Committee

Ben

Benjamin Hughes

Co-President
Ben is a fourth year MMath student at Collingwood College. Over the 2018 summer, he is interning in Global Markets at Crédit Suisse and has previously completed an internship with Close Brothers Asset Management. Previously, Ben was a Co-Sponsorship Officer and Investment Fund Sector Leader in DUFS. Ben enjoys playing sports such as cricket, rugby and tennis. In his spare time Ben loves pushing himself to new limits. He enjoys travelling to new places and has completed the London Marathon in 2017.
Jan

Jan Blaumeier

Co-President
Jan is a third year student reading for a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Prior to university he previously interned in private banking and portfolio management with M.M. Warburg & CO and with HSBC in Equity Sales, before interning in Sales & Trading with Morgan Stanley. He was selected to take part in a government programme for highly talented students launched by the German government that allowed him to gain short work experience with Siemens AG and Schaeffler AG & Co. KG and partake in various seminar series on bioengineering, teamwork and others. He was the manager for the 2017/2018 DUFS Investment Fund.
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Jess Melling

Vice-President
Jess is a fourth year student at Castle reading Spanish and History. She has just finished her year abroad where she spent the first half of the year studying at the University of Cádiz in Spain and worked at a boutique consulting firm as a Market Analyst in Santiago, Chile. Jess really enjoyed her Banking and Markets Spring Programme with Barclays last Easter and is looking forward to her upcoming internships with Citi for Investment Banking and EY for Transaction Advisory Services. Jess loves to travel and has spent the past two summers working at an American Summer camp in Pennsylvania firstly as a Sailing Counselor and secondly as a Group Leader. In her spare time at University, she enjoys playing for Durham Women’s Lacrosse team and working in her College Bar.
Maria

Maria Chiara Caserato

Treasurer
Maria Chiara Caserato is a third year at St. Chad’s College reading biomedical sciences. Having completed various internships within accounting, trading & sales and marketing, she will be completing an internship with Baringa over the summer. This primarily consist of financial and management consulting. At university, Chiara is an active member of her colleges cross country, football and hockey teams and sits on the executive committee of her colleges charities and feminist society.
Emma

Emma Chalmers

Secretary
Emma is a second year studying History at Hatfield. Prior to coming to Durham she completed work experience at Deutsche Bank and Ruffer Asset Management. In her first year she did spring weeks at HSBC, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock. Outside of her studies, Emma enjoys playing college netball, boxing and going to the Union debates. As well as this during term time she tutors History to GCSE and A level students.

Max Clark

Sponsorship Officer
Joe

Joseph Kelly

Sponsorship Officer
Joe is a second year Biology student at Hatfield College. Last year, he spent 3 months last year interning for The Nexus Group in Haymarket. This year, he is spending a week at Ruffer asset management and and Spring insight week for the BP supply and trading department over Easter. In his spare time, Joe plays for Hatfield football and enjoys balancing his work with his extra curricular commitments
Yasmin

Yasmin Rufo

Events Officer
Yasmin is a second year politics student at Hild Bede. Prior to university she spent time interning at Goldman Sachs and BAML. This Easter, she completed 4 spring weeks Credit Suisse, Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Nomura, as well as a summer internship at PwC. Outside of her studies, Yasmin is the social secretary for the Politics and International Relations society as well as being heavily involved on various committees at the Durham Union. She is also a member of Durham Student Theatre and has been in several plays this year.
Danielle

Danielle Cuaycong

Events Officer
Danielle is a second year student studying Combined Honours in Social Sciences with a major in Economics and a minor in Anthropology. Prior to her gap year, she had work experience at EY, Barclays and NatWest. Over her gap year, she was chosen as an ‘AlphaScholar’ and had an eight-month internship at an expert network, AlphaSights, in London, an internship at ABS-CBN in the Philippines and traveled to Spain, Greece and the Philippines. She was a board member of the Co-Operative Group Young Members’ Board since October 2015 and volunteered as a mentor and participant for ‘The Challenge’ for the National Citizen Service. She has just completed three spring weeks with at Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Lazard.
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Charlotte Christensen

Investment Fund Manager
Charlotte is a third year Economics student at Josephine Butler College. Before starting university, she completed work experience at J.P. Morgan on their Emerging Markets Sales & Trading desk, and a summer course on The Global Financial Crisis with Yale University. In her first year Charlotte gained a spring week with J.P. Morgan in their Global Markets division. Outside of her studies, Charlotte is Durham University Campus Leader for a national diversity charity The Social Mobility Foundation, and a Brand Manager for On-Campus Promotions. This summer, Charlotte will be interning at BNP Paribas in their Sales & Trading division.
Max

Max Den Hollander

Investment Fund Manager
Max is a third year student reading a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Cuthbert’s Society. In his first-year, Max completed an internship with Fatboy the Original. This summer, he will intern at Rabobank in the equity capital markets division. Outside of work, Max regularly plays hockey for his college, has participated in Aggression Sessions, a boxing event in Durham, is on the exec for the Snow Ball, and has been an analyst and sector leader for the 2016/2018 DUFS fund.
Emma Khan

Ema Khan

Market Report Officer
Ema Khan is a second Year studying Finance at John Snow College. Before university, she completed internships at accountancy firms such as KPMG, consultancy firms and private equity firms. This spring, she attended corporate law Open Days at Baker McKenzie. Last year, she is on the Event Management team for TEDxDurhamUniversity, Founder and President of the DU South Asian Society, a Market Report Analyst for the Finance Society, and volunteer for dog-walking for Durham SCA bi-weekly. This year, she is excited to take up her roles as Market Report Editor for DUFS and DUCK Charities Treasurer.
Raj

Rajinder Dhesi

Market Report Editor
Raj is in his third year reading Chemistry and Geography (Natural Sciences) at Hatfield College. He has found Market Report to be an excellent way to expand his knowledge of the different sectors of finance. Therefore, he is looking forward to working with market report analysts, who are both new and experienced in finance next year. In his spare time, he play rugby for his college team, practice Mauy Thai as part of Durham University Thai Boxing Society and enjoy taking on physical challenges - such as the upcoming 2018 Edinburgh Half Marathon. Raj has volunteered as an A-Level Chemistry Tutor and as a teacher for six weeks in a school in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has found that volunteering helps to develop skills which employers desire.
Parissa

Parissa Irani-Kermani

Events Officer
Parissa is a third year at St. Mary’s College studying Economics. In her first year she completed a Spring Week at Deutsche Bank, a 3-day training programme with Amplify Trading, attended insight days at Blackrock and HSBC, as well as attending the annual DUFS London Day visiting the London Offices of Barclays, BNP Paribas and EY. She was also accepted onto the 2017-18 cycle of the SEO Academy Programme. Outside of finance, Parissa acts as a Projects Officer for St. Mary’s College, which involves conceiving and executing development & fundraising projects. She also took part in the 2017 St. Mary’s College Charity Fashion Show and is a member of the Durham University Yoga and Pilates Society. This summer Parissa will be undertaking work experience at Man Group and learning French.
Yannis

Yannis Gidopoulos

Initiatives Officer
Yannis is a third-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student. He spent the summer with Legal & General Investment Management, working on the research and strategy team for 10 weeks, having spent the previous summer interning with Alpha Trust Asset Management, and First Athens Corporate Finance. Yannis is an editor of the PPE journal, Spiral, has served on the President’s Committee of the Durham Union, debated competitively, represented the university in the badminton team, and is Initiatives Officer at DUFS.