.

Adrian Miranda.

Adrian Miranda Escudero

Bachelor of Economics and Finance, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico and MSc in International Business, Burgundy Business School, France

Nationality: Mexican
Pre-MFin role: Institutional Sales, Compass Group Asset Management
Post-MFin role: Portfolio Manager, Santander Asset Management
MFin class: 2018

Tell us about your journey to business school – what made you choose the Cambridge MFin?

My journey at the Business School was driven by a desire to transition from the sales side of finance to the buy side. Before pursuing the Master of Finance (MFin) programme at Cambridge, my background was primarily in finance with a focus on sales. I had limited experience in managing portfolios or in creating trading strategies, which I recognized as a skill gap I needed to address to achieve my career goals.

I chose Cambridge for several reasons. Firstly, Cambridge has a strong reputation in the finance industry, and its MFin programme is well-regarded globally. Secondly, the programme’s curriculum seemed to strike a perfect balance between theoretical knowledge and practical applications, making it ideal for someone like me seeking to enhance their portfolio management skills. Additionally, the opportunity to be part of a diverse cohort of students from different backgrounds was very appealing, as I believed having different world views would enrich the learning experience.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

The academic learning experience during the MFin programme at Cambridge was exceptional. The courses that stood out for me were those focused on portfolio management, financial analysis, and risk management. These courses directly addressed the areas I wanted to strengthen, and the knowledge gained was immediately applicable in real-world scenarios.

Please tell us about the standout elements of the Cambridge experience. How would you describe the cohort of people in your class?

Beyond the classroom, the Cambridge experience was enriched by various extra-curricular activities. Participating in finance-related clubs, City Speaker events, and industry conferences allowed me to build valuable connections and gain insights into various aspects of the finance industry. The diverse cohort of people in my class also played a significant role in shaping my experience. Interacting with individuals from different cultures and professional backgrounds exposed me to various perspectives and approaches to problem-solving.

How did the MFin impact you professionally, and how has the MFin influenced your career journey?

Professionally, the MFin had a profound impact on my career progression. It equipped me with the knowledge and tools needed to make a successful transition to the buy side of finance. The programme’s focus on portfolio management and risk assessment was particularly valuable as I started handling investment portfolios and making strategic financial decisions.

One of the most useful aspects of the MFin learning experience was the emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills as well as learning more on Sustainable Investing. These skills have become invaluable in my professional life, enabling me to approach complex financial challenges with a strategic mindset and a better approach to Sustainable Investing.

Overall, the MFin influenced my career journey by providing me with a strong foundation in finance, opening up new opportunities, and positioning me for a rewarding career in portfolio management.

Did you switch any of the following after your MFin – function, sector or country? Did the MFin enable a change in career direction?

After completing the MFin, I successfully made a career transition from the sales side to the buy side of finance. This involved switching my function from Institutional Sales to Portfolio Management, which aligned with my career aspirations. While the sector remained within finance, the change in function was significant, and it was made possible by the knowledge and credibility I gained through the MFin programme.

The MFin indeed opened up new career paths for me within the finance industry. It enabled me to explore roles and responsibilities that were previously out of reach due to my limited expertise in Portfolio Management. This shift in career direction has been highly rewarding, and I am grateful for the opportunities the MFin unlocked for me.

What was the most useful lesson you learned from your MFin experience, and what would you say to others considering applying to the MFin and Cambridge?

I wholeheartedly recommend the Cambridge MFin programme to future students considering a career in finance. The programme’s rigorous academic curriculum, combined with the diverse and collaborative learning environment, provides an exceptional foundation for a successful career in the finance industry.

To others considering applying to the MFin and Cambridge, I would advise them to embrace the entire experience fully. Engage in extra-curricular activities, network with peers and industry professionals, and take advantage of the expertise of the faculty members. The MFin journey goes beyond classroom learning, and the connections you make and the skills you develop will shape your future career trajectory.

Personally, the most useful lesson I learned from my MFin experience is the importance of continuous learning and adaptability. Finance is a dynamic and evolving field, and staying abreast of the latest trends, technologies, and market developments is crucial. The MFin programme at Cambridge instilled in me a passion for continuous improvement and an understanding that learning is a lifelong journey.

Charlie Shen.

Charles Shen

BA Philosophy and Economics, University College London, UK

Nationality: Chinese
Pre-MFin role: Associate, London Stock Exchange Group
Post-MFin role: Entrepreneur, Summatic
MFin class: 2018

What was your pre-MFin background?

I was part of the business development team at the London Stock Exchange Group, responsible for promoting the firm’s electronic trading platform for multiple asset classes including derivatives and fixed incomes. I worked in both London and New York.

Why was Cambridge an attractive programme for you?

I was determined to stay away from London for a while to have some thinking space.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

What stood out academically is the breadth of exposure we get. For example, the Purpose of Finance elective was my absolute favourite (to the extent I would recommend the programme considers making it core course). The course forced me to think about the big picture and how my choice of career is going to positively or negatively impact the world.

Please tell us about the standout elements of the Cambridge experience or extra-curricular activities you took part in during your MFin.

I was part of the Cambridge Positive Investment Society where we worked with College bursars to try and influence their investment decisions for the endowment funds. To this date, the people I met from the society are still in touch and talk about the changes we’re pushing through in our respective fields.

What aspect of the MFin learning experience would you say you find most useful now in your professional life?

The MFin allowed me a year out of the ‘career race’, to consolidate my existing understanding of finance and the world by and large. More importantly, the year enabled me to reflect on the fundamental life questions that one usually escapes from whilst employed full-time.

How has the MFin influenced your career journey, and did the MFin open new career paths for you?

The MFin helped me eliminate many seemingly shiny career paths that deep down I would not enjoy. I also met the founder of Summatic (the start-up I am part of) during my time in Cambridge.

How has your career progressed since the MFin?

I feel I am heading in the direction that I’m confident with and makes me satisfied.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

I would absolutely recommend Cambridge MFin to people who feel they are constantly snowed under at work and do not have time to reflect on their career and life decisions. The Cambridge MFin is smaller in size than many MBA or post-experience Master of Finance programmes. This is an incomparable advantage when it comes to student experience.

Christopher Woon.

Christopher Woon

MBA, University of Manchester

Nationality: Singaporean
MFin class: 2017

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I am a Singapore national who joined the MFin Programme in 2017. Prior to starting my journey in Cambridge, I had been working in business banking for nine years altogether working for companies like Citi and United Overseas Bank (UOB).

I felt that the programme not only reinforced the knowledge I had, but that it also helped create the platform I needed to push my understanding of finance, its concepts and the instruments needed for development.

The academic precision and practicality of the programme alongside the university structure also provided me with a platform to explore and learn new aspects of finance such as climate finance and blockchain technology.

I now work for a London-based financial technology firm in product management. I recommend the MFin programme for those who are seeking a well-rounded, academically challenging programme that gives you different experiences through the diversity of the programme structure and its class.

Pearl Nyaosi.

Pearl Nyaosi

BSc Actuarial Science, University of Nairobi

Nationality: Kenyan
MFin class: 2017

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I am a Kenyan national and previously completed my BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi prior to joining the programme. I also attained the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification while studying at Strathmore University in Kenya in 2012.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, I worked with KPMG East Africa for four and a half years within the Risk Consulting and Deal Advisory departments. I also worked with Equity Bank in 2008 under their Pre-University Leadership Programme.

I am currently working as an Investment Officer – Eastern and Southern Africa at BIO – the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries in Kenya.

During my time on the programme, I participated in a project with London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group on developing local currency offshore bonds for Africa. I also helped organise the Cambridge Business in Africa Conference, Cambridge Africa Together Conference and Cambridge’s Inaugural MBA East Africa Trek.

I chose the Cambridge MFin as a platform to gain international exposure, expand my network on an international scale and build upon my financial skills. I found my time in Cambridge to be intellectually stimulating and I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of the Cantab Network.

Eugenio Lopez.

Eugenio López

BA in Business Administration, BA in Law, University of Murcia, Spain

Nationality: Spanish
Pre-MFin role: Deputy Director General (Minister’s Office), Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Spain
Post-MFin role: Private Banking, Wealth Management & Investor Relations, Andbank
MFin class: 2015

What was your pre-MFin background?

My professional background is in law. Before joining the MFin I was working in politics, in the office of the Minister for Education, Culture and Sports in Spain. My role was to advise on parliamentary issues and laws relating to these areas. Prior to this I worked as a lawyer, with a focus on project finance and international trade.

Why was the Cambridge MFin an attractive programme for you?

Studying finance at the University of Cambridge can provide a wide range of benefits for students looking to pursue a career in finance. I was looking for a world-class education from a prestigious University and access to a wide range of career opportunities in the finance industry.

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, and the Cambridge MFin is highly regarded for its rigorous academic standards and high-quality teaching. The Cambridge Judge Business School and wider University is home to some of the world’s leading experts in finance and economics and has strong connections with the finance industry, with many alumni holding senior positions in top finance firms. Students can take advantage of these connections through networking events, career fairs, and internship opportunities.

Please tell us about the standout elements of the Cambridge experience.

The Master of Finance is known for its strong connections to the finance industry. The programme has close links with leading financial institutions, including investment banks, asset management firms, and consulting firms. This allowed me to gain exposure to real-world finance problems and to network with industry professionals. The guest speakers at the weekly City Speaker Series – a weekly talk given by an industry expert where a small group of students attend a formal College dinner with the speaker afterwards – was superbly enriching.

How would you describe the cohort of people in your class, and what value did they bring to your MFin?

A highlight of the MFin programme is its global perspective. The programme attracts a diverse cohort of students from around the world, providing students with the opportunity to learn from their peers and to develop a global perspective on finance. This creates a multicultural learning environment. This can help students develop a global perspective and prepare them for a career in finance in an increasingly interconnected world.

How did the MFin impact your career progression?

The MFin was key to me switching my career from politics to the wealth management industry. It was also key in helping me secure my internship in a Family Office in New York City during the summer period. After completing the internship, I moved to Shanghai to work in the wealth management industry for a FTSE100 company. I was there almost 3 years working with High Net Worth clients until I moved back to Madrid in 2019 to continue working with High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth clients (specifically sportsmen, artists and family businesses). Currently I am working for Andbank, an Andorran bank, in Madrid.

Would you recommend the Cambridge MFin and why?

Yes, of course. Cambridge is unique and you will meet so many diverse and interesting people in a short period of time. Even today, eight years later, I continue engaging with the Business School and the ‘MFin family’. While I was working in China, I was part of the Cambridge Judge Shanghai alumni group, and now in Spain, I chair the Cambridge Judge Spain alumni group – so I continue to enlarge my network thanks to Cambridge.

The most useful lesson: work hard and network!

Paul Kelly.

Paul Kelly

BComm and Bachelor of Business Management, Business Economics, Accounting, University of Queensland

Nationality: Australian
MFin class: 2014

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I’m a dual Australian and European Union citizen. Prior to the MFin, I completed dual Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from The University of Queensland, in 2008, before undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 2009. I was admitted to the Dean’s Honour Roll for High Achievement. I am a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and member of the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London.

I have spent over 6 years working in financial services, management consulting and the university sector. I joined PwC in 2010 where I focused on delivering strategy and financial consulting services to the Australian banking, mining, utilities, health and government industries.

Following my completion of the Master of Finance, I joined HSBCs Strategy Team as a Senior Business Consultant and now work as Global Head of Value Propositions.

I was attracted to Cambridge Judge Business School and the Cambridge MFin for 3 key reasons. First, to achieve a long-term goal of reading a degree in Cambridge and becoming part of the Cambridge collegiate community. Second, to develop advanced financial and leadership skills to empower my career progression and third, to make a transition from the Australian to the UK financial services industry by obtaining a professional role in London.

I found the MFin year to be a highly rewarding and once in a lifetime experience, leaving with advanced financial and leadership skills, a strong UK financial services network and fond memories of an exceptional year in Cambridge.

Andres Arboleda Escobar.

Andres Arboleda Escobar

Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Nationality: Colombian
Pre-MFin role: Global Specialist at Colombian Deposit Insurance Company
Post-MFin role: Co-founder at TheSaaSCo
MFin class: 2013

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I am a Colombian national. I completed my Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia in 2008. After graduation, I continued studying part time and was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Engineering in 2010. I can speak fluent Spanish and English.

Despite my engineering background, I made my professional career in the financial industry. I worked at Colombia’s Mercantile Exchange (BMC) as a senior analyst developing business opportunities for the exchange in conjunction with the main commodity sectors in the country. From 2011 and before starting the MFin, I worked for the Colombian Deposit Insurance Company (FOGAFIN) for the investments and risk department, monitoring the fund’s investment portfolio.

Upon the completion of the MFin, I returned to Colombia to continue my work at FOGAFIN where I am a project manager, leading proposals regarding investment strategies and financial risk mitigation.

I chose to pursue the programme at Cambridge because of the perfect balance it offered: a world-class education for financial professionals embedded at the heart of one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Nipith Vacharasintopchai.

Nipith Vacharasintopchai

Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), Thammasat University, Thailand

Nationality: Thai
Pre-MFin role: Foreign Exchange Dealer, Bangkok Bank
Post-MFin role: Vice President of Rates and Derivatives Trading, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
MFin class: 2011

Tell us about your journey to business school

Before the Master of Finance, I had been working as a Foreign Exchange Dealer responsible for corporate banking accounts at Bangkok Bank. During the global financial crisis in 2008, I had a chance to work with the Global Investment Team gathering information and providing updates on the financial market situation. I found the subject fascinating and decided to undertake a qualification in finance.

What made you choose Cambridge?

With 4 years of work experience, I was looking for a post-experience programme. During my research, the Master of Finance at Cambridge was at the top of my list. When I looked at the course structure, I was fascinated by courses such as Credit Derivatives and Behavioural Finance, and the guest speaker series. Also, the University of Cambridge is well-known for its prestige in academic rigour and research – and the MFin blends finance practice and academia.

What stood out about the academic learning experience for you?

I started the MFin in 2011, after the global financial crisis and the financial market ‘big bang’. So the global financial market reform was the key topic in many of our classroom discussions.

There are several highlights that stand out; a speaker from the FSA who gave a lecture on tackling counterparty credit risk; the Derivatives course on IBOR transition; Fixed Income Analysis which looked at sovereign credit risk during the European economic crisis; International Macroeconomics and Finance.

I cannot end without mentioning the Credit Derivatives course which, although very challenging, was one of the most impacting, from understanding CDS, interest rate structure, credit spread, credit link note, to CVA calculation.

Beside my classes at the Business School, the College experience gave me some remarkable memories and experiences, including the opportunity to connect with people from different social and academic backgrounds, outside of finance.

How would you describe the cohort of people in your class?

My friends and classmates from the MFin were extraordinary. We had many discussions both in class and outside the classroom, and on many topics. My classmates actively shared their practical experiences from different areas in finance and the markets, and around the globe. This made the class and learning experience so dynamic. For example, in my cohort we had investment bankers from Asia, Europe and Oceania. We also had money managers from the US, ASEAN and Japan.

How has the MFin influenced your career journey?

I was sponsored by my employer, Bangkok Bank, to pursue my MFin degree. When I finished the course, I returned to the same employer. A few years after completing my MFin I was promoted to be one of the youngest executive level at the bank.

The MFin has broadened my area of finance perspective. Since completing the MFin in 2012, I have worked in several divisions within the bank, including Global Market and Treasury Division, Liquidity Management, FX Spot Trading, Rates and Options Trading and Product Development.

I recently moved to a Japanese bank. In my MFin cohort there were 2 people from Japan, and I have been able to connect with them, which has been invaluable in helping with my transition to this new role.

What would you say to others considering applying to the MFin and Cambridge?

I would definitely recommend the MFin to anyone who wants to pursue a career in finance. The programme provides you with a solid academic knowledge of finance, while giving you a shared pragmatic experience with classmates who come from many areas of finance and beyond.

Aytac Aydogan.

Aytac Aydogan

BSc in Industrial Engineering/BA in Economics Koç University

Nationality: Turkish
Pre-MFin role: Fund Manager at AK Asset Management
Post-MFin role: Portfolio Manager, SVP at MV Holding
MFin class: 2011

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I am a Turkish national. I completed a BSc in Industrial Engineering/BA Economics from Koc University in 2007. I am also a CFA Charterholder and was granted the Jean Monnet Scholarship to study at Cambridge.

Prior to starting the MFin, I was working as a fund manager at AK Asset Management – a subsidiary of Citigroup in Istanbul – where I was managing the fixed income portions of the pension and mutual funds.

After completing the MFin in 2012, I returned to AK Asset Management. I feel that the MFin helped to improve my technical, organisational and communication skills.

I chose the MFin for a number of reasons: the quality of the lecturers, the diversity of the class, the balanced combination between theory and practice, and being part of the world-renowned University of Cambridge.