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Our alumni can answer your questions about life on the MFin programme and life before, during and after the degree.

You can ask them questions about their experiences studying, College experience, why they chose the MFin, how it benefitted their careers and where it could take you. 

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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Juncheng Shen.

Juncheng Shen

Nationality: Chinese
MFin class: 2022

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 two-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 program’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

Nationality: Indonesian
MFin class: 2022

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

Nationality: Chinese
MFin class: 2022

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

Nationality: Indian
MFin class: 2022

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

Nationality: Indian
MFin class: 2022

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

Nationality: Indonesian
MFin class: 2022

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.

Bob Hoogendoorn.

Bob Hoogendoorn

Nationality: Dutch
MFin class: 2019

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

Nationality: British
MFin class: 2019

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

Nationality: Russian / Canadian
MFin class: 2019

I am a Canadian and Russian national and I simultaneously completed two 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

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

I am a Certified Public Accountant from Hong Kong. Prior to studying the MFin on a Hong Kong-SAR Government scholarship, I accumulated five 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

Nationality: Mexican
MFin class: 2019

I have a BSc in Mathematics from the most prestigious university on Mexico, UNAM. I developed a six 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

Nationality: Pakistani
MFin class: 2019

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

Despite spending only six 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 at e& 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.

Christopher Woon.

Christopher Woon

Nationality: Singaporean
MFin class: 2017

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

Nationality: Kenyan
MFin class: 2017

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.

Paul Kelly.

Paul Kelly

Nationality: Australian
MFin class: 2014

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 six 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 three 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.