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Business School PhD student wins the opportunity to spend summer at the IMF

Published: 17 June 2016
Mohamed Bakoush

Southampton Business School postgraduate researcher Mohamed Bakoush has secured a prestigious summer internship at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC.

He will be travelling to the USA this summer to take up his place after beating stiff competition from students from top UK universities including the London School of Economics, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester. Mohamed is working on computational modeling of financial instability for his PhD; he became interested in the topic while studying for his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance at the University of Kafr Elsheikh during the 2008 banking crisis.

“The internship has great relevance to my research as I will be working with leading international economists and policymakers,” says Mohamed. “I am looking forward to the experience and know I will gain a great deal from this opportunity.”

His supervisor at the Business School is Professor Simon Wolfe with Dr Enrico Gerding from Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

“I am delighted Mohamed will be working at the IMF this summer,” says Simon. “More than 1,500 people applied for fewer than 50 places at the Fund. He is the fourth PhD student in the last 10 years from Southampton to have been awarded this internship. It will be a tremendous launch pad for his career.”

Mohamed started his PhD at Southampton in October 2014 after studying for a Masters in International Banking in the Business School’s research centre for Computational Finance and Business Analytics (CFBA).

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