In 2009, Ahmad has graduated from IUM with an MSc in Finance, Hedge Funds and Private Equity specialization.

Since 2010, he has worked in the Alternative Investments group at J.P. Morgan Private Bank (“PB”).  It is essentially a placement agent that raises money from its client base, to invest in hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds.  His role involves conducting performance and cash flow analytics, reviewing offering material from fund managers, attending client meetings and calls, and working on special projects to enhance the effectiveness of the platform.

“The PB is a dynamic and fast-paced environment, with an abundance of opportunities and challenges.  The most challenging aspect of the my role is maintaining balance among keeping up-to-date with the trends in the market/ industry, ensuring the junior staff is properly trained and developed, and – most importantly – consistently providing world-class service to our clients, said Ahmad. “

Prior to attending IUM, he worked for a leading alternative investment manager, and he knew he wanted to remain in the industry due to the growing importance of this asset class.  He decided to attend the IUM MSc in Finance Program because of its unique Hedge Fund & Private Equity specialization.  “In my research for graduate schools, I found that IUM was the only university that offered such a program.  After receiving more information about the program’s objectives, structure and courses I knew this was the educational experience that I wanted.”

Through the case studies, group presentations, thesis, and guest speakers, he was able to gain an in-depth understanding of not only alternative investments, but also the other asset classes.  “This experience made me an attractive candidate and gave me the necessary tools to be an effective communicator, in both style and substance.  Additionally, having a unique and compelling story to tell (i.e. International University of Monaco & its specialized programs) also helped.”

And when you ask this successful gentleman what is his biggest lesson learnt so far, he replies “be very proactive about your career, because you cannot expect anyone to take their time to develop you and mold your career.  Specifically, always have a curious mind, volunteer for assignments, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

“Think about your career and where you’d like to be 3-5 years from now, and start to position yourself to achieve those goals.

IUM offers you the opportunity to have a unique and rewarding educational and professional experience, but it depends how you take advantage of it (which starts during orientation).  You never know, you might even meet your future spouse. . .  I did!”



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