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Current Ph.D. Students in Finance

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Farid Radmehr (Iranian) – Estimated graduation 2019

Research interests :

Institutional Investors, Fund Performance, Factor Investing

MSc. in Financial Engineering – Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran)
BSc. in Industrial Engineering – Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran)


« I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Finance, with the background in Financial Engineering and experience in trading and investment consulting. My research is mainly about institutional investors' preferences and effects in the equity market. In that vein, first I study institutional investors' preferences for equity market risk characteristics and analyze how different interest rate environment would alter these preferences. Then in the next stage, I investigated how and through which mechanisms institutional investors influence firm-level risk measures and its components. »

Current Students

Ali Alboghasemi (Canadian) – Estimated graduation 2021

Research interests :

Macro Finance, Capital Structure Decisions, Granularity

MA in Economics – Concordia University (Canada)
BA in Economics – University of Tehran (Iran)


« Before coming to HEC Montreal, I studied Economics at Concordia University. I used to work and teach financial planning and investment analysis in start ups and small firms. I now am more interested in asset pricing, macro finance and granularity for his research. I am fond of history, kickboxing, camping and road trips! »

Ella D.S. Patelli (Swiss) – Estimated graduation 2021

Research interests :

Asset Pricing with Learning, Credit Risk, International Finance

MSc in Economics – University of Geneva (Switzerland)
BA in International Relations – University of Geneva (Switzerland)


« From Swiss-Italian descent, I arrived in Montréal in 2016, time at which I started my PhD in Finance. Undertaking PhD studies and pursuing a career in academia has been a clear goal for me since an early age and I take great pleasure in striving to achieve it. HEC Montréal has proven to be the perfect location to do so. The faculty has helped me develop a strong work ethic and rigorous techniques that are shaping me into a great researcher. On the few hours not dedicated to research I enjoy organizing research activities for PhD students and practicing outdoor sports. »

Razan Alobaidi (Jordanian) – Estimated graduation 2022

Research interests :

Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance, International Finance

Master of Management in Finance – McGill University (Canada)
BSc in Business Administration, Finance – The American University of Sharjah (UAE)


« I was born and raised in the Middle East, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science (Finance) from the American University of Sharjah, UAE. I got inspired by my professors who made Finance very challenging yet enjoyable to learn. Given my endless passion for Finance, I decided to join the PhD program at HEC Montreal after completing my Masters of Management at McGill University. The program is further expanding my knowledge and global experience, building on my latest corporate experience in Pratt & Whitney Canada. In my free time, I enjoy reading and playing squash. »

Reem El-Abd (Egyptian) – Estimated graduation 2023

Research interests :

Asset Pricing, Risk and Portfolio Management, International Finance

MSc in Finance, Corporate Finance – The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
BA in Business Administration, Economics – Arab Open University (Egypt)
BA of Music, Violoncello performance – Cairo Conservatoire Music Institute (Egypt) Earned the CFA charter


« I’m Reem, I’m from Egypt. I’ve always believed that if you dream big and work hard, you can accomplish anything. I tried different majors until I eventually discovered my interest in Finance. So I pursued the CFA designation, and a few years later I applied for an MSc degree in Finance. I worked as a Credit Specialist for 1 year, and then worked in academia for 5 years. Being admitted to HEC’s PhD program in Finance is like a dream come true. Upon completing my PhD degree, I might take up a career in consulting as I’ve always found this field interesting. »

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