Charles Courtiol

MS in Financial Engineering

Charles was a student of the MS Program in Financial Engineering and Course Assistant at Columbia University.

Previously he attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE ParisTech), a top-tier French engineering school, where he studied statistics and mathematics applied to economics and finance from September 2011 to June 2013. Charles chose to move to statistics and quantitative finance after a year studying at the same time fundamental mathematics at the University and management in a Business School in final year of bachelor's studies in France in 2010. Looking to delve even deeper into quantitative finance modeling, he joined the Columbia MS Program in Financial Engineering to strengthen his theoretical and practical skills. 

In the academic year 2012-2013 Charles worked for nine months as a teacher assistant at the Université Paris – Sorbonne in linear algebra and probabilities for BSc students. He also worked on a nine-month project in applied statistics for quantitative consulting firm Ekimetrics and designed a demand system model. During this year other team projects included developing a Bayesian spam filter and an Asian Options Pricer using Monte Carlo methods of variance reduction in C++. In the summer 2011, he worked for two months in a real estate agency in Barcelona in rents and marketing. From 2010 to 2013 Charles ran his own business giving private mathematics individual lessons to more than twenty high school and undergraduate students.

In the summer 2012, Charles set-up a humanitarian mission in Nepal and gave English lessons as a volunteer. In 2013, a dozen people from various engineering schools volunteered in more than seven villages.

During his spare time Charles enjoys swimming, trekking, photography.

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