aMAYzing alumni – Hasan Hasanov

Hasan Hasanov

Hasan graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and works in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business as an assistant manager. He provides technical expertise on all aspects of quantitative modelling in pricing and risk model validation with a particular focus on equities and interest rates.

What attracted you to the University of Surrey and to study your course here?

Surrey was my first choice because of its strong academic reputation, world-class research and amazing campus. I chose the BSc Mathematics course as maths was my strongest subject at school and I also wanted to expand my knowledge further.

What were the best things about your course?

I covered a wide range of mathematical topics, as well as programming languages. We had lab sessions where we applied our theoretical knowledge to real-world problems. Having the combination of mathematical knowledge and coding skills gave me an advantage over my peers from other universities.

I had great lecturers who are well regarded within their respective fields. They were very engaged and always happy to answer questions. Each of us was assigned a personal tutor from day one. There were regular meetings with the tutor to enable us to discuss coursework, track study progress and encourage complex topic discussions.

How did your time at Surrey influence your career?

Thanks to the experts at Surrey, the presentations, talks and the career fairs, I had many opportunities to explore different applications of mathematics, which helped discover my passion for quantitative finance.

What do you enjoy most about your work and why?

As a quantitative finance consultant, I consult large banks on their market and credit risk. This mainly involves model implementation, validation and documentation. I most enjoy the variety of work and solving challenging problems. Exciting opportunities can come up abroad which lets me explore new cities while doing my work.

What are the challenges in your industry and what are your top tips for succeeding?

In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges in the financial services industry is the efficient implementation and use of technology. For instance, a large number of simulations might be required for pricing complex financial options. My top tip to any student is to explore the field of mathematics and develop skills to find creative solutions using technology, as the combination of mathematics and coding is very sought after.

What is your happiest memory of your time at Surrey?

When I think about my time at Surrey, it always brings back fond memories. For instance, spending time with friends at the library and café or strolling around the lake listening to music. I suppose the happiest memory of my time at Surrey is when I received an email that I have been awarded the Mathematics departmental prize!

What do you consider to be a career highlight/achievement?

Being awarded the global Thought Leadership award at my previous employer Towers Watson, for innovation leading to a new economic scenario generator software, during my first year with them.