Meet the academic: Dr Christos Mavis
Please provide an overview of your time at Surrey Business School to date:
I joined Surrey Business School in 2012, since then I have had the opportunity to learn and develop both personally and professionally. The environment in the University, and in Surrey Business School more specifically, has given me the tools to develop strengths necessary to successfully fulfil my role as an academic while at the same time has provided me with new challenges important to my role.
What inspires you about Surrey?
The most important aspect that inspires me about Surrey is the people and the University’s vision. I work with so many great colleagues who make my job smoother and more enjoyable, whilst also motivating me to be productive, day in and day out. My colleagues in the Business School work with a vision to deliver high-quality research and to provide enthusiastic and high-calibre teaching across all levels and programmes.
Why should a student come to Surrey Business School and study International Corporate Finance?
A postgraduate qualification in Corporate Finance will enable students to differentiate themselves from other graduates and enhance their undergraduate degree with a qualification in a specialist field.
The modules in this course are taught by expert research academics in the areas of corporate finance and corporate governance, as well as by experienced practitioners with many years of industry experience.
The course places emphasis on a student’s professional development through the Bloomberg Market Concepts integrated into our modules, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) preparatory course, and an applied research dissertation using top-notch databases while supervised by our experienced academics.
What are your interest and hobbies outside of academia?
I am a keen tennis player and play in various leagues and championship tournaments in Surrey. I have also volunteered in three Summer Olympic Games mainly keeping tennis scoring and stats but also assisting in the players’ lounge area.
Is there a particular memory of your time at Surrey which stands out for you?
I would say the couple of times that I have had the honour to meet and discuss with HRH The Duke of Kent. We had very enjoyable conversations about various topics including my teaching and research at Surrey and he was genuinely interested in financial instruments and asset trading. He was also eager to experience how trading with real-time information worked and he participated in a trading simulation that I had prepared for students. Finally, we also shared our best memories from Wimbledon and he confidentially shared with me his favourite tennis player; but that I won’t reveal!