Zekun Deng

Master of Financial Mathematics - Class of 2011

Interacting with professors and classmates in class is key.  I got noticed by two of my MFM classmates.  One, now a Senior VP at Allianz Investment Management in Minneapolis, hired me for an internship in hedging.  At graduation I was recruited by another classmate, who became my boss at Cargill; the firm is headquartered in Minneapolis, and is the largest privately held company in the world with offices around the globe, including major hubs in Shanghai and Singapore.   Over the years I gained skill and experience as a trader for Cargill and after my boss retired, I took over part of his responsibilities as Director of Structured Products Trading at Cargill. It pays to speak up in class and interact with your classmates – they may just take notice and offer you a job!