David Matathias

David Matathias

Programme: MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2008

Nationality: Greek

Undergraduate: BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of York

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Intern, National Bank of Greece

Employment after studying at the Business School: Risk Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Current employment: Group Sales and Investments, Hoist Finance

Why did you choose to study MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I was impressed by the quality of the faculty when I attended a Business School information session. The professionalism and business orientation of the teaching faculty distinguishes Imperial College Business School from other business schools. The School’s emphasis on attracting finance professionals of the highest calibre convinced me of the highly appealing future prospects.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you?

The programme goes into considerable depth in the areas of derivatives pricing, econometric analysis, portfolio management and risk modelling to incentivise graduates to pursue their path of interest. If a candidate’s interests lie in the aforementioned fields of finance, I would strongly recommend MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering. Since the inception of the programme in 2005, it has witnessed impressive growth, which is recognised amongst the business community.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?

Undoubtedly one of the strongest benefits of Imperial College Business School is the Career and Professional Development Services Team which ranks amongst the top in its field. Through one-to-one meetings, group sessions with former banking and consultancy specialists, senior executive presentations and networking events from elite institutions, the Career Service provides Business School students with the edge to kick start a successful career in the financial services sector. Consisting of highly qualified Human Capital Management (HCM) specialists, the quality of the team is evidently confirmed by employers’ positive feedback on candidates’ interview preparation.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?

The fast paced environment and the dynamic nature of the banking world distinguishes the industry and ensures a high level of interest amongst graduate students, including myself.

The importance of experience in the financial industry is unquestionable. Despite personal willingness to consistently add value, there are always limitations related to experience which can sometimes be hard to appreciate.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

My housemate is also a Business School alumnus and we have been good friends since meeting on the MSc programme. Our group of friends include many other Business School alumni and we all enjoy regular gatherings. Where possible, we participate in events organised by the Business School.

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?

The voice of alumni in conversations with other colleagues or friends plays a major role in supporting the brand of Imperial College Business School and I believe it is extremely important to contribute to these efforts.

David is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB). The board, made up of 21 alumni members, communicates alumni views and interests to the Business School, supports the school in creating and enhancing services and opportunities, and champions the Business School externally.