Careers in the Financial Services Industry


What does it take to be successful in finance? What are some of the common roles where graduate-level training is required? And in what ways might graduate training help you succeed in unexpected ways?

This panel discussion will feature insights from diverse individuals within the industry, addressing questions about how to position oneself effectively, how to network, and what it takes to get started on a path toward a rewarding career in finance.


Samid Viveros, Vice President of Corporate Risk Analytics at Northern Trust (MS'13, Financial Math)

Miriam Sjoblom (MA Media Studies, The New School; BA'88, English, University of Chicago) recently rejoined Morningstar's Manager Research division as a strategist focused on fixed income. She began her prior stint at Morningstar as a mutual fund analyst and eventually led the team's U.S. fixed income manager research effort. In the interim, she was a Senior Consultant at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, where she advised institutional investor clients on hedge fund manager selection. She has 13 years of investment experience and holds the CFA and CAIA designations. She graduated with an MA in Media Studies from The New School in 2006 and earned a BA in English Literature from The University of Chicago in 1998.

Matt Nygaard, CMT, Trader at Quiet Light Trading (MBA'94) provides daily technical analysis commentary on the US index markets and is responsible for hedging the delta exposure and trading the electronic option markets for the firm’s ES/SPX trading group. He has been with the firm since 2004. Prior to joining Quiet Light Securities, Mr. Nygaard was a Managing Partner at Mulsanne Capital Management, LLC from 2002-2004, and was a Proprietary Trader/Risk Manager for TFM Investment Group/Midland Trading, LLC/ The Arbitrage Group, LLC from 1994-2002.

Kelvin Tan (MA'05, International Relations) is Executive Director of Digital Payments and Wallets at Standard Chartered Bank, a graduate of CIR, and a jack of all trades.

Anoop Adya (MA, Computer Science, DA University Indore), Director at IMC Financial Markets Chicago, is responsible for various operations teams such as Risk, Compliance, HR, Information Security and Data Technology. Prior to this position, he worked ran the Global Core Development team which included IMC’s Execution systems, position management systems and reference data systems. He began his software engineering career in 1999 with a Dutch ERP vendor Baan and joined IMC Amsterdam as a Software Engineer in 2005 before moving to Chicago in 2009. He hails from India and graduated from DA University Indore with a Masters in Computer Science.


Mark Hendricks, Associate Director of the MS Program in Financial Math. Mark Hendricks was a Stevanovich Fellow for 2011-2012.  His research explores links between asset pricing and the real economy.  He has published "Risk Price Dynamics" with co-authors Jaroslav Borovicka, Lars Hansen, and Jose Scheinkman in the Journal of Financial Econometrics, 2011.