Karim Taha

Karim Taha

Programme: MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2010

Nationality: Lebanese

Undergraduate: BA Economics, American University of Beirut

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Intern, Credit Libanais

Employment after studying at the Business School: Investment Banker, JP Morgan

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

Having obtained my BA Economics from the American University of Beirut, my aim was to pursue a master’s degree from a leading university with a strong quantitative academic formation. I chose Imperial College Business School as it is part of one of the world’s top universities and is renowned for its academic excellence. I chose the MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering programme for its intense and rigorous quantitative content.

How did you find the programme?

It is a 12 month programme that, unlike many, will make sure you are learning something new at every passing minute. It demands hard work and a lot of personal study and practice. It includes courses of pure mathematics, statistics and econometrics as well as financial theory, corporate valuation and financial products. The programme ensures that students end up with very strong programming skills in MATLAB, VBA and C++. Choosing the MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School is a wise choice that will prove to be very beneficial to your future career.

I found that the lecturers and teachers at the Business School have a very high level of expertise and excellence. They were all exceptionally great at teaching us and giving us the insight of their material. Most of them have worked in the industry and therefore have the experience required to deliver the right methods of learning to us. Having written books, delivered international seminars and studied at the best institutions, they all devoted themselves to teaching us what they knew and were always available for any consultation and advice.

What did you enjoy most about the programme?

A series of seminars that stands out in my mind is ‘The Trading Strategies’ seminars by Ronald ElKhoury (MSc Finance 2006). Mr ElKhoury put into practice everything we had learned in the first two terms and gave us an exhaustive insight into the financial industry. He also devoted time to give us advice about jobs, career paths and opportunities in the industry.

What was the community at the Business School like?

It’s international and diverse. I found that everyone was kind, friendly and willing to help. Some students were straight out of their undergraduate degree while others had several years of work experience. Through the Business School you can get to know at least one person from every corner of the world – a melting pot that is definitely beneficial to students’ personal development. Class representatives also work hard to organise events within and across the Business School programmes, meaning that students have the opportunity to develop a bond with classmates outside the academic framework.

How would you sum up your experience of studying at the Business School?

Studying MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering was an exhilarating experience. I learnt a lot on the programme and built a strong understanding of finance, econometrics and programming with a practical overview of everything. I met all kinds of people of all ages on my course with whom I became close and built a long-lasting friendship. The programme enabled me to develop my interpersonal and communication skills, as well as building a robust academic formation and giving me extra qualities and strengths needed to stand out in the job market.