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Dr Katja Ahoniemi

Principal Teaching Fellow and Programme Director, Full-time Imperial MBA

Katja Ahoniemi is the Programme Director of the full-time Imperial MBA. She joined the Finance Department of Imperial College Business School in 2012. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics, and prior to joining Imperial, was a post doc researcher at the Helsinki School of Economics.

Katja’s current main research interest is empirical asset pricing. Her published research deals with hedge funds, Value-at-Risk, and the modeling and forecasting of implied and realized volatility. Her publication “Flows, Price Pressure, and Hedge Fund Returns” is the recipient of the Graham & Dodd Scroll Award for being among the top papers published in 2014 in the Financial Analysts Journal.

What will you be reading over the Christmas break?
1. A Brief History of Seven Killings (by Marlon James)
2. The Martian (by Andy Weir)

Why have you chosen these Books?
Both were recommended by several people on a Facebook group for Finnish people in London. I’ve also seen the movie based on The Martian and enjoyed it a lot.

Prof. G. “Anand” Anandalingam

Dean of the Business School

What will you be reading over the Christmas break?
1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Why have you chosen this book? I chose this book because I am a fan of Murakami’s novels and this is one I have not read yet.
Synopsis: Toru, a quiet and serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

2.  An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra
Why have you chosen this book?: Although I subscribe to none, I am a student of religions and this book came highly recommended
Synopsis: An End to Suffering tells of Pankaj Mishra’s search to understand the Buddha’s relevance in today’s world, where religious violence, poverty and terrorism prevail. As he travels among Islamists and the emerging Hindu Muslim class in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Mishra explores the myths and places of the Buddha’s life, the West’s “discovery” of Buddhism, and the impact of Buddhist ideas on such modern politicians as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

 3. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. W.W. Norton, Jan 2014Brynjolfsson and McAfee are MIT Sloan School economists.
The core message is that digital technology is transforming our economies at a very fast rate and the authors predict that the rate of change will increase, leading to fundamental shifts in work and society as we increasingly automate

Jonathan Haskel

Professor of Economics

Jonathan Haskel is a Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Organisation & Management Group. He has just finished eight years as a Member of the UK Competition Commission, including serving on the panel investigation into British Airports Authority. His research interests are productivity, innovation, intangible investment and growth.

What did he recommend?
Other People’s Money – John Kay

Why read it?
According to the New York Times “Other People’s Money is not merely another broadside content to denounce finance’s dysfunction, but rather a masterly attempt to locate its various origins and connect them with analytical and theoretical rigor. Kay provides by way of context a panoptic overview of the history, evolution and structure of the financial system in the United States and Britain, one that is impressive in its ability to weave together a comprehensive range of material, from the mechanics of banking to the Gaussian copula, in elegant, jargon-free prose.” —New York Times Book Review.

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