Mark Britten-Jones of Laurel Canyon Partners to Deliver UCLA Anderson MFE Class of 2020 Commencement Address
Los Angeles (December 15, 2020) — UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that Mark Britten-Jones (Ph.D. ’96), a founding partner of the quantitative global macro hedge fund Laurel Canyon Partners, will address the Class of 2020 Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) graduates. A total of 73 students will graduate during the 2020 MFE commencement ceremony, which will take place at 8:00 a.m. PDT on Friday, December 18, 2020, via YouTube Live.
UCLA Anderson Associate Professor of Finance Lars Lochstoer was chosen by the graduating MFE class to receive the MFE Teaching Excellence Award, which will be presented to him at the commencement ceremony.
The MFE program at UCLA Anderson prepares students for careers in risk management, asset management, data science, derivative pricing, private equity, hedge funds and technical areas of corporate finance.
“We’re delighted our graduates will hear from Mark Britten-Jones, a UCLA Anderson finance Ph.D. graduate, who has decades of expertise in quant investing,” said Professor Mikhail Chernov, faculty director of the MFE program.
Britten-Jones was a founding partner of Laurel Canyon Partners and spent six years running the quantitative global macro hedge fund. Before that, he served as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors, where he managed a variety of research and strategy groups covering equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities. He has created and implemented strategies managing billions of dollars. He has a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA Anderson, and for five years was an assistant professor at London Business School, where his research into derivatives, risk management and the statistics of portfolio optimization was published in the leading academic and practitioner finance journals.
About the UCLA Anderson Master of Financial Engineering
UCLA Anderson’s Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) program is designed for individuals who want to apply their analytical skills to careers in the world of quantitative finance and data analytics. The curriculum integrates mathematical, statistical and programming tools with finance theory. Students are taught to apply cutting-edge theory to various aspects of the financial markets, from equities to fixed income, currencies to commodities. Students are prepared for careers in quantitative research, derivatives structuring, modeling and pricing, trading, investment management, corporate risk management and data science. The program balances academic rigor with practical application to create a challenging and relevant curriculum, with courses taught by faculty who are world renowned in both the theory and the practice of quantitative finance.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think in the Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.
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