PhD Students

Andreza BarbosaAndreza Barbosa: Andreza wrote her doctoral thesis on hedging with futures and exchange traded funds, and subsequently published several papers, notably in the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Journal of Banking and Finance and a book from her thesis on Exchange Traded Funds. She was Vice President Prime Brokerage and OTC Clearing Risk at JP Morgan in London, Director, EMEA Head of Risk, Futures and OTC Clearing at Citigroup and Head of Market Risk at NYSE Euronext, where she managed the clearing transition of the LIFFE business to ICE Clear Europe in 2013. Then she was Director of Risk and headed ICE’s Financials and Softs Risk team until 2016. Currently she is Executive Director of the Model Risk Management team at Goldman Sachs, New York.

Xi ChenXi Chen: Casey holds a BSc in Economics in the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, majoring in Finance. After a year and a half of working in KPMG, she came to the UK and in 2009 obtained an MSc in Financial Risk Management from the ICMA Centre, ranking in the top three among all Masters students that year. In 2014 she completed her PhD in extending the real option theory and developing real option valuation models. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and currently works as a research and development analyst for Oxford Risk in London.

Michael Dakos: Michael holds a MEng in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (2016), and completed internships as a trainee engineer at a power plant and as a junior financial analyst at a FinTech company in Greece. He obtained the MSc in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis with distinction from the University of Sussex (2017). His PhD focuses on financial applications of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. He also teaches workshops and seminars on quantitative finance, blockchain and cryptocurrency markets to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university.

Anca Dimitriu

Anca Dimitriu: Anca holds an MSc from DOFIN Bucharest (2000) and a PhD from the ICMA Centre (2004). During her doctoral research she published many papers on quantitative hedge fund strategies, notably in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Alternative Investments and Quantitative Finance. After almost 5 years in the equity quant trading team at Goldman Sachs, in 2009 she joined a large quant trading team at Millenium Partners in London, focussing on business development. In 2016 she became COO, Quant Strategies at Balyasny Asset Management L.P. and now she is a partner of Albourne Partners, London.

Naoufel El-BachirNaoufel El-Bachir: Naoufel holds a BSc in Business Economics and an MSc in Finance from HEC-University of Lausanne and a DEA in Stochastic Modelling and Statistics from University of Paris VII. His PhD thesis was on stochastic default intensity models with jumps and their application to single-name credit derivatives and credit portfolios. After working with Fitch Ratings on CDO-squareds, cross-currency CDS, CVA, and empirical analysis of CDS quotes he built a system for counterparty risk and CVA/FVA, first as a consultant with RBS, then with CIBC. He is currently employed by CIBC where he continues to work on solutions for the pricing and risk management of Valuation Adjustments.

Yang Han: Yang graduated from TU Munich with an MSc in Finance and Information Management and a BSc in Mathematics. Throughout his studies he received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. Yang held internships at BCG, A.T. Kearney and Rocket Internet and worked as a freelance management consultant for several companies. His PhD research is on Factor Quantile models and other methods for multivariate distribution forecasting, and their evaulation using proper scoring rules. He now works for McKinzie, Munich as a consultant.

Daniel Heck: Daniel holds a BSc in Mathematics from Saarland University (2016) and a MSc in Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science with high distinction from the Technical University of Munich (2019). During his studies, he gained practical work experience in Financial Engineering at a specialized consultancy company as well as in structured products at Munich Re. His current PhD research focusses on price discovery and orderbook dynamics in crypto asset spot and derivatives markets using machine learning algorithms.

Arben Imeraj: Arben holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Wuerzburg (2017) and a MSc in Mathematics, majoring in Finance from the Technical University of Munich (2019). During his studies he gained work experiences an intern at UniCredit and SocieteGenerale. His current research focuses on crypto market derivatives, especially options, variance swaps, volatility trading, implied volatility and delta-hedging.

Andreas KaeckAndreas Kaeck: Andreas holds a Master in Business from the University of Augsburg, and an MSc in Finance and Information Management from the Elite Graduate programme at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Subsequently, in September 2010 he obtained his PhD with a thesis entitled “Equity Index and Index Derivative Dynamics”. Andreas started his career in academia as an Assistant Professor of Finance at St Gallen University (Switzerland) and he joined the University of Sussex in 2013. He is now Professor of Finance at Sussex and head of the Accounting and Finance Department.

Julia KapraunJulia Kapraun: Julia studied Mathematics with majors in Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis at the TU Berlin. During and after her studies she gained practical experiences in equity derivatives markets at UBS and BNP and worked as a junior risk controller at Union Investment. She joined WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management for her PhD studies on volatility investments, when she spent a semester at Sussex working with Carol on trading and investing in volatility products. She obtained her PhD in 2014 and is now an Assistant Professor in Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her recent research focus is on financial modelling, asset pricing and wealth management.

Dimitris Korovilas completed his PhD in 2012 at the Henley Business School with a doctoral thesis on exchange-traded volatility products. Since then he joined Citigroup in London and he is currently a Vice President in the quantitative investment strategies team which focuses on the structuring of risk premia strategies. His area of expertise lies on multi-asset risk premia and portfolio construction. He also holds a BSc from the Piraeus Business School in Greece and an MSc from the ICMA Centre in the UK.

Joydeep LahiriJoydeep Lahiri: Joydeep holds a B.Tech (First Class) in Computer Science and Engineering from Mangalore University, India and started his career as an IT programmer. His PhD is on approximate solutions for jump-diffusion models with applications to CDS spreads. He has held various positions as Technical Lead, Architect and Project Manager, executing projects for Fortune 100 clients in UK, Bahrain, Japan and the US.  He joined the BT Pension Scheme Management on completing his PhD, then moved to RWC to work on risk, attribution and performance. Now he is a Quantitative Risk Manager for Swiss Re, London.

Emese Lazar: Emese is an Associate Professor in Finance at the ICMA centre. She holds a BSc in Computer Science, University of Bucharest, a BSc in Finance and Banking, Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, and an MSc in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis (with distinction) from Henley Business School. Her PhD was on multi-state volatility models and current research interests include volatility and correlation models and their application in pricing structured products and risk management.

Daniel LedermannDaniel Ledermann: Dan graduated from the University of Oxford with firsts  in both his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Mathematics. He  developed a new method of simulation based on Random Orthogonal Matrices (ROM simulation) obtaining his PhD in 2010. Dan started his career as a Quant Analyst for SunGard in London, then a senior analyst developing Risk and Valuation models for HSBC in Canary Wharf. Currently he is Senior Quantitative Analyst at HSBC Global Banking and Markets, London

Stamatis LeontsinisStamatis Leontsinis: Stamatis holds an MSc in Financial Engineering from the ICMA Centre and obtained his PhD in 2010, on model-free option-based volatility and higher moment indices. Then he joined Fulcrum Asset Management in 2010  to work on multi-asset strategies and then, as a Portfolio Manager for MAV, he led the fund’s strategy construction and evolution, implementation, and risk management. In 2015 he joined RWC Partners as Head of Derivatives Strategies in the Quantitative Strategies team, focusing on developing multi-asset volatility and other derivatives systematic strategies. In 2017 he joined CdR Capital Ltd, London as Research Director for quantitative derivatives and volatility strategies.

Dmitri LvovDmitri Lvov: Dmitri holds a BSc from Moscow university and an MSc in International Securities Investment and Banking at the ICMA Centre (2001), graduating with distinction. His PhD was on Monte Carlo methods for pricing and hedging with applications to Bermudan swaptions and convertible bonds. Since his PhD he has been working at JP Morgan-Chase bank, London and his current position is Executive Director, Commodities Quant Research.

Leonardo Nogueira: Leo holds a BSc in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, an MSc (distinction) in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis at the ICMA Centre, and his PhD was on hedging options with local and stochastic volatility models. He works for the Brazilian central bank, where he is currently Head of the Governor’s Office, advising the bank on monetary and FX policy issues. His main research interests are in pricing and hedging derivatives, risk management, volatility modelling, portfolio optimization and central banking in general.

Johannes Rauch: Johannes holds an MSc in Finance and Information Management from Technical University of Munich. His Master Thesis about commodity derivatives is a co-operation with risklab GmbH, a subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors. Johannes has gained working experience with A.T. Kearney strategy consulting as well as in his father’s own consulting business. He completed his PhD at Sussex and in 2015 he became a Lecturer in Finance at Sussex. Now he is a consultant at Oliver Wyman in London.

Silvia StanescuSilvia Stanescu: Silvia is part of the team of Scientists at Cantab Capital Partners working on strategy development, with a focus on option strategies. Prior to joining Cantab, she was an Equity Derivatives Strategist (VP) at Deutsche Bank in London, where she worked on both tactical and systematic option strategies, focusing on dispersion trading, volatility risk premium, and volatility forecasting. She joined Deutsche Bank from the University of Kent, where she was a Lecturer in Finance, with research interests in derivatives and theoretical financial econometrics with applications to risk management. Her PhD focused on the higher order moments of GARCH processes, their limiting behaviour and applications to distribution forecasting and risk management.


Anannit SumawongAnannit Sumawong: Poppy holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London (2008), an MSc in International Financial Management from the University of Surrey (2009), an MSc in Financial Risk Management from the University of Reading (2010) and a PhD in Finance from the University of Sussex (2015) with a thesis entitled ‘Risk Management for Energy Derivatives: Applications to Hedging and Margin Requirements’. He continued this work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, funded by the Global Risk Institute, and after working in the Risk, Research, & CCP Policy Division, Financial Market Infrastructure Directorate, Bank of England he became a Quantitative Analyst at GAM, Asset Management, London and now he works as a consultant for PwC in London.

Aanand VenkatramananAanand Venkatramanan: Aanand graduated from Sri Sathya Sai Institute, India with first class Honours in Mathematics. As a Felix scholar he obtained a distinction on the MSc in Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations at the University of Reading. He obtained his PhD on analytic approximations for multi-asset option pricing in 2010, supervised by Carol Alexander and then worked for three years in structured products for Goldman Sachs, London. After two years as Lecturer in Finance at the University of Sussex he  returned to the city of London as VP Systematic Trading Strategies and Indices for Barcap, then for Lloyds TSB. Currently he creates indexing products for Legal and General Investment Management.

Wei Wei holds a BSc in Information and Computing Science in the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (2015), ranking the first among all students that year. In 2018, she obtained an MSc in Risk Management and Actuarial Science from Renmin University of China, and completed her thesis on the correlation between market sentiment and stock systematic risk. After that, she came to the UK and started her research for PhD degree in Finance. Her current research focuses on financial application of cryptocurrencies and initial coins offering.

Ali Bora YigitbasiogluAli Bora Yigitbasioglu: Ali holds a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge and MSc in Financial Mathematics from Imperial College. His PhD thesis was on the inclusion of volatility uncertainty and call notice periods in the pricing of convertible bonds with PDEs. He has worked at Lehman Brothers (FX exotics and structured trading in emerging markets), in Dresdner Kleinwort (Senior hybrid exotics  and macro prop trader), Cambridge Strategy (Senior portfolio manager emerging markets  and FX macro prop trading) and currently he is Head of FX and Fixed Income at Pictet Asset Management, London.