Spring is always a welcome spark for a fresh outlook on our work and lifestyles.
As technology transforms the workplace, we are continuously rethinking our curriculum in finance as a pathway to 21st century skills and careers for tomorrow. In particular, data-driven decision making, machine learning and other data science tools are reshaping the finance industry and increasingly a core component of graduate studies in finance. At Temple University, we are challenging finance faculty to rethink their legacy course design and adding new dedicated programming for finance courses to reflect the ever-increasing demand and opportunities for professionals with interdisciplinary finance and data science expertise.
In the same spirit, I attended the Global Association of Risk Professional’s 20th Risk Convention in New York on February 25-27, 2019. This year’s event explored business agility and risk in a hyper-connected world. The future global economy is often imagined being built around data-driven decision making and digital connections with business partners and customers. However, everything digital is inherently at risk. With regular reported data breaches and cyber-attacks on cryptocurrencies, it appears the future has arrived before business infrastructure is sufficiently protected against sophisticated cybercriminals. Regulators and Risk Officers reported on technological innovation and cyber threats to the financial services industry.
Outside of work, I enjoyed a special St. Patrick’s Day running the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, which includes a memorable dash across 42nd street and runners from around the world on March 17, 2019.
Dr. John Soss, CFA, FRM
Academic Director, MS Finance at Temple University (USA) and Professor for Project & Corporate Finance, Ponts Business School