Contacting alumni – helps you…
- explore the MFin programme
- learn more about the Cambridge Judge experience
- hear about the Cambridge student life
- gain pre-application advice.
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.
Please note: you will be asked to submit your CV and previous degree scores for screening before we can put you in touch with one of our alums.
If you do not meet the requirements to apply for the programme, we cannot put you in touch with the alumni. Replies to questions may take up to a week.
We spoke to Master of Finance (MFin) graduates of the class of 2017/18 to find out about post-programme achievements and valuable lessons learnt on the programme.
[MUSIC PLAYING] So we’re here today to celebrate the graduation of the Master of Finance class of 2017/18, which happens to be our 10th cohort. 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 want 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 chose that MFin programme for many two 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, where the 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 is a post experience masters.
It is an international class with people from over 30 countries.
It’s opened my eyes, both through the grand problems of the industry, but also, the day-to-day of the roles they were in before coming to the programme.
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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 tackable 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 funds in East Africa.
About 50% of the class have actually managed to shift industry sector post-MFin. Another 40% or so have also changed country. And in terms of double transition, so our graduates who have changed country as well as sector is roughly about a quarter of the class, which are some very powerful stats and actually prove that the MFin Career service and Personal Professional Development programme that we put in place does yield fantastic results because it opens up the network. It opens up opportunities for our students globally, as well as across different sectors across the entire finance spectrum.
Cambridge was definitely the 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.
Meet our alumni
MFin class: 2019
I am a Dutch national and attended the MFin in 2019-2020. 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 three years’ experience in M&A and Management Consulting, ending with two 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 I now work there as an Investment Banker in the EMEA M&A team.
I chose the Cambridge MFin for three 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.
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.
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.
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
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 about to launch two start-ups in the UK with some colleagues from Cambridge, the main angle of these ventures will be online education and travelling. Undoubtedly, the skills gained in the MFin have helped me out to reach this entrepreneurial milestone.”
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 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.
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.
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’m currently interning with Africa Capital Investments in London and am looking forward to building a career in the African investment and capital markets space.
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.
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 HSBC’s strategy team in London as a Senior Business Consultant.
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.
Andres Arboleda Escobar
MFin class: 2013
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.
MFin class: 2011
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.
Karen Von Grabowiecki
MFin class: 2009
I was born in England and raised on the island Sylt in Germany. I completed a BSc in Management Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006, and an MPhil in Management Science from Cambridge in 2007. Prior to attending the MFin, I was working at the Global Investment Firm H.I.G. Capital in London.
After completing the MFin in 2010, I joined the London and Palo Alto-based venture capital fund DN Capital, in London, as an Associate in the European team. At DN I focused on venture and growth investments in the Internet, software and digital media space in Europe and the US.
Since January 2012, I have been working as the Head of Finance and Operations at venture backed SaaS start-up BraveNewTalent in London and Silicon Valley.
My more recent projects include consulting and mentoring early stage entrepreneurs, and guest lecturing in Finance at the Business School of Nottingham University, China.