Ishy Iqbal

Ishy is a third-year Physics student at Josephine Butler College. In his first year, he completed Spring Insight Programmes at Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Lazard. This summer, he completed a summer internship at Lazard. Ishy voluntarily mentors several students and is very passionate about social mobility, regularly working with the national charity upReach. He also loves sports, having played rugby at a local and county level, holding a Black-Belt in Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts and attending Man United games whenever he can. Ishy is a big Ed Sheeran fan.
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Lucy Pallent

Lucy is a fourth-year M.Sci. Natural Sciences student at Hatfield College. Before Durham, Lucy completed internships with Deloitte and Carey Olsen, a leading offshore law firm. This summer she interned with Rothschild & Co after converting the Virtual Insight Programme last year. Lucy has contributed extensively to her college, notably being elected to the JCR Executive Committee twice and co-chairing the summer ball. She is currently employed as a University Teaching Assistant and volunteers as a tutor for local students. Outside of work, Lucy is a keen rower and Taylor Swift listener.

Stephanie Deans

Vice President
Stephanie is a third-year undergraduate studying Politics and Philosophy at Van Mildert College, with interests in asset management and private equity. Prior to attending Durham, Stephanie was a member of the UK Youth Parliament. She completed an internship shadowing the Parliament Private Secretary aligned with her interests in social outreach and young people’s mental health wellbeing. As a first-year student she completed an investment banking spring internship at Goldman Sachs as well as an Analytics and Sales spring insight at Bloomberg L.P. Last summer she completed an internship at Lazard Asset Management. During her spare time at Durham, she is an avid reader, rower and enjoys learning languages. As well holding other committee roles within campus being the Sponsorship officer for Enactus UK, Van Mildert Women’s Basketball Captain and Treasurer for Durham College Rowing.

Flavia Gaspar

Flavia is a second-year student reading for a B.A. in Chinese Studies at St Aidan’s College. Last year she founded and was Chief Editor of the Summer Market Report, after which she continued in the position of co-Market Report Officer. This spring she undertook Spring Insight Programmes at both J.P. Morgan and Rothschild & Co. Outside her studies, she captained her college’s women’s squash team last year and enjoys playing polo. Flavia also volunteers with the UK Youth Climate Coalition, being the Finance Officer of the organisation, and is currently looking forward to her year abroad in Zhejiang, China.

Jack Moore

Jack is a second-year Economics student at Josephine Butler College. Jack successfully secured week long insights with Blackstone, Rothschild & co, Aviva/Aviva investors and Coutts. Currently, Jack has an offer with Bank of America for Investment Banking for Summer 2022. In college, Jack partakes in Badminton. Outside of college, Jack is the Faculty Representative for the Business school, Course representative for second year Economics, Durham Student Ambassador and a mentor for a social mobility charity called Zero Gravity.

Jason Chau

Sponsorship Officer
Jason is a third-year Economics student at Stephenson College. Prior to Durham, he completed an Internship at St. James's Place Wealth Management. In his first year, Jason completed Spring Weeks at J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Jefferies and PJT Partners. In his second year, he completed an Insight Programme at Blackstone and a Summer Internship at Morgan Stanley within Investment Banking. Outside of his studies, Jason is involved with the Consulting Society and enjoys running and playing football.

Claudia Dunscombe

Sponsorship Officer
Claudia is a second-year student studying Classics at South College. Prior to attending Durham, Claudia was Finance Director of a Young Enterprise Company and undertook work experience at Morgan Stanley in the Step In, Step Up programme. Outside of her studies, she completed the Three Peaks Challenge, raising around £5000 for the Marine Conservation Society. She also enjoys playing netball and going on runs.

Christine Mineva

Events Officer
Christine is a penultimate year student reading for a BA in Economics at St. Cuthbert’s Society. Prior to becoming an Events Officer for DUFS, Christine was a Market Analyst for the Summer Report. This year, she completed a year in industry at RSM, working as an audit assistant; she has particularly enjoyed her role in auditing Fentiman’s Ltd and ProPharma Group. At University, Christine helped tutor maths & science GCSE to disadvantaged students through the Schools programme on MyTutor. She enjoyed learning more about Asset Management through her internship with Expat Capital in Sofia over summer.

Savannah Sartori

Events Officer
Savannah is a third-year BA International Relations student at Collingwood College. Prior to university, she attended insight days at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and McKinsey, before gaining work experience at Rothschild & Co. Since starting at Durham, she has attended Spring Weeks at BlackRock and Rothschild & Co and recently completed a summer internship at Bank of America on their summer programme, where she will begin work as a graduate analyst next year. Outside of her studies, Savannah has co-founded the mentorship organisation, Next Steps, and enjoys running and lacrosse.

Daniel Aliwell

Investment Fund Manager
Daniel is a third-year student at Grey College reading for a BA in Economics. Before joining Durham, he gained experience at boutique Investment Bank Strand Hanson. Daniel has previously been involved in the Investment Fund as an analyst for the Financials division. This summer he interned at Deutsche Bank in Investment Banking. Outside of his studies, Daniel is involved with the environmental think tank Six Degrees having just finished advising a fintech client. He is also a football player for Grey College, a fan of hiking in the mountains and a keen cross-country runner.

Esther Campbell

Investment Fund Manager
Esther is a third-year Mathematics student at St Mary’s College. She is a BP Scholar and has previously spent time with BNP Paribas and BlackRock. This summer, Esther interned with Societe Generale in their Markets division. She worked on the Equity Derivative Flow Sales desk, and will be returning for a full-time position after her studies. In her spare time, Esther enjoys coxing, yoga and is attempting to learn French...
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Keerat Thiara

Investment Fund Operations
Keerat is a third-year BSc Natural Sciences student at Collingwood College. In her first year, she completed Spring Insight Programmes at Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and RBC. This summer, she completed a summer internship at Bank of America and will be joining as a full-time Analyst upon graduation. Keerat leads Durham University Women in Business Society as Co-President, mentors students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and organises diversity initiatives as Collingwood’s BAME representative and member of the University Student Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys running and reading.

Taylor Alexander

Mentorship Coordinator
Taylor is a third year Natural Sciences student at Josephine Butler College. He has completed a Spring Insight Programme with Lazard and will be joining one of the firm’s Financial Advisory teams as a Summer Analyst in 2022. Taylor commits a lot of time to volunteering, working with Alzheimer’s Society in his first year of University before then taking an executive role within a project that provides social experiences to disadvantaged children. Taylor also loves sport, representing his college for both football and squash whilst also regularly spending time running or cycling.

Angus Lovatt

Market Report Editor
Angus is a second-year student studying BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Collingwood College, with interests in Asset Management. Within DUFS, he previously held the position of Market Report Analyst in the Industrials, Automobile and Aerospace sector. Prior to attending Durham, Angus edited an Economics and Finance publication entitled ‘The Ricardian’. He has keen interests in playing sports and travel. Recently, Angus spent a month in Fiji where he volunteered and coached rugby.

James Watson-Gandy

Market Report Editor
James is a second-year General Engineering undergraduate at University College and is passionate about Investment Banking and ESG investing. During his first year at Durham, he was appointed as the ESG Market Report Analyst and the Utilities sector Investment Fund Analyst for the Durham University Finance Society. This summer, he interned at Themis International Services, financial crime risk experts, and Trust Payments, a global payments solutions fintech company. Before university, he gained work experience at Somerset Capital Management. James is a keen rower and rows in the 1st VIII of the Durham University Boat Club. In 2019, James won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and won a bronze medal at the World Rowing Junior Championship in Tokyo in the GB 8+.

Matt Hibbert

Initiatives Officer
Matt is a third-year Law student at Van Mildert College, with interests in asset management and M&A. Last year, he completed virtual internships with Citibank and Clifford Chance. Matt is also one of this year’s Legal Editors at Durham Law Review. In his spare time, he is a keen reader – particularly of historical fiction – and enjoys pursuing his interest in Law, attending court sessions and having participated in the Young Citizens Bar Mock Trial.

Jo Yean

Diversity Officer
Jo Yean is a final year BA Economics student at Hatfield College, from Malaysia. In her third year, she completed a Risk Industrial Placement within the Business Banking team at Lloyds Banking Group as well as a summer internship within the Corporate Bank division at Deutsche Bank. During her spare time, Jo Yean enjoys pole dancing, the occasional park run, and exploring local cafes and restaurants along the streets of cities.

Alasdair Taylor

Quantitative Finance Division Head
Alasdair is a third-year Mathematics (MMath) student, with interests in trading and quantitative finance, and has completed an internship in market risk at J.P. Morgan. Outside of his studies, Alasdair enjoys ultimate frisbee, coding (especially for the quantitative finance division!), and tutoring local students GCSE and A-level mathematics as part of a Durham University outreach programme.

Anastassiya Eley

Quantitative Finance Division Head of Outreach
Anastassiya is a fourth-year Collingwood student reading Chinese Studies. Her interests are in asset management, fintech and sustainable finance. Prior to her current position, she was selected as a Quant Fund Analyst for DUFS, spending the lockdown building trading algorithms in Python with her team. Anastassiya spent her gap year as a translator, interpreter and English teacher in Siberia, and has just completed her virtual year abroad with East China Normal University. Outside of her studies she enjoys tennis, lacrosse and DJ-ing for her friends.

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