Ram Ananthapadmanaban

Ram AnanthapadmanabanProgramme: MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2010

Nationality: British

Undergraduate: BSc Economics, London School of Economics; MA Economics, New York University

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Various including: Risk Consultant, Avantage; Investment Banking Analyst, Credit Suisse; Capital Optimisation Analyst, ABN Amro

Employment after studying at the Business School: Consultant, Capco

Current employment: Model Risk Analyst, UBS

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

MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School is the only executive programme of its kind in Europe.  It combines technical rigour with a focus on developing practical skills and market intuition. It is important to use a triangulation of theoretical modelling, empirical evidence and expert judgement to carefully balance risk versus reward in business decisions. This, along with the strong global network of the Business School, made the choice a clear one.

How has the programme helped develop your skills?

The focus on building practical skills is an aspect of the programme that I really enjoyed. The core courses aim to develop the mathematical, financial and statistical skills important in risk management and financial engineering.  My interest was to work in credit quantification as a risk consultant so I took electives such as Enterprise Risk Management, Credit Risk, Structured Products and Fixed Income Instruments. These courses allowed me to develop my knowledge of the products, risk measurement methodologies and regulatory landscape.

There is a particular emphasis on developing technical and soft skills through VBA, Matlab, C++ and presentation skills workshops. This suite of skills has made me more marketable as a consultant to financial institutions.

How would you describe the community at the Business School?

It is stimulating and open-minded with a scientific and entrepreneurial tilt.  I found the faculty and students all very approachable and there is a real buzz around the campus with lots of activities and interesting discussions.

What are your future career goals?

In the short term, I would like to continue to work as a risk consultant to financial institutions, focusing on systems integration, risk modelling, reporting and strategic decision-making challenges. In the long run, I would like to complete an Executive PhD in Quantitative Finance. My career aspiration is to become a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at a major financial institution where I will be able to leverage both technical and leadership skills in driving an organisation forward.