2016 Super Quants

"I can't think of a better place to write your master's thesis: Robeco offers a very supportive, educational but also fun environment to finish your studies." – Jean-Paul, 2016 Super Quant Intern and newly hired Quantitative Researcher at Robeco.

"Imagine working alongside experts in the field of quantitative finance, getting hands-on experience of financial research and its applications, then being able to apply all that knowledge to your final thesis. Not to mention the bonuses: fun environment and job opportunities. How amazing is that?" - Vania, 2016 Super Quant Intern and newly hired Quantitative Researcher at Robeco.

Kristina Ūsaitė

kristina-usaite.jpgKristina Ūsaitė (Lithuania) graduated in Econometrics & Mathematical Economics at Tilburg University with the laudatio cum laude (grade average just shy of 9). Her thesis on portfolio risk control over time was awarded a 9.0. Shown are her thesis supervisor Winfried Hallerbach (left on the picture) and Martin Martens (head quant allocation research). Kristina’s research insights will be used to enhance our multi-asset long-short quant funds. After her internship, we welcomed Kristina as a colleague in our Investment Research department and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation!

Jean-Paul van Brakel

jean-paul-van-brakel.jpgJean-Paul van Brakel (Netherlands) from the Quantitative Finance program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam obtained an 9.0 for his work on liquidity and transaction costs in corporate bond markets. Jean-Paul’s research is a major step forward in the modeling of liquidity and transaction costs and had impact throughout the Robeco organization. His internship supervisors were Jeroen van Zundert (left on the picture) and Mark Whirdy (right). After his internship, Jean-Paul joined the Investment Research department at Robeco. We wish Jean-Paul all the best in his future career!

Cynthia van der Meijden

cynthia-van-der-meijden.jpgCynthia van der Meijden from Econometrics and Operations Research of VU University Amsterdam has obtained a well-deserved 8.0 for her work on Creating Multi-Factor Portfolios. Cynthia’s research project covered interactions between individual factors. Her supervisors were Simon Lansdorp (left on the picture) and Milan Vidojevic. We thank Cynthia for her contributions and wish her all the best in her future career!

Pepijn Keuls

pepijn-keuls.jpgPepijn Keuls (Netherlands) from the Quantitative Finance program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam obtained an 8 for his work on a short-term stock selection model. His supervisors were Joris Blonk (left on the picture) and Weili Zhou (right on the picture). After his internship Pepijn went on to pursue his career as a trader at Optiver.

Catherine Franckx

catherine-franckx.jpgCatherine Franckx (Belgium) from the Quantitative Finance program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam has obtained a grade 9.0 for her work on the links between the Quality premium and Employee Satisfaction. Her supervisor was Viorel Roscovan who proudly handed her the well deserved Super Quant bonus cheque. After her internship, Catherine started as an Investment Specialist at Robeco’s Client Portfolio Management Department.

Vania Valerie

vania-valerie-168x164px.jpgVania Valerie (Indonesia) from the Quantitative Finance program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam obtained an 8.5 for her thesis on carry investing in the corporate bond market. This grade made her graduate cum laude. Vania’s research contributed to the continuous enhancement of the factor investing strategies at Robeco. Her internship supervisors were Jeroen van Zundert (left on the picture) and Patrick Houweling (right). After her internship, Vania joined the Investment Research department at Robeco. We wish Vania all the best in her future career!

Xhesika Fezga

xhesika-fezga-168x164px.jpgXhesika Fezga (Albania) from the Financial Economics program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam obtained an 9.0 for her thesis on predicting company earnings. We thank Xhesika for the new research insights that contribute to Robeco’s stock selection models. Her internship supervisor at Robeco was Matthias Hanauer. Xhesika received her well-deserved Super Quant Bonus cheque from the 2017 Super Quant coordinators Casper Zomerdijk (left on the picture) and Dennis Karstanje (right). We wish Xhesika all the best in her future career!