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Waqas Khan

Waqas KhanHead of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, J.P. Morgan

MSc Investment and Finance, 2006

Since leaving university you have built a successful career in finance, working at some of the biggest names in banking. Tell us about your day-to-day work at JP Morgan.

I lead a team of 25 people across four regions covering the Market Risk Reporting of Rates, FX, Equities, Emerging Markets, Credit and Commodities.

What drew you to finance in the first place? 

I wasn't really sure that I wanted to go into finance but my MSc at Middlesex made the decision easier for me. It gives a wide overview of how things work in the real world and how different pieces of the financial world are put together. This decomposition view of the sector made it easier to decide which piece of the puzzle I wanted to be a part of.

What made you choose to study at Middlesex? 

The cultural diversity, the level of knowledge of the lecturers and a clear drive for success shown by the lecturers.

What drew you to MSc Investment and Finance, and what aspects of your course did you enjoy most? 

I wanted some direction after my undergraduate degree in Maths. The MSc was a way for me to explore the other avenues/uses of mathematics. I enjoyed the interaction with the lectures the most.

Was there anyone that you found particularly inspirational or supportive during your time here? 

Dr Epharim Clark and Yacine Belghitar. Dr Ephraim Clarke was a freelance consultant as well as a renowned academic in the financial services arena. Yacine Belghitar was a very knowledgeable person not only in his subject of expertise but the wider macro-economic landscape. Lecturers of this calibre are not easy to find and it is even harder to make sure you're in the classes they teach.

What would you say has been your secret to success? 

The support and blessings of my parents.

What one piece of advice would you give to prospective students looking to study at Middlesex?

Do a postgraduate degree to give you direction, an undergrad on its own is just not enough.

How would you say your time at Middlesex has shaped your career?

Immensely, as it was the stepping stone to financial markets.

What has been your proudest achievement to date? 

My current role at J.P. Morgan, a very well respected institution.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given? 

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Question everything, question everyone.

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