Master's in Management student

Portfolio Management Program

You are an analyst in the first year...

Conducting financial and economic research and analysis to understand the fundamentals of active investing and asset management.

...and a portfolio manager in the second year

The resulting real-money portfolio is handed over to the incoming class of portfolio managers. They then take over the responsibility of further developing a strategy to allocate and manage the funds.

The PMP in detail

The Portfolio Management Program (PMP) is an optional two-year elective, during the MIM program, wherein selected students actively manage a real-money portfolio - 1 million Euros per group with a total portfolio value of 3 million Euros. The concept of the PMP enables participants to combine theory and practice to develop real trading strategies on the open market. PMP students learn how to cope with the positive and negative dynamics of active investing and how to develop their own strategies in global markets.

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PMP Student Participants

PMP Student Participants

The Portfolio Management Program is a joint initiative between ESMT Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin. The following are profiles of our student participants from both universities.

Chirag Shekhar

Chirag Shekhar

Chirag Shekhar is currently a graduate student at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he's pursuing the Master of Science in Economics and Management Science, and simultaneously working for the structured finance team at Scope Ratings. His previous academic background is in engineering and mathematics, which he studied at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, in India. During his undergraduate program, he pursued multiple research projects in portfolio management and financial econometrics, first at BITS, and later at Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy and the University of Münster, Germany. His interest in the financial markets is rooted in the belief that they are one of the most efficient public information aggregation mechanisms humans have ever conceived, and the view that finance is an amalgamation of all the fundamental domains he aims to converge at as a polymath: philosophy, economics, politics, history, psychology, and math. Upon graduation, Chirag aims to be a professional in investment management and continue to approach the challenges of this domain with a quantitatively informed mindset.

 

Federico Cicogna

Federico Cicogna

Federico Cicogna is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Management at ESMT Berlin with a specialization in finance and investments. He acquired his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Financial Markets at University of Trieste in 2016. His passion for financial markets was strengthened during his studies. Practice-oriented experience is of great importance to him as he is aiming for a career in the financial industry. By participating in the Portfolio Management Program, Federico expects to gain practical work and team skills, and establish a professional network.

Gregory Ramirez

Gregory Ramirez

Gregory Ramirez is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Economics and Management Science with a focus on Finance and Accounting at Humboldt University of Berlin. Prior to HU Berlin, he had completed his B.Sc. degree in Finance as well as minors in Economics and Information Systems, at University of Delaware. His interest in financial markets and portfolio management developed throughout his studies and while working for a money manager, where he gained valuable insight into real-world portfolio strategy and exposure to alternative asset investing. Gregory joined the PMP to test his education of financial markets in a practical setting and to further increase his understanding of them. He is looking forward to using this opportunity to hone his analytical skills and particularly to become more knowledgeable about the association between politics and the financial world.

Guillermo Morishige

Guillermo Morishige

Guillermo Morishige received his Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City. He gained valuable experience at KPMG and BBVA Bancomer, which piqued his interest into business and financial topics. He seeks to get a better understanding of human activities and organization through the interdisciplinary approach of finance. He is currently pursuing the Master in Economics and Management Science Program at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a focus on finance. He views the PMP as an opportunity to gain practical experience in asset management and develop financial markets intuition.

Gurur Akbas

Gurur Akbas

Gurur Akbas is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Management with a specialization in finance and investment. She has completed her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Sabanci University in Turkey. She has also studied abroad at Boston University where she gained knowledge on international finance. She is doing an internship at Deka Investment in Quantitative Portfolio Management in the ETF department. By participating in the PMP, Gurur expects to have the opportunity to gain professional experience and learn different frameworks from experts, as well as improving her research skills.

Hsuan Yang

Hsuan Yang

Hsuan majored in Quantitative Finance at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. After that, she received her Master of Science in Finance at Arizona State University (ASU). She became familiar with stocks and trading them in the Taiwanese stock market when she was an undergraduate. Since then, she has been interested in trading financial products. During her Capstone Project at ASU, she also learned to use Bloomberg to construct portfolios and hedge potential risks through derivatives.

Jan Nico Schott

Jan Nico Schott

Jan Nico Schott is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin. After high school, he was primarily interested in politics, but once he realized the interconnectedness of finance and politics, he delved into finance as well. Desiring to understand the big picture before spending more time in the details, Jan Nico chose to study Economics, and hence, decided to apply for the PMP. Following a global-macro strategy, the ZZ Vermögensverwaltung acts exactly according to this principle: grasping major global developments first, and then deliberating on how to apply these observations to a microlevel. Having taken some additional finance courses at university, the PMP is a great opportunity for Jan Nico to apply his theoretic knowledge in practice.

Julia Ganns

Julia Ganns

Julia Ganns is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Management at ESMT Berlin. With a Bachelors of Accounting and International Business, her interest in financial data and the business world in general, contributes to her dedication of learning and contributing to the PMP Program. Having an international background by living abroad for over five years, she is fascinated by the dynamics and interplay of the global financial market.

Kaumudi Nidumolu

Kaumudi Nidumolu

Kaumudi Nidumolu is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management with a specialization in Business Analytics at ESMT Berlin. In 2017, she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at SRM University in India. Travelling extensively and living abroad for a few years shaped her pursuit towards international business. Her interest in portfolio management arises from the unique blend of computer science and finance. Algorithmic trading, sentiment analysis and quantitative trading are the primary drivers of her passion. For Kaumudi, the PMP poses a great opportunity to strengthen her knowledge and practical skills for a future career in the field of asset management.

Letícia Marreiro

Letícia Marreiro

Letícia is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in business analytics. She graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. In 2013, she completed an exchange year at TU Darmstadt. Joining the PMP Group is part of her desire to expand her knowledge in the field of finance. She believes that the PMP is a unique chance to gain practical experience and skills in the area of financial markets and to directly receive support and knowledge from top investment professionals and professors.

Tri Huang

Tri Huang

Tri Huang graduated from Juniata College in 2016 with majors in Economics and Mathematics. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in Economics and Management Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Finance and portfolio management have always been his interest. During his studies, he’s had the chance to manage a school fund in the United States and his own portfolio in Vietnam, where he gained more market insights and practical experience in both emerging and developed financial markets. The Portfolio Management Program provides an opportunity for him to learn from his peers, mentors, and professionals. It helps in applying knowledge and understanding of economics and politics to practice and develop systematic portfolio strategies.

Varun Manthapuri

Varun Manthapuri

Varun Manthapuri is from India and is currently studying for a Master's in Management at ESMT Berlin. He is also a member of the ZZ group at PMP Berlin. He has completed internships in financial analysis, marketing, startups, and is now doing an internship with Konfid.io, a blockchain company. In his spare time, he's interested in travelling, finance and TV shows.

Vittorio Bolzani

Vittorio Bolzani

Vittorio Bolzani is a student of Quantitative Business within the Master's in Management program at ESMT Berlin. After a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at the University of Milan and some experience in consulting, he decided to pursue a new challenge and put in practice his theoretical knowledge joining the Quantitative Group at PMP. His main area of interest is risk management and control using computational intelligence and statistical methods. Vittorio sees this opportunity as an exciting way of learning by doing. He has discovered new perspectives from colleagues with different backgrounds and has shared his own with others as well. The insights shared by classmates, professors, and mentors are food for his thought.