Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance

WHU doctoral student receives CHF 10.000 research grant

Nabil Alkafri, doctoral student at the Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance, has been awarded a research grant from Vescore by Vontobel Asset Management to write a working paper in cooperation with Dr. Yves Schläpfer from Vescore.

Vescore a boutique of Vontobel Asset Management, Zurich, Switzerland is currently increasing their research collaboration with universities. This effort includes a program for the sponsorship of working papers. Only Ph.D. candidates or professors from a select group of universities can apply. The goal of the program is to conduct application-oriented research in the field of investment management. Mr. Alkafri was one of two candidates selected for the program and received the CHF 10.000 grant. Additionally, Vescore will assist with the data supply, act as an advisor, and provide technical support, e.g. in coding. Dr. Yves Schläpfer, Research Vescore, will collaborate with Mr. Alkafri on the project. The authors will investigate risk parity portfolios and its value drivers. The final working paper will be submitted to an academic conference as well as for publication at an investment management related journal. Additionally, Vescore will publish some of the insights on their website.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Alkafri on this achievement and wish him, Dr. Schläpfer, and Vescore the best of luck on their research project!