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Giovanni, online Master’s student at EDHEC: the impact of data in the finance industry

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Data and new technologies have been shaping the future of finance for a few decades now. To stay in touch with innovative tools and techniques, lifelong learning is essential.

Giovanni is a finance and risk management professional with already several years of experience. He chose to enroll in our Online Master of Science in Data Management and Business Analytics in order to sharpen his skills in data management and better advise his clients.

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You have a solid experience in finance. Can you tell us about your professional background and career evolution?

I have always worked in finance and risk management but wearing different “hats”, and more particularly in relation to the quantitative aspect of finance. I was first a portfolio manager, then I joined BNP Paribas Asset Management (formerly BNL) as Head of Quantitative Risks and then Head of Risk Management. After briefly working for BMW Financial Services, I joined Allianz Global Investors as Head of Risk Management and Performance Analysis.


What does a Risk Management professional do?

I analyze and assess financial and market data and the performances. I also manage the risks involved in handling portfolios.


Why did you want to train further in data management?

I already have a master’s degree in Economics, with a major in statistics and operations research from the Bocconi University, in Italy. In 2010, I also completed an MBA at ESMT Berlin to sharpen my skills in business administration.

In my family, we love to study! I chose to continue to train, but this time in data management and analytics. I studied neuronal networks during my Master’s thesis 25 years ago. At the time, it was very complex and advanced because the softwares at our disposal, as well as computing capabilities, weren’t as advanced as they are today. I also took some online training on data and machine learning.


How did you choose EDHEC?

I already knew EDHEC through the EDHEC Risk Institute. In the field of finance, EDHEC is very well known, so choosing the EDHEC Online Master seemed to be the most logical choice.

What benefits do you expect from this programme?

My goal is to progress in my current position and to always provide very high quality service to my clients. To perform better, you have to train.

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