Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance –

Bringing excellence to the financial sector.

About us

The Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance was established in 1988. Our research and teaching focus on capital market theory and financial intermediaries. 

In addition to our commitment to research and teaching, we are involved in several other activities. From the executive education program WHU on Finance in Frankfurt, to the Campus for Finance – WHU New Year's Conference, and our collaboration with the WHU Finance Society, the chair engages extensively with the wider finance community.
 

Research and Publications

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Teaching

Here you can find the courses of the Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance, information on bachelor and master theses and the contact persons for various topics.

  • Bank Management
    Professor Dr. Axel Wieandt
    Teaching Assistant: Quynh Pham
  • Foundations of Finance
    Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf and Dr. Katrin Baedorf
    Teaching Assistant: Tobias Fischer
  • Trading and Real Time Data Interpretation
    Assistant Professor Dr. Sebastian Seidens
    Teaching Assistant: n.a.

If you are a student and would like to write your bachelor thesis at the Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance, please read the information provided in the documents below. Should you have further specific questions, please contact Julian Kriesten.

  • Asset Management
    Professor Dr. Hartmut Leser
    Teaching Assistant: Quynh Pham
  • Capital Market Theory
    Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf
    Teaching Assistant: Tobias Burggraf
  • European Banking and the Financial Crisis
    Professor Dr. Axel Wieandt
    Teaching Assistant: Quynh Pham

If you are a student and would like to write your master thesis at the Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance, please read the information provided in the documents below. Should you have further specific questions, please contact Julian Kriesten.

1) Letters of Recommendation can only be issued if the following requirements are fulfilled: The student (1) has a current average grade of 1.5 or better and (2) has completed a module of Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf and received a grade of 1.3 or better. Please note that the processing of a request can take some time. Thank you for your understanding.

Team

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Chairholder

Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf

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Personal Assistants

Marianne Diel

Personal Assistant to the Dean

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Kirsten Schmitz

Personal Assistant

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Honorary Professors

Professor Dr. Paul Achleitner

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Professor Dr. Hartmut Leser

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Professor Dr. Axel Wieandt

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Sparkasse Koblenz Assistant Professor of Finance

Assistant Professor Dr. Sebastian Seidens

+49 (0)261 6509 396
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Research Assistants

Nabil Alkafri

Research Assistant

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Tobias Burggraf

Research Assistant

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Tobias Fischer

Research Assistant

+49 (0)261 6509 392
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Konstantin Ignatov

Research Assistant

+49 (0)261 6509 398
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Julian Kriesten

Research Assistant

+49 (0)261 6509 394
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Meltem Maler

Research Assistant

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Quynh Pham

Research Assistant

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  • Dr. Michael Adams
  • Dr. Janis Back
  • Dr. Katrin Baedorf
  • Dr. Miriam Begtasevic
  • Dr. Mareen Benk
  • Dr. Valeria Biurrun
  • Dr. Michael Borß
  • Ralf Conen
  • Dr. Christopher Daniel
  • Dr. Alexander Deneke
  • Dr. Marius Iven Dethleffsen
  • Dr. Astrid Eisenberg
  • Dr. Marc Engelbrecht
  • Dr. Nils Ernst
  • Matthias Feldhues
  • Dr. Johannes Frankenfeld
  • Dr. Frank Guse
  • Dr. Matthias Held
  • Dr. Benedikt Himbert
  • Dr. Carsten Horn
  • Markus Hüren
  • Samah Ibrahim
  • Dr. Matthias Jäkel
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Julia Kapraun
  • Professor Dr. Karl-Ludwig Keiber
  • Dr. Joachim Koch
  • Dr. Ilja Konoplev
  • Dr. André Kronimus
  • Dr. Tim Krume
  • Dr. Friedrich Kruse
  • Dr. Ruth Kümmerle
  • Dr. Alex Kusen
  • Dr. Marc-Olivier Lücke
  • Dr. René Maler
  • Dr. Benjamin Meiers
  • Dr. Detlef Mertens
  • Dr. Sebastian Mönninghoff
  • Professor Dr. Matthias Muck
  • Dr. Jörg Niebergall
  • Dr. Marcel Omachel
  • Dr. Christoph Pavel
  • Dr. Sören Pippart
  • Dr. Holger Sachse
  • Dr. Ulrich Schacht
  • Dr. Jan Peter Schmütsch
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Sebastian Seidens
  • Dr. Volker Seiler
  • Dr. Konstantin Storms
  • Dr. Danny Stutz
  • Sina Timm
  • Dr. Valentin Ulrici
  • Dr. Marco Vietor
  • Dr. Marc Wierzbitzki
  • Dr. Sabine Winkler
  • Dr. Kai Winselmann
  • Dr. Christian Zaum
  • Dr. Daniel Zipser
  • Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg
  • Professor Gunter Dufey, PhD
    Emeritus at University of Michigan
  • Stephan Gemkow
    Chairman of the Executive Board
    Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
  • Christian U. Haas
    CEO
    PTV Group
  • Martin Korbmacher
    Managing Associate 
    Event Horizon Capital & Advisory GmbH
  • Rudolf Matter
    Director
    Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
  • Dr. Thorsten Reitmeyer
    Executive Partner
    Kampmann, Berg & Partner
  • Michael Rüdiger
    Chairman of the Executive Board
    DekaBank
  • Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf
    Chairholder Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance
    WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
  • Stephan Johannes Theissing
    Head of Corporate Finance
    Allianz SE
    Chairman of the Advisory Board
  • Johannes Züll
    Chairman of the Management Board
    Studio Hamburg Gruppe
WHU Campus for Finance

WHU Campus for Finance is a succesful and professional student initiative founded in 1999 in cooperation with the Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance.

Working under the motto "Uniting the World of Finance", financial experts, business representatives, and students exchange ideas in a series of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops.

WHU Campus for Finance

WHU Finance Society

WHU Finance Society is the student finance club of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. With more than 500 members and as WHU’s oldest student association, WHU Finance Society has created a platform of exchange for ambitious students who are interested in finance. 

The Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance has supported WHU Finance Society for many years. Assistant Professor Dr. Sebastian Seidens acts as the Academic Director of the student association.

WHU Finance Society

News

Allianz Endowed Chair of Finance –
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PHOENIX: Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf talked about the effects of the corona crisis on the economy.

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Last week, our WHU students Mugdha Chouksey, Vaishnavi Khare, Danilo Gavronov, Raphael Hoelz and Timm Sonnenberg participated in the national finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Frankfurt and earned an excellent second place.

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How many words do you need to shake up markets? In a recently published paper, Tobias Burggraf and co-authors Toan Huynh and Ralf Fendel found that one tweet or 280 characters from Donald Trump’s Twitter account are enough.

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