The Student Perspective
Wilfrid Xoual, the Paris-based Head of Moody’s Analytics business development team, hadn’t even received his degree from the NYU Stern Master’s in Risk Management program when he was able to utilize the Stern network in a professional capacity. “We recently organized a visit in an African country where we sponsored an event on the new Basel regulation,” he recalls. “We needed to contact several banks and consulting firms in the country to understand what angle could be more relevant for participants. I found out that one of my colleagues in the MSRM program was the chief risk officer of one of these banks and was very keen on providing some assistance.
Justin Lerner, currently enrolled in the NYU Stern MS in Risk Management Program, has been professionally involved with risk management in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently charged with risk and policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which he joined in 2011, Justin spent 13 years previously at Goldman Sachs, in risk roles ranging from managing derivatives risk on the NYMEX and AMEX exchange floors to dealing with Hedge Funds in prime brokerage and clearing.
At NYU Stern, Rose has found a program “rich in content and access to thought leadership material, with an excellent faculty,” as she had anticipated. “The risks covered in the profile of the NYU program are a perfect match for the risks that I need to cover in my job, and this is one of the things that really attracted me to the program,” she says.
To Alex’s great satisfaction, the work for NYU Stern's MS in Risk Management is immediately applicable to his current job. “It’s amazing how I come back from a module and start to change and improve processes, reports, and even the organization chart in my area of responsibility,” he says. “I can apply the best practices I just learned within days.” What’s more, he adds, the curriculum has broadened his knowledge of areas of banking outside his specialty.
Angelica values the confidence she gained from earning her MSRM degree, as well as the respect it garners. “I’ve been exposed to more opportunities within my current role and am more capable of seeing the big picture. I also feel that having the MSRM has helped me broaden my options going forward.”
What drives Tatiana Iliczewa is not unusual among professionals: an ambition to do her job superbly and to be rewarded appropriately with growing responsibilities, compensation, and respect.
When the arc of history bends and touches an individual’s life, the effects are rarely ambiguous or short-lived. In Lizhe “Lee” Sun’s case, being caught up as a young teenager in the angry heart of China’s anti-intellectual Cultural Revolution seems to have propelled him to learn and achieve throughout his life.
Luis Adao Da Fonseca, Chief Business Development Officer and member of the Management Team of EDP Renewables (EDPR), the third largest renewable energy company in the world, says that the NYU Stern Master of Science in Risk Management, has helped him gain a better understanding of risk management within his organization.
As head of risk management at the Bank of Scotland Netherlands, Executive Master of Science in Risk Management student Oene de Hek sought to build on his existing skills and experience. “I considered pursuing an executive MBA, but realized I wanted to gain more specialized expertise in my field,” he explains.
When Natalia Migal was seeking to expand her knowledge in risk management, she found a unique program – the NYU Stern Master of Science in Risk Management.
In 2008, Konstantin Makarov became, for the second time in his life, a pioneer of sorts. He left a secure job at Morgan Stanley in New York to found StratLink-Africa, Ltd., a financial advisory firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, with the mission of originating financing transactions in emerging and frontier markets, with a focus on Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) for investment banks, private equity firms and family offices.