Christoph Frei

Christoph is a researcher in quantitative finance, risk management and mathematical economics. He is currently a professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta. His résumé is available here.

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Christoph grew up in Switzerland and studied mathematics at ETH Zurich. During his PhD studies in mathematical finance at ETH Zurich, he worked in the financial industry. After receiving his PhD degree, Christoph was a researcher at École Polytechnique in Paris before joining the University of Alberta in 2010.


In his research, Christoph uses and develops mathematical and statistical tools to address important problems in finance and economics. His current research is in mathematical finance (algorithmic trading and credit risk management) and mathematical economics (over-the-counter markets and the economics of digital currencies).


As a strong believer in the value of partnerships between academia and industry, Christoph is involved in several industrial collaborations, also helping students gain relevant practical experience. Christoph is Regional Co-Director of PRMIA Edmonton and the University Chapter Lead.

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