Daisy Ru, a Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar student wins the MENA portfolio management competition

Doha: A third-year Business Administration student from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-Q) won the Refinitiv Portfolio Management Competition, Middle East and Africa edition. Beating 17 other competitors Daisy Ru won first place in the competition.

“The Business Administration program at Carnegie Mellon focuses on decision-making based on quantitative analysis. Daisy has embraced this approach, and I am so pleased to see how well she did against talented, experienced competitors from the region,” said Michael Trick, the CMU-Q Dean.

During the competition, students were tasked to build a portfolio of S&P 500 companies and run it for a few weeks. A panel of judges then chose the top 10 students. Daisy Ru came out on top in the fierce championship. 

“Our faculty are so amazing and supportive. Professor O’Brien and Professor Serkan, in particular, helped me to improve my presentation and share my strategy in the most efficient way,” said Daisy Ru. 

Serkan Akguc is a Daisy Ru, a Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar assistant teaching professor of finance, and John O’Brien was a Carnegie Mellon associate professor of accounting and experimental economics who resigned in December 2021.

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