Master of Financial Mathematics
Class of 2017
Joseph recently joined Citi as a Senior Analyst in Model Validation. Prior to Citi Joseph was an Associate Quantitative Analyst for two years at NextEra Energy where he priced full-requirements and origination electricity forward contracts. He also assisted his team with developing a consolidated database system. He joined the MFM through the FQF path and graduated in the Spring of 2017. While at UMN he undertook various quantitative projects in stochastic volatility modelling and optimal limit order placement with MCFAM and ISyE respectively. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Joseph worked in retail banking as a relationship banker with KCB bank group, selling consumer products to high net-worth and middle income clients. Joseph also has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Nairobi.
"I applied to the graduate Financial Mathematics program at UMN because I wanted to learn more about mathematical applications for risk management practices in the financial industry. I started with the FQF to reinforce my math and programming skills. I successfully transferred to the MFM in year two and graduated with my incoming class.The MFM’s academic and career advisers, as well as the broad alumni network were very resourceful in career advising and job-hunting techniques. The knowledge I gained from the program in derivative pricing, volatility modeling and programming was tremendously helpful in my quantitative analyst job at Nextera and will continue to be instrumental in my new role as a quant in model validation at Citi . I advise those considering the FQF and/or the MFM to remember that graduate studies in finanical mathematics at UMN prepare students to adapt in various fields within quantitative finance. Make sure you take the time to explore what area appeals to you within this fascinating and wide field"