Throughout my life, I have always been particularly drawn to understanding the economy and financial markets – whether as an avid reader of financial press, or as the senior editor of my high school’s business and economics magazine “Money Matters”.

This intellectual curiosity led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of St. Gallen, where I specialised in macroeconomics and international economics. However, an academic passion for economics does not automatically translate into professional ambitions in this field.

Thus, I completed an internship at UBS, where I truly discovered an interest in equity research and corporate finance. This experience fuelled my motivation to pursue a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance at the University of St. Gallen.

Apart from my studies, I am a motivated tennis player and have also devoted one year to organise the St. Gallen Symposium, one the largest student-run business conferences in the world.

In Fall 2015, I will be spending a semester in the MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business – a school with renowned faculty in the area of finance. I am eternally grateful to the Zdenek and Michaela Bakala Foundation for supporting me in this endeavour.