Hans Hlynsson

MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2009

Hans HlynssonName: Hans Róbert Hlynsson

Nationality: Icelandic

Undergraduate degree: BSc Financial Engineering, Reykjavik University

Employment before studying at the Business School: Student

Employment after studying at the Business School: Risk Analyst (Risk Management Solutions), then various roles at HSBC: Quantitative Developer, Quantitative Equity Analyst, Senior Quantitative Equity Analyst

Why did you choose to study MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School?
Imperial College Business School has a solid reputation in the quantitative finance community so I had good faith that it would enrich my existing skills from my undergraduate degree. The School is also located in London giving me good options to apply for jobs in the city alongside my studies.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying here?
The School will teach you all the fundamentals you need in an academic setting, but it’s up to you to learn about applying what you learn in a practical manner and ultimately that is what’s important if you choose to enter the workforce after the degree. You will be equipped with extensive amounts of theory by the programme and pairing that with self-study in its practical applications will make you a highly sought after job applicant once graduated.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
Spending time with the other students. Our group was close to a hundred people and everyone got along well as we were all like-minded people. Studying, going for dinners, having drinks etc. with these people was the best part of my experience at Imperial.

How has the Business School helped develop your career?
It furthered my academic theory in quantitative finance to the point where I was a good candidate for the available roles in the market.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
I used their CV writing and job application guides, both were great. I also got them to read over my CV and suggest changes that helped in securing interviews.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I enjoy being in a position where I’m facing new challenges on both the technical and business driven fronts each and every day. My main challenge currently is having a lot of concurrent projects with different stakeholders running at the same time and trying to make sure I’m delivering the best results possible to each and everyone in the quickest way possible.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
Facebook, meetups every few months with those still in London and check in on those living elsewhere whenever travelling close by or they when they are travelling to London.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections? 
The people that did the course with me are my friends and nurturing friendship is always important.